THE WORKS OF JONATHAN EDWARDS: Discourse on the Trinity – Volume 21


Jonathan Edwards usually does not waste time in getting to his point.  This work is no exception.  He begins his discourse on the Trinity: “When we speak of God’s happiness, the account that we are wont to give of it is that God is infinitely happy in the enjoyment of himself, in perfectly beholding and infinitely loving, and rejoicing in, his own essence and perfections.”

Edwards continues in this vein: “God undoubtedly infinitely loves and delights in himself and is infinitely happy in the understanding and view of his own glorious essence … The infinite happiness of the Father consists in the enjoyment of his Son.”  Edwards maintains, “The sum of all God’s love is his love to himself.”

Edwards proceeds to unpack three key truths that pertain to the Son of God: (1) Christ is called the wisdom of God.  (2) Christ is called the logos of God.  (3) Christ is called the Amen, which is a Hebrew word that signifies truth.

Edwards argues that the essence of the Trinity is love (1 John 4:8).  “Now the sum of God’s temper or disposition is love, for he is infinite love … This is the divine disposition or nature that we are made partakers of; for our partaking or communion with God consists in the communion or partaking of the Holy  Ghost.”  The Spirit quickens, enlivens, and beautifies all things, and in the final analysis seeks to sanctify, comfort, and delight the people of God.

Standing with the historic position of the Western church and holds that the Son is begotten by the Father, and the Holy Ghost proceeds from the Father and Son.  The members of this society or family are co-equal and co-eternal.

In typical Edwardsean fashion, our author reminds us of the beauty, majesty, and authority of the Triune God – “For from him and through him and to him are all things.  To him be the glory forever.  Amen” (Rom. 11:36).

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