Here below is a quotation from Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), who was a “saint, scholar, preacher, pastor, metaphysician, theologian, Calvinist, and revival leader.”(1) In this part of the masterpiece, Edwards discussed the difference between a spiritual man (regenerated Christian) and a natural man. Here is a wonderful description on the relationship between God and a spiritual man:
… it is expressed in Scripture by the saints [all regenerated Christians] being made ‘partakers of the divine nature’ (II Pet. 1:4), and having God dwelling in them, and they in God (I John 4:12, 15-16, and ch. 3:21), and having Christ in them (John 17:21; Rom. 8:10), being the temple of the living God (II Cor. 6:16),living by Christ’s life (Gal. 2:20), being made partakers of God’s holiness (Heb. 12:10), having Christ’s love dwelling in them (John 17:26), having his joy fulfilled in them (John 17:13), seeing light in God’s light, and being made to drink of the river of God’s pleasures (Ps. 36:8-9), having fellowship with God, or communicating and partaking with him (as the word signifies) (I John 1:3). Not that the saints are made partakers of the essence of God, and so are ‘Godded’ with God, and ‘Christed’ with Christ, according to the abominable and blasphemous language and notions of some heretics; but, to use the Scripture phrase, they [Christians] are made partakers of God’s fullness (Eph. 3:17-19; John 1:16), that is, of God’s spiritual beauty and happiness, according to the measure of capacity of a creature…” (2) (3)
What a wonderful message it is, that the almighty God is being with sinners! It is true to say that the Scripture is making people to come to God through Jesus Christ by the leading of the Holy Spirit and to bow down before Him, and praise, glorify and enjoy Him!
(1) J. I. Packer, A Quest For Godliness: A Puritan Vision of the Christian Life (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 1990), 309.
(2) Jonathan Edwards, Religious Affections, vol. 2 of The Works of Edwards, ed. John E. Smith, rev. ed. (Boston: Yale University, 2009), 203.
(3) Underlined by the blogger.