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Jonathan Edwards’ Resolutions Made at the Age of 19

Jonathan Edwards

THE RESOLUTIONS of Jonathan Edwards

BEING SENSIBLE THAT I AM UNABLE TO DO ANYTHING 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.

1. 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 myriads 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 soever, and how great soever.

2. Resolved, to be continually endeavoring to find out some new contrivance and invention to promote the aforementioned things.

3. Resolved, if ever I shall fall and grow dull, so as to neglect to keep any part of these Resolutions, to repent of all I can remember, when I come to myself again.

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David Brainerd: Like A Meteor Against The Night

"David Brainerd on Horseback" by Unknown
“David Brainerd on Horseback” by Unknown

In 1749, the preeminent American theologian and preacher Jonathan Edwards published a work that would quickly become his most popular. Called An Account of the Life of the Late Reverend Mr. David Brainerd, it was the diary of a young missionary who had died of tuberculosis only two years earlier in Edwards’ own home.

Edwards saw fit to publish Brainerd’s diary and personal writings after his death because of the young man’s unmatched zeal for Christ as well as his unrelenting efforts to preach the Gospel amongst the heathen, regardless of his seeming lack of converts. The diary quickly made Brainerd a household name and served to inspire a generation of Christians to further the cause of Christ in service of the Great Commission.

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