Jonathan Edwards: Thoughts For the Day

A true sense of the divine and superlative excellency of the things of religion; a real sense of the excellency of God, and Jesus Christ, and of the work of redemption, and the ways and works of God revealed in the gospel. There is a divine and superlative glory in these things; an excellency that is of a vastly higher kind, and more sublime nature than in other things a glory greatly distinguishing them from all that is earthly and temporal. He that is spiritually enlightened truly apprehends and sees it, or has a sense of it. He don’t merely rationally believe that God is glorious, but he has a sense of the gloriousness of God in his heart. There is not only a rational belief that God is holy, and that holiness is a good thing; but there is a sense of the loveliness of God’s holiness.  – Jonathan Edwards (emphasis added)

(Works 17, 413)

Edwards makes a distinction between the one who has possesses rational belief and understanding of facts and fundamentals presented within the Bible, and those given a regenerated heart that actual have senses attuned to these facts and fundamentals so they may be experienced, understood, and desired (deeper than just emotional) for what they are and who God is because of who He is!

Grace and Peace

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