Jonathan Edwards took great pains to illustrate how love must be lived out and exercised in one's life when he exposited I Corinthians 13. Thus Edwards scholar Kyle Strobel has gone to great lengths to help readers understand this classic work of biblical spirituality by providing :
- A detailed introduction
- Over 150 explanatory notes addressing difficult concepts throughout the text
- Definitions of arcane terminology
- Relevant quotes from Edwards's other writings
- A conclusion showing how to appropriate Edwards's work
This edition of Charity and Its Fruits: Living in Light of God's Love
is an updated, unabridged, and enlightening version of Jonathan Edwards's Charity and Its Fruits-the perfect blend of doctrine and application on the all-important topic, Christian love.
A classic, unabridged work by Jonathan Edwards on 1 Corinthians 13made accessible via annotations, definitions, and callouts written by Edwards scholar Kyle Strobel.
JONATHAN EDWARDS (17031758) was a pastor, theologian, and missionary. He is generally considered the greatest American theologian. A prolific writer, Edwards is known for his many sermons, including "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God", and his classic Treatise Concerning Religious Affections. Edwards was appointed president of the College of New Jersey (later renamed Princeton University) shortly before his death.
Kyle Strobel (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is assistant professor of spiritual theology at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. He has served as a fellow at Yales Jonathan Edwards Center, has published several academic reviews of works related to Edwards, and has taught graduate courses on Edwardss spirituality theology. Kyle lives in Fullerton, California, with his wife, Kelli, and their two children.
I am thrilled that Kyle Strobel has edited this new edition of Edwardss Charity and Its Fruits. This series of sermons holds a special place in my affections for Edwards for three reasons. First, in Munich, Germany, my wife and I read it aloud to each other in 1972. What a way to build a young marriage! Second, Edwardss treatment of Charity seeketh not her own profoundly shaped my emerging Christian Hedonism. Third, the last chapter, Heaven Is a World of Love, is simply unsurpassed in its power to make me want to go there. I am unabashed in my love for Jonathan Edwardsand the grandeur of his God. May God give him an ever-wider voice.
Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Twin Cities, Minnesota
This new edition of Charity and Its Fruits is a most welcomed addition to the growing library of books by and about the great Jonathan Edwards. For those who mistakenly think that Protestant theologians overemphasize faith at the expense of love, these classic sermons by Edwards will be an antidote to a stereotype. But even more important, this deep mining of 1 Corinthians 13 is a pathway into spiritual theology that will draw every believer closer to Christ.
Founding Dean, Beeson Divinity School; General Editor, Reformation Commentary on Scripture
For Jonathan Edwards, the true Puritan understanding of Christianity as love-life in God through Christ was a lifelong theological-pastoral-devotional focus, and his fullest display of it is found here. Kyle Strobels comments help us appreciate this classic on communion with God.
-J. I. Packer,
Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College; author, Knowing God
As best I can tell, this is a first in Edwardsean studies. No one has done with Charity and Its Fruits what Kyle Strobel accomplishes hereproviding us with an enlightening commentary and a readable text of one of Edwardss most important, though highly neglected, treatises. All who love Edwards (and everyone should) will profit immensely from this exceptional volume.
Senior Pastor, Bridgeway Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; author, The Hope of Glory
Jonathan Edwards is Americas most famous theologian, and he is experiencing a resurrection among some evangelicals today. Not all who clap for Edwards have read him extensively, and for some the applause appears to be little more than groupthink. But this annotation of Edwardss seminal exposition of 1 Corinthians 13, edited by a competent young Edwards specialist who offers an informed introduction to Edwardss moral thought, holds promise for all of us to become more dedicated to the theological vision for the glory of God at work in the theology of Edwards. All who read Edwards aright know they are in for an experience of sensate knowledge, and not simply academic intelligence. Read this book into worship.
Karl A. Olsson Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, North Park University