Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)The Works of Jonathan Edwards Online at APM
Today, many Christians are turning back to the puritans to, “walk in the old paths,” of God’s word, and to continue to proclaim old truth that glorifies Jesus Christ. There is no new theology. In our electronic age, more and more people are looking to add electronic books (ePubs, mobi and PDF formats) to their library – books from the Reformers and Puritans – in order to become a “digital puritan” themselves. Take a moment to visit Puritan Publications (click the banner below) to find the biggest selection of rare puritan works updated in modern English in both print form and in multiple electronic forms. There are new books published every month. All proceeds go to support A Puritan’s Mind.
Consider the following two works by Edwards that have been updated and republished for easy reading:
Ripe for Damnation: Sermons on the Book of Revelation – by Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758). Are you hungry for more of Edwards’ sermons? On the book of Revelation? These new works are not found anywhere on A Puritan’s Mind, and there are new ones not found in his large 2 volume works. 4 deal with the plight of the wicked, and 2 deal with the bliss of saints in heaven. These sermons are powerful, practical, and biblical, glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ, and contain 2 never before published sermons.
Justification by Faith Alone – by Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758). In this classic work, Edwards covers the intricacies of how believers are made righteous only through Christ’s merits, and that this justifying righteousness is equally imputed to all elect believers. This is accomplished by the condition of faith as an instrument.
All of Edwards’ Popular Works
One will be hard pressed, outside of the Reformers and Puritans, to find sermons as insightful and biblically compelling as Edward’s sermons. He is, no doubt, the greatest preacher that God ever produced in America. The following section contains all his sermons that you would find in his two volume Works.
- Biographical Writings
- Theological Writings
- Scientific Writings
- Miscellaneous Writings
- Hell – Dr. John Gerstner on Edwards’ View of Hell
- Regeneration – Dr. John Gerstner on Jonathan Edwards’ View
Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) was a Reformed preacher, philosopher, and Congregationalist theologian. Though not a puritan himself, like most of the Puritans, he held to the Reformed theology. Edwards is widely regarded as one of America’s most important and original philosophical theologians. Edwards’ theological works are broad covering a variety of biblical topics, but he remained rooted in Reformed theology, and the Puritan heritage. He was used mightily by God in shaping the First Great Awakening, and oversaw some of the first revivals in 1733–35 at his church in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Edwards delivered the sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, during the revival of 1741. It was preached twice in one day, and during the second delivery, revival broke out solidifying the Great Awakening. Edwards died from a smallpox inoculation shortly after beginning the presidency at Princeton (the College of New Jersey).
A Thanks to Christ for Jonathan Edwards
Edwards is one of the most valuable preachers and theologians that the Christian church has ever possessed. I say that will full conviction. Certainly, he was cut from the theological fabric of the Reformation, along with the theology of Post-Reformation Dogmatics, and the writings of some of the greatest puritans. Being both a theologian and philosopher gave him an edge other ministers of the Gospel simply did not possess. Certainly, God creates all His servants with varying gifts and degrees of ability. However, we should be thankful for the degree of cool-minded precision that Edwards demonstrates, not only in his sermons, but in his writings too. It is no wonder why the Encyclopedia Britannica deemed him the greatest philosopher and theologian ever produced in America. I concur.
In my own reading of his works, I must admit, that Christ graciously used (and uses) Edwards to shape much of my study and understanding of many fundamental doctrinal truths, as well as many truths that some would never even venture into (such as the doctrine of continuous creation). I owe a great debt to Edwards for sparking my mind into some of my own further formulations of theological and philosophical ideas that I believe would never have come to pass without his help. I am awed at his theological breadth and precision, his exegetical prowess, and his pastoral heart – the combination – a triple threat, but in a good way! He balances them in such grace as to place him at the top of the “I wish I had what he had” list.
The Spirit of God uses his truth in every age to propagate and further refine essential Christian doctrines for the church to understand in a more particular light. Doctrine never changes as God never changes, but good expositors of the Word will aid us in our quest to understand the God of the Word all the more. For me, I owe a debt to Edwards for this. He is among my favorite theologians, favorite pastors, and is my favorite “theological philosopher.” I bid Christ a hearty thanks for the work He worked through His servant, Jonathan Edwards.
I hope you will find Edwards’ writings, treatises, miscellanies, letters and sermons as much of a spiritual benefit as I have found them. I would encourage you to begin with reading his sermons. After this, his miscellanies. That will prepare you for his theological treatises.
Though all of his material is available in book form, there are few websites that offer as much of Edwards’ works as A Puritans Mind. I will try to post his public works in whole as I am able. But please remember, Edwards was a voluminous writer. Anyone who has simply read portions of the Banner of Truth edition of his works knows this. That means there is a lot of work to be done. Even Yale University Press is currently producing the rest of his writings and sermons in book form, and is currently at volume 22!
May Christ bless you as you read and study. May Edwards help you to have high thoughts of God.
C. Matthew McMahon