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If a man is not restrained from acting as his will determines, or constrained to act otherwise, then he has liberty, according to common notions of liberty, without taking into the idea that grand contradiction of all, the determinations of a man's free will being the effects of the determinations of his free will.--Nor have men commonly any notion of freedom consisting in indifference. For if so, then it would be agreeable to their notion, that the greater indifference men act with, the more freedom they act with; whereas the reverse is true. He that, in acting, proceeds with the fullest inclination, does what he does with the greatest freedom, according to common sense.


We may infer that the work of redemption is the greatest of all God's works of which we have any notice, and it is the end of all his other works.

JONATHAN EDWARDS, A History of the Work of Redemption: Comprising an Outline of Church History

It is very probable, if not evident, that as Christ took on him the work of Mediator as soon as man fell, so he now immediately began his work of redemption in its effect, encountering his great enemy the devil, whom he had undertaken to conquer, and rescuing those two first captives out of his hands; therein baffling him soon after his triumph over them, whereby he had made them his captives. And though he seemed sure of them and all their posterity, Christ the Redeemer soon showed him that he was mistaken.

JONATHAN EDWARDS, A History of the Work of Redemption: Comprising an Outline of Church History

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, "To Deborah Hatheway", Letters and Personal Writings

By Christ's purchasing redemption, two things are intended, His satisfaction, and His merit. All is done by the price that Christ lays down, which does two things: it pays our debt, and so it satisfies; by its intrinsic value, and by the agreement between the Father and the Son it procures our title, and so it merits. The satisfaction of Christ is to free us from misery, and the merit of Christ is to purchase happiness for us.

JONATHAN EDWARDS, A History of the Work of Redemption: Comprising an Outline of Church History

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, attributed, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers


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