51 Jonathan Edwards Quotes to Help You Create a Legacy

51 Jonathan Edwards Quotes to Help You Create a Legacy

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Jonathan Edwards was a prominent American preacher in the 18th century who created a great legacy in his lineage. He was involved in the First Great Awakening and other great revivals in his time.

Despite living up to the tender age of 54 his contribution to the work of the gospel was amazing. According to an article Edwards’ descendants included 1 U.S. Vice President, 1 Dean of a law school, 3 U.S. Senators, and 3 mayors among many other prominent roles.

Here are 51 powerful words of wisdom from Jonathan:

  1. “It is not by telling people about ourselves that we demonstrate our Christianity. Words are cheap. It is by costly, self-denying Christian practice that we show the reality of our faith.” ~ Jonathan Edwards
  2. “How can you expect to dwell with God forever, if you so neglect and forsake him here?” ~ Jonathan Edwards
  3. “When God is about to do a mighty new thing He always sets His people praying.” ~ Jonathan Edwards
  4. “Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.” ~ Jonathan Edwards
  5. “Seek not to grow in knowledge chiefly for the sake of applause, and to enable you to dispute with others; but seek it for the benefit of your souls.” ~ Jonathan Edwards
  6. “The enjoyment of God is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied.” ~ Jonathan Edwards

  7. “Almost every natural man that hears of hell, flatters himself that he shall escape it.” ~ Jonathan Edwards
  8. “Envy is a spirit of dissatisfaction or opposition to the prosperity or happiness of other people.” ~ Jonathan Edwards
  9. “Christ gives peace to the most sinful and miserable that come to Him. He heals the broken in heart and binds up their wounds.” ~ Jonathan Edwards
  10. “There are people who love those who agree with them and admire them, but have no time for those who oppose and dislike them. A Christian’s love must be universal!” ~ Jonathan Edwards
  11. “Truth is the agreement of our ideas with the ideas of God.” ~ Jonathan Edwards
  12. “God’s purpose for my life was that I have a passion for God’s glory and that I have a passion for my joy in that glory, and that these two are one passion.” ~ Jonathan Edwards
  13. “They who truly come to God for mercy, come as beggars, and not as creditors: they come for mere mercy, for sovereign grace, and not for anything that is due.” ~ Jonathan Edwards
  14. “Of all the knowledge that we can ever obtain, the knowledge of God, and the knowledge of ourselves, are the most important.” ~ Jonathan Edwards
  15. “You contribute nothing to your salvation except the sin that made it necessary.” ~ Jonathan Edwards

  16. “Godliness is more easily feigned in words than in actions.” ~ Jonathan Edwards
  17. “Unconverted men walk over the pit of hell on a rotten covering.” ~ Jonathan Edwards
  18. “Holiness appeared to me to be of a sweet, pleasant, charming, serene, calm nature; which brought an inexpressible purity, brightness, peacefulness and ravishment to the soul.” ~ Jonathan Edwards
  19. “One of these grand defects, as I humbly conceive, is this, that children are habituated to learning without understanding.” ~ Jonathan Edwards
  20. “Grace is the seed of glory, the dawning of glory in the heart, and therefore grace is the earnest of the future inheritance.” ~ Jonathan Edwards
  21. “True weanedness from the world don’t consist in being beat off from the world by the affliction of it, but a being drawn off by the sight of something better.” ~ Jonathan Edwards
  22. “Nothing sets a Christian so much out of the devil’s reach than humility.” ~ Jonathan Edwards
  23. “Resolved, to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow in the knowledge of the same.” ~ Jonathan Edwards
  24. “By the grace of God we will never pluck unripe fruit. We will never press people to decision, because we’ll lead them to damnation and not salvation.” ~ Jonathan Edwards
  25. “When indeed it is in God we live, and move, and have our being. We cannot draw a breath without his help.” ~ Jonathan Edwards
  26. “Men will trust in God no further than they know Him; and they cannot be in the exercise of faith in Him one ace further than they have a sight of His fullness and faithfulness in exercise.” ~ J. Edwards
  27. “All earthly desires are but streams, but God is the ocean.” ~ Jonathan Edwards

  28. “To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here.” ~ J. Edwards
  29. “We ought not to limit God where He has not limited Himself.” ~ J. Edwards
  30. “Prayer is as natural an expression of faith as breathing is to life.” ~ J. Edwards
  31. “Nothing grieves me so much as that I cannot live constantly to God’s glory.” ~ J. Edwards
  32. “All our good is more apparently from God, because we are first naked and wholly without any good, and afterwards enrich with all good.” ~ J. Edwards
  33. “Oh, the closest walk with God is the sweetest heaven that can be enjoyed on earth!” ~ J. Edwards
  34. “Whatever is absolutely valuable in itself and is also capable of being sought and obtained by God is his ultimate end in creating the world.” ~ J. Edwards
  35. “Greatest concern is not for your health, or temporal welfare, but for the good of your soul.” ~ J. Edwards
  36. “The good Lord grant, that false religion may cease, and true religion prevail through the earth!” ~ Jonathan Edwards

  37. “This glorious Person came down from heaven to be ‘the Light of the world,’ that by him the beauty of the Deity might shine forth, in the brightest and fullest manner, to the children of men.” ~ J. Edwards
  38. “There is no such thing as excess in our taking of this spiritual food. There is no such virtue as temperance in spiritual feasting.” ~ J. Edwards
  39. “Evangelical faith has the gospel of Christ for its foundation.” ~ J. Edwards
  40. “The harder the heart is, the more dead is it in sin, and the more unable to exert good affections and acts.” ~ J. Edwards
  41. “My soul longs to feel itself more of a pilgrim and stranger here below; that nothing may divert me from pressing through the lonely desert, till I arrive at my Father’s house.” ~ J. Edwards
  42. “He who has Christ has all he needs and needs no more.” ~ J. Edwards
  43. “True boldness for Christ transcends all, it is indifference to the displeasure of either friends or foes. Boldness enables Christians to forsake all rather than Christ, and to prefer to offend all rather than to offend Him.” ~ J. Edwards
  44. “A true love for God must begin with a delight in His holiness, and not with a delight in any other attribute; for no other attribute is truly lovely without this.” ~ J. Edwards
  45. “The seeking of the kingdom of God is the chief business of the Christian life.” ~ Jonathan Edwards

  46. “If there be ground for you to trust in your own righteousness, then, all that Christ did to purchase salvation, and all that God did to prepare the way for it is in vain.” ~ J. Edwards
  47. “The door of God’s mercy is thrown wide open, and Christ stands in the door and says to sinners ‘Come.’” ~ J. Edwards
  48. “I go out to preach with two propositions in mind. First, every person ought to give his life to Christ. Second, whether or not anyone else gives him his life, I will give him mine.” ~ J. Edwards
  49. “Christ is the true light of the world; it is through him alone that true wisdom is imparted to the mind.” ~ J. Edwards
  50. “We are dependent on the power of God to convert us and give faith in Jesus Christ and the new nature.” ~ J. Edwards
  51. “If you long to be more like Christ, then act like Him, and walk as He walked.” ~ J. Edwards

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