Jonathan Edwards, Heaven is a World of Love (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2020), 118 pp.
“Happy, thrice happy those who shall thus be found faithful to the end and then shall be welcomed to the joy of their Lord! There they shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat, for the Lamb that is in the midst of the throne shall feed them and lead them to fountains of living waters, and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” Thus, says Jonathan Edwards in his monumental work, Heaven is a World of Love.” Edwards’s important book is a part of Crossway’s Short Classics. “Classic” in this case is an understatement. Edwards leads us to the very edge of the heavenly shore.
Heaven is a World of Love was penned by the Puritan divine in the mid-18th-century. And while Edwards’s work is over 250 years old, it speaks directly to readers in our generation. Edwards has gained a reputation for preaching sermons focused on hellfire and brimstone. Indeed, messages like Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God do deal directly with the holy wrath of God. But what comes as a surprise to many is that Edwards took great delight in preaching and writing about our eternal place of rest.
Heaven is a World of Love not only describes our heavenly resting place; it draws readers into the very presence of God. In typical fashion, Edwards uses Scripture to alert readers to the reality of heaven. In the end, they will not only learn more about their heavenly home; they will have a greater desire to go there.
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