Knowing the Heart
Edwards on True and False Conversion
It is critically important that every man study to know how the heart operates, and particularly his own. Yet for lack of meditation, men are largely strangers to even their own hearts, most thinking themselves good, or at least better than most men.
Edwards invariably takes his readers to depths of thought we would not attain on our own. 14 sermons, taken from his previously unpublished writings; the book concludes with a 30 page testimony, from a Chinese Christian, to the benefit of reading Edwards.
Some of the Sermons included are:
- The Heart of Man is Exceeding Deceitful
- Man Is Naturally a Proud Creature
- The Nature of Man is so Corrupted that He Is Become a Very Evil and Hateful Creature
- Those That God Hates, He Oftentimes Gives Plenty of Earthly Things To
- The Gadarenes Loved Their Swine Better Than Jesus Christ
- A Pretence of Trusting in Christ is a Vain Pretence as Long as Men Live Wicked Lives
- Men Are Exceeding Prone to Bring Their Principles to Agree With Their Lusts
- Persons Ought Not to Rest Ignorant and Unresolved About Their Own State Whether They Be Real Christians or No
- A Man May Eternally Undo Himself in One Thought of His Heart
- Particular Repentance is Necessary to Salvation
About the Author
Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) served the Northampton Congregational Church in Massachusetts for twenty-three years, then missionary outpost to the Mohawk and Mohican tribes. In 1758, he became president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University). Edwards “is widely acknowledged to be America’s most important and original philosophical theologian,” and one of America’s greatest intellectuals.