But indeed these things are nothing; if God should withdraw his band, they would avail no more to keep you from falling, than the thin air to hold up a person that is suspended in it.
When you look forward, you shall see a long for ever, a boundless duration before you, which will swallow up your thoughts, and amaze your soul; and you will absolutely despair of ever having any deliverance, any end, any mitigation, any rest at all.
They belong to him; he has their souls in his possession, and under his dominion. Those of you that finally continue in a natural condition, that shall keep out of hell longest will be there in a little time!
The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider, or some loathsome insect over the fire, abhors you, and is dreadfully provoked: In his "Farewell Sermon" he preached from 2 Corinthians 1: A parish in Scotland could have been procured, and he was called to a Virginia church.
Hannah Morse, and some original minutes of a town meeting in Northampton are held by The Presbyterian Historical Society in PhiladelphiaPennsylvania. How can you rest one moment in such a condition? If up to this point he describes the plight of the unsaved in general, he now turns directly to the congregation of Enfield and to the unconverted persons before him.
Through metaphors and images, Edwards links the spiritual world to the physical world of the listeners. There is reason to think, that there are many in this congregation now hearing this discourse, that will actually be the subjects of this very misery to all eternity.
The unseen, unthought-of ways and means of persons going suddenly out of the world are innumerable and inconceivable. Edwards felt himself in "the decline of life", and inadequate to the office, but was persuaded to replace Burr as president of the College of New Jersey.
When God beholds the ineffable extremity of your case, and sees your torment to be so vastly disproportioned to your strength, and sees how your poor soul is crushed, and sinks down, as it were, into an infinite gloom; he will have no compassion upon you, he will not forbear the executions of his wrath, or in the least lighten his hand; there shall be no moderation or mercy, nor will God then at all stay his rough wind; he will have no regard to your welfare, nor be at all careful lest you should suffer too much in any other sense, than only that you shall not suffer beyond what strict justice requires.
There are those corrupt principles, in reigning power in them, and in full possession of them, that are seeds of hell fire. The wrath of kings is very much dreaded, especially of absolute monarchs, who have the possessions and lives of their subjects wholly in their power, to be disposed of at their mere will.
Under all the cultivations of heaven, they brought forth bitter and poisonous fruit; as in the two verses next preceding the text. How awful is it to be left behind at such a day!
How awful are those words, Isa. Their case is past all hope; they are crying in extreme misery and perfect despair; but here you are in the land of the living and in the house of God, and have an opportunity to obtain salvation. But the foolish children of men miserably delude themselves in their own schemes, and in confidence in their own strength and wisdom; they trust to nothing but a shadow.
In —42 came the Great Awakening throughout the colonies. This that you have heard is the case of every one of you that are out of Christ. There is laid in the very nature of carnal men, a foundation for the torments of hell.
This is implied in the manner of their destruction coming upon them, being represented by their foot sliding. The wrath of the great King of kings, is as much more terrible than theirs, as his majesty is greater. How are they brought into desolation as in a moment! Nevertheless, the Great Awakening movement did not succeed finally in saving Puritanism.
Unconverted men walk over the pit of hell on a rotten covering, and there are innumerable places in this covering so weak that they will not bear their weight, and these places are not seen.
Edwards was in high demand. The old serpent is gaping for them; hell opens its mouth wide to receive them; and if God should permit it, they would be hastily swallowed up and lost. Oh that you would consider it, whether you be young or old! The misery you are exposed to is that which God will inflict to that end, that he might show what that wrath of Jehovah is.
He declined both, to become inpastor of the church in Stockbridge, Massachusetts and a missionary to the Housatonic Indians, taking over for the recently deceased John Sergeant. But this is the dismal case of every soul in this congregation that has not been born again, however moral and strict, sober and religious, they may otherwise be.
We know not who they are, or in what seats they sit, or what thoughts they now have. How awful are those words, Isa. It may be they are now at ease, and hear all these things without much disturbance, and are now flattering themselves that they are not the persons, promising themselves that they shall escape.
God will not hold them up in these slippery places any longer, but will let them go; and then at that very instant, they shall fall into destruction; as he that stands on such slippery declining ground, on the edge of a pit, he cannot stand alone, when he is let go he immediately falls and is lost.
Edwards was a product of the first Great Awakening which rejected Puritan ideas. He is buried in Princeton Cemetery. There is no want of power in God to cast wicked men into hell at any moment.
You shall be tormented in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb; and when you shall be in this state of suffering, the glorious inhabitants of heaven shall go forth and look on the awful spectacle, that they may see what the wrath and fierceness of the Almighty is; and when they have seen it, they will fall down and adore that great power and majesty.The excerpt from Jonathon Edwards’ sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, is an example on how Puritans followed their religion.
Jonathon Edwards’ work describes how God hated Puritans for their sins; which led the Puritans to feel guilty for their sins. Edwards himself, though he held his own congregation relatively calm, employed the “preaching of terror” on several occasions, as in the Enfield sermon,“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” ().
Jonathan Edwards delivered his famous sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" on July 8, in Enfield, Connecticut. In his sermon, Edwards appeals to sinners everywhere, warning them that. Edwards delivered the sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God", a classic of early American literature, during another revival infollowing George Whitefield's tour of the Thirteen Colonies.
It was on July 8,that Jonathan Edwards delivered his now famous sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” in Enfield, Connecticut. The sermon is known for its part in The Great Awakening. Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God Jonathon Edwards, famous for preaching during “The Great Awakening” lived as a puritan, but later found out that church needed reform.
Spreading the gospel with his colleague George Whitefield created a style of teaching using something called the” Holy Tone”.Download