Edwards: Satisfaction Already Made

“Now some may say, why could not God, of his mercy, pardon the injury only upon repentance without other satisfaction, without doing himself any hurt? I also ask, why could not he of his mercy pardon without repentance? For the same reason he could not pardon with repentance without satisfaction. For all the repentance man is capable of is no repentance at all; or which is the same thing, it is as little as none in comparison of the greatness of the injury, for it cannot bear any proportion to it…. Wherefore, we are not forgiven now because our repentance makes any satisfaction, but because thereby we reject the sin and receive the satisfaction already made.”

-Jonathan Edwards, The Miscellanies, as recorded by Owen Strachan, Always in God’s Hands: Day by Day in the Company of Jonathan Edwards, 296.

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