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Jonathan Edwards Remarks Upon What Overflows in the Heart and Soul of Someone Who Has Come to Saving Faith in King Jesus

July 24, 2015

 

"Thus for persons solemnly to profess that, in a full conviction of their own utter sinfulness, misery, and impotence, and totally undone state as in themselves, and their just desert of God's utter rejection and eternal wrath, and the utter insufficiency of their own righteousness, or anything in them, to satisfy divine justice, or recommend them to God's favour, they do entirely depend on the Lord Jesus Christ, and His satisfaction and righteousness; that they do with all their hearts believe the truth of the gospel of Christ; and that in a full conviction of His sufficiency and perfect excellency as a Saviour, as exhibited in the gospel, they do with their whole souls cleave to Him, and acquiesce in Him, as the refuge and rest of their souls, and fountain of their comfort; that they repent of their sins, and utterly renounce all sin, and give up themselves wholly to Christ, willingly subjecting themselves to Him as their King; that they give Him their hearts and their whole man; and are willing and resolved to have God for their whole and everlasting portion; and in dependence on His promises of a future eternal enjoyment of Him in heaven, to renouce all the enjoyments of this vain world, selling all for this great treaure and future inheritance, and to comply with every command of God, even the most difficult and self-denying, and devote their whole lives to God's service; and that in forgiveness of those that have injured them, and a general benevolence to mankind, their hearts are united to the people of Jesus Christ as their people, to cleave to them and love them as their brethren, and worship and serve God, and follow Christ in union and fellowship with them, being willing and resolved to perform all those duties that belong to them, as members of the same family of God and mystical body of Christ: I say, for persons solemnly to profess such things as these, as in the presence of God, is the same thing as to profess that they are conscious of, or do experience such things in their hearts."

 

Jonathan Edwards. "The Religious Affections." Dover Publications, Inc: Mineola, New York. (1746) 2013. p.337-338.
 

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August 29, 2015

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