Hall of Fame Christian Series: Jonathan Edwards (Part 1)

Welcome to the “Hall of Fame Christian Series” where I’ll be sharing Personal Thoughts and Meditations; and at times, short biographical profiles; of men and women greatly used by God in times past. This series will be random and not chronologically considered. Thank you.

Personal Thoughts on Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)

Every bible-believing Christian should read and study Jonathan Edwards closely and thoroughly. 
There is no doubt that Jonathan Edwards is America's greatest philosopher and deep thinker. There were others, but Edwards' magnitude cannot be matched. 
Science had Albert Einstein; Christianity and science had Jonathan Edwards. 
No honest lover of literature, Christian or not, can avoid Jonathan Edwards. He was a deep thinker, a man of influence whenever he took up his pen to write. 
It is regrettable that many only know Jonathan Edwards because of his sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." They say, "what a terrible man" but I say, what an ignorant man to never take care and study the man himself. 
Jonathan Edwards was an original thinker, a possessor of a 'mighty intellect, accompanied by a brilliant imagination, but above all by honesty.' He is one of the most honest Bible expositors. 'He never evades a problem; he faces them all. He does not skirt round a difficulty; he had this curious interest in truth in all its aspects, and then with all those scintillating gifts there is his humility and modesty, and added to that his exceptional spirituality. He knew more about experimental religion than most men; and he placed great emphasis upon the heart. In other words, what strikes one about Edwards as one looks at the man as a whole is the completeness, the balance.' 
Jonathan Edwards, a mighty theologian and a great pastor. He never left his intellect to his study, he carried it with him to his conversation, i.e., way of life, as a pastor and normal man. He excited the minds of brilliant scholars, but also caught the attention of little children. He believed in having good conversations with children. 
The Holy Spirit, I have no doubt, controlled the enormous intellect in Jonathan Edwards. He 'must have had a great struggle with his towering intellect, and his original thinking.' 
It is easy to idolize men like Jonathan Edwards. Be careful to place admiration of the man at its rightful place. 
Prayer and Edwards were one. He followed Christ closely in this privilege and duty of prayer. 
What's an example of a voracious reader? Jonathan Edwards! 
Oliver Wendell Holmes and Perry Miller were what we would call giants in matters involving brain work, but Edwards came higher than them when He sought the things of God and His righteousness. 
Husbands and fathers have a godly example in Edwards. Study him at home. 
[Sarah Edwards in writing to her daughter Esther at the death of her husband, Jonathan, said],

“My Very Dear Child, What shall I say? A holy and good God has covered us with a dark cloud. O that we may kiss the rod, and lay our hands on our mouths! The Lord has done it. He has made me adore his goodness, that we had him so long. But my God lives; and he has my heart. O what a legacy my husband, and your father, has left us! We are all given to God; and there I am, and love to be. Your ever affectionate mother, Sarah Edwards.”

The only resolution we need is to read Jonathan Edwards' famous "70 Resolutions." 

3 thoughts on “Hall of Fame Christian Series: Jonathan Edwards (Part 1)

  1. One of the evidence of ignorance of those who say, “What a terrible man” when hearing of his most famous sermon, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, is that his whole message is that God is merciful and we could not survive without His sustaining hand. AND that He offers freedom and life to any who call on Christ.

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