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Reading the End of the Sermon: “The Justice of God in the Damnation of Sinners”

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Yes, my Sunday afternoon reading was “The Justice of God in the Damnation of Sinners,” a sermon preached by Jonathan Edwards in the 1730s.  Edwards has been caricatured as a killjoy who got his kicks from talking about hell. However, where Edwards certainly did magnify the justice and wrath of God in the damnation of sinners, he magnified the grace of God through Jesus Christ to undeserving sinners all the more.  The following is one of the last paragraphs in the sermon:

“The blood of Christ is so precious, that it is fully sufficient to pay the debt you have contracted, and perfectly to vindicate the Divine Majesty from all the dishonor cast upon it, by those many great sins of yours that have been mentioned.  It was as great, and indeed a much greater thing, for Christ to die, than it would have been for you and all mankind to have burnt in hell to all eternity. Of such dignity and excellency is Christ in the eyes of God, that, seeing he has suffered so much for poor sinners, God is willing to be at peace with them, however vile and unworthy they have been, and on how many accounts soever the punishment would be just.  So that you need not be at all discouraged from seeking mercy, for there is enough in Christ.” (emphasis mine)

 

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February 14, 2011 at 2:58 pm

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