Jonathon Edwards: Sinners in the hands of an angry God

I believe the title “sinners in the hands of an angry God” has been abused by some people as I read around the internet. Let me explain why.

Here is  quote you get from Edwards towards the end of his famous sermon “Sinners in the hands of an Angry God after he has discussed Gods wrath.

And now you have an extraordinary opportunity, a day wherein Christ has flung the door of mercy wide open, and stands in the door calling and crying with a loud voice to poor sinners; a day wherein many are flocking to him, and pressing into the kingdom of God; many are daily coming from the east, west, north and south; many that were very lately in the same miserable condition that you are in, are in now an happy state, with their hearts filled with love to him that has loved them and washed them from their sins in his own blood, and rejoicing in hope of the glory of God. How awful is it to be left behind at such a day! To see so many others feasting, while you are pining and perishing! To see so many rejoicing and singing for joy of heart, while you have cause to mourn for sorrow of heart, and howl for vexation of spirit! How can you rest one moment in such a condition? Are not your souls as precious as the souls of the people at Suffield,7 where they are flocking from day to day to Christ?

Jonathon Edwards was discussing Gods wrath as a method of more fully showing the impact of a new covenant in Christ and Gods Grace.  It says in scripture where sin increases, Grace increases all the more. To deny our sinful nature is tantamount to stopping Christian growth. As Martin Luther once stated: “All of life is repentance”.

Hebrews 7 says the old covenant was weak and useless and now we live in the power of a new covenant “in Christ”. The law is a reminder of our sin and shows us a path but real change is only accomplished with a new covenant in Christ.

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