29 Best Jonathan Edwards Quotes

29 Best Jonathan Edwards Quotes

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Johnathan Edwards was a philosopher and Christian theologian from Connecticut in the early 1700′s. His ideals included focus on beauty, ethics, and harmony which show that The Enlightenment was much based off of his beliefs. He died on March 22, 1758 at the age of 54.

“A little, wretched, despicable creature; a worm, a mere nothing, and less than nothing; a vile insect that has risen up in contempt against the majesty of Heaven and earth.”

“As God carries on the work of converting the souls of fallen men through all ages, so He goes on to justify them, to blot out all their sins, and to accept them as righteous in His sight
through the righteousness of Christ. He goes on to adopt and receive them from being the children of Satan to be His own children, to carry on the work of His grace which He has begun in
them, to comfort them with the consolations of His Spirit, and to bestow upon them, when their bodies die, that eternal glory which is the fruit of Christ’s purchase.”

“Consider that as a principle of love is the main principle in the heart of a real Christian, so the labor of love, is the main business of the Christian life.”

“I assert that nothing ever comes to pass without a cause.”

“Intend to live in continual mortification, and never to expect or desire any worldly ease or pleasure.”

“Love is the active, working principle in all true faith. It is its very soul, without which it is dead. “Faith works by love.”

“Prayer is as natural an expression of faith as breathing is of life.”

“Religion, in its purity, is not so much a pursuit as a temper; or rather it is a temper, leading to the pursuit of all that is high and holy. Its foundation is faith; its action, works; its
temper, holiness; its aim, obedience to God in improvement of self, and benevolence to men.”

“Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.”

“Resolved, always to do that, which I shall wish I had done when I see others do it.”

“Resolved, never to count that a prayer, nor to let that pass as a prayer, nor that as a petition of a prayer, which is so made, that I cannot hope that God will answer it; nor that as a
confession, which I cannot hope God will accept.”

“Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without any consideration of the time, whether now,
or never so many myriad’s of ages hence. Resolved to do whatever I think to be my duty and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever difficulties I
meet with, how many and how great soever.”

“Resolved, to confess frankly to myself all that which I find in myself, either infirmity or sin; and, if it be what concerns religion, also to confess the whole case to God, and implore
needed help.”

“Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.”

“The apostle Paul is abundant in teaching, that ‘we are justified by faith alone, without the works of the law!’ There is no one doctrine that he insists so much upon, and that he handles
with so much distinctness, explaining, giving reasons, and answering objections.”

“The beauty of the world consists wholly of sweet mutual consents, either within itself or with the supreme being.”

“The happiness of the creature consists in rejoicing in God, by which also God is magnified and exalted.”

“The soul of a true christian, as I then wrote my meditations, appeared like such a little white flower as we see in the spring of the year; low and humble on the ground, opening its bosom
to receive the pleasant beams of the sun’s glory; rejoicing, as it were, in a calm rapture; diffusing around a sweet fragrancy; standing peacefully and lovingly, in the midst of other
flowers round about; all in like manner opening their bosoms to drink in the light of the sun.”

“The way to Heaven is ascending; we must be content to travel uphill, though it be hard and tiresome, and contrary to the natural bias of our flesh.”

“There are two sorts of hypocrites: ones that are deceived with their outward morality and external religion; and the others are those that are deceived with false discoveries and elevation;
which often cry down works, and men’s own righteousness, and.”

“There is, therefore, no difficulty in answering such questions as these. What cause was there why the Universe was placed in such a part of Space? and, Why was the Universe created at such
a Time? for, if there be no Space beyond the Universe, it was impossible that it should be created in another place; and if there was no Time before, it was impossible it should be created
at another time.”

“This dictate of common sense.”

“To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here.”

“To mark all that I say in conversation, merely to beget in others, a good opinion of myself, and examine it.”

“To pretend to describe the excellence, the greatness or duration of the happiness of heaven by the most artful composition of words would be but to darken and cloud it; to talk of raptures
and ecstasies, joy and singing, is but to set forth very low.”

“True liberty consists only in the power of doing what we ought to will, and in not being constrained to do what we ought not to will.”

“What self-righteous persons take to themselves, is the same work that Christ was engaged in when He was in His agony and bloody sweat, and when He died on the cross, which was the greatest
thing that ever the eyes of angels beheld. Christ could accomplish other parts of this work without cost; but this part cost Him His life, as well as innumerable pains and labors. Yet this
is the part which self-righteous persons go about to accomplish for themselves.”

“When it is said, that we are not justified by any righteousness or goodness of our own, what is meant is, that it is not out of respect to the excellency or goodness of any qualifications
or acts in us whatsoever, that God judges it meet that this benefit of Christ should be ours; and it is not, in any wise, on account of any excellency or value that there is in faith, that
it appears in the sight of God a meet thing, that he who believes should have this benefit of Christ assigned to him, but purely from the relation faith has to the person in whom this
benefit is to be had, or as it unites to that mediator, in and by whom we are justified.”

“Your wickedness makes you as it were heavy as lead, and to tend downwards with great weight and pressure towards hell; and if God should let you go, you would immediately sink and switfly
descend and plunge into the bottomless gulf, and your healthy constitution, and your own care and prudence, and best contrivance, and all your righteousness, would have no more influence to
uphold you and keep you out of hell, than a spider’s web would have to stop a fallen rock.”