Our Hope: An Ineffable Pitch of Pleasure and Joy

Posted: February 15, 2011 in adoption, edwards, eschatalogy, hope, quotes, theology

Read this slowly and carefully, and be amazed at the awesome and glorious purposes of God for His people:

“God designed by this means [uniting all of God’s elect into union with Christ] to complete and perfect the glory of all the elect by Christ.  It was a great design of God to advance all the elect to an exceeding pitch of glory, such as eye has not seen.  He intended to bring them to perfect excellency and beauty in his image and in holiness which is the proper beauty of spiritual beings, and to advance them to a glorious degree of honor and also to an ineffable pitch of pleasure and joy.  And thus to glorify the whole church of elect men in soul and body, and unite them by the glory of the elect angels to its highest pitch under one head.  Towards this God began to work immediately after the fall [of man] and goes on through all [ages], and it will be perfected at the end of the world.”

– Jonathan Edwards, “A History of the Work of Redemption (1739)” as quoted in A Jonathan Edwards Reader, p. 135

Dear Christian, “set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ,” (1 Pet. 1:13)!  What a magnificent day that will be!  Lift up your gaze from the fleeting trinkets of this world and behold your returning Savior King!  In His nail-pierced hands is your imperishable inheritance, an eternity of indescribable pleasure and joy with Him.  In Him you have already received “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,” (Eph. 1:3).  Through Him, you have been made a true “son of God” and now have the inestimable privilege of calling God, “Father” (Rom. 8:14-15).


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