Edwards: That the Glory of God’s Holiness May Be Consistent with His Grace

“The very end of Christ’s dying for sin, was that the glory of God’s jealousy, holiness and justice might be consistent with this grace; that while God thus manifested his mercy, we might not conceive any unworthy thoughts of God with respect to his majesty and authority and justice, as we should be in danger to do if grace was offered absolutely: we should not know what a great evil sin was, and how dreadful a thing it is to offend an infinite majesty, and how holy and jealous God is. Seeing therefore that this is the end of Christ’s coming, that we might be sensible of this, though we are saved and all sin forgiven; it seems therefore necessary that we should be made sensible of it, in order to our being brought into a state of salvation.”

-Jonathan Edwards, The Miscellanies, as recorded by Owen Strachan, Always in God’s Hands: Day by Day in the Company of Jonathan Edwards, 320.

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