1 Timothy 1:17 and Jonathan Edwards

When Jonathan Edwards was a youth, he was wrestling with the supremacy of God over all things. He didn’t like the thought. It was abhorrent to him. However, in 1721, he read 1 Timothy 1:17, “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” This verse changed his life, leading to his conversion to Christ. Here’s how he describes what took place in his mind after meditating on this verse, …

As I read the words, there came into my soul, … a sense of the glory of the Divine Being; a new sense, quite different from any thing I ever experienced before. … I thought with myself, how excellent a Being that was, and how happy I should be, if I might enjoy that God, and be rapt up to him in heaven; and be as it were swallowed up in him for ever!

In many ways, this set the direction of his entire life as he pursued his happiness in God, becoming one of America’s greatest theologians in the process.

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