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November 30, 2008

Reality of Conversion

Filed under: Some Famous | Some Not So Famous — pilgrimskeyboard @ 8:43 pm

Jonathan Edwards

I. Man’s happiness consists in his union with his Creator.

II. Reason teaches that man never can be happy in union with and the enjoyment of his Creator with an unholy nature, for holiness of nature is conformity of nature with God.

III. Experience shows that mankind are, as they are born into the world, universally of an unholy nature and, therefore, they can’t be made holy but by a change of nature.

IV. Reason teaches that men’s nature, that they are born with, can’t be changed but by a supernatural work of the Creator upon them.

V. If we consider how great things this change is wrought for, reason teaches that it must be a great change.

VI. The testimony of Scripture is express that there must be such a change.

—– [The Sermons of Jonathan Edwards: A Reader (1999, Yale Press) – p. 84-85] —–

John 3:3, 7
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. … Do not marvel … You must be born again.


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