Blog Posts on Jonathan Edwards

Two Tensions in Edwards’s View of History

Joe Rigney

One of the great challenges for those of us who love and embrace “the supremacy of God in all things” is to push this glorious truth into the corners. We must get specific. The supremacy of God in science. The supremacy of God in technology. The supremacy of God in literature. And, in light of our reflections on Jonathan Edwards’s “A History of the Work of Redemption,” the supremacy…

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Five Purposes of God in the Work of Redemption

Joe Rigney

The final portion of Jonathan Edwards’ first sermon on “A History of the Work of Redemption” relates five designs of God in the great work that he carries on from the fall to the end of the world.

  1. According to 1 Corinthians 15:25 and 1 John 3:8, “one great design of God in the affair of redemption was to reduce and subdue those enemies of God till they should all…
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All of History Is Redemptive History

Joe Rigney

In a previous post, I lamented the fact that Jonathan Edwards died prior to writing his unfinished masterwork, a God-centered biblical theology and world history, integrated by Christ’s work of redemption. But God, despite removing Edwards from this world, did not leave us without a witness.

Almost 20 years before his death, Edwards preached a 30-part sermon series on A History of the Work of Redemption, which was…

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Thank You, Yale, For This Gift

John Piper

Today, 280 years ago, Solomon Stoddard, Jonathan Edwards’ grandfather, died. He had been pastor of the church in Northampton, MA for 60 years.

Jonathan had been his assistant for two years. Now he was the sole pastor. From this position, and later from Stockbridge, CT would emerge the greatest writing from any pastor America has ever produced.

The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University has fulfilled a dream I did…

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Jonathan Edwards' Birthday

John Piper

Today is Jonathan Edwards’ 305th birthday. Lyman Beecher wrote to his son in 1836,

Next after the Bible, read and study Edwards, whom to understand in theology...will be as high praise in theological science as to understand Newton’s works...of natural philosophy. (Iain Murray, Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography, 459)

Jonathan EdwardsI suppose, after the Bible, no theologian has a greater ongoing effect on me as Jonathan Edwards. There are few…

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