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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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The Heart of The King is in the Lord’s Hand

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, we are taught by thy Holy Word that the hearts of princes are in thy rule and governance, and that thou doest dispose and turn them as it seems best to thy Godly wisdom: we humbly beseech thee, so to dispose and govern the heart of President Obama, thy servant, our President and governor, that in all his thoughts, words, and works he may ever seek thy honor and glory, and study to preserve thy people committed to his charge, in peace and godliness. Grant this O merciful Father, for thy dear Son’s sake Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

-An adaption from the Book of Common Prayer, 1559

Salvation Through Judgment

“The lordship of God, however, cannot be confined to God’s love, for the Scriptures call attention to another dimension of the story. God expresses his kingship also in punishing his enemies, in judging those who resist the overtures of his love. Some of God’s subjects rebel against his kingly rule and his sovereign love. Their recalcitrance and rebellion will not ultimately succeed. The story line of the Scriptures indicates that evil will be destroyed and pacified. The subjects who refuse to bow the knee will be judged, and God’s rule over all and glory will be manifested in judgment as well” (Schreiner, The King in His Beauty, pp. xiv).

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