03 January 2012

He Restores

Edwards, preaching in 1739--
Christ comes down from heaven on this fallen, miserable creature and gives life from the dead. He restores that which Satan had cut down. He heals that mortal wound that he had given. . . . He restores the image of God after it had been wholly defaced. He restores spiritual life after it had been wholly extinct. He restores to God’s favor.

He restores, and much more than restores, to the former state of happiness, for he brings to a better paradise and a more excellent state of honor and an higher degree of communion with God.
--Jonathan Edwards, 'Like Rain upon Mown Grass,' in Sermons and Discourses, 1739–1742, 310

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