Monday, January 04, 2021

Edwards: God's church has never failed

Monday, January 4, 2021
    [The LORD:] “Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him.”
    —1 Kings 19:18 (NIV)
    The work of God in converting souls, opening blind eyes, unstopping deaf ears, raising dead souls to life, and rescuing the miserable captivated souls out of the hands of Satan, was begun soon after the fall of man, has been carried on in the world ever since to this day, and will be to the end of the world. God has always, ever since the first erecting of the church of the redeemed after the fall, had such a church in the world. Though oftentimes it has been reduced to a very narrow compass, and to low circumstances; yet it has never wholly failed.
    ... Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), The Works of President Edwards, v. II, Worcester: Isaiah Thomas, Jun., 1808, p. 535 (see the book)
    See also 1 Kings 19:18; Isa. 61:1-3; Joel 2:32; Matt. 11:4-6; Luke 4:18-21; John 3:16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have not given up on us.
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