Great Sermon! As a student of Edwards I have to say that this sermon stands out more than any other sermon of this site.(I admit to my bia's!) Thanks to TMS for the information background. So true it has to be of the Holy Spirit. Who without our work is as clay.
Thomas M Sullivan (12/31/2007)
from Jenison, MI
New Narrations As we at Holland RBC upgrade a number of sermons and narrations to HI FI, I have decided just to re-narrate them. This is the third time I have narrated this sermon for Sermon Audio, this narration is only two weeks old. The first time I narrated this sermon was December of 1985 for Chapel Library, then in Venice, FL.
T M S (3/19/2006)
Thomas Chalmers Comment From the Sermon, Fury Not in God.
It makes one shudder seriously to think that there may be some here present whom this devouring torrent of wrath shall sweep away; some here present who will be drawn into the whirl of destruction, and forced to take their descending way through the mouth of that pit where the worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched; some here present who so far from experiencing in their own persons that there is no fury in God, will find that throughout the dreary extent of one hopeless and endless and unmitigated eternity, it is the only attribute of His they have to do with. But hear me, hear me ere you have taken your bed in hell; hear me, ere that prison door be shut upon you which is never, never again to be opened? Hear me, hear me, ere the great day of the revelation of God’s wrath comes round, and there shall be a total breaking up of that system of things which looks at present so stable and so unalterable? On that awful day I might not be able to take up the text and say there is no fury in God.
T M Sullivan (1/17/2005)
New Narration Believe it or not, I re-read this sermon on cassette on January 1st of this year - 2005.
Kind of a New Year devotion, you might say.
The special effects, such as the interview of the person in hell "if we could come to inquire of them one by one, etc." are created with the program Cool Edit Pro.
George R. LeBlanc (10/6/2004)
from Baton Rouge La.
Great Sermon! I have been a lover of Edwards as well as the puritans for some time, but I have never heard this sermon. I was deeply moved by its provocative power. This message in the hands of our sovereign God will most surely bring the lost to a saving faith.
from Grand Rapids
Background Information There are some interesting facts about this sermon that might not be so well known. When the same sermon was preached in front of his own congregation in North Hampton, there were no visible fruits that resulted. When this sermon was preached in Enfield, the convictions of the congregation was so overwhelming that Edwards was never able to finish preaching it.
(2) According to George Marsden in a new biography of Edwards, Jonathan Edwards: A Life, this sermon was likely preached more than twice.
(3)Jonathan Edwards often appealed to selfish motives to move sinners who were at ease in Zion to seek an interest in Christ. (See his sermon, "Pressing Into the Kingdom.") Gerstner says that Edwards wasn't trying to "frighten persons into heaven" but certainly was trying to frighten them away from hell.
Finally, if you enjoy this narration of Edwards' sermon, I would invite you to listen to other narrations I have done and I look forward to adding many other useful narrations in the future, from John Owen and John Flavel for example.
JONATHAN EDWARDS was born on October 5, 1703, in East Windsor, Connecticut, into a Puritan evangelical household. His childhood education as well as his undergraduate years (1716-1720) and graduate studies (1721-1722) at Yale College immersed him not only in the most current...