Thursday, November 09, 2006

Happy and Blessed

"The great enquiry of the world in general in all ages of it, is after happiness. It was a great enquiry among the wise men of the world wherein men's happiness consists and a thing that they were exceedingly at a loss, though it be a matter that so universally and so highly concerns mankind. Yet there is scarce anything that the world is more deceived about. And thus therefore was no inconsiderable part of the errand of Jesus Christ, the great teacher of mankind, into the world to instruct men wherein their true happiness consisted. He began his Sermon on the Mount with telling who were blessed."

Sermon #189 on Luke 11:27-28; That Hearing and Keeping the Word of God Renders a Person More Blessed Than Any Other Privilege That Ever God Bestowed on Any of the Children of Men in The Glory and Honour of God volume 2 of the Previously Unpublished Sermons of Jonathan Edwards ed. Michael D. McMullen (Nashville: Broadman and Holman Publishers, 2004), 191.

McMullen notes(190) that the sermon dates from 1751. This is the repreaching date. It is originally from 1731. See here under #189.


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