God Glorified in Man’s Dependence

God Glorified in Man's Dependence

By Jonathan Edwards.

God Glorified in the Work of Redemption, by the Greatness of Man's Dependence upon Him in the Whole of It, was preached on the Publick Lecture in Boston, July 8, 1731. (First preached in the fall of 1730 in Northampton.) This Thursday lecture was traditionally held at the First Church of Boston. It was to become Jonathan Edwards' first printed sermon. People are dependent on God because of their insufficiency, helplessness, and sinfulness and this sermon explains how God is glorified by this condition. This edition includes the introductory advertisement by Rev.Thomas Prince (Old South Church) and Rev. William Cooper (Brattle Street Church).

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1. What God aims at in the disposition of things in the affair of redemption. viz. that man should not glory in himself, but alone in God. (Page 6.)

2. How this end is attained in the work of redemption, viz. by that absolute and immediate dependence which men have upon God in that work, for all their good. (Page 6.)

a. First, All the good that they have is in and through Christ. (Page 6.)

b. Secondly, That it is God that has given us Christ, that we might have these benefits through him. (Page 6.)

c. Thirdly, It is of him that we are in Christ Jesus, and come to have an interest in him, and so do receive those blessings which he is made unto us. (Page 6.)

DOCTRINE (Page 7.)

I. There is an absolute and universal dependence of the redeemed on God. (Page 7.)

First, The redeemed have all their good of God. (Page 7.)

1. The redeemed have all from the grace of God. (Page 8.)

2. We receive all from the power of God. (Page 10.)

Secondly, They are also dependent on God for all, as they have all through him. (Page 12.)

Thirdly, The redeemed have all their good in God. (Page 13.)

1. The redeemed have all their objective good in God. (Page 14.)

2. The redeemed have all their inherent good in God. (Page 14.)

II. God is glorified in the work of redemption by this means, viz. By there being so great and universal a dependence of the redeemed on him. (Page 16.)

1. Man hath so much the greater occasion and obligation to notice and acknowledge God's perfections and all-sufficiency. (Page 16.)

2. It appears that the creature is nothing, and that God is all. (Page 17.)

3. Provision is made that God should have our whole souls, and should be the object of our undivided respect. (Page 18.)

USE (Page 18.)

1. God hath made man's emptiness and misery, his low, lost, and ruined state, an occasion of the greater advancement of his own glory, that there is now much more universal and apparent dependence of man on God. (Page 18.)

2. Doctrines and schemes of divinity that are in any respect opposite to such an absolute and universal dependence on God, derogate from his glory, and thwart the design of our redemption. (Page 19.)

3. There is included in the nature of faith, a sensible acknowledgment of absolute dependence on God in this affair. (Page 20.)

4. Let us be exhorted to exalt God alone, and ascribe to him all the glory of redemption. (Page 20.)