In this book, America’s greatest theologian explains one of Christianity’s most important subjects—the believer’s standing in grace. Edwards gives his usual thorough treatment as he examines the difference between common and saving grace, demonstrates the nature and qualities of saving grace, and emphasizes how a principle of grace is from the Spirit of God. Edwards also deals extensively and insightfully with the issue of the Holy Spirit as it relates to standing in grace.
This work was first published in 1865 by Alexander Grosart under the title A Treatise on Grace and was included as part of Selections from the Unpublished Writings of Jonathan Edwards. This new edition is typeset and edited for easier reading.
Table of Contents:
1. Common and Saving Grace Differ, Not Only in Degree, but in Nature and Kind
2. Wherein All Saving Grace Does Summarily Consist
3. How a Principle of Grace Is from the Spirit of God
Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) became pastor of the church at Northampton, Massachusetts, in 1729 and remained there for twenty-three years before moving on to missionary work in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He accepted the presidency of the College of Jew Jersey (now known as Princeton) but died from a smallpox vaccination only weeks after taking office.
“Many years ago I took as an historical mentor, the pastor-theologian Andrew Fuller. He, in turn, was deeply shaped by the writings of the New England divine, Jonathan Edwards, who has been rightly described as the ‘Augustine of America.’ I too am not ashamed to own Edwards, after Fuller, as a major influence on my life. And this book is quintessential Edwards on a critical issue of the Christian life: the saving grace of God. Here Edwards probes such key matters as to how saving grace differs from the common grace that all men and women experience and why saving grace is itself a gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit. In a nutshell, Edwards reveals himself to be a true heir of that key teaching of the Reformation, which is still most needful today: being a Christian is sola gratia.” — Michael A. G. Haykin, chair and professor of church history, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary