Doctrine[ edit ] Edwards, Rev. God may cast wicked men into hell at any given moment.
Under all the cultivations of heaven, they brought forth bitter and poisonous fruit; as in the two verses next preceding the text.
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That they were always exposed to destruction; as one that stands or walks in slippery places is always exposed to fall. This is implied in the manner of their destruction coming upon them, being represented by their foot sliding.
The same is expressed, Psalm As he that walks in slippery places is every moment liable to fall, he cannot foresee one moment whether he shall stand or fall the next; and when he does fall, he falls at once without warning: Which is also expressed in Psalm How are they brought into desolation as in a moment!
That the reason why they are not fallen already and do not fall now is only that God's appointed time is not come. For it is said, that when that due time, or appointed time comes, their foot shall slide. Then they shall be left to fall, as they are inclined by their own weight.
God will not hold them up in these slippery places any longer, but will let them go; and then, at that very instant, they shall fall into destruction; as he that stands on such slippery declining ground, on the edge of a pit, he cannot stand alone, when he is let go he immediately falls and is lost.
The observation from the words that I would now insist upon is this. There is no want of power in God to cast wicked men into hell at any moment. Men's hands cannot be strong when God rises up.
The strongest have no power to resist him, nor can any deliver out of his hands. Sometimes an earthly prince meets with a great deal of difficulty to subdue a rebel, who has found means to fortify himself, and has made himself strong by the numbers of his followers.
But it is not so with God.
There is no fortress that is any defence from the power of God. Though hand join in hand, and vast multitudes of God's enemies combine and associate themselves, they are easily broken in pieces. They are as great heaps of light chaff before the whirlwind; or large quantities of dry stubble before devouring flames.
We find it easy to tread on and crush a worm that we see crawling on the earth; so it is easy for us to cut or singe a slender thread that any thing hangs by: What are we, that we should think to stand before him, at whose rebuke the earth trembles, and before whom the rocks are thrown down?
They deserve to be cast into hell; so that divine justice never stands in the way, it makes no objection against God's using his power at any moment to destroy them. Yea, on the contrary, justice calls aloud for an infinite punishment of their sins. Divine justice says of the tree that brings forth such grapes of Sodom, "Cut it down, why cumbereth it the ground?
The sword of divine justice is every moment brandished over their heads, and it is nothing but the hand of arbitrary mercy, and God's mere will, that holds it back.
They are already under a sentence of condemnation to hell. They do not only justly deserve to be cast down thither, but the sentence of the law of God, that eternal and immutable rule of righteousness that God has fixed between him and mankind, is gone out against them, and stands against them; so that they are bound over already to hell.SINNERS In the Hands of an Angry G O D.
A SERMON Preached at Enfield, July 8th 1 7 4 1. At a Time of great Awakenings ; and attended with remarkable Impreſſions on many of the Hearers. Rev. Jonathan Edwards delivered the execution sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" in Enfield, Connecticut on July 8, This execution sermon is a lurid and bitter jeremiad against the "New York Negro rebels" who were then being hanged and burned at the stake for a suspected plot to destroy the village of New York by arson fire.
Jonathan Edwards's 'Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God' is one of the most famous sermons ever preached. Read this lesson to find out more about its themes and metaphors.
Edwards, Rev. Jonathan (July 8, ), Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, A Sermon Preached at Enfield " There is nothing that keeps wicked men at any one .
In his sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," Jonathan Edwards sought to convince his listeners -- and those who later read the sermon in pamphlet form -- that they were depraved sinners who would be condemned to hell unless they turned to Christ and trusted in his grace for salvation.
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