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Jonathan Edwards viewed heaven as a place where the joy of God’s people will only increase forever and ever. But what will cause the saints’ joy to constantly overflow and expand again and again into eternity?

The object of their thought shall be the glory of God; which they shall contemplate in the creation in general, in the wonderful make of it, particularly of the highest heavens, and in the wonders of God’s providence. It shall most clearly and delightfully be manifested in the church of saints and angels; which they shall discover more and more by their conversation, assisting one another to discoveries in other things; and, most of all mediate ways, in the man Christ Jesus.

They shall employ themselves in singing God’s praise, or expressing their thoughts to God and Christ, and also to one another; and in going from one part of heaven to another, to behold the glories of God shining in the various parts of it.

Source: Jonathan Edwards, The Miscellanies #137

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“But,” say others, “God elected them on the foresight of their faith.”

Now God gives faith, therefore He could not have elected them on account of faith which He foresaw.

There shall be twenty beggars in the street and I determine to give one of them a shilling. Will anyone say that I determined to give that one a shilling—that I elected him to have the shilling—because I foresaw that he would have it? That would be talking nonsense.

In like manner to say that God elected men because He foresaw they would have faith—which is salvation in the germ—would be too absurd for us to listen to for a moment. Faith is the gift of God.

Every virtue comes from Him. Therefore it cannot have caused Him to elect men, because it is His gift.

Election, we are sure, is absolute and altogether apart from the virtues which the saints have afterwards (i.e. unconditional).

Source: Unconditional Election Nos. 41, 42 A Sermon Delivered On Sabbath Morning, September 2, 1855, By The Rev. C H. Spurgeon, At New Park Street Chapel, Southwark.

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(2Cor 1:1) The Church described using two common OT designations for Israel ‘the assembly of God’ and ‘holy people’.

(2Cor 1:2) The OT greeting of Shalom in now joined with the NT greeting of Charis.

(2Cor 1:20) ALL God’s promises in the OT find their Yes in Christ.

(2Cor 1:21-22) All believers are anointed – not just a few OT prophets, priests and kings.

(2Cor 3:3) Contrast between OT tablets of stone and NT tablets of flesh. Contrast of ink verses the Spirit.

(2Cor 3:6) Old covenant of the Law brings death to people but the new covenant of the Spirit brings life. c.f. Jer 31:31.

(2Cor 3:7-11) The old law covenant was glorious but the new covenant is even more glorious.

(2Cor 3:10-11) The old law covenant was only temporarily and by comparison with the permanent Spirit covenant, it appears to have no glory.

(2Cor 3:12-18) Moses’ veil is judgment on unbelieving hearts & hid the fading glory. With Christ/Spirit no veil – understanding & no fading.

(2Cor 4:4) Christ is the image/idol of God c.f. Gen 1:26-27.

(2Cor 4:6) Just as God caused light to shine in darkness by his word/decree in Gen 1:3,so light (knowledge of Jesus) comes into dark hearts.

(2Cor 4:14) Eschatology – knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence.

(2Co 5:1) The body as an earthly tent and resurrected body as a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.

(2Co 5:1) The body as an earthly tent i.e. tabernacle and resurrected body as a heavenly temple.

(2Co 5:17) Inaugurated eschatology – if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

(2Co 5:19) Salvation – that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.

(2Co 5:21) OT sacrificial language – God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

(2Co 6:2) Salvation – In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you. c.f. Isa 49:8.

(2Co 6:15) What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Belial is an OT designation for a worthless idol-god.

(2Co 6:16) We are temple of living God – he lives with, walks among, is their God, they his people. c.f. Lev 26:12; Eze 37:27.

(2Co 6:17) NT call for holiness based on an OT text to leave Babylon c.f. Isa 52:11.

(2Co 6:17) Come out from them & be separate, touch no unclean thing and I will receive you. c.f. call to leave Babylon Isa 52:11; Rev 18:4.

(2Co 7:1) Let us purify ourselves from contaminators of body and spirit, perfecting holiness c.f. unclean/clean/holy concepts of Leviticus.

(2Co 7:10) Salvation – Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

(2Co 8:15) Paul bases his instruction regarding generosity in OT ethical instruction c.f. Exo 16:2.

(2Co 9:6,9) NT generosity and God’s gracious response urged on the basis of OT ethical instructions e.g. Lev, Deu, Pro, Psa 112:9.

(2Co 11:3) As Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

(2Co 11:32-33) Paul lowered in a basket from a window in the wall and slipped through the hands of the enemy king. Like spies in Jericho ???

(2Co 12:4) Paul was caught up to paradise. Paradise refers to a king’s garden c.f. Eden.

(2Co 13:1) Paul’s 3rd visit to deal with defiant sinners meets OT requirement of every charge established by 2 or 3 witnesses. c.f. Deu 17:6

(2Co 13:10) Paul, like Jeremiah, is a divinely appointed spokesperson to the nations with authority to build up &tear down c.f. Jer 1:5,10.

(2Co 13:14) God’s OT grace, love and presence is now the Son’s grace, the Father’s love and the Spirit’s presence.

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