Divine justice does not prevent God from destroying the Wicked at any moment. God will show them both how excellent his love is and how terrible his wrath is; the God whose hand of wrath will destroy the wicked is the same God whose hand of mercy will save the repentant.
The warning leads Edwards to his theme: God's creatures are good, and were made for men to serve God with, and do not willingly subserve to any other purpose, and groan when they are abused to purposes so directly contrary to their nature and end.
The corruption of the heart of man is immoderate and boundless in its fury; and while wicked men live here, it is like fire pent up by God's restraints, whereas if it were let loose, it would set on fire the course of nature; and as the heart is now a sink of sin, so if sin was not restrained, it would immediately turn the soul into fiery oven, or a furnace of fire and brimstone.
The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites," etc. But it is not so with God. Death is always but a breath away.
Are not your souls as precious as the souls of the people at Suffield, where they are flocking from day to day to Christ?
We know not who they are, or in what seats they sit, or what thoughts they now have. In the concluding part of the sermon, Edwards addresses his invitation to receive salvation to everyone in the audience before him—the old, the young, and the children.
That may not save their life, for they are mortal still, but it will save their soul and awaken the deluded souls in their sinful condition to the wonders of divine grace.
How are they brought into desolation as in a moment! You especially have now an extraordinary opportunity; but if you neglect it, it will soon be with you as with those persons who spent all the precious days of youth in sin, and are now come to such a dreadful pass in blindness and hardness.
They are now the objects of that very same anger and wrath of God, that is expressed in the torments of hell. Nevertheless, the Great Awakening movement did not succeed finally in saving Puritanism. So that, whatever some have imagined and pretended about promises made to natural men's earnest seeking and knocking, it is plain and manifest, that whatever pains a natural man takes in religion, whatever prayers he makes, till he believes in Christ, God is under no manner of obligation to keep him a moment from eternal destruction.
In the concluding part of the sermon, Edwards addresses his invitation to receive salvation to everyone in the audience before him—the old, the young, and the children. The arrows of death fly unseen at noon-day; the sharpest sight cannot discern them. Those of you that finally continue in a natural condition, that shall keep out of hell longest will be there in a little time!
He begins his sermon by pointing out four features of walking on a slippery slope: When the great and angry God hath risen up and executed his awful vengeance on the poor sinner, and the wretch is actually suffering the infinite weight and power of his indignation, then will God call upon the whole universe to behold that awful majesty and mighty power that is to be seen in it.
At any moment God shall permit him, Satan stands ready to fall upon the wicked and seize them as his own. And there is no other reason to be given, why you have not dropped into Sinners hands angry since you arose in the morning, but that God's hand has held you up.
Edwards carefully selected the text for this occasion, for it was his single-minded intent to disturb profoundly the comfortable members of his audience.
The bow of God's wrath is bent, and the arrow made ready on the string, and justice bends the arrow at your heart, and strains the bow, and it is nothing but the mere pleasure of God, and that of an angry God, without any promise or obligation at all, that keeps the arrow one moment from being made drunk with your blood.
He found the words he wanted in Deuteronomy His sermons were intended as a wake-up call for those who underplayed the majesty of a holy God and overemphasized their own worthiness as decent, hard-working, successful citizens. I was flattering myself, and pleasing myself with vain dreams of what I would do hereafter; and when I was saying, Peace and safety, then sudden destruction came upon me.
Thus it will be with you that are in an unconverted state, if you continue in it; the infinite might, and majesty, and terribleness of the omnipotent God shall be magnified upon you, in the ineffable strength of your torments.Jonathan Edwards SINNERS IN THE HANDS OF AN ANGRY GOD SERMON VI.
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SINNERS In the Hands of an Angry G O D. A SERMON Preached at Enfield, July 8th 1 7 4 1. At a Time of great Awakenings ; and attended with remarkable Impreſſions on many of the Hearers. Jonathan Edwards's Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, preached on July 8, in Enfield, Connecticut, is an appeal to sinners to recognize that.
The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites," etc.
Thus it will be with you that are in an unconverted state, if you continue in it; the infinite might, and majesty, and terribleness of the omnipotent God shall be magnified upon you, in the ineffable strength of your torments.
SINNERS IN THE HANDS OF AN ANGRY GOD Their foot shall slide in due time (Deut. xxxii. 35).
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