Jonathan Edwards on Revival

10 Feb

Recently, I was reading Jonathan Edwards’s essay, “Thoughts on the Revival” and came across this quote. He was commenting on the First Great Awakening and some peoples’ objections to it because of the “violent” physical convulsions some people were experiencing as a result of the revival:

“Let us rationally consider what we profess to believe of the infinite greatness of divine wrath; divine glory, the divine infinite love and grace in Jesus Christ, and the infinite importance of eternal things; and then how reasonable it is to suppose, that if God a little withdraw the veil, to let light into the soul – and give a view of the great things of another world in their transcendent and infinite greatness – that human nature, which is as the grass, a shaking leaf, a weak withering flower, should totter under such a discovery!” (The Works of Jonathan Edwards, vol. 1)

Reading this piece makes me desire to be a part of another great awakening.


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