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Jonathan Edwards on Knowing Christ (Edwards)

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Jonathan Edwards is widely recognized today as perhaps the greatest of all North American thinkers and philosophers. Such was the depth and power of his intellect that annually new books and articles on his work come into print. But Edwards was supremely a Christian thinker. His great goal in life was to know and glorify God through Jesus Christ and to encourage others to do the same. Consequently it is in his sermons that we find the real heart of the man. Here he is thinker, herald, pastor and theologian all in one.

This selection of ten of Edwards’ sermons provides a fine sample of the God-centredness of his ministry. In them he shows the seriousness of man’s sinful condition, the riches of Christ’s grace, and the marvels of the Christian life. To read Edwards is, almost invariably, to be led into the presence of God. That was the great aim of his preaching, and echoes of it will be heard in reading these pages.

Table of Contents:

  1. Christian Knowledge
  2. God Glorified in Man’s Dependence
  3. God Makes Men Sensible of Their Misery Before He Reveals His Mercy and Love
  4. Pressing Into the Kingdom of God
  5. The Justice of God in the Damnation of Sinners
  6. Safety, Fullness, and Sweet Refreshment, to be Found in Christ
  7. Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
  8. Royal Priesthood, a Holy Nation, a Peculiar People
  9. The End of the Wicked Contemplated by the Righteous
  10. Pardon for the Greatest Sinners


Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) served the Northampton Congregational Church in Massachusetts for twenty-three years, then missionary outpost to the Mohawk and Mohican tribes. In 1758, he became president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University). Edwards "is widely acknowledged to be America's most important and original philosophical theologian," and one of America's greatest intellectuals.