Last week I was stuck in an airport waiting to see my family, and was given a sweet gift: I got to read a sermon on John 15:5 from Jonathan Edwards. It is entitled, Christ Jesus the Original and Fountain of All Spiritual Life and Nourishment, written in 1726.
An Edwards sermon on Jesus is one of my favorite things to read. Few things do more to lift my eyes, expand my imagination (as well as my vocabulary), and point to the beauty of Jesus like Edwards’ words. I am grateful for them. They take my travel-wearied heart strings and make them sing again.
Enjoy this paragraph from Edwards sermon on John 15:5 :
Christ is the author of spiritual blessings, these two ways:
(1) As he procures it by his mediation. All that we receive of spiritual good, he has bought and paid down his blood for. These blessings which he distributes amongst men, are not what he has for nothing, but what he has given an infinite price for. All are the fruits of his obedience and his death. He has bought for us our Bibles and our sabbaths; the ministers of his Word and the ordinances of worship are his purchase. He has bought for us sanctification and the knowledge of God, and faith in himself and divine love; he has bought for us peace of conscience, spiritual joy and consolation, and a hope of glory, and likewise the actual enjoyment and possession of a crown of glory.
He not only bought them by his obedience and death, but he now procures them by his daily intercession. John 14:16–17, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever: even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him.”
Edwards, J. (1726). Christ Jesus the Original and Fountain of All Spritual Life and Nourishment. In W. H. Kimnach (Ed.), Jonathan Edwards Sermons (Jn 15:5). New Haven, CT: The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University.