Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Jonathan Edwards on Perseverance

That they who once truly believe in Christ, never fall away finally and perish, is evident, because they that now believe not, and are in a state of condemnation, are spoken of as those that never have believed, John 3:18, “Because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” Which supposes, that none of those that have believed, are now unbelievers, or are now in a state of condemnation. So again, those who shall be condemned at the day of judgment, are represented as those, not only whom Christ then will know not, but as those whom he never knew, Mat. 7:23. But how can this be a true representation, if some of them were once true Christians, and so were known and owned by Christ, but only have since apostatized? “When St. Paul kept under his body lest he should be a castaway, 1 Cor. 9:27, he did no otherwise than he was wont to do in temporal concerns, in cases wherein he was beforehand certain of the event. So he sent word to the chief captain of the Jews lying in wait to kill him, lest he should be murdered by them, though it was revealed to him from God, but the very night before, that he should live to see Rome; Acts 23:12-21. So he would not allow the sailors to leave the ship.” etc. Bellamy’s True Religion, Disc. 1. Inference 9. 1 John 3:6, “Whosoever sinneth, hath not seen him, neither known him.” This could not be true, if a man who has truly seen him, and known him, might finally fall away to sin.

1 comment:

Demetrius said...

Edwards was a Giant of the faith my friend.I am reading his religious affections and it is a mountain of a work but refreshing at the same time. And these words that edwards presents are just pure biblical truth man. Thanks Ray for posting this