by Jonathan Edwards
The person and work of Christ is the hinge point for the entire Bible. The Bible teaches from the very beginning that the "seed of the woman" would crush the head of the deceptive intruder in the garden (Genesis 3:15). This promise from the mouth of God Himself serves as the overarching prophecy of the entire Bible, achieving its fulfillment thousands of years later, outside the city walls of Jerusalem. We learn from the book of Hebrews that the entire Old Covenant system looked ahead to Christ, it was merely a shadow of the reality to come (Heb. 7-10). Jesus Christ is the fulcrum of world history. His short life changed the world forever.
In our daily lives, we tend to forget this pretty quickly. We get caught up in the mundane and the trivial far too easily, forgetting that they are merely distractions in a world that has been, and is being, redeemed by what Christ accomplished nearly 2000 years ago. Try as we might to avoid it, we get sidetracked and bogged down by these diversions.
Jonathan Edwards understood this tendency of the human heart. His teaching, preaching, and writing often focused on the internal struggle that is constantly raging within, what the apostle Paul referred to as the war between the law of his mind and the law of sin in his body (Romans 7). This life-long processknown as sanctificationis a heart and mind issue. Proverbs tells us that as a man thinks in his heart, so he is (Prov. 23:7). In other words, proper thinking is the first line of defense to sinful tendencies. If we can keep our minds focused on Christ, temptation will have a harder time gaining a foothold in our hearts. To this end, Devotions from the Pen of Jonathan Edwards provides helpful short devotions to foster better thinkingthinking directed toward Christ.
Containing 120 page-length devotionals, this book is one that you will want to have sitting right next to your Bible. Although each one can be read in a minute or so, Edwards' dense writing style does not waste words in getting to the point. Always convicting and always relevant, Edwards knows where the problem lies and begins there; this is not light reading for the faint of heart. If you are wanting feel-good stories to begin your day, you will need to keep looking. But if you are serious about wrestling with the inner man and furthering your sanctification by feeding your mind, this is the devotional for you. Edwards would not buy into modern psycho-babble about making us feel better about ourselves. He understood that we need to be honest and put ourselves into our proper place first, and let God and His Word do the work.
Hardback; 120 pages
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