Edwards on Christ-likeness

June 7, 2010

I’m reading through Edward’s Charity and its Fruits and was blessed by his thoughts on Christ-likeness:

The spiritual image of God does not consist in having a power to work miracles, and foretell future events, but it consists in being holy as God is holy: in having a holy and divine principle in the heart, influencing us to holy and heavenly lives. Indeed, there is a kind of assimilation to Christ in having power to work miracles…. But the moral image and likeness of Christ does much more consist in having the same mind which was in Christ; in being of the same Spirit that he was of; in being meek and lowly of heart; in having a spirit of Christian love, and walking as Christ walked. This makes a man more like Christ than if he could work ever so many miracles.

-Edwards, Charity More Excellent Than the Gifts of the Spirit, 55.

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