Jonathan Edwards on Fire

Jonathan Edwards on Fire

"For there is one God, and there is one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus."

1 Timothy 2:5

On this day, March 22, in the year of our Lord  1758, Jonathan Edwards died. He has been called by many the greatest American theologian who ever lived.

At the young age of 12 years, Edwards entered Yale College and graduated Valedictorian at the head of his class. He went on to become the third president of Princeton University. These facts are common knowledge. What is not as commonly known is that Edwards frequently encountered the manifest presence of Christ. 

Edwards wrote, “The sense I had of divine things would often all of a sudden kindle up, as it were, a sweet burning in my heart. I had a view that, for me, was extraordinary of the Son of God as Mediator between God and man, and His wonderful great, full, pure, and sweet grace and love and meek and gentle condescension.” 

He wrote of the manifest presence of God in both his Treatise on Religious Affections as well as In Humble Attempt. Edwards would frequently refer to God’s manifest presence as “abundant effusions of the Holy Spirit.” 

“God would appear in His glory and manifest His compassion…by an abundant effusion of His Holy Spirit on all the churches.” Edwards described his own hometown of North Hampton, Massachusetts, as, “the town seemed to be full of the presence of God.”

Holy Father, pour an abundant effusion of Your Holy Spirit on my church today. Do it again, Lord, for Jesus Christ’s sake.

© Fred A. Hartley, III  All rights reserved
Unless otherwise indicated, the English Standard Bible (ESV) is used.

This daily Christ-encountering, fire-starter is not intended to replace your daily Bible reading and prayer time, but rather to motivate you to spend extended time in His presence.
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