Romans 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

False Hopes

Psalm 36:1

Some flatter themselves with a secret hope, that there is no such thing as another world. They hear a great deal of preaching, and a great deal of talk about hell, and about the eternal judgment; but those things do not seem to them to be real. They never saw anything of them; they never saw hell, never saw the devils and damned spirits; and therefore are ready to say with themselves, "How do I know that there is any such thing as another world? When the beasts die, there is an end of them, and how do I know but that it will be so with me? Perhaps all these things are nothing but the inventions of men, nothing but cunningly devised fables."

Such thoughts are apt to rise in the minds of sinners, and the devil sets in to enforce them. Such thoughts are an ease to them; therefore they wish they were true, and that makes them the more ready to think that they are indeed true, so that they are hardened in the way of sin, by infidelity and atheistical thoughts. "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God" (Psalm 14:1); "They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless. Yet they say, the LORD shall not see; neither shall the God of Jacob regard it" (Psalm 94:6-7).
—Jonathan Edwards

Readings taken from Day By Day With Jonathan Edwards


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