Dependence On the Grace of God

And we are not only indeed more dependent on the grace of God, but our dependence is much more conspicuous, because our own insufficiency and helplessness in ourselves is much more apparent in our fallen and undone state, than it was before we were either sinful or miserable.

– Jonathan Edwards, On Knowing Christ, The Banner of Truth Trust, copyright 1990, page 38

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We Are Such Dependent Creatures

We are dependent on Christ the Son of God, as he is our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.  We are dependent on the Father, who has given us Christ, and made him to be these things to us.  We are dependent on the Holy Ghost, for it is of him that we are in Christ jesus; it is the Spirit of God that gives faith in him, whereby we receive him, and close with him.

– Jonathan Edwards, On Knowing Christ, The Banner of Truth Trust, copyright 1990, page 34

Wisdom Was a Thing Greeks Admired but Christ Is True Wisdom

Wisdom was a thing that the Greeks admired; but Christ is the true light of the world; it is through him alone that true wisdom is imparted to the mind.  It is in and by Christ that we hav righteousness it is by being in him and we are justified, have our sins pardoned, and are received as righteous into God’s favour.

– Jonathan Edwards, On Knowing Christ, The Banner of Truth Trust, copyright 1990, page 34

The More You Have, The More Opportunity There Will Be

The more you have of a rational knowledge of divine things, the more opportunity there will be, when the Spirit shall be breathed into your heart, to see the excellency of these things, and to taste the sweetness of them.  The heathen who have no rational knowledge of the things of the gospel, have no opportunity to see the excellency of them; and therefore the more rational knowledge of these things you have, the more opportunity you have to see the divine excellency and glory of them.

– Jonathan Edwards, On Knowing Christ, The Banner of Truth Trust, copyright 1990, page 27

Be Not Contented in Possessing but Little of This Treasure

You all have a large treasure of divine knowledge, in that you have the Bible in your hands, therefore be not contented in possessing but little of this treasure.  God hat spoken much to you in the Scriptures; labour to understand as much of what he said as you can.

– Jonathan Edwards, On Knowing Christ, The Banner of Truth Trust, copyright 1990, page 25

It Contains Enough to Employ Us to the End of Our Lives

The word of God, which is given for our instruction in divinity, contains enough in it to employ us to the end of our lives. and then we shall leave enough uninvestigated to employ the heads of the ablest divines to the end of the world.  The psalmist found an end to the things that are human; but he could never find an end to what is contained in the Word of God (Psalms 119:96).

– Jonathan Edwards, On Knowing Christ, The Banner of Truth Trust, copyright 1990, page 22