Sunday, November 14, 2010

Indescribable: Who imagined the sun and gives source to its light

Jonathan Edwards, president of Princeton and one of the foremost thinkers in America, was a student of creation in his Images of Divine Things.... Edwards, like CS Lewis later, believed in and observed a meaning-drenched universe. He was a keen scientist and a theologian, a man with imagination and a keenly developed eye for beauty. Here he is on the sun, which as Psalm 19 shows the glory of God which is his bountiful beams of love to us, as a bridegroom in the sky...
14. The sun's so perpetually, for so many ages, sending forth his rays in such vast profusion, without any dimunition of his light and heat, is a bright image of the all-sufficiency and everlastingness of God's bounty and goodness.

50. The rising and setting of the sun is a type of the death and resurrection of Christ.

54. As the sun, by rising out of darkness and from under the earth raises the whole world with him, raises mankind out of their beds, and by his light as it were renews all things and fetches 'em up out of darkness, so Christ, rising from the grave and from a state of death, he as the first begotten from the dead, raises all his church with him; Christ the first fruits, and afterwards they that are Christ's at his coming. And as all the world is enlightened and brought out of darkness by the rising of the sun, so by Christ's rising we are begotten again to a living hope; and all our happiness and life and light and glory and the restitution of all things is from Christ rising from the dead, and is by his resurrection.

128. As the Sun is an image of Christ upon account of its pleasant light and benign, refreshing, life-giving influences, so it is on account of its extraordinary fierce heat, it being a fire of vastly greater fierceness than any other in the visible world. Hereby is represented the wrath of the Lamb. This is a very great argument of the extremity of the misery of the wicked, for doubtless the substance will be vastly beyond the shadow. As God's brightness and glory is so much beyond the brightness of the sun, his image, thus the sun is but a shade and darkness in comparison of it, so his fierceness and wrath is vastly beyond the sun's heat.

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