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Jonathan Edwards: The Use of Your Time - Steve Lawson

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    To focus upon Jonathan Edwards and specifically the resolutions
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    that he wrote as a young man, 18 and 19 years of age.
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    Let me begin by just putting Edwards in his right place,
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    even in the mountain range of church history.
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    It was Martyn Lloyd-Jones who said:
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    I am tempted to compare the Puritans to the Alps,
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    Luther and Calvin to the Himalayas,
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    and Jonathan Edwards to Mount Everest.
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    He seems to me to be the man most like the Apostle Paul.
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    That's quiet a statement, from the Doctor himself, Lloyd-Jones.
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    That it was Jonathan Edwards, who in essence,
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    stood on the shoulders of Calvin, and Luther, and the Reformers,
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    and climbed up a little higher and stood on the shoulders of the Puritans
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    like John Owen, and Thomas Watson, and other great divines.
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    And he went all the way to to the top of the mountain range, as it were,
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    and had the clearest view of God, and Systematic Theology,
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    and the inner workings of the truth of Scripture.
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    That is why I think it is very worth our while,
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    to look, in this last session, at Edwards.
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    And what I want to set before you, is:
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    There is a reason why, I believe, God so greatly used Edwards.
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    Granted,
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    he was the greatest American pastor to ever walk on the soil of this continent.
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    He is arguably the greatest preacher over the last three centuries in America.
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    He is called the greatest theologian America has ever produced
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    and the greatest philosopher that America has ever produced.
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    He has been argued to be the most profound author.
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    R. C. Sproul has said, his book the Freedom of the Will is the greatest book
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    ever to be written on American soil.
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    He certainly preached the greatest sermon ever to be preached in this land:
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    Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God.
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    It is an amazing thing that all of those lines would intersect in one person.
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    Greatest author,
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    greatest philosopher,
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    greatest pastor,
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    greatest theologian,
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    greatest preacher,
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    greatest book,
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    greatest sermon.
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    All of this did not merely happen.
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    Nothing just merely happens.
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    The sovereignty of God is in and through all things.
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    But Jonathan Edwards, when he was 18 years old,
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    he charted a course that he would follow the rest of his life.
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    Jonathan Edwards was converted by the grace of God at age 17.
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    And within one year he was the interim pastor
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    in what is today Downtown New York City.
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    On Wall Street.
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    Pastoring a church where there had been a split, a divide,
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    a Scottish Presbyterian Church.
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    He was 18 years old.
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    He had grown up in a home of a Puritan pastor
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    and as soon as he was saved his heart was inclined to the ministry and the things of God,
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    for that is what he had seen all his life.
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    And at age 18 he began to pastor in Downtown New York.
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    He still had his Master's thesis yet to write.
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    He had completed his course work at Yale both in the Bachelor and Master's level.
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    And as he began this interim pastor at age 18,
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    there was a deep conviction and concern in his soul
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    that he be faithful to God.
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    That he not squander this opportunity.
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    That he be one who would pursue holiness
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    with every inch and every ounze of his being.
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    So Jonathan Edwards sat down and wrote what has come to be known as his Resolutions.
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    Over the course of the next year and a half he wrote 70 resolutions.
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    They were like purpose statements.
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    They almost all began with the word Resolved.
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    And then would follow a declaration,
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    that was rooted and grounded in the Word of God.
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    These resolutions began with a preamble.
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    And a preamble is a short two-sentence paragraph,
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    that sits on top of the resolutions
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    and they are very important because in it, in this preamble,
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    he states how dependent he is upon the grace of God
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    to be enabled to fulfill these resolutions.
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    So this is not Jonathan Edwards pulling himself up by his own boot straps
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    where he is self-willed to carry out his own sanctification.
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    He is totally dependent upon the grace of God, the ministry of the Holy Spirit
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    to work and to will for his good pleasure in his own life.
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    The preamble reads:
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    Being sensible that I am unable to do any thing...
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    Now you hear John 15, verse 5, in that.
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    Jesus said: Apart from me you can do nothing.
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    Being sensible that I am unable to do any thing without God's help,
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    I do humbly entreat him, (God) by his grace,
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    to enable me to keep these resolutions,
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    so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ's sake.
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    Having said that, he began to write his resolutions.
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    The first four are directed and pointed at the glory of God.
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    There is no rhyme or reason as to the order of these resolutions.
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    They are almost as reading the Proverbs, starting Proverbs 10 and following.
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    There are somewhat jumbled together, except at the beginning,
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    in which Edwards lays this foundation
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    that the entirety of his life must be directed toward the pursuit of the glory of God.
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    It is the overflow of his study of the Westminster catechism,
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    the Westminster confession,
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    the teaching of the reformers,
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    the teaching of the Puritans.
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    It was all steeped in the glory of God.
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    He had read Calvin's Institutes
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    that begins with the knowledge of God and the knowledge of men.
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    He was steeped in the Westminster catechism: What is the chief end of men?
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    To glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.
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    So as he takes pen in hand at age 18...
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    The first four resolutions, let me read parts of them, focus upon the glory of God.
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    Number 1: Resolved,
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    That I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God's glory.
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    Edwards said, the interpretive key in his life
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    in the pursuit of the will of God is:
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    What will bring greatest glory to God?
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    Who should I marry?
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    What should I do with my life?
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    Where should I live?
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    What endeavor should I undertake?
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    The fundamental core principle, Edwards recognized for his life, is:
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    What will most glorify God?
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    Not: What will most advance me? What will most promote myself?
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    But: What decisions, what turns in the road, what forks in the road lie before me...
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    The answer will always be: What will most glorify God?
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    Resolution 2: Resolved, To be continually endeavoring to find out
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    some new contrivance and invention to promote the aforementioned things.
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    By that he is saying:
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    As I am on the path to pursue the glory of God,
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    what can be augmented to my life, that will springboard me
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    even further in the promotion, in the pursuit of the glory of God?
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    What new Bible studies could I undertake?
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    What new ministries could I launch?
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    What new endeavors could I undertake,
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    that would be further extensions of glorifying God.
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    Three: Resolved, If ever I shall fall and grow weary or grow dull,
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    so as to neglect to keep any part of these Resolutions,
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    to repent of all I can remember.
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    So, if at any point he would grow fatigued or weary,
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    become spiritually lukewarm in the pursuit of the glory of God,
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    he would immediately repent of this,
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    and turn away from this,
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    that he might be fervent in the pursuing the glory of God.
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    Four: Resolved, Never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less or more,
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    but what tends to the glory of God.
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    So, he is a man, who is preoccupied with the glory of God.
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    J. I. Packer writes regarding these first four resolutions
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    that Edwards was (quote):
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    God centered,
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    God focused,
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    God intoxicated,
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    and God entranced.
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    There is no over-statement here.
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    Every day from morning till night
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    he sought to live in conscious communion with God.
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    (close quote)
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    Now...
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    Later in these resolutions...
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    Resolution number 63: This is an extraordinary resolution.
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    I am just setting the table for what I really ultimately want to say in this session.
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    He wants to glorify God,
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    just like, I'm sure, you want to glorify God.
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    You wouldn't be here today, I would not think,
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    were you not one who would desire to glorify God with your life.
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    First Corinthians 10:
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    Whatsoever you do, whether you eat or you drink, do all to the glory of God.
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    Resolution 63 is a shock-and-awe resolution.
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    It is mind boggling.
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    This is what it says:
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    On the supposition,
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    that there never was to be but one individual in the world,
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    at any one time,
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    who was properly
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    a complete Christian, in all respects,
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    having Christianity always shining in its true lustre,
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    and appearing excellent and lovely:
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    Resolved,
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    To act just as I would do, if I strove
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    with all my might
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    to become that one, who would live in my time.
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    You know what Edwards is saying?
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    I want you to think about this.
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    There can only be on the Earth at any one time
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    the strongest Christian alive.
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    Edwards said: The goal for my life
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    is to be that man.
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    Someone may say: Well, that's kind of an... arrogant resolution.
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    Okay, go be the worst Christian in your generation!
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    You think that would glorify God?
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    You talk about having everything upside...
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    Everyone of us ought to say:
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    God, I want to be that one in my generation at that time
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    that Christianity is most fully shining through with its full lustre,
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    shining forth from my life.
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    That will glorify God.
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    Edwards said that at age 18 and 19.
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    When I was age 18 and 19 I would just think about playing football.
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    Edwards is thinking about:
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    I want to be the greatest Christian in my generation.
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    Now, what he did and the rest of the resolutions
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    charts the course for how he will glorify God
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    and be that one most complete Christian
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    in his lifetime.
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    In my book on the resolutions of Jonathan Edwards
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    I divide up all of the resolutions
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    into different subject matters that he deals with.
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    And there is a plethora of topics that he covers
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    in the fullness of his own Christian life.
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    And time does not permit me to do the overview of all 70 resolutions.
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    What I want to do at this time right now is just isolate one slice of the pie.
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    Just isolate one piece of the armor.
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    Just focus upon one area of his resolutions
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    that addressed a critically important area in his Christian life.
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    Now, this subject matter may somewhat surprise you.
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    As Edwards wanted to live for the glory of God
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    and be the greatest Christian in his generation,
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    he wanted to do so in the nitty-gritty of life,
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    down in the day-to-day Christian living.
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    And so he said: I want to live with an eternal perspective.
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    And in order to live with an eternal perspective
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    there are three subjects that need to be present before my life,
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    on a daily basis, all the time:
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    the shortness of life,
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    the certainty of death,
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    and the link of eternity.
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    The shortness of life,
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    the suddenness of death,
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    and the link of eternity.
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    Edwards would say elsewhere:
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    God,
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    stamp eternity
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    upon my eyeballs.
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    That was his way, metaphorically, to say:
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    I want to live with an eternal perspective.
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    I want to live in such a way as not to be confined
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    with the mundane trivial things of this temporal life and world
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    as if this is all that there is.
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    If I am to rise above the temporal and live for the eternal,
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    if I am to rise above that which I can see and live for that which I cannot see,
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    if right now is to count forever
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    then I must have this eternal perspective.
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    That is what everyone of us here today needs.
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    We need to live for eternity.
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    What I do right now, how will it have its impact upon eternity?
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    And so Edwards wrote several resolutions
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    that dealt with time,
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    and dealt with death,
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    and dealt with eternity.
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    Resolution number five.
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    Edwards understood that time is a very precious commodity.
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    And this is what was driving Edwards on this.
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    He understood,
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    if he wasted his time
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    and squandered his time
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    he could not most glorify God.
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    Resolution number five reads thus:
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    Resolved,
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    And don't you like that word, resolved?
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    How many people do you know that are actually resolved?
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    How many people do you know that are actually
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    intentionally, purposefully living their Christian lives
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    and who are not like the wave of the sea, being tossed back and forth?
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    How many people do you know that are not taking the path of least resistance
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    but are taking the path of greatest resistance
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    to the extent that they are being pointed into the center of living for eternity.
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    Jonathan Edwards was determined.
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    He was resolved.
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    He would not become subject to the tyranny of the urgent,
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    of the latest emergency to be thrown at his feet.
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    Now he had set the priorities for his life
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    and his priorities would dictate the decisions that he would make.
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    Resolved,
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    Never to loose one moment of time,
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    but to improve it the most profitable way
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    I possibly can.
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    As Edwards said this, he understood,
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    that I can only glorify God in this life
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    in the prescribed amount of time
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    that God has given to me
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    to be alive on this earth.
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    Therefore, this time is precious,
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    and it is invaluable,
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    and it is like liquid gold,
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    and I cannot waste,
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    and I cannot squander
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    one moment of time
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    because it is in the proper
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    and most efficient use of my time
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    that I will glorify God.
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    If I use my time most wisely
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    I can most glorify God
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    with what is put in front of me.
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    So he said: I have no time to loose.
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    He would argue that riches can be lost and then later regained.
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    But not time.
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    Once time is forfeited and lost, it can never be replaced.
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    Now, Jonathan Edwards had such a high view of the sovereignty of God,
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    he understood a very basic truth, which is:
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    that the number of days,
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    and the number of hours,
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    and the number of seconds
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    that we have to live upon this earth
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    have already been sovereignly preordained by God.
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    From before the foundation of the world God determined
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    the moment of my birth.
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    And he has determined the moment of my death.
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    And everything in between is what God has sovereignly ordained for me to live,
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    and it is the perfect number of days, and it is the most wise number of days,
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    that could be chosen for me.
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    Job 14, verse 5
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    Since his days are determined,
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    the number of his months is with You, God;
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    and his limits
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    You have set so he cannot pass.
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    You cannot pass
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    the predetermined number of months and days and seconds that you have to live.
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    Psalm 90, verse 12 says:
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    So teach us the number of our days that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.
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    God has numbered our days. We would be very wise to number our days.
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    Psalm 139, verse 16
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    Your eyes have seen my unformed substance
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    and in Your book there were all written the days that were ordained for me
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    when as yet there was not one of them.
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    God has ordained the time that you have to live on this earth.
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    You do not have a second to waste,
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    to live with any other intention and goal
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    but to glorify God
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    to the max.
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    Now, to take this further...
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    Edwards rightly understood
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    that not only had God preordained and prescribed a certain number of days,
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    but that within that time allotment
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    there were designated opportunities
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    to do that which God has appointed me to do,
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    and that I must capture the moment when those doors swing open.
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    Those doors will then later be closed,
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    and I must go through those doors of opportunity within time.
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    Ephesians 5, verse 16, makes this very clear.
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    And one of Edwards' most powerful sermons was on this text.
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    If time permits I would love to share some of that with you at the end.
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    But Ephesians 5:16 says that we are to be making the most
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    of your time.
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    The most of our time.
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    This word for time is not χρόνος,
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    which refers to clock time, chronology, or chronometer, as a watch.
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    That's not the word that Paul is using here:
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    Making the most of the time that you have.
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    It is Καιρός,
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    which means a season or opportunity,
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    a fixed period within time
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    in which you are given divine opportunities to do something for God.
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    We often call them divine appointments.
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    A prearranged, divinely arranged season of time.
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    Windows of time that are opened by God for us to do something to glorify Him,
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    and those open doors will soon shut.
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    Isaiah 55:6
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    Seek the Lord while He may be found. Call upon Him while He is near.
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    Psalm 69:13
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    O Lord, my prayer to You is in an acceptable time.
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    Psalm 32:6
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    Let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found.
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    There are times when God may be found, there are times when God may not be found.
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    There are times when God is near, there are times when God is far away.
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    Luke 14, verse 13 (Luke 4:13)
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    There is a time for Satan to advance against Christ to tempt him in the wilderness,
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    and there are times for Satan to withdraw,
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    and then come back again at a more opportune time.
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    There are opportune times in your life to do certain things today, this moment,
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    that you will not have at other times in your Christian life.
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    Dads,
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    you have opportunities with your sons and daughters today,
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    that you will not have next year.
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    They cannot be replicated again.
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    We must seize the moment.
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    Edwards understood this.
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    And so therefore he was a driven man, even as a young man,
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    that he must buy up the time,
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    he must seize the moment,
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    he must live every day
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    knowing that I do not have time to waste or to squander.
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    There was a pace about his life,
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    there was a press about his life,
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    that he must do the works of God while it is day,
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    for, when night comes, no man can work.
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    Do you feel that press of eternity upon you life?
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    Do you wake up, sensing that this is a day that the Lord has made?
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    I shall rejoice and be glad in it?
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    That God has preordained good works for me to work in?
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    That I'm living in a sense of destiny every moment of every day?
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    Would you say to God: God, stamp eternity upon my eyeballs!?
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    That would greatly effect
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    the use of your time this afternoon.
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    It would greatly effect the use of your time tonight.
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    It would greatly effect
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    how much television you watch,
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    how much do you sleep,
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    when do you go to sleep,
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    when do you wake up,
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    how much do you read the Bible,
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    how much do you pray,
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    how much do you witness.
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    Are you intentional?
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    Are you resolved?
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    You only have so little time.
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    Edwards said in this resolution
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    that he wanted to improve it the most profitable way.
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    He understood he had to be very strategic,
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    that he had to be very thoughtful,
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    that he had to be very scrutinizing
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    in how he improved the use of his time.
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    In Ephesians 5, verse 15 and following the Scripture reads:
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    Therefore be careful how you walk,
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    not as unwise men but as wise,
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    making the most of your time, because the days are evil.
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    That verb, making the most,
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    ἐξαγοράζω
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    means: to redeem...
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    In the old King James it says: redeeming the time.
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    It means: to buy it up.
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    The imagery here is: going into the market place.
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    And something is offered for sale now,
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    that will not be for sale later.
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    And if you are going to purchase it, you must purchase it now.
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    Almost as if there is a sale and it is offered now at this price,
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    and if you are to have it at this price, you must have it now
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    and purchase it now. There must be an exchange.
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    You cannot come back to the same place in the same market place next week
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    and expect to to be able to purchase this commodity.
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    If you are to have it, you must have it now.
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    You cannot procrastinate, you cannot put off the time.
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    The business transaction with the one who is selling, it must be secured now.
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    Redeem the time, for the days are evil.
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    And Edwards understood that these doors of opportunity would swing open in live,
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    and when they swing open, he must move in, and he must buy up that time.
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    When I went to college...
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    I went to Texas Tech University.
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    I grew up in Memphis, Tennessee.
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    I went out on a football scholarship.
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    And when I went out to college, it seemed like... I went to the moon.
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    A long ways away.
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    ... from rivers, and lakes, and green grass, and trees.
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    To the barren country of West Texas.
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    It was a huge family event.
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    My family had a Volkswagen bus.
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    We were not hippies at that time, but we were in that Volkswagen bus.
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    My father, my mother, myself, my brother, my sister.
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    And we all drove. Took us a couple of days to get to Lubbock.
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    I'm the oldest child.
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    This was a huge step.
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    And I remember... moving into the dorm.
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    And my father and my mother carefully helping me gather everything up,
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    putting it into the closet,
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    fixing up my bed,
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    puffing up the pillow,
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    putting a little alarm clock out,
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    everything you would do.
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    And then, my father, at the very end, he gave me his speech.
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    And I remember, he reached into his pocket
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    and he pulled out a dollar bill.
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    And he said: Steven,
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    your allowance for the semester.
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    I was waiting for the answer for this.
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    My mom was standing right behind him.
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    I remember "your allowence", and he gave me the amount.
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    It was an extraordinarily small amount.
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    And I was doing the math in my head while he was talking,
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    breaking this down by month, by week, by day, by meal...
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    ... this money.
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    And he pulled out this dollar bill
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    and he began to pull it in opposite corners.
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    No one could work a dollar bill like my father.
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    The most frugal man who has ever walked planet earth.
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    To this day I still have never had a large Coke.
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    It's always the small Coke and get the refill.
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    I used to take his ballpoint pen and I would click it.
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    And he would take it back from me and say: That's one less time it will work, son.
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    (I suppose you're right.)
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    So, he said to me,
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    what this amount was.
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    He said, this is all... that there will be.
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    Now, it's gonna have to last during the entire semester.
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    And he said: Every time, you put your hand into your pocket
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    and you pull out a dollar bill,
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    I want you to remember me,
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    standing here with this dollar bill.
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    And I want you to spend every dollar bill wisely.
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    Because when you run out,
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    there will be no more.
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    I knew my dad was serious as a heart attack.
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    And I knew that my mother would give me more.
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    And she was smiling behind my dad as he is giving this speech.
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    She is winking at me.
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    But I have never forgotten that little speech.
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    And that's the way I must be with the time allotment in my life.
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    I don't have a day to waste.
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    You don't have a day to waste.
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    I don't have a morning to waste.
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    I don't have an afternoon to waste.
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    I remember one man coming by my office while I'm early in my pastorate
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    and he came by, and he wanted to visit, and he came...
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    He came into my office, sat down.
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    I said: How can I help you? And he said:
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    Nothing really. I just wanted to kill some time.
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    I think there are a lot of people who go through life that way.
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    They're just time killers.
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    And it would be nice if they would just kill their own time.
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    But they want to kill other people's time.
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    And you are taking away from other people
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    their maximum opportunity to glorify God,
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    to be productive in the pursuit of what God has laid out in his will.
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    This is not to say, there is not a place for recreation.
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    There is the Sabbath principle talked throughout Scripture.
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    We must rest. There is the need for the re-creation of recreation.
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    We cannot live full tilt every moment of every second of every life.
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    It's like highlighting in yellow every word on a page.
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    Then nothing really necessarily stands out.
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    There is an ebb and a flow of life.
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    But I want to tell you this:
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    You only have so much time on this planet
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    to breathe God's air
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    and to drink God's water
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    and to do God's will
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    and for God's sake, you better get on what He's called you to do!
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    If He's called you to the ministry then get after it!
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    If this is the time to step forward and to go in a certain direction
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    then pursue the will of God in your life!
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    There is only so much time to do it.
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    Now I want to give you another resolution.
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    (I only know what time it is. When do I finish?)
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    (O.k., alright.)
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    (I'll make anything work.)
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    (Whitefield's last sermon was two hours, as I told you, up at Exeter, New Hampshire.)
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    Resolution number seven.
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    Resolved,
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    Never to do anything
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    that I should be afraid to do
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    if it were the last hour of my life.
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    Edwards purposed to live his life, as Baxter said, we should preach:
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    as a dying man to dying men, as never to preach again.
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    Edwards purposed that he would focus upon the end of his life
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    and then work back,
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    and that he never wanted to be found doing anything that he would not do
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    if it were the last hour of his life.
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    And as he studied the gospels, he understood
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    that Christ was consciously aware of that last hour of his life.
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    John 2:4 My hour has not yet come.
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    Referring to that last hour
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    and it was the finished line
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    it was the conclusion of the will of God, that the Father had charted for Him,
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    and He was pressing towards that finished line
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    and He always kept His eye upon that last hour of His life.
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    John 7:6 My hour is not yet here.
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    John 7:30 His hour had not yet come.
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    John 12:27 Father, save me from this hour, but for this purpose I came to this world.
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    John 17:1 Father, the hour has come. Glorify your son that the son may glorify you.
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    John 19:30 It is finished.
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    There was no rambling in his life.
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    There was no weaving all over the highway.
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    There was no dabbling over here and let me try something else over here.
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    There was a very mature press about his life as he was pointed to the finished line,
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    and he would not look to the right, he would not look to the left,
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    he would not look at the others who were running around him in the race of life.
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    His gaze was upon the finished line, the last hour of his life.
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    He prepared all of his life for the last hour of his life.
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    That he would die well.
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    That he would die without regret.
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    That he would die without saying, as so many that he had heard:
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    Oh, if I had only done this.
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    Oh if I had only made these choices and pursued these endeavors.
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    No, when I come to the end of my life, I want to say: It is finished.
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    And to die like his master.
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    In the very epicenter of the will of God for his life.
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    Resolved, Never to do anything that I should be afraid to do
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    if it were the last hour of my life.
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    Can you envision the last hour of your life?
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    Whether it's this afternoon,
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    whether it is in a month,
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    whether it's in a year,
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    or a decade,
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    or whenever it is.
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    Who knows, what the circumstances will be?
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    Who knows, where that will be, when that will be, with whom it will be?
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    But unless the Lord returns before then, that day is fixed on God's calendar for your life.
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    You need to stay focused and riveted upon the last hour of your life.
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    So that you will die
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    without regret.
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    That you make choices and decisions in your life today
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    that will effect the path that you take
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    when you arrive
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    on that last day.
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    Resolution number ten.
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    This is a resolution that will grow you up.
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    This is a resolution that will make an 18 year old young boy
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    appear to be 68,
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    appear to be 78.
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    This will give you wisdom beyond your years.
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    Resolved,
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    When I feel pain
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    to think of the pains of martyrdom
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    and hell.
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    If you're going to live with an eternal perspective
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    and when you face disappointment,
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    when you face trials,
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    when you face problems,
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    when you face difficulty,
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    and adversity,
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    and tribulation,
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    you need to keep that in proper perspective.
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    We have a tendency
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    to become preoccupied
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    on our troubles.
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    And they grow,
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    and they grow,
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    and they grow,
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    and they escalate,
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    and they dwarf us,
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    and they intimidate us,
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    and they paralyze us.
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    And they cause us to be self centered,
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    and they defeat us,
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    and they cause self pity
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    to arise out of our hearts.
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    And Edwards said: So that I can keep everything in rightful perspective,
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    I want to be constantly thinking
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    about martyrs
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    and souls in hell.
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    To think about those in Foxe's Book of Martyrs
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    who where strapped to the stake
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    and gave a witness for their faith and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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    Who were literally burned at the stake for their gospel testimony.
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    And in comparison
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    we virtually
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    have never had a bad day
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    here upon the earth.
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    Seven years ago
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    I was forced out of a pastorate of a church that I pastored.
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    It was a very painful experience.
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    It's a publicly humiliating experience:
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    family,
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    friends,
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    enemies,
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    foes,
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    newspaper,
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    television.
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    It's a very painful thing to go through:
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    to step into a pulpit
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    to preach your last sermon,
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    to give your resignation,
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    and then to just walk out of the building.
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    You know, what kept everything in perspective... for me?
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    Is reading about the Marian Martyrs in the English reformation.
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    Reading about those men who preached what I preach,
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    but yet they were strapped to a stake and were burned to a crisp.
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    I walked away.
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    I walked out.
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    I got in a suburban.
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    My son drove the getaway car.
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    I was able to stop and get out of the car and shake the dust off my feet.
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    I was driven home.
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    I had a meal.
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    Next day I played golf with my boys.
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    I've never had a bad day.
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    In my preaching Bible
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    I have a picture of John Rogers.
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    He was burned at the stake in 1555.
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    He was the first Marian martyr.
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    He was the first to be torched by Bloody Mary
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    for his evangelical beliefs.
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    In the back of my Bible I have the wood carving of John Rogers,
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    being strapped to the stake in London, and being burned to death
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    in front of his church building,
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    in front of his congregation,
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    in order to try to attempt to intimidate them all.
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    They would burn the shepherd.
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    Their intend was for the sheep to scatter.
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    When I read this resolution of Edwards, I thought, there is much wisdom in this.
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    For all of us to think constantly of martyrdom and hell.
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    Not that we have some morbid spirit or martyr's complex,
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    that's not it.
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    But the things that upset us, and the things that stress us out,
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    quite frankly,
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    do not even begin to compare with what the martyrs experienced.
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    And then, he says, "and of hell".
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    Now let me remind all of us,
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    if everyone of us in this room received what we deserved,
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    we would all be in hell right now.
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    We would have been in hell from the moment we were conceived.
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    And the day that you sin you shall surely die.
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    The fact, that we are not in hell right now suffering the torment of the damned,
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    is far better treatment than anyone of us deserve.
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    That is a theological truth.
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    And that helps put everything in right perspective for my Christian life.
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    I have pressures in my life right now, that are squeezing me
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    and cause my mind at times to be anchored into those things.
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    And it's not spiritually healthy for me to become concentrated upon those things.
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    I need to set my mind on things above and not on things of the earth,
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    but I also need to set my mind on things below,
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    souls being tormented in hell right now.
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    And realize that that mercy that has been shown to me
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    is so astonishing and amazing
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    that by comparison of souls in hell right now
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    I have... I have no problems. I have nothing, for which I can complain.
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    There is no reason for me to have a pity party.
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    There is no reason for me to whine.
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    There is no reason for me to be the focus of every conversation that I am in,
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    to draw the people into my problems.
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    I'm not in hell.
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    Jonathan Edwards, as an 18 year old young man,
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    he purposed,
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    that I will think about hell and I will think about martyrdom,
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    so that everything in my life will be kept in proper perspective.
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    When I went to London a few years ago,
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    I landed at the airport, got on the train, took the subway...
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    I wanted to go first to Bunhill Fields.
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    I wanted to see where the Puritans are buried.
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    At that time it was outside the city limits.
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    They would not allow John Owen to be buried inside the city limits.
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    They would not let John Bunyan be buried inside the city limits.
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    Isaac Watts, you are on the outside, looking in.
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    I wanted to go to Bunhill Fields and just stand with those men
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    who have been rejected, and many, who have died ignominious deaths.
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    And from there I went to Saint Bartholomew's Hospital.
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    Interestingly enough, that is exactly were Martyn Lloyd-Jones practiced medicine
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    before he was called on the Gospel ministry. And on the back side of the hospital
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    is a little brass plaque, that no one would ever see,
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    unless you are intentionally going there and looking for it,
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    and on this brass plaque it says:
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    Here is were John Rogers was burned at the stake for his evangelical faith
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    in the word of God and the Gospel of Christ.
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    Just to have it edged into my mind again,
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    that these men payed a valiant price,
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    a great price
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    for their Christian faith.
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    And as I live my spiritual life,
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    resolved, when I feel pain, when I feel disappointment,
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    when I feel discouragement,
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    to think of the pains of martyrdom
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    and of hell.
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    Let me give you one more, and then we are finished.
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    Resolution number fifty.
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    Resolved,
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    I will act so as I think I should judge
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    would have been best,
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    and most prudent,
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    when I come into the future world.
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    Edwards wanted his present life to be shaped
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    by whatever would be most important upon entering heaven.
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    Whatever is important there
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    must dominate the landscape of my life now.
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    Whatever is of priority in heaven there, when I enter into heaven,
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    that must be moved up the list
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    and must be at the top of what is most important in my life today.
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    Whatever matters to God and Christ in eternity, in heaven,
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    around throne of God, for ever, and ever, and ever,
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    what is ever of highest value in that day,
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    must be as gold and silver in my life today.
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    That is what Edwards is saying.
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    He cites 2 Corinthians 4:18 While we look not at the things that are seen
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    but at the things which are not seen,
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    for the things which are see are temporal,
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    but the things which are not seen are eternal.
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    Edwards chose to live his life in such a way,
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    that he was not preoccupied with the visible, but with the invisible,
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    not with the temporal, but with the eternal,
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    not with the earthly, but with the heavenly.
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    He wanted his life to count to the maximum for God.
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    So, fast forward, if you would, to the end of his life.
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    So, how did Edwards die?
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    What did it look like on the last day of his life?
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    Well, it is by no coincidence
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    that after age 18 and 19 Jonathan Edwards did become
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    the greatest preacher,
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    the greatest pastor,
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    the greatest theologian,
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    the greatest author,
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    to preach the greatest sermon.
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    It wasn't because he had time to kill and he was just shuffling free life,
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    looking for something to do.
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    He had purpose, he had intention,
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    and he was resolved.
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    He became the third president of Princeton, following his own son in law.
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    And Edwards, you know the story, the end of his life,
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    as soon as he was inaugurated and became president of Princeton,
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    he was resolved to write the history of the work of redemption.
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    It would be his Magnum Opus.
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    It would be in the league of Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion.
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    It would be up there with Luther's The Bondage of the Will.
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    One month into his presidency on February, 13th, 1759,
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    Edwards was inaugurated for Smallpox.
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    He was the president, set the example for the student body.
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    Everyone needs to be inaugurated for Smallpox.
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    I the president will be inaugurated to show you that it will not harm you.
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    He took the Smallpox vaccination.
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    And tragically it had a very opposite effect on him.
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    His throat began to swell to the point that he could not breathe.
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    His wife, Sarah, was back in Upstate New York,
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    there, were he administered to the Indians on a fifth-grade level.
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    He has now come to Princeton, New Jersey, to assume this presidency.
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    He is there by himself with only his daughter Lucy at his bedside.
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    I recently was in Princeton and went to this very house,
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    and went to the very room in which Edwards died.
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    Dear Lucy,
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    it seems to me to be the will of God
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    that I must shortly leave you.
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    Therefore give my kindest love to my dear wife,
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    and tell her, that the uncommon union,
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    which has so long subsisted between us,
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    has been of such a nature as I trust is spiritual and therefore will continue forever:
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    and I hope she will be supported under so great a trial,
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    and submit cheerfully to the will of God.
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    And as to my children you are now to be left fatherless
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    which I hope will be an inducement to you all
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    to seek a father who will never fail you.
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    Jonathan Edwards had prepared his entire adult life for this moment.
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    As he came to the end of his life he was not a man cursing and shrieking,
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    and pulling back from the horrors of his appointed time.
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    He was a man who would had given himself for the last years
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    since age 18 to the pursuit of this day.
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    He died as he had lived:
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    glorifying God.
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    He died suddenly on March, 22nd, 1759, at age 55.
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    Only two short months after becoming president
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    of the college of New Jersey which would become Princeton.
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    Upon learning of Jonathan's death, Sarah, still in Stockbridge,
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    packing their belongings, wrote this note to their daughter Esther:
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    What shall I say:
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    A holy and good God has covered us with a dark cloud.
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    O that we may kiss the rod, and lay our hands on our mouths!
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    The Lord has done it.
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    He has made me adore his goodness that we had him so long.
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    But my God lives; and he has my heart.
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    O what a legacy my husband, and your father, has left to us!
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    We are all given to God; and there I am and love to be.
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    Your affectionate mother, Sarah Edwards
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    Upon her arrival in Princeton with their family belongings
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    she then immediately died herself.
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    And then Lucy died.
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    All in a matter of months.
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    And when you go to Princeton now, to the cemetery,
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    there is Jonathan Edwards, and lying next to him, Sarah Edwards.
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    They both had lived
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    charting a course for the day of their death.
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    That they would maximize the time that had been given to them
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    to live every moment of every day in the pursuit of the glory of God.
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    How are you investing your life?
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    I wonder how much time you have left upon this earth.
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    How uncertain it is...
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    Only God knows.
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    How wise of a steward are you?
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    With the opportunities that are around you today?
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    May everyone of us number our days and present to God a heart of wisdom.
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    Let us pray.
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    Our father,
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    You have sovereignly ordained
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    that we would be birthed into the 20th century,
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    and that we would be alive in the 21st century.
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    You have appointed who our parents would be.
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    What our personality would be.
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    What our gender would be.
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    What our complexion,
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    what our physical body would be,
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    what our gifts,
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    what our abilities.
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    You've appointed the day of our conversion.
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    You have appointed those people who would be around us
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    whose influences would be brought to bear upon our lives.
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    Even those that have been of evil influence, You have meant for good.
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    And over it all You have caused all things to work together for our good.
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    And you have already prescripted the end of our lives.
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    Except Christ's return before then, everyone of us in this room will die.
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    And we must prepare for that day... now.
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    May you lead us to put one foot in front of the other
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    on the narrow path
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    as we would continue our course in this world.
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    I pray there would be a sense of urgency about our lives,
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    a sense of picking up the pace,
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    and pressing on to the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
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    Let us run the race that is set before us.
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    Let us not beat the air.
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    Let us buffet our bodies,
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    lest we be disqualified.
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    Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
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    Let us not become entangled with sin.
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    Let us be fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of faith.
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    Father, would you bless these men.
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    And as the dusk clears from this conference,
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    I pray that there would be a certainty and a centrality about these truths
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    that would be secured and anchored into their hearts.
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    May we live as mighty men of old.
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    May we be as those who turned the world upside down.
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    Father, I pray that You would bless these men,
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    that they might be a blessing to countless others.
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    And that the eternal destinies of others would be altered
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    for the pursuit of your will by these men here today.
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    I commend them to your grace
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    and to your word which is able to sanctify them and make them strong.
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    I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and our savior.
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    Amen.
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Jonathan Edwards: The Use of Your Time - Steve Lawson
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