Edwards: Rejoicing in Divine Beauty

“Christ and his church rejoice in each other’s beauty. The church rejoices in Christ’s divine beauty and glory. She as it were sweetly solaces herself in the light of the glory of the Sun of Righteousness; and the saints say one to another, as in Isaiah 2:5, “O house of Jacob, come ye, let us walk in the light of the Lord.”… And Christ delights and rejoices in the beauty of the church, the beauty which he hath put upon her: her Christian graces are “ornaments of great price in his sight” (1 Peter 3:4). And he is spoken of as “greatly desiring her beauty” (Psalms 45:11).”

-Jonathan Edwards, Sermons and Discourses, 1743-1758, as recorded by Owen Strachan, Always in God’s Hands: Day by Day in the Company of Jonathan Edwards, 300.

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