The Works of President Edwards; with a Memoir of His Life ... Volume 6
General Books, 2013 - 240 oldal
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1830 edition. Excerpt: ... given us. We ought to read and search the Holy Scriptures much, and do it with the design to know the whole of our duty, and in order that the word of God may be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our paths. Psal. cxix. 105. Everyone ought to strive to get knowledge in divine things, and to grow in such knowledge, to the end that he may know his duty, and know what God would have him to do. These things being so, are not the greater part of men very much to blame in that they take no more pains or care to acquire the knowledge of divine things? in that they no more study the Holy Scriptures, and other books which might inform them? as if it were the work of ministers only, to take pains to acquire this knowledge.. But why is it so much a minister's work to strive after knowledge, unless it be, that others may acquire knowledge by him?--Will not many be found inexcusable in the sinful ways in which they live through ignorance and mistake, because their ignorance is a wilful, allowed ignorance? They are ignorant of their duty, but it is their own fault they are so; they have advantages enough to know, and may know it if they will: but they take pains to acquire knowledge, and to be well skilled in their outward affairs, upon which their temporal interest depends; but will not take pains to know their duty. We ought to take great pains to be well informed, espe'cially in those things which immediately concern us, or which relate to our particular cases. "idly, The other mean is the knowledge of ourselves, as subject to the rule.--If we would know whether we do not live in some way of sin, we should take the utmost care to be well acquainted with ourselves, as well as with the rule, that wc may be able to compare ourselves with the rule....
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