Before turning, next week, to consider Edwards’s applications of the doctrine of his sermon, “The Way of Holiness”: “Those only that are holy are in the way to heaven,” it may do us well to pause and marinate our hearts in this hymn by Charles Wesley:
Give Me A New, Perfect Heart
Give me a new, a perfect heart,
From doubt, and fear, and sorrow free;
The mind which was in Christ impart,
And let my spirit cleave to Thee.
O take this heart of stone away!
Thy sway it doth not, cannot own;
In me no longer let it stay;
O take away this heart of stone!
Cause me to walk in Christ my Way;
And I Thy statutes shall fulfill,
In every point Thy law obey,
And perfectly perform Thy will.
Within me Thy good Spirit place,
Spirit of health, and love, and power;
Plant in me Thy victorious grace,
And sin shall never enter more.
Now let me gain perfection’s height;
Now let me into nothing fall,
Be less than nothing in Thy sight,
And feel that Christ is all in all.
NB: Today’s photo was taken by my friend Benj Smith, from the North Kaibab trail, on our trek through the Grand Canyon.