Can Obedience Boys Covet?

They might if they see this:

“Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ’s sake.” – Jonathan Edwards

These are the inspired words that begin the 70 Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards, a man who was determined to “never lose one moment of time”, but to live with all his might to the glory of God. With his heart set on the eternal purposes of God, Edwards was, “Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory and to my own good, profit, and pleasure, in the whole of my duration.”

Today, these resolutions can inspire you to go the distance with gusto as they hang proudly in your home, church or office. Beautifully designed to look like the original document, each poster is printed on a latex infused matte paper with eco-solvent inks that add to its vintage appeal.

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Cheap sanctification?

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19 thoughts on “Can Obedience Boys Covet?

  1. Lists are a glorious way to glory. You can also list your sins (here: http://www.charlesfinney.com/altarcall/ ), press “send” and…well, I don’t know what happens then. But here’s a starter:

    SINS OF OMISSION

    1. INGRATITUDE – Take this sin, for example, and write down under it all the times you can remember where you received kindness from God but never gave thanks. How many situations can you remember – some God-ordered events that saved you from ruin? Write down when God was good to you and you were only half-thankful – when you were in sin before your conversion, the circumstances of your turning to God. List the numerous mercies he has given since. How many are the instances where your ingratitude is so shameful that you run to hide your face? Now on your knees confess to God these times one by one, and ask forgiveness. Confession will suggest others to your memory. Write them down. Go over your list three or four times in this way, and you will find an astonishing number of mercies for which you have never thanked God.

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  2. McDermott: “for Edwards,God has decided that at the moment when a person trusts in Christ, that person becomes so really united with Christ’s person, that imputation is not merely legal but based on God’s perception of a new real fact, which is the NEW MORAL CHARACTER of the person called Christ who now includes (by real union) what used to be the sinner.”

    McDermott–Edwards in his book on justification explains that works after justification should not be considered separate from the initial act of faith. Edwards thought of perseverance as a part of the original act of saving faith, “the qualification on which the congruity of an interest in the righteousness of Christ depends, or wherein such a fitness consists.”

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  3. mercy and grace upon grace…

    This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord; I will put My laws upon their heart, and on their mind I will write them. He then says, “and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more. Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer any offering for sin.

    the only reasonable responses…

    Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God,
    -let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
    -let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering for He who promised is faithful;
    -let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some
    -encouraging one another;

    and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
    Heb 10:16-25

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  4. On this day in which all church services in the county have been cancelled I had a little extra time to look at Edwards’ list. Accordingly there is time and opportunity for some Muddy Observations.

    a) It would drive just about anyone into a psychological breakdown to be that vigilant and keep all those lists. Too much for the Mudster to even find, copy, and paste what (mental) lists he resolved to make.

    b) His ambition is off the charts. Whether it’s about his behavior or his emotions, every jot and tittle is to be maintained, like he’s a gardener tending a large estate who vows to keep all plants exactly the same length at all times.

    c) As for everyone’s favorite topic, epistemology, Edwards thought he could know a lot. Yeah, he was a smart guy but consider:

    50.Resolved, I will act so as I think I shall judge would have been best, and most prudent, when I come into the future world. July 5, 1723.
    51.Resolved, that I will act so, in every respect, as I think I shall wish I had done, if I should at last be damned. July 8, 1723.
    55. Resolved, to endeavor to my utmost to act as I can think I should do, if I had already seen the happiness of heaven, and hell torments. July 8, 1723.
    24. Resolved, whenever I do any conspicuously evil action, to trace it back, till I come to the original cause; and then both carefully endeavor to do so no more, and to fight and pray with all my might against the original of it.

    God has not revealed all that much about the states of mind of people in heaven and hell,
    but here we have Edwards making resolutions based on supposing those perspectives. So either he was being transported to ethereal realms to get that knowledge or he was being quite fanciful.

    Then he supposes that he could find a unique cause of each evil action. There’s either a naive view that men are so simple or, again, the possibility that he was frequenting the heavenly realms and coming back with reports unavailable to the rest of us.

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  5. Muddy, just think about how he would’ve dealt with the late night menu at Taco Bell? “Was that provocative dream, to include manifestations of demons, a result of remaining lust or the mega burrito at 1:00 am?!” And did the sin of gluttony exacerbate my lustful corruption or did the lust of the eyes compel me to order the super nachos leading to gluttony? These are difficult things and worth pondering over some Macallan but not Laphroaig

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  6. Interesting to compare Edward’s resolutions with Finney’s castigations. The rigor is similar.

    Just for yuks, here’s a Finney quote:

    4. CRITICALNESS – Times you have had a bitter spirit and spoken about Christians in a way entirely empty of grace and love. Love that requires you to always hope for the best the situation will allow and to put the best construction on any behaviour you are not certain of.

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  7. Edwards at Taco Bell. If only there an SNL – type troop for OL.

    One more fun quote from Finney:

    “Measure your desire for their salvation by the self-denial you practice in giving what is yours to send them the Gospel. Do you deny yourself even the harmful luxuries such as tea and coffee? Do you curb your lifestyle or live any less conveniently to save them?”

    If the family doesn’t wake up pretty soon I’m going to post a “who said it?” quiz that only has quotes from Edwards and Finney.

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  8. “These are difficult things and worth pondering over some Macallan but not Laphroaig”

    You’re too sophisticated for the Mudster. My categories are a) whiskey and b) not whiskey.

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  9. To think, everyone (‘mericans, at least (is there anyone else?)) could have been a winner:

    World Series batters who step up to the plate and knock one out of the park will have the chance to create a feeding frenzy across the country. Taco Bell Corp., the company that encourages Americans to “Think Outside The Bun,” today announced an “outside the park” offer. During the games in San Francisco, if any player from the Giants or Anaheim Angels hits a home run and strikes Taco Bell’s 15-foot floating “Free Taco Here” target in San Francisco Bay’s McCovey Cove, every American resident will have the opportunity to feast on a free Crunchy Beef Taco.

    “What better way to celebrate America’s favorite national pastime than with America’s favorite taco,” said Greg Creed, chief marketing officer, Taco Bell Corp. “Only one team will win the Series, but with our ‘Think Outside the Park’ offer, everyone can win.”

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  10. Would it have killed PepsiCo to include another Taco Bell give away tease in today’s Superbowl? Katy Perry, that’s all?

    There’s always nex t year..

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