A Divine and Supernatural Light

The panel discusses Jonathan Edwards’s sermon, “A Divine and Supernatural Light” delivered at Northampton and subsequently published in 1734.


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East of Eden devotes each episode to a work of Jonathan Edwards’. Several Edwards experts discuss the key features of the work in order to draw out Edwards rich biblical and systematic theology. Browse more episodes from this program or subscribe to the podcast feed.

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5 years ago

Consider Piper’s comments in Chapter 5 here:

He’s talking about Calvin and Edwards on “internal testimony of the Holy Spirit”… and this indeed provides a foundation for Christian epistemology, regeneration, and illumination.

I’ve bugged Jared Oliphint about this before (he hasn’t responded), but you guys (and/or Jared) really ought to consider how this has been developed by Roy Clouser.

Bruce Sanders

5 years ago

Your statements about the illuminating light of the Holy Spirit regarding biblical truth sounded wonderful … but then I remembered all the contradictions I have heard and read from various Christians who each had cried out to the Lord for truth and discernment before preaching what they believed the Lord had taught them.

With the tens of thousands of versions of Christianity in the world today, some of whom claim their truth is the only truth unto salvation, it unfortunately is impossible to know truth; even with the claim of Holy Spirit revelation.


5 years ago

“it unfortunately is impossible to know truth”

But, you can’t really know such a thing to be true, can you, Bruce? Is it really necessary to point out your self-contradiction?

Bruce Sanders

5 years ago


By lifting “it unfortunately is impossible to know truth” out of the context you made it into an absolute statement and pointed out a seeming contradiction.

The statement was not made as an absolute statement, but as a relative one: the presence of multiple competing versions of Christianity, each claiming Holy Spirit confirmed truth, yet each contradicting the others, makes it impossible to know / discern / judge which one, if any, is true.

Within the context, in my opinion, this is a true statement.


5 years ago

Bruce, I see.
And what about there being competing versions of Christianity makes it impossible to know which (if any) is true?



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