At the end of Jonathan Edwards’s sermon on the paradoxical character of Jesus, he says that these same radically different traits that are normally never combined in any one person will be reproduced in you because you are in the presence of Jesus Christ. You’re not just becoming a nicer person or a more disciplined person or a more moral person. The life and character of Jesus—the King who ambles into Jerusalem on a donkey, then storms into the temple with the audacity to say “This is my house”—are being reproduced in you. You’re becoming a more complete person, the person you were designed to be. The person you were ransomed to be.
King’s Cross. Tim Keller
Thankful to God for who you are.
Captured beauty by Justine, April 2018
“Jonathan Edwards in his book Religious Affections addresses this very point. John Piper also draws on him when he writes,
“The Scriptures command joy, hope, fear, peace, grief, desire, tenderheartedness, brokenness and contrition, gratitude, lowliness, etc. Therefore Christian Hedonism is not making too much of emotion when it says that being satisfied in God is our calling and duty.”
Quest for Hope – OT Survey
[It is] to know when to shout, when to mourn, when to be silent and when to hope. But in order to enjoy the song and sing it well, we must learn the words and the music.”
Excerpt From A Little Book For New Theologians – Kelly Kapic