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Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards (1703 - 1758)

Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker Jonathan Edwards in text and pdf format. was a Christian preacher and theologian. Edwards "is widely acknowledged to be America's most important and original philosophical theologian," and one of America's greatest intellectuals. Edwards's theological work is broad in scope, but he was rooted in Reformed theology, the metaphysics of theological determinism, and the Puritan heritage. Recent studies have emphasized how thoroughly Edwards grounded his life's work on conceptions of beauty, harmony, and ethical fittingness, and how central The Enlightenment was to his mindset. Edwards played a critical role in shaping the First Great Awakening, and oversaw some of the first revivals in 1733–35 at his church in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Edwards delivered the sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God", a classic of early American literature, during another revival in 1741, following George Whitefield's tour of the Thirteen Colonies. Edwards is well known for his many books, The End For Which God Created the World, The Life of David Brainerd, which served to inspire thousands of missionaries throughout the 19th century, and Religious Affections, which many Reformed Evangelicals still read today.

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A Divine and Supernatural Light
       A Divine And Supernatural Light IMMEDIATELY IMPARTED TO THE SOUL, BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD, SHOWN TO BE BOTH A SCRIPTURAL AND RATIONAL DOCTRINE Preached in Northampton, and published at the desire of the hearers, in the year 1734. Matthew 16:1 ... read more

A Faithful Narrative of the Surprising Work of God
      A Faithful Narrative of the Surprising Work of God is Jonathan Edwards' own account of the mighty way in which God moved among the people of Northampton, Massachusetts and other nearby communities in the early stages of what has become known as The Great ... read more

A Farewell Sermon
       A FAREWELL SERMON Preached at the First Church in Northampton, MA after being voted out as the Pastor July 1, 1750. 2 Corinthians 1:14 As also you have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are ours in th ... read more

An Account of the Revival of Religion in Northampton in 1740 - 1742
      An Account of the Revival of Religion in Northampton in 1740 - 1742 As Communicated in a Letter to the Rev. Thomas Prince of Boston, MA Evidently intended for publication, this letter was entitled "The State of Religion at Northampton in the County ... read more

An Unpublished Essay on the Trinity
      IT IS COMMON when speaking of the Divine happiness to say that God is infinitely happy in the enjoyment of Himself, in perfectly beholding and infinitely loving, and rejoicing in, His own essence and perfection, and accordingly it must be supposed that Go ... read more

Christ Exalted
       Christ Exalted Or JESUS CHRIST GLORIOUSLY EXALTED ABOVE ALL EVIL IN THE WORK OF REDEMPTION Dated August 1738. Lecture. 1 Corinthians 15:25, 26 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be dest ... read more

Christ the Example of Ministers
       Christ The Example Of Minsters Preached at Portsmouth, at the ordination of the Rev. Mr. Job Strong, June 28, 1749. John 13:15, 16 For I have given you an example, that he should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The s ... read more

Christian Cautions (Or the necessity of self-examination)
       Christian Cautions Or THE NECESSITY OF SELF-EXAMINATION Psalms 139:23, 24 Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts; and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.. Dated September 17 ... read more

Christian Charity (Or the duty of charity to the poor, explained and enforced)
       Christian Charity Or THE DUTY OF CHARITY TO THE POOR, EXPLAINED AND ENFORCED Dated January 1732/3. Deuteronomy 15:7-11 Deuteronomy 15:7-11 If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which t ... read more

Christian Knowledge
       Christian Knowledge Or THE IMPORTANCE AND ADVANTAGE OF A THOROUGH KNOWLEDGE OF DIVINE TRUTH Hebrews 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; an ... read more

Christians A Chosen Generation, A Royal Priesthood, A Holy Nation, A Peculiar People
       Christians A Chosen Generation, A Royal Priesthood, A Holy Nation, A Peculiar People 5 Sermons 1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who ... read more

Christ's Agony
       LUKE 22:44. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. OUR Lord Jesus Christ, in his original nature, was infinitely above all suffering, for he was "God over ... read more

Diary - After Receiving Masters Degree - 1723
       AFTER RECEIVING MASTER’S DEGREE AT YALE Thursday forenoon, Oct. 4, 1723. Have this day fixed and established it, that Christ Jesus has promised me faithfully, that, if I will do what is my duty, and according to the best of my prudence in ... read more

Diary - Back at Home - 1723
      BACK IN EAST WINDSOR WITH TRAVELS TO NORWICH AND BOSTON Wednesday forenoon, May 1. Last night I came home, after my melancholy parting from New York. I have always, in every different state of life I have hitherto been in, thought that the t ... read more

Diary - Dwight's Preface - 1829
      PREFACE TO JONATHAN EDWARDS DIARY By Sereno Dwight, 1829 HIS DIARY The diary of Mr. Edwards begins Dec. 18, 1722, when he was nineteen years of age. As far as to Jan. 15th, at night, it is written on two detached slips of paper; and the remai ... read more

Diary - First Pastorate 1722
       AT NEW YORK PASTORATE Dec. 18. This day made the 35th Resolution. The reason why I, in the least, question my interest in God’s love and favor, is, — 1. Because I cannot speak so fully to my experience of that preparatory work, of which divines ... read more

Diary - Northampton Pastorate - 1726
      AT NORTHAMPTON PASTORATE Sept. 26, 1726. ’Tis just about three years, that I have been for the most part in a low, sunk estate and condition, miserably senseless to what I used to be about spiritual things. ’Twas three years ago, the week before ... read more

Diary - Tutor at Yale - 1724
       TUTOR AT YALE COLLEGE Saturday night, June 6. This week has been a very remarkable week with me, with respect to despondencies, fears, perplexities, multitudes of cares, and distraction of mind: it being the week I came hither to New Haven, in ... read more

Directions For Judging of Person' Experiences
      "See to it That the operation be such upon the will or heart, not on the Imagination, nor on the speculative understanding or motions of the mind, though they draw great affections after 'em as the consequence. That the trouble of mind be reasona ... read more

Dishonesty (or the sin of theft and of injustice)
       Dishonesty Or THE SIN OF THEFT AND OF INJUSTICE Dated July, 1740. Exodus 20:15 Thou shalt not steal. Subject: An unjust usurping of our neighbor’s property without his consent is forbidden by the eighth commandment. This is one of th ... read more

Edwards' Resolutions
      The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards (1722-1723) Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God's help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ's ... read more

Edwards' "Personal Narrative"
      "Personal Narrative" Jonathan Edwards' own account of his early years and testimony to his own saving faith in Christ. I had a variety of concerns and exercises about my soul from my childhood; but had two more remarkable seasons of awakening, ... read more

Evidence that true religion in great part consists in the affections
      II. The second thing proposed, which was to observe some things that render it evident, that true religion, in great part consists in the affections. And here, 1. What has been said of the nature of the affections makes this evident, and may be suffici ... read more

Few There Be That Find It
      Matthew 7:14 Few there be that find it. Not dated. From Grosart’s “Unpublished Writings.” It will be observed from the facsimile that [this] Sketch of a Sermon is written on the leaf of a letter. Very many of Edwards’s MSS. are thus written on al ... read more

God Glorified in Man's Dependence
       I COR. 1:29, 30, 31 That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him g ... read more

God Makes Men Sensible of Their Misery Before He Reveals His Mercy and Love
       God Makes Men Sensible Of Their Misery Before He Reveals His Mercy And Love Not dated. Three sermons. Hosea 5:15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offense, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me ear ... read more

God's Sovereignty in the Salvation of Men
      God's Sovereignty in the Salvation of Men ROMANS 9:18. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. THE apostle, in the beginning of this chapter, expresses his great concern and sorrow of heart for the nati ... read more

God’s Awful Judgment In The Breaking And Withering Of The Strong Rods of a Community
       God’s Awful Judgment In The Breaking And Withering Of The Strong Rods Of A Community Dated June 26, 1748 upon the death of Col. John Stoddard Ezekiel 19:12 Her strong rods were broken and withered. Preached at Northampton on the Lord’s ... read more

Hope And Comfort Usually Follow Genuine Humiliation And Repentance
       Hope And Comfort Usually Follow Genuine Humiliation And Repentance Dated September, 1737 Hosea 2:15 And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, ... read more

Hypocrites Deficient in the Duty of Prayer
      Hypocrites Deficient in the Duty of Prayer JOB 27:10 Will he always call upon God? CONCERNING these words, I would observe, 1. Who it is that is here spoken of, viz. the hypocrite; as you may see, If you take the two preceding verses with th ... read more

      Having thus considered the evidence of the proposition laid down, I proceed to some inferences. 1. We may hence learn how great their error is, who are for discarding all religious affections, as having nothing solid or substantial in them. There seems ... read more

Jesus Christ The Same Yesterday, Today, And Forever
       Jesus Christ The Same Yesterday, Today, And Forever Dated April, 1738. Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever. Subject: Jesus Christ is the same now that he ever has been and ever will be. The exhortation which ... read more

Justification by Faith Alone
       Justification By Faith Alone Dated November, 1734 - Prepared from 2 Sermons Romans 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Subject: We are justified only by ... read more

Many Mansions
       Many Mansions Dated December 25, 1737. The Sabbath after the seating of the New Meeting House. John 14:2 In My Father’s house are many mansions. IN these words may be observed two things, 1. The thing described, viz. Christ’s Father ... read more

Man’s Natural Blindness In Things Of Religion
       Man’s Natural Blindness In Things Of Religion Dated February 1739/1740. Three sermons Psalm 94:8-11 Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise? He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, ... read more

Men Naturally Are God’s Enemies
       Men Naturally Are God’s Enemies Dated August, 1736. Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son. Subject: Natural men are God’s enemies. THE apostle, from the beginning of the epistle, t ... read more

Natural Men in a Dreadful Condition
       Natural Men In A Dreadful Condition Dated February, 1753. Preached to the Stockbridge Indians Acts 16:29, 30 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, and brought them out, and said, Sir ... read more

Pardon for the Greatest of Sinners
       PSALM 25:11 For thy name's sale, O Lord, pardon my iniquity; for it is great. IT is evident by some passages in this psalm, that when it was penned, it was a time of affliction and danger with David. This appears particularly by the 15th and fol ... read more

Persons having religious affections of many kinds, accompanying one another, is no sign
      VII. Persons having religious affections of many kinds, accompanying one another, is not sufficient to determine whether they have any gracious affections or no. Though false religion is wont to be maimed and monstrous, and not to have that entireness an ... read more

Praise, One Of The Chief Employments Of Heaven
       Praise, One Of The Chief Employments Of Heaven THANKSGIVING SERMON, Nov. 7, 1734 Revelation 14:2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder; and I heard the voice of harpers harping with the ... read more

Pressing into the Kingdom of God
       Luke 16:16 The law and the prophets were until John; since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it. In these words two things may be observed: First, Wherein the work and office of John the Baptist consisted, viz. in ... read more

Ruth’s Resolutions
       Ruth’s Resolution Dated April 1735 Ruth 1:16 And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy ... read more

Safety, Fulness, and Sweet Refreshment, to be Found in Christ
      Safety, Fulness, and Sweet Refreshment in Christ Isaiah 32:2 And a man shall be as an hiding-place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. In these words we ... read more

Safety, Fulness, and Sweet Refreshment, to be Found in Christ
      Safety, Fulness, and Sweet Refreshment in Christ Isaiah 32:2 And a man shall be as an hiding-place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. In these words we ... read more

Signs of True Revival
      I intend to show how we may definitely conclude that God is at work. I want to show the signs which Scripture says are clear evidence that God is at work. We will then be able to use these signs to judge any work without fear of being misled. I propose ... read more

Sinners Delay Concerns the Soul
       Sinners Delay Concerns Of The Soul (Dated Aug, 1752) Acts 24:25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for the ... read more

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
      -Their foot shall slide in due time- Deut. xxxii. 35 In this verse is threatened the vengeance of God on the wicked unbelieving Israelites, who were God's visible people, and who lived under the means of grace; but who, notwithstanding all God's w ... read more

Sinners in Zion Tenderly Warned
       Sinners In Zion Tenderly Warned Or THE FEARFULNESS WHICH WILL HEREAFTER SURPRISE SINNERS IN ZION, REPRESENTED AND IMPROVED Isaiah 33:14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the ... read more

Temptation and Deliverance (or Joseph's great temptation and gracious deliverance)
       Temptation And Deliverance Or JOSEPH’S GREAT TEMPTATION AND GRACIOUS DELIVERANCE Dated 1738, 1757. Genesis 39:12 And he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out. Subject: ’Tis our duty not only to avoid those things tha ... read more

That comforts and joys seem to follow awakenings and convictions of conscience, in a certain order, is no sign
      VIII. Nothing can certainly be determined concerning the nature of the affections, by this, that comforts and joys seem to follow awakenings and convictions of conscience, in a certain order. Many persons seem to be prejudiced against affections and expe ... read more

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