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Sermons on the Lord's Supper (Edwards)

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Here are 9 sermons on the Lord’s Supper, most of which have never been published before. In this collection, Edwards deals with the meaning of “communion.” He shows that this is a very sacred ordinance, and ought to be kept up in remembrance of Christ. He shows that the sacrament is a gospel feast, and requires a great deal of self-examination.

Appendixed are 6 additional sermons, most of which have been unpublished until now. There are sermons on the glorious grace of the gospel, on the new birth, on the efficacy of the preached Word, on the necessity of personal holiness for those who would enter heaven, on the worthiness of Christ, and on the happiness of God.

Table of Contents:

1. The Thing Designed in the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper Is the Communion of Christians in the Body and Blood of Christ

2. The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper Is A Very Sacred Ordinance

3. The Lord's Supper Ought to be Kept Up and Attended in Remembrance of Christ

4. The Lord's Supper Was instituted as a Solemn Representation and Seal of the Holy and Spiritual Union Christ's People Have with Christ and One Another

5. The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper Is the Communion of the Body and Blood of Christ

6. Persons Ought to Examine Themselves of Their Fitness Before They Presume to Partake of the Lord's Supper

7. The Spiritual Blessings of the Gospel are Fitly Represented by a Feast

8. Christians Have Communion with Christ

9. All Divine Blessings Are as Much in and through Christ as if They Were a Feast Provided of His Flesh That Was Given for Us


10. The Gospel Dispensation Is Finished Wholly Entirely in Free and Glorious Grace

11. The New Birth

12. When God Sends His Messengers to Preach His Word, His Word Shall Not Be in Vain

13. Those Only Who are Holy on the Way to Heaven

14. Christ is a Person of Transcendent Worthiness in the Sight of God

15. God Is a Being Possessed of the Most Absolutely Perfect Happiness


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.