The Mansions that Christ Prepares for His Saints

What is a king’s palace to those mansions in heaven, that Christ prepares for his saints?  The honor of the creature consists in likeness and nearness to the Creator in heaven.  The saints shall be like him, for they shall see him as he is, they shall be most near him, shall be admitted to a most intimate fellowship.

– Jonathan Edwards, On Knowing Christ, The Banner of Truth Trust, copyright 1990, page 216

What Christians Should Seek

But Christians should seek after those things which will be to honor of their birth, after spiritual wisdom and knowledge of the most worthy and noble truths.  They should seek more and more an acquaintance with God, and to be assimilated to him, their great progenitor, and their immediate Father, that they may have the image of his excellent and divine perfections.

– Jonathan Edwards, On Knowing Christ, The Banner of Truth Trust, copyright 1990, page 213

A Distinct Race

Christians ought to bear with one another.  It appears from what has been said, that they are all of one kindred, that they have a relation to other Christians, which they have not to the rest of the world; being of a distinct race from them, but of the same race with one another.

– Jonathan Edwards, On Knowing Christ, The Banner of Truth Trust, copyright 1990, page 212

Immediately Begotten of God

God’s people are immediately begotten of God.  When they become saints, they are born again, they have a new nature given them, they have a new life begun, they are renewed in the whole man by a new generation and birth wherein they are born of God (John 1:12-13).  They are born of the Spirit of God (John 3:8).

– Jonathan Edwards, On Knowing Christ, The Banner of Truth Trust, copyright 1990, page 211-212

God Caused It

The doctrine of election shows, that if those who are converted have earnestly sought grace and holiness, and in that way have obtained it, their obtaining it is not owing to their endeavors, but that it was the grace and mercy of God that caused them earnestly to seek conversion, that they might obtain it.

– Jonathan Edwards, On Knowing Christ, The Banner of Truth Trust, copyright 1990, page 207

Here is Love for Us

Christ gives himself to his people to be all things to them that they need, and all things that make for their happiness (Colossians 3:11).  And that he might be so, he has refused nothing that is needful to prepare him to be so.  When it was needful that he should be incarnate, he refused it not, but became man, and appeared in the form of a servant.  When it was needful that he should be slain, he refused it not, but gave himself for us, and gave himself to us upon the cross.

Here is love for us to admire, for us to praise and for us to rejoice in, with joy  that is full of glory for ever.

– Jonathan Edwards, On Knowing Christ, The Banner of Truth Trust, copyright 1990, page 182

Blessed Above the Angels

How ought we to bless God for this abundant provision he has made for us, poor and sinful as we were, who were so undeserving and so ungrateful.  He made no such provisions for the fallen angels, who are left without remedy in all the woes and miseries into which they are plunged.

– Jonathan Edwards, On Knowing Christ, The Banner of Truth Trust, copyright 1990, page 181