God Himself (Jonathan Edwards in Contemporary Language)

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 Ok, I'm going to do my best "Eugene Peterson "  and attempt to paraphrase a Jonathan Edwards paragraph from his sermon entitled "God Glorified in the Work of Redemption, by the Greatness of Man's Dependence upon Him, in the Whole of it."  (by the length of the title, you can see why I want to paraphrase the title as well)


"God Himself"

The one who has been rescued by God finds that God Himself is the ultimate good for which he has been rescued. He realizes that God rescued him, in fact, purchased him so that he could truly enjoy God.  God completes man, not the other way around. God Himself is the nourishment for the rescued one's starving soul.  He satisfies the soul that longs to be satisfied yet has failed in it's attempt to fill itself with other things, even God's own good gifts. While the world pursues money and assets, food, better living, nice homes, fashion, and fame, the rescued one treasures God more than anything. God Himself is the bread that nourishes and sustains him. He realizes that God Himself is Eternal Life now and hereafter. God Himself is his home, where he finds security and hospitality.  God Himself is the righteous covering concealing his nakedness. God Himself is his eventual exaltation.

When the rescued one dies and enters heaven, he will be overwhelmed by the presence of God. He will delight first and foremost in seeing the glorious One. The other beauties and blessings of heaven will be just that. Other. When he wakes up in heaven, God Himself will enlighten him and nourish him, because He will be THE light and THE food and drink.  Heaven is indeed a paradise, but only because God is there.  In heaven, the rescued one will no longer settle for inferior entertainment such as television, sports, the internet, cinema, art, reading, and recreation.  God Himself, indeed His very essence, will entertain the rescued one's mind and he will never grow tired or bored! Never! He will be filled with God's love. God Himself will provide the love, and it will be returned right back to Him!  The rescued one will still have the capacity to enjoy the gifts of God, things like mountains, rivers, oceans, galaxies, planets, animals, food, fine wine, angels, other people. But he will not enjoy them as things to be abused and used for his own selfish pleasure as he often does now. Instead he will enjoy God's gifts as the way God intended. Simply, as a material means of seeing God's glory, as well as a means to enjoying God Himself!

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