Tracing the Trinity, 2

In Tracing the Trinity, 1 I said that the Packer quotation on the Trinity and salvation is one of my favorites.  You will soon find I have many “one of my favorites.”  A shining example is this from the inestimable Jonathan Edwards (1703-58), as he preached on heaven:

“There dwells God the Father, and so the Son, who are united in infinitely dear and incomprehensible mutual love.  There dwells God the Father, who is the Father of mercies, and so the Father of love, who so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life [John 3:16].  There dwells Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, the Prince of peace and love, who loved the world that shed his blood, and poured out his soul unto death for it.  There dwells the Mediator, by whom all God’s love is expressed to the saints, by whom the fruits of it have been purchased, and through whom they are communicated, and through whom love is imparted to the hearts of all the church.  There Christ dwells in both his natures, his human and divine, sitting with the Father in the same throne.  There is the Holy Spirit, the spirit of divine love, in whom the very essence of god, as it were, all flows out or is breathed forth in love, and by whose immediate influence all holy love is shed abroad in the hearts of all the church [cf. Rom. 5:5].  There in heaven this fountain of love, this eternal three in one, is set open without any obstacle to hinder access to it.  There this glorious God is manifested and shines forth in full glory, in beams of love; there the fountain overflows in streams and rivers of love and delight, enough for all to drink at, and to swim in, yea, so as to overflow the world as it were with a deluge of love” (JE – Sermon Fifteen, Heaven Is a World of Love, 1738, Yale WJE 8.370).

Here in Nashville, we know a thing or two about deluges.  This is one flood I want to be in the middle of.  I love it!  Not only is the nature of salvation trinitarian, so is heaven.  The Trinity makes heaven so heavenly.


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