39 Jonathan Edwards Quotes

Edwards was both a Christian author and pastor. He is most widely known for his sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. He is also known for his books that are still widely read today, more than 250 years later. His most popular books are The End for Which God Created the World, The Life of David Brainerd, and Religious Affections.

  • "Grace is but Glory begun, and Glory is but Grace perfected."

    - Jonathan Edwards
    Topics: Grace


  • "The happiness of the creature consists in rejoicing in God, by which also God is magnified and exalted."

    - Jonathan Edwards
    Topics: Praise, Happiness


  • "The true spirit of prayer is no other than God's own Spirit dwelling in the hearts of the saints. And as this spirit comes from God, so doth it naturally tend to God in holy breathings and pantings. It naturally leads to God, to converse with him by prayer."

    - Jonathan Edwards
    Topics: Holy Spirit, Prayer


  • "We have no strict demonstration of anything, except mathematical truths, but by metaphysics. We can have no proof that is properly demonstrative, of any one position relating to the being and nature of God, his creation of the world, the dependence of all things on him, the nature of bodies and spirits, the nature of our own souls, or any of the great truths of morality and natural religion, but what is metaphysical."

    - Jonathan Edwards
    Topics: Faith, Creation


  • "By Christ's purchasing redemption, two things are intended: his satisfaction and his merit; the one pays our debt, and so satisfies; the other procures our title, and so merits. The satisfaction of Christ is to free us from misery; the merit of Christ is to purchase happiness for us."

    - Jonathan Edwards
    Topics: Redemption


  • "Preach abroad. It is the cooping yourselves up in rooms that has dampened the work of God, which never was and never will be carried out to any purpose without going into the highways and hedges and compelling men and women to come in."

    - Jonathan Edwards
    Topics: Evangelism


  • "Temples have their images; and we see what influence they have always had over a great part of mankind. But, in truth, the ideas and images in men's minds are the invisible powers that constantly govern them; and to these they all pay universally a ready submission."

    - Jonathan Edwards
    Topics: Truth, Submission


  • "The best, most beautiful, and most perfect way that we have of expressing a sweet concord of mind to each other is by music."

    - Jonathan Edwards
    Topics: Worship, Music, Beauty


  • "Find preachers of David Brainerd's spirit, and nothing can stand before them. Let us be followers of him, as he was of Christ, in absolute self-devotion, in total deadness to the world, and in fervent love to God and man."

    - Jonathan Edwards
    Topics: Obedience


  • "The devil can counterfeit all the saving operations and graces of the Spirit of God."

    - Jonathan Edwards
    Topics: Satan


  • "Prophecy and miracles argue the imperfection of the state of the church, rather than its perfection. For they are means designed by God as a stay or support, or as a leading string to the church in its infancy, rather than as means adapted to it in its full growth."

    - Jonathan Edwards
    Topics: Prophecy, Miracles


  • "Some persons are always ready to level those above them down to themselves, while they are never willing to level those below them up to their own position. But he that is under the influence of true humility will avoid both these extremes. On the one hand, he will be willing that all should rise just so far as their diligence and worth of character entitle them to; and on the other hand, he will be willing that his superiors should be known and acknowledged in their place, and have rendered to them all the honors that are their due."

    - Jonathan Edwards
    Topics: Jealousy, Diligence, Character


  • "Many pray with their lips for that for which their hearts have no desire."

    - Jonathan Edwards
    Topics: Prayer


  • "Prayer is as natural an expression of faith as breathing is of life."

    - Jonathan Edwards
    Topics: Prayer


  • "The surest way to know our gold is to look upon it and examine it in God's furnace, where he tries it that we may see what it is. If we have a mind to know whether a building stands strong or no, we must look upon it when the wind blows. If we would know whether a staff be strong, or a rotten, broken reed, we must observe it when it is leaned on and weight is borne upon it. If we would weigh ourselves justly we must weigh ourselves in God's scales that he makes use of to weigh us."

    - Jonathan Edwards
    Topics: Humility



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