Jonathan Edwards

Born: October 5, 1703

Die: March 22, 1758

Occupation: Preacher

Quotes of Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards

True virtue never appears so lovely as when it is most oppressed; and the divine excellency of real Christianity is never exhibited with such advantage as when under the greatest trials; then it is that...

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Jonathan Edwards

Grace is the seed of glory, the dawning of glory in the heart, and therefore grace is the earnest of the future inheritance.

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Jonathan Edwards

So that it must be only by the imagination that Satan has access to the soul, to tempt and delude it, or suggest anything to it. And this seems to be the reason why persons that are under the disease of...

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The deceitfulness of the heart of man appears in no one thing so much as this of spiritual pride and self-righteousness. The subtlety of Satan appears in its height, in his managing persons with respect...

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Jonathan Edwards

A truly Christian love, either to God or men, is a humble broken-hearted love. The desires of the saints, however earnest, are humble desires. Their hope is a humble hope; and their joy, even when it is...

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Jonathan Edwards

God is the highest good of the reasonable creature. The enjoyment of him is our proper; and is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely...

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As God delights in his own beauty, he must necessarily delight in the creature's holiness which is a conformity to and participation of it, as truly as [the] brightness of a jewel, held in the sun's beams,...

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If the heart be chiefly and directly fixed on God, and the soul engaged to glorify him, some degree of religious affection will be the effect and attendant of it. But to seek after affection directly and...

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Jonathan Edwards

Who will deny that true religion consists, in a great measure, in vigorous and lively actings of the inclination and will of the soul, or the fervent exercises of the heart? That religion which God requires,...

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Jonathan Edwards

He that has doctrinal knowledge and speculation only, without affection, never is engaged in the business of religion.

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Jonathan Edwards

Resolved, never to do anything which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life.

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Jonathan Edwards

true weanedness from the world don't consist in being beat off from the world by the affliction of it, but a being drawn off by the sight of something better.

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Jonathan Edwards

From love arises hatred of those things which are contrary to what we love, or which oppose and thwart us in those things that we delight in.

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A truly humble man is sensible of his natural distance from God; of his dependence on Him; of the insufficiency of his own power and wisdom; and that it is by God's power that he is upheld and provided...

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Jonathan Edwards

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

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Jonathan Edwards

Grace is but glory begun, and glory is but grace perfected.

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Jonathan Edwards

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

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Jonathan Edwards

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.

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Jonathan Edwards

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

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Jonathan Edwards

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...

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Jonathan Edwards

The best, most beautiful, and most perfect way that we have of expressing a sweet concord of mind to each other is by music.

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Jonathan Edwards

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

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

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Jonathan Edwards

Sincere friendship towards God, in all who believe him to be properly an intelligent, willing being, does most apparently, directly, and strongly incline to prayer; and it no less disposes the heart strongly...

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Jonathan Edwards

God’s purpose for my life was that I have a passion for God’s glory and that I have a passion for my joy in that glory, and that these two are one passion.

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Jonathan Edwards

One of these grand defects, as I humbly conceive, is this, that children are habituated to learning without understanding.

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Jonathan Edwards

Godliness is more easily feigned in words than in actions

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Jonathan Edwards

Resolved, to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow in the knowledge of the same.

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Jonathan Edwards

Seek not to grow in knowledge chiefly for the sake of applause, and to enable you to dispute with others; but seek it for the benefit of your souls.

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Jonathan Edwards

Surely there is something in the unruffled calm of nature that overawes our little anxieties and doubts; the sight of the deep-blue sky and the clustering stars above seems to impart a quiet to the mind.

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If I murmur in the least at affliction, if I am in any way uncharitable, if I revenge my own case, if I do anything purely to please myself or omit anything because it is a great denial, if I trust myself,...

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Jonathan Edwards

I claim no right to myself, no right to this understanding, this will, these affections that are in me. Neither do I have any right to this body or its members, no right to this tongue, to these hands,...

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Jonathan Edwards

Of all the knowledge that we can ever obtain, the knowledge of God, and the knowledge of ourselves, are the most important.

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Jonathan Edwards

Being sensible that I am unable to do any thing without God's help, I do humbly entreat Him, by His grace, to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to His will, for Christ's...

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Jonathan Edwards

All truth is given by revelation, either general or special, and it must be received by reason. Reason is the God-given means for discovering the truth that God discloses, whether in his world or his Word....

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Jonathan Edwards

Resolved, that I will live so, as I shall wish I had done when I come to die.

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Jonathan Edwards

Lord, stamp eternity on my eyeballs.

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Jonathan Edwards

Truth is the agreement of our ideas with the ideas of God.

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Jonathan Edwards

Holiness appeared to me to be of a sweet, pleasant, charming, serene, calm nature; which brought an inexpressible purity, brightness, peacefulness and ravishment to the soul.

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That the reason why they are not fallen already and do not fall now is only that God's appointed time is not come. For it is said, that when that due time, or appointed time comes, their foot shall slide....

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