Over the last two weeks, we have meditated together on some excerpts from Jonathan Edwards’s sermon, “The Way of Holiness.” In this last post, we will consider Edwards’s beautiful final exhortation. May these words stir up in you a deep and unquenchable desire for the riches and peace and joy of holiness.
“Exhort all to holiness. You have heard what holiness is and of the necessity of it, the absolute necessity of it in order to escape hell; what we must have or die forever… . This is motive enough without any other, for what can be a greater motive than necessity? But besides that, if it were not necessary, the amiable and excellent nature of it is enough to make it worthy of the most earnest seeking after. Holiness is a most beautiful, lovely thing. Men are apt to drink in strange notions of holiness from their childhood, as if it were a melancholy, morose, sour, and unpleasant thing: but there is nothing in it but what is sweet and ravishingly lovely. ‘Tis the highest beauty and amiableness, vastly above all other beauties… . ‘Tis almost too high a beauty for any creature to be adorned with; it makes the soul a little, amiable, delightful image of the blessed Jehovah. How may angels stand with pleased, delighted, and charmed eyes, and look and look with smiles of pleasure upon that soul that is holy!” (12).
May the angels stand with pleased, delighted, and charmed eyes as they look with smiles of pleasure upon you in your pursuit of holiness today, friend.