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a sight of the divine glory of Jesus Christ

It is now in the flow of time 4:29 PM Tuesday evening. As I was quoting Archimandrite Sophrony I recalled something I read yesterday in a book titled, "Knowing the Heart: Jonathan Edwards on True and False Conversion" Edited by William C. Nichols. I will now quote from a sermon in this volume titled, 'Pretence of Trusting in Christ is a Vain Pretence As Long as Men Live Wicked Lives' Text Micah 3:11 "The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the Lord, and say, Is not the Lord among us? None evil can come upon us."

"4. A wicked, loose life is inconsistent with the nature of true trusting in Christ and that upon these accounts:
1. A true trusting in Jesus Christ always arises from a sight of the divine glory of Jesus Christ. But he that sees the divine [glory of Jesus Christ] will surely give up himself to the service of Jesus Christ. A sight of the divine glory of the Lord Jesus Christ will have such a power upon the heart that it will change the heart and make it to be of a renewed and holy nature (2 Corinthians 3:18); and he that is of a renewed and holy nature, he cannot live in sin, for this reason, because 'tis exceeding contrary to that renewed nature. 1 John 3:9, "Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin, for his seed remaineth in him." A man that sees the divine glory of the Lord Jesus Christ will give himself to his service, because he sees that he is worthy that he should do so. He is convinced that Christ is worthy to be served and obeyed in everything. He sees the unreasonableness and hatefulness of disobedience to so excellent and glorious one.

He that sees the divine glory of Jesus Christ will necessarily love him with his whole heart. It will have an irresistible power upon him to draw his heart to Jesus Christ. He will surely give him the chief place in his heart. He will be willing to forsake all for the sake of Christ, for he sees that he is more glorious and lovely than all. There will none stand in competition with the Lord Jesus Christ in his heart. And he that with this whole heart loves Christ will serve Him. If a man forsakes him and serves another master, 'tis a certain sign that he don't love Christ above all. John 14:23, "If any man love me, he will keep my words." "pg. 194 Jonathan Edwards

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