Enjoying Edwards’ “Resolutions”

Off and on through the years, I have read and reread Jonathan Edwards’ insightful “Resolutions” at the turn of each calendar year.

Even though Edwards wrote these words over 280 years ago, they still speak to the same issues of life we deal with today. In them I find some excellent resolutions for this New Year.

I’m sure you will too.

Rather than reproduce them all, which you can read here, I have copied those resolutions (and their numbers) that have meant the most to me.

17. Resolved, That I will live so, as I shall wish I had done when I come to die.
24. Resolved, Whenever I do any conspicuously evil action, to trace it back, till I come to the original cause; and then, both carefully endeavor to do so no more, and to fight and pray with all my might against the original of it.
28. Resolved, To study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly, and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive, myself to grow in the knowledge of the same.
34. Resolved, In Narrations, never to speak any thing but the pure and simple verity.
40. Resolved, To inquire every night before I go to bed, whether I have acted in the best way I possibly could, with respect to eating and drinking. Jan. 7, 1723.
43. Resolved, Never, henceforward, till I die, to act as if I were any way my own, but entirely and altogether God’s; agreeably to what is to be found in Saturday, Jan. 12th. Jun. 12, 1723.
51. Resolved, That I will act so, in every respect, as I think I shall wish I had done, if I should at last be damned. July 8, 1723.
52. I frequently hear persons in old age say bow they would live, if they were to live their lives over again: Resolved, That I will live just so as I can think I shall wish I had done, supposing I live to old age. July 8, 1723.
56. Resolved, Never to give over, nor in the least to slacken, my fight with my corruptions, however unsuccessful I may be.
67. Resolved, After afflictions, to inquire, what I am the better for them; what good I have got by them; and, what I might have got by them.

Excerpts and image from The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. I (Carlisle: Banner of Truth, 1992).


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Revelation 21-22

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In the meantime, believers should keep an eternal perspective and unbelievers should trust Christ without hesitation.

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The last word of the English Old Testament is “curse.” What began with a blessing in Genesis ends with a curse in Malachi. But that isn’t the end.

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When John the Baptist came, he pointed to Jesus Christ. The central question that ends Malachi’s book remains the question Jesus asked when He came: “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8).

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Revelation 20:7-15

After the Millennium, Satan will briefly be loosed but then eternally confined to the lake of fire. God will then sit on His holy and great white throne, whereby the earth will be destroyed and the unbelieving dead will be resurrected for judgment on the basis of their works. Without exception, each one will find him- or herself condemned to the lake of fire.

Such a somber scene requires each one today to seek to have his or her name written in the book of life, and be spared the great white throne judgment.

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Revelation 19:11-20:6

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Christ will separate the Gentile nations in judgment and rule the earth from Jerusalem for 1000 years, fulfilling the unconditional Covenants made so long ago.

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Genesis 10-11, 14; Isaiah 13-14; Revelation 21-22

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God has prophesied to utterly destroy Babylon and eternally bless Jerusalem—and all that both great cities represent. Which city holds your citizenship?

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