East of Eden: The Biblical and Systematic Theology of Jonathan Edwards (Episode 1)

The first episode of “East of Eden: The Biblical and Systematic Theology of Jonathan Edwards” is now online. You can listen to it here. The following is a brief description of the first episode:

East of Eden: The Biblical and Systematic Theology of Jonathan Edwards inaugurates the series with a close reading of the sermon “East of Eden” which Edwards preached in the summer of 1731 to his congregation in Northampton, MA. In this sermon Edwards expounds on Adam, the covenant of works, and the Fall. Here we see Edwards the covenant and biblical theologian at his best. Notable is the clear presence of the idea, later expressed by Geerhardus Vos, that “eschatology precedes soteriology.” God offered to Adam a glorious Sabbath rest of confirmed righteousness if only he would be obedient to God’s command that he and Eve not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Especially memorable is the conclusion that the only way back into paradise with God would be for the second Adam to pass under the flaming sword God set to bar the way of the first Adam from gaining access to the tree of life.”

1 Response

  1. After hearing you talk about this on the Reformed Forum and listening to this episode, I have begun to read Edwards’ sermon “East of Eden”. But I also began to listen to some of your sermons, or Bible studies, through iTunes called “The Emmaus Session”. I have to let you know that those Bible studies have been an unspeakable blessing for me as I learn to understand and interpret the Bible. Many of the things you spoke about were taught to me by the Spirit as I studied Scripture as a new believer eight years ago, but many also are new to me and my eyes were opened to some glorious truths in Scripture about Christ that have made me glad.

    I am very grateful to have found your blog and sermons, since they are a real encouragement and help.
    Thank you for publishing them!

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