Edwards’ Resolution #11

Posted: Monday, December 23, 2013 in Resolutions

download11. Resolved, When I think of any theorem in divinity to be solved, immediately to do what I can towards solving it, if circumstances do not hinder.

We saw in Edwards’ resolution #5 his commitment to make the best use of his time. Here he suggests the same use in the realm of theological issues, what he calls the “theorem of divinity.” Doctrinal issues left undone were of great concern to Edwards, not just in getting a right interpretation of a doctrinr, but in promoting holiness as well. This is what theologians call practical or experiential theology. If a theological issue was difficult to understand, he wasted no time in seeking to come to grips with the truth… “if circumstances do not hinder.” He wanted, as a friend of mine often quipped, “to strike while the fire is hot.”

Edwards recognized the propensity to procrastinate, not only in life circumstances in general, but in theological and doctrinal concerns in particular. His pursuit was not simply to know more in order to win a theological debate, for knowledge can and often does feed pride and arrogance (1 Cor. 8:1). His concern was to come to grips with what God said in order to live rightly. He had a sense of urgency in such matters. Eternity was at stake!

You can glean more on this subject from Edwards’ sermon, “Procrastination, or, The Sin and Folly of Depending on Future Time.” Don’t read this unless you want to be deeply convicted! 

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