Jonathan Edwards Resolution #44
Resolved, that no other end but religion, shall have any influence at all on any of my actions; and that no action shall be, in the least circumstance, any otherwise than the religious end will carry it. (January 12, 1723)
It is clear from the life and writings of Jonathan Edwards that the most influential force in his life was the glory of God. He set Jesus Christ at the pinnacle of his life and allowed every decision and thought to be affected by Him.
Here in this resolution he gives us a glimpse of his thought process in relation to life. Edwards uses the term “religion”, which is often misunderstood or generalized in our day and age. Edwards doesn’t refer merely to a set of moral standards or a group of beliefs. To Edwards the term, “religion” was a summary of everything that composed his faith. It was not just a set of rules or laws but the practical out working of those requirements. It was the pursuit of the glory of God in every aspect of his life.
It was this whole-hearted pursuit of God that Edwards resolved to have influence all of his actions. He was committed to only doing that which would accomplish this end. He had a singular focus in life. This same focus is seen by the Apostle Paul in II Corinthians as he discusses the ministry we now have to persuade other of the good news of reconciliation.II Corinthians 5:14-21 – “For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
May each of us be completely controlled by the love of Christ as we seek to fulfill God’s commission as His ambassadors of reconciliation.