Volume. XXIV, No. 27
Sunday, 03 January 2010

The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards - Part II

(This article is continued from last week)

Note: Resolutions 1 through 21 were written in one sitting in New Haven in 1722.
Remember to read over these Resolutions once a week.
39. Resolved, never to do anything that I so much question the lawfulness of, as that I intend, at the same time, to consider and examine afterwards, whether it be lawful or no; except I as much question the lawfulness of the omission.
40. Resolved, to inquire every night, before I go to bed, whether I have acted in the best way I possibly could, with respect to eating and drinking. Jan. 7, 1723.
41. Resolved, to ask myself at the end of every day, week, month and year, wherein I could possibly in any respect have done better. Jan. 11, 1723.
42. Resolved, frequently to renew the dedication of myself to God, which was made at my baptism; which I solemnly renewed, when I was received into the communion of the church; and which I have solemnly re-made this twelfth day of January, 1722-23.
43. Resolved, never henceforward, till I die, to act as if I were any way my own, but entirely and altogether God\'s, agreeable to what is to be found in Saturday, January 12. Jan. 12, 1723.
44. Resolved, that no other end but religion, shall have any influence at all on any of my actions; and that no action shall be, in the least circumstance, any otherwise than the religious end will carry it. Jan.12, 1723.
45. Resolved, never to allow any pleasure or grief, joy or sorrow, nor any affection at all, nor any degree of affection, nor any circumstance relating to it, but what helps religion. Jan.12 and 13,1723.
46. Resolved, never to allow the least measure of any fretting uneasiness at my father or mother. Resolved to suffer no effects of it, so much as in the least alteration of speech, or motion of my eve: and to be especially careful of it, with respect to any of our family.
47. Resolved, to endeavor to my utmost to deny whatever is not most agreeable to a good, and universally sweet and benevolent, quiet, peaceable, contented, easy, compassionate, generous, humble, meek, modest, submissive, obliging, diligent and industrious, charitable, even, patient, moderate, forgiving, sincere temper; and to do at all times what such a temper would lead me to. Examine strictly every week, whether I have done so. Sabbath morning. May 5,1723.
48. Resolved, constantly, with the utmost niceness and diligence, and the strictest scrutiny, to be looking into the state of my soul, that I may know whether I have truly an interest in Christ or no; that when I come to die, I may not have any negligence respecting this to repent of. May 26, 1723.
49. Resolved, that this never shall be, if I can help it.
50.Resolved, I will act so as I think I shall judge would have been best, and most prudent, when I come into the future world. July 5, 1723.
51.Resolved, that I will act so, in every respect, as I think I shall wish I had done, if I should at last be damned. July 8, 1723.
52. I frequently hear persons in old age say how they would live, if they were to live their lives over again: Resolved, that I will live just so as I can think I shall wish I had done, supposing I live to old age. July 8, 1723.
53. Resolved, to improve every opportunity, when I am in the best and happiest frame of mind, to cast and venture my soul on the Lord Jesus Christ, to trust and confide in him, and consecrate myself wholly to him; that from this I may have assurance of my safety, knowing that I confide in my Redeemer. July 8, 1723.
54. Whenever I hear anything spoken in conversation of any person, if I think it would be praiseworthy in me, Resolved to endeavor to imitate it. July 8, 1723.
55. Resolved, to endeavor to my utmost to act as I can think I should do, if I had already seen the happiness of heaven, and hell torments. July 8, 1723.
56. Resolved, never to give over, nor in the least to slacken my fight with my corruptions, however unsuccessful I may be.
57. Resolved, when I fear misfortunes and adversities, to examine whether I have done my duty, and resolve to do it; and let it be just as providence orders it, I will as far as I can, be concerned about nothing but my duty and my sin. June 9, and July 13 1723.
58. Resolved, not only to refrain from an air of dislike, fretfulness, and anger in conversation, but to exhibit an air of love, cheerfulness and benignity. May 27, and July 13, 1723.
59. Resolved, when I am most conscious of provocations to ill nature and anger, that I will strive most to feel and act good-naturedly; yea, at such times, to manifest good nature, though I think that in other respects it would be disadvantageous, and so as would be imprudent at other times. May 12, July 11, and July 13.
60. Resolved, whenever my feelings begin to appear in the least out of order, when I am conscious of the least uneasiness within, or the least irregularity without, I will then subject myself to the strictest examination. July 4, and 13, 1723.
61. Resolved, that I will not give way to that listlessness which I find unbends and relaxes my mind from being fully and fixedly set on religion, whatever excuse I may have for it – that what my listlessness inclines me to do, is best to be done, etc. May 21, and July 13, 1723.
62. Resolved, never to do anything but duty; and then according to Eph. 6:6-8, do it willingly and cheerfully as unto the Lord, and not to man; "knowing that whatever good thing any man doth, the same shall he receive of the Lord." June 25 and July 13, 1723.
63. On the supposition, that there never was to be but one individual in the world, at any one time, who was properly a complete Christian, in all respects of a right stamp, having Christianity always shining in its true luster, and appearing excellent and lovely, from whatever part and under whatever character viewed: Resolved, to act just as I would do, if I strove with all my might to be that one, who should live in my time. Jan.14 and July 3 1723.
64. Resolved, when I find those "groanings which cannot be uttered" (Rom. 8:26), of which the Apostle speaks, and those "breakings of soul for the longing it hath," of which the Psalmist speaks, Psalm 119:20, that I will promote them to the utmost of my power, and that I will not be weary, of earnestly endeavoring to vent my desires, nor of the repetitions of such earnestness. July 23, and August 10, 1723.
65. Resolved, very much to exercise myself in this all my life long, viz. with the greatest openness I am capable of, to declare my ways to God, and lay open my soul to him: all my sins, temptations, difficulties, sorrows, fears, hopes, desires, and every thing, and every circumstance; according to Dr. Manton\'s 27th Sermon on Psalm 119. July 26, and Aug. 10, 1723.
66. Resolved, that I will endeavor always to keep a benign aspect, and air of acting and speaking in all places, and in all companies, except it should so happen that duty requires otherwise.
67. Resolved, after afflictions, to inquire, what I am the better for them, what good I have got by them, and what I might have got by them.
68. Resolved, to confess frankly to myself all that which I find in myself, either infirmity or sin; and, if it be what concerns religion, also to confess the whole case to God, and implore needed help. July 23, and August 10, 1723.
69. Resolved, always to do that, which I shall wish I had done when I see others do it. Aug. 11, 1723.
70. Let there be something of benevolence, in all that I speak. Aug. 17, 1723.
In Conclusion:
May we be inspired by one of the greatest theological giants of all time and pursue a holy living as we enter into another year. Remember also that the return of our Lord may be sooner than we think. So, let us redeem our times because the days are evil (Eph 5:16) and be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord (1 Cor 15:58).
Ps. Weng

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Kitchen Rosters: Team Leader: Dn Edwin D’Mello. Next Lord’s Day Kitchen Roster: Team Leader: Bro Lucas Yiew.
Deepest Sympathy to:
1. Rev Errol Stone (Faith Presbyterian Church - Perth) on the sad loss of his father on Sun, 27 Dec 09. Funeral held on Thurs, 31 Dec.
2. Bro Philip & Sis Rita Soon (Ebenezer BPC, Melb) on the home-going of Sis Rita’s mother on Sun, 27 Dec 09.
3. Mrs Christine McKenzie on the home-going of her husband, Rev John McKenzie, on Mon, 28 Dec 09. Funeral Service at 1 Morphett Street, Mt Barker, at 10 am. Viewing at 9 am;
4. Mrs Suew Ling Teh & family on the sad loss of Mr Kok Seng Teh on Fri, 1 Jan 10.
More people needed for the Flower roster  2010. If you want to serve the LORD in this area, please write your name on the notice board.
CDs & DVDs of the Christmas Concert. Please write your name on the list on the notice board, if wishing to have copies. CD $5; DVD $8.
Sis Sally Teng thanks the Sunday School children, parents & others who performed at Fullarton Lutheran Homes. The residents were blessed by the performance.
Service Roster for next QTR available on literature table.
Looking Ahead
O-Week at the University of Adelaide in Feb.
Family Bible Camp, Easter weekend, 2-5 April 2010.
Praise & Thanksgiving
Journey mercies: Bro Wai Kin & Sis Mavis Wong & family (Syd/Adl); Bros Raphael Ng (Pt Aug/Adl) & Daniel Volvricht (Adl); Sisters Cyndi Chan & Shu Ai Cho (Adl) & others who have travelled.
Watchnight Service - testimonies & encouragement
Church activities over the past week.
Daily mercies, protection, and guidance.
God’s guidance & blessing on Hope BPC & worshippers throughout 2009.
Prayer Items
Health & God’s healing - Rev George & Sis Nan van Buuren; Rev Stephen Khoo, Dr & Mrs S H Tow; Rev & Mrs James White; Preacher Zhang, Dn Yaw Chiew Tan; Bros Tommy Brooks, Colin Creaser, Makoto Kobayashi (JPN), Elton Law, Alan Marion, Len & Richard Pearson, Winston Selvanayagam, Fred Volvricht & Hans Ziegelmann; Mr Swee Liang Ng, Mr Yeom; Grandpa Ki; Auntie Oei; Sisters Lynette Booth, Mabella Booth (recent fall), Nita Chong’s mother, Annie D’Mello & her mother (Mumbai), Myung Ki, Choon Fong Lee (KL); Fiona & Lehia Paauwe; Margaret, Dianne, & Sarah Pearson; Aranka Rejtoe, Susan Veradi, Irena Kurek-Braden; Mrs Win Hooper; & others in affliction.
Cambodia Missions - Rev Stephen Choi & Ministry (Phnom Penh & Kandal Province).
Laos Missions - Bro Surish Dharmalingam.
Sketch n’ Tell Ministry - Pr H S Lim (Melb).
IBPFM (USA) - missionaries & funds.
Batam Missions in Jan 2010 (organised by Ebenezer BPC , Melb) - preparations.
Ps Ki’s family & ministry in New Life BPC (Lond).
Hopefuls in S’pore; Teo family (Kuching).
God’s comfort in grief: Rev Errol Stone, Mrs Christine McKenzie, Bro Philip & Sis Rita Soon, & Mrs Suew Ling Teh & their families.
Journey mercies:  Ps Weng’s parents; Dn Tony & Sis Sally Law (Tas); Bro Ngie Joo & Sis Sooi Chin Gong; Bro Colin & Sis Grace Gan & family; Bro Phil & Sis Iris Surman (Adl); Bros Lincoln Lw (Adl/Tas), Raphael Ng (Pt Aug/Adl) & Jason Teng (Syd/Newcastle); Sis Joyce Gong (Adl); & all others who are travelling.
Job - Sisters Marion Chan, Hui Wei Chua, Judy Li, Tabitha Tan & Corinne Teng.
Final weeks of pregnancy for Sis Susan Weng - for safe labour & delivery of healthy baby.
Good health in pregnancy - Sisters Mira Hornung (twins), Bernadette Ng, & Josephine Wong.
God’s comfort, strength, guidance & care: Sisters Kathleen Creaser & Margaret Hooper.
Unity of fellowship & doctrine of B-P Churches.



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