He who can say, “I know that my Redeemer lives” [Job 19.25], knows that his Redeemer will fulfill His promises to him.  He finds, in His Word, very great and precious promises [2 Peter 1.4], and they are precious to him.  He is persuaded of them and loves them.  He knows that He will never lose him or forsake him.  He knows that Christ will not forsake His people and never will cast off His inheritance.  He knows that He will defend him and will not suffer him to be utterly cast down.  He knows that He will order that which is best for him, and that He will never take away His lovingkindness from him nor suffer His faithful one to fail.  He knows that none can pluck him out of Christ’s hands.  He knows that Christ will, at last, make him a conqueror over all his enemies and will subdue them under his feet, and that the time will come when He will wipe all tears from his eyes.  There shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, and he is persuaded that “neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities nor powers nor things present nor things to come nor height nor depth nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord” [Romans 8.38-39]. – Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)

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