155+ Best Jonathan Edwards Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Jonathan Edwards was a North American revivalist preacher, philosopher, and Congregationalist Protestant theologian. Edwards is widely regarded as one of the America’s most important and original philosophical theologians.

His works focused mainly on the metaphysical concepts of theological determinism. Moreover, Edwards played a vital role in the religious movement of The First Great Awakening. Inspirational Jonathan Edwards quotes will enlighten you, encourage you in your daily walk and boost your faith.

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Most Famous Jonathan Edwards Quotes

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

A true and faithful Christian does not make holy living an accidental thing. It is his great concern. As the business of the soldier is to fight, so the business of the Christian is to be like Christ. – Jonathan Edwards

You contribute nothing to your salvation except the sin that made it necessary. – Jonathan Edwards

Christ is like a river in another respect. A river is continually flowing, there are fresh supplies of water coming from the fountainhead continually, so that a man may live by it, and be supplied with water all his life. So, Christ is an ever-flowing fountain; he is continually supplying his people, and the fountain is not spent. They who live upon Christ, may have fresh supplies from him to all eternity; they may have an increase of blessedness that is new, and new still, and which never will come to an end. – Jonathan Edwards

The seeking of the kingdom of God is the chief business of the Christian life. – Jonathan Edwards

We must view humility as one of the most essential things that characterizes true Christianity. – 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. – 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. While God wants to reach the heart with truth, he does not bypass the mind. – Jonathan Edwards

There is no way that Christians, in a private capacity, can do so much to promote the work of God and advance the kingdom of Christ as by prayer. – Jonathan Edwards

Unconverted men walk over the pit of hell on a rotten covering. – Jonathan Edwards

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

There is a difference between having a rational judgment that honey is sweet, and having a sense of its sweetness – Jonathan Edwards

The devil can counterfeit all the saving operations and graces of the Spirit of God. – Jonathan Edwards

Immediately upon the fall, the mind of man shrank from its primitive greatness and expandedness, to an exceeding smallness and contractedness… Before, his soul was under the government of the noble principles of divine love, whereby it was enlarged to the comprehensiveness of all his fellow creatures and their welfare… [But] sin, like some powerful astringent, contracted his soul to the very small dimensions of selfishness, and God was forsaken, and man retired within himself, and became totally governed by narrow and selfish principles and feelings. – Jonathan Edwards

Jesus Christ is both the only price and sacrifice by which eternal redemption is obtained for believers. – Jonathan Edwards

If we make a great show of respect and love to God, in the outward actions, while there is no sincerity in the heart, it is but hypocrisy and practical lying unto the Holy One. – Jonathan Edwards

He that sees the beauty of holiness or true moral good ,sees the greatest and most important thing in the world. – Jonathan Edwards

The Spirit of God is given to the true saints to dwell in them as his proper lasting abode to dwell in them and to influence their hearts as a principle of new nature or as a divine supernatural spring of life and action. – Jonathan Edwards

Wicked people will on the day of judgment see all there is to see of Jesus Christ, except His beauty and loveliness – Jonathan Edwards

The godly are designed for unknown and inconceivable happiness. – Jonathan Edwards

Among the many acts of gratitude we owe to God, it may be accounted one to study and contemplate the perfections and beauties of His work of creation. Every new discovery must necessarily raise in us a fresh sense of the greatness, wisdom, and power of God. – Jonathan Edwards

Resolved, never to lose one moment of time; but improve it the most profitable way I possibly can. – Jonathan Edwards

The surest way to know our gold, is to look upon it and examine it in God’s furnace, where he tries it that we may see what it is. If we have a mind to know whether a building stands strong or not, we must look upon it when the wind blows. If we would know whether a staff be strong, or a rotten, broken reed, we must observe it when it is leaned on and weight is borne upon it. If we would weigh ourselves justly we must weigh ourselves in God’s scales that he makes use of to weigh us. – 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 melancholy are commonly so visibly and remarkably subject to the suggestions and temptations of Satan… Innumerable are the ways by which the mind may be led on to all kind of evil thoughts, by the exciting of external ideas in the imagination. – Jonathan Edwards

Resolved, to ask myself at the end of every day, week, month and year, wherein I could possibly in any respect have done better. – Jonathan Edwards

You have reason to wonder that you are not already in hell. – Jonathan Edwards

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

True boldness for Christ transcends all, it is indifference to the displeasure of either friends or foes. Boldness enables Christians to forsake all rather than Christ, and to prefer to offend all rather than to offend Him. – Jonathan Edwards

He who does not know Him, knows nothing else as it truly is. – Jonathan Edwards

True salvation always produces an abiding change of nature in a true convert. Therefore, whenever holiness of life does not accompany a confession of conversion, it must be understood that this individual is not a Christian. – Jonathan Edwards

Truth is the agreement of our ideas with the ideas of God. – Jonathan Edwards

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

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, if I take any praise for any good which Christ does by me, or if I am in any way proud, I shall act as my own and not God’s. – Jonathan Edwards

The foundation of the Christian’s peace is everlasting; it is what no time, no change can destroy. It will remain when the body dies; it will remain when the mountains depart and the hills shall be removed, and when the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll. The fountain of His comfort shall never be diminished, and the stream shall never be dried. His comfort and joy is a living spring in the soul, a well of water springing up to everlasting life. – Jonathan Edwards

The smallest sin is an act of Cosmic Treason against a Holy God. – Jonathan Edwards

Christ is the true light of the world; it is through him alone that true wisdom is imparted to the mind. – Jonathan Edwards

The door of God’s mercy is thrown wide open, and Christ stands in the door and says to sinners ‘Come.’ – Jonathan Edwards

Nothing sets a person so much out of the devil’s reach as humility. – Jonathan Edwards

By the grace of God we will never pluck unripe fruit. We will never press people to decision, because we’ll lead them to damnation and not salvation. – 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 unspeakable and full of glory, is a humble broken-hearted joy, and leaves the Christian more poor in spirit, and more like a little child, and more disposed to a universal lowliness of behaviour. – Jonathan Edwards

We are dependent on the power of God to convert us and give faith in Jesus Christ and the new nature. – Jonathan Edwards

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

A true love for God must begin with a delight in His holiness, and not with a delight in any other attribute; for no other attribute is truly lovely without this. – Jonathan Edwards

Prayer is as natural an expression of faith as breathing is of life. – Jonathan Edwards

A sinner is not justified before God (coram Deo) apart from the righteousness of Christ apprehended by faith. – Jonathan Edwards

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. – Jonathan Edwards

All the graces of Christianity always go together. They so go together that where there is one, there are all, and where one is wanting, all are wanting. Where there is faith, there are love, and hope, and humility; and where there is love, there is also trust; and where there is a holy trust in God, there is love to God; and where there is a gracious hope, there also is a holy fear of God. – Jonathan Edwards

Envy is a spirit of dissatisfaction or opposition to the prosperity or happiness of other people. – Jonathan Edwards

If you long to be more like Christ, then act like Him, and walk as He walked. – Jonathan Edwards

It is not by telling people about ourselves that we demonstrate our Christianity. Words are cheap. It is by costly, self-denying Christian practice that we show the reality of our faith. – 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 better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Better than fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of any, or all earthly friends. These are but shadows; but the enjoyment of God is the substance. These are but scattered beams; but God is the sun. These are but streams; but God is the fountain. These are but drops, but God is the ocean. – Jonathan Edwards

How can you expect to dwell with God forever, if you so neglect and forsake him here? – Jonathan Edwards

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

The enjoyment of God is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. – 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. – Jonathan Edwards

Remember that pride is the worst viper that is in the heart, the greatest disturber of the soul’s peace and sweet communion with Christ; it was the first sin that ever was, and lies lowest in the foundation of Satan’s whole building, and is the most difficultly rooted out, and is the most hidden, secret and deceitful of all lusts, and often creeps in, insensibly, into the midst of religion and sometimes under the disguise of humility. – Jonathan Edwards

Spiritual delight in God arises chiefly from his beauty and perfection, not from the blessings he gives us. – Jonathan Edwards

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 for, and that he needs God’s wisdom to lead and guide him, and His might to enable him to do what he ought to do for Him. – Jonathan Edwards

Lord, stamp eternity on my eyeballs. – Jonathan Edwards

It is God’s will through His wonderful grace, that the prayers of His saints should be one of the great principal means of carrying on the designs of Christ’s kingdom in the world. When God has something very great to accomplish for His church, it is His will that there should precede it the extraordinary prayers of His people; as is manifest by Ezekiel 36:37. and it is revealed that, when God is about to accomplish great things for His church, He will begin by remarkably pouring out the spirit of grace and supplication (see Zechariah 12:10). – Jonathan Edwards

Almost every natural man that hears of hell, flatters himself that he shall escape it. – Jonathan Edwards

Nature is God’s greatest evangelist. – Jonathan Edwards

He that lives a prayerless life, lives without God in the world. – Jonathan Edwards

He, whose heart is fixed, trusting in Christ, need not be afraid. – Jonathan Edwards

He who has Christ has all he needs and needs no more. – Jonathan Edwards

Christ gives peace to the most sinful and miserable that come to Him. He heals the broken in heart and binds up their wounds. – Jonathan Edwards

There are people who love those who agree with them and admire them, but have no time for those who oppose and dislike them. A Christian’s love must be universal! – 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. – Jonathan Edwards

I go out to preach with two propositions in mind. First, every person ought to give his life to Christ. Second, whether or not anyone else gives him his life, I will give him mine. – Jonathan Edwards

They who truly come to God for mercy, come as beggars, and not as creditors: they come for mere mercy, for sovereign grace, and not for anything that is due – Jonathan Edwards

In all your course, walk with God and follow Christ as a little, poor, helpless child, taking hold of Christ’s hand, keeping your eye on the mark of the wounds on his hands and side, whence came the blood that cleanses you from sin and hiding your nakedness under the skirt of the white shining robe of his righteousness. – 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 to desire to have our infinitely glorious. – Jonathan Edwards

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 – Jonathan Edwards

Grace is but glory begun, and glory is but grace perfected. – Jonathan Edwards

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

There are two sorts of hypocrites: one that are deceived with their outward morality and external religion; many of whom are professed Arminians, in the doctrine of justification: and the other, are those that are deceived with false discoveries and elevations; who often cry down works, and men’s own righteousness, and talk much of free grace; but at the same time make a righteousness of their discoveries and of their humiliation, and exalt themselves to heaven with them. – Jonathan Edwards

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 – Jonathan Edwards

I look forward to maintaining and building on the significant athlete involvement that played such an important role in bringing the Games to London. – Jonathan Edwards

Four of our stations ran out of at least one grade of gas (on Wednesday) before we could get them supplied again. You can only respond so quickly. – Jonathan Edwards

Nathan’s Britain’s big hope in the field and in the back of the mind he’ll know that, if he doesn’t get a medal, we don’t have too many other options. – Jonathan Edwards

Nathan proved he has the class to compete at this level, – Jonathan Edwards

And I say unto you, my friends, be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that, have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom you shall fear: fear him, which after he hath killed, hath power to cast into hell: yea, I say unto you, Fear him. – Jonathan Edwards

Sunshine go away today; I don’t feel much like dancing. – Jonathan Edwards

He can’t even run his own life; I’ll be damned if he’ll run mine. – Jonathan Edwards

It’s all about training and rhythm and getting it right on the day. – Jonathan Edwards

If get a jump right, there’s a feeling of flying. – Jonathan Edwards

On his world record triple jump – It’s only jumping into a sandpit. – Jonathan Edwards

I’ve never seen anything like what took place, – Jonathan Edwards

Other countries around the world are looking at (this project) very closely. They are looking at the vendors involved in the project. – Jonathan Edwards

It’s getting bigger. I’ve had so many people ask me about it. I don’t know if it’ll ever be as big as a big-city anime con, but this year we’ve had companies contact us to be sponsors who we didn’t even contact ourselves first. I’m betting it grows. – Jonathan Edwards

Almost all men, and those that seem to be very miserable, love life, because they cannot bear to lose sight of such a beautiful and lovely world. The ideas, that every moment whilst we live have a beauty that we take not distinct notice of, brings a pleasure that, when we come to the trial, we had rather live in much pain and misery than lose. – Jonathan Edwards

When I am giving the relation of a thing, remember to abstain from altering either in the matter or manner of speaking, so much, as that, if every one, afterwards, should alter as much, it would at last come to be properly false. – Jonathan Edwards

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

Every Christian that goes before us from this world is a ransomed spirit waiting to welcome us in heaven. – Jonathan Edwards

If the case be such indeed, that all mankind are by nature in a state of total ruin, then, doubtless,the great salvation by Christ stands in direct relation to this ruin, as the remedy to the disease. – Jonathan Edwards

Resolved, to examine carefully, and constantly, what that one thing in me is, which causes me in the least to doubt the love of God; and to direct all my forces against it. – Jonathan Edwards

Resolved, never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less or more, but what tends to the glory of God; nor be, nor suffer it, if I can avoid it. – Jonathan Edwards

Love is the sum of all virtue, and love disposes us to good. – Jonathan Edwards

The pit is prepared, the fire is made ready, the furnace is now hot, ready to receive the wicked: the flames do now rage and glow. The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much in the same way as one holds a spider or some loathsome insect, abhors you and is dreadfully provoked…He will trample them beneath His feet with inexpressible fierceness; He will crush their blood out, and will make it fly, so that it will sprinkle His garment and stain all His raiment. – Jonathan Edwards

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. – Jonathan Edwards

To live with all my might, while I do live – Jonathan Edwards

The beauty of the world consists wholly of sweet mutual consents, either within itself or with the supreme being. – Jonathan Edwards

Real pain can alone cure us of imaginary ills. – Jonathan Edwards

A greater absurdity cannot be thought of than a morose, hardhearted, covetous, proud, malicious Christian. – Jonathan Edwards

When God is about to bestow some great blessing on His church, it is often His manner, in the first place, so to order things in His providence as to show His church their great need of it, and to bring them into distress for want of it, and so put them upon crying earnestly to Him for it. – Jonathan Edwards

Resolved, when I feel pain, to think of the pains of martyrdom, and of hell. – Jonathan Edwards

No degree of speculative knowledge of religion is any certain sign of true piety. – Jonathan Edwards

Family education and order are some of the chief means of grace; if these are duly maintained, all the means of grace are likely to prosper and become effectual. – Jonathan Edwards

Trust in God and ye need not fear. – Jonathan Edwards

Why should not He had made all things, still having something immediately to do with the things that He has made? Where lies the great difficulty, if we own the being of a God, that He created all things out of nothing, I’ll be allowing something immediate influence of God on creation still? – Jonathan Edwards

The bodies of those that made such a noise and tumult when alive, when dead, lie as quietly among the graves of their neighbors as any others. – Jonathan Edwards

Because God is not only infinitely greater and more excellent than all other being, but he is the head of the universal system of existence; the foundation and fountain of all being and all beauty; from whom all is perfectly derived, and on whom all is most absolutely and perfectly dependent; of whom, and through whom, and to whom is all being and all perfection; and whose being and beauty are, as it were, the sum and comprehension of all existence and excellence: much more than the sun is the fountain and summary comprehension of all the light and brightness of the day. – Jonathan Edwards

The bow of God’s wrath is bent, and His arrows made ready upon the string. Justice points the arrow at your heart and strings the bow. It is nothing but the mere pleasure of God (and that of an angry God without any promise or obligation at all) that keeps the arrow one moment from being made drunk with your blood. – Jonathan Edwards

Find preachers of David Brainerd’s spirit, and nothing can stand before them. Let us be followers of him, as he was of Christ, in absolute self-devotion, in total deadness to the world, and in fervent love to God and man. – Jonathan Edwards

Temples have their images; and we see what influence they have always had over a great part of mankind. But, in truth, the ideas and images in men’s minds are the invisible powers that constantly govern them; and to these they all pay universally a ready submission. – Jonathan Edwards

I make it my rule, to lay hold of light and embrace it, wherever I see it, though held forth by a child or an enemy. – Jonathan Edwards

Nothing is more certain than that there must be an unmade and unlimited being. – Jonathan Edwards

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. – Jonathan Edwards

If you seek in the spirit of selfishness, to grasp all as your own, you shall lose all, and be driven out of the world, at last, naked and forlorn, to everlasting poverty and contempt. – Jonathan Edwards

Whatever in Christ had the nature of satisfaction, was by virtue of His suffering or humiliation; whatever had the nature of merit, was by virtue of His obedience or righteousness. – Jonathan Edwards

The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider… abhors you, and is dreadfully provoked: his wrath towards you burns like fire; he looks upon you as worthy of nothing else, but to be cast into the fire. – Jonathan Edwards

If there be ground for you to trust, as you do, in your own righteousness, then all that Christ did to purchase salvation, and all that God did from the fall of man to prepare the way for it, is in vain. Consider what greater folly could you have devised to charge upon God than this, that all those things were done so needlessly; when, instead of all this, He might only have called you forth, and committed the business to you, which you think you can do so easily. – Jonathan Edwards

As it is with spiritual discoveries and affections given at first conversion, so it is in all subsequent illuminations and affections of that kind; they are all transforming. There is a like divine power and energy in them as in the first discoveries; they still reach the bottom of the heart, and affect and alter the very nature of the soul, in proportion to the degree in which they are given. And a transformation of nature is continued and carried on by them to the end of life, until it is brought to perfection in glory. – Jonathan Edwards

Religion consists much in holy affection; but those exercises of affection which are most distinguishing of true religion are these practical exercises. Friendship between earthly friends consists much in affection; but those strong exercises of affection that actually carry them through fire and water for each other are the highest evidences of true friendship. – Jonathan Edwards

The ingenerating of a principle of grace in the soul seems in Scripture to be compared to the conceiving of Christ in the womb… And the conception of Christ in the womb of the blessed virgin by the power of the Holy Ghost, seems to be a designed resemblance of the conception of Christ in the soul of a believer by the power of the same Holy Ghost. – Jonathan Edwards

But it is doubtless true, and evident from [the] Scriptures, that the essence of all true religion lies in holy love; and that in this divine affection, and an habitual disposition to it, and that light which is the foundation of it, and those things which are the fruits of it, consists the whole of religion. – Jonathan Edwards

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. – Jonathan Edwards

That there should absolutely be nothing at all is utterly impossible. The mind, let it stretch its conceptions ever so far, can never so much as bring itself to conceive of a state of perfect nothing. – Jonathan Edwards

The material universe exists only in the mind. – Jonathan Edwards

I resolve to live with all my might while I do live. I resolve never to lose one moment of time and to improve my use of time in the most profitable way I possibly can. I resolve never to do anything I wouldn’t do, if it were the last hour of my life. – Jonathan Edwards

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. – Jonathan Edwards

A man who knows that he lives in sin against God will not be inclined to come daily into the presence of God. – Jonathan Edwards

Salvation is so great a thing, so glorious an attainment, that ’tis worth the while for a man to do his utmost every day during his whole life in the use of all proper means that he may attain. – Jonathan Edwards

Can the believing husband in Heaven be happy with his unbelieving wife in Hell? Can the believing father in Heaven be happy with his unbelieving children in Hell? Can the loving wife in Heaven be happy with her unbelieving husband in Hell? I tell. – Jonathan Edwards

Since holiness is the main thing that excites, draws, and governs all gracious affections, it is no wonder that all such affections tend to holiness. That which men love, they desire to have and to be united to, and possessed of. That beauty which men delight in, they desire to be adorned with. Those acts which men delight in, they necessarily incline to do. – Jonathan Edwards

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. – Jonathan Edwards

We cannot believe that the church of God is already possessed of all that light which God intends to give it; nor that all Satan’s lurking places have already been found out. – Jonathan Edwards

Resolved, never to speak evil of anyone, so that it shall tend to his dishonor, more or less, upon no account except for some real good. – 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 true faith appears much more precious than gold, and upon this account isfound to praise and honour and glory. – 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 sake. – 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. – 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. – Jonathan Edwards

Resolved, to endeavor to obtain for myself as much happiness, in the other world, as I possibly can. – Jonathan Edwards

Resolved to live with all my might while I do live, and as I shall wish I had done ten thousand years hence. – Jonathan Edwards

Resolved, never henceforward, till I die, to act as if I were any way my own, but entirely and altogether God’s. – Jonathan Edwards

Every Christian family ought to be as it were a little church, consecrated to Christ, and wholly influenced and governed by his rules. And family education and order are some of the chief means of grace. If these fails, all other means are likely to prove ineffectual. If these are duly maintained, all the means of grace will be likely to prosper and be successful. – 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, feet, ears or eyes. I have given myself clear away and not retained anything of my own. – 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. – Jonathan Edwards

Men will trust in God no further than they know Him; and they cannot be in the exercise of faith in Him one ace further than they have a sight of His fulness and faithfulness in exercise. – Jonathan Edwards

Haste and escape for your lives, look not behind you, escape to the mountain, lest you be consumed. – Jonathan Edwards

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. – Jonathan Edwards

The end of the creation is that the creation might glorify [God]. Now what is glorifying God, but a rejoicing at that glory he has displayed? – Jonathan Edwards

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. – Jonathan Edwards

You all have by you a large treasure of divine knowledge; in that you have the Bible in your hands; therefore be not contented in possessing but little of this treasure. – Jonathan Edwards

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