The scope of A History of the Work of Redemption is vast. From a deep extensive knowledge of Scripture, Jonathan Edwards sets out to survey the whole of the redemptive work of God in history, from the Fall of man to the consummation of all things.
A thrilling conclusion emerges: Everything in human history from start to finish is subservient to Christ’s work of redemption. Not only can nothing thwart that work, but, in the wisdom of God, all that comes to pass actually serves to advance it.
In a series of thirty sermons preached in Northampton, New England, in 1739, Edwards sought to establish his congregation in this mighty truth. Later in his ministry he hoped to write a book expounding the same theme, and was even reluctant to accept the presidency of Princeton College for fear this project would be hindered.
Although he did not live to carry out his intention, we can see the substance of what the intended book would have contained in this new edition of the sermons of 1739. Here readers can catch Edward’s vision of the mighty advance of the cause of Christ in the world, and gain encouragement for all gospel labours from the certainty of its triumph.
|Preface to First Edition||vii|
|PERIOD 1: FROM THE FALL OF MAN TO THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST||19|
|1:||From the Fall to the Flood||21|
|2:||From the Flood to the Calling of Abraham||43|
|3:||From the Calling of Abraham to Moses||54|
|4:||From Moses to David||72|
|5:||From David to the Babylonish Captivity||103|
|6:||From the Babylonish Captivity to the Coming of Christ||142|
|PERIOD 2: FROM THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST TO HIS RESURRECTION||197|
|2:||Christ’s Purchase of Redemption||210|
|Improvement: Reproof and Encouragement||240|
|PERIOD 3: FROM THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST TO THE END OF THE WORLD||255|
|1:||CHRIST’S RESURRECTION AND ASCENSION||271|
|2:||CHRIST’S ACCOMPLISHMENT IN GRACE AND GLORY|
|2.1: Success Accomplished by God’s Grace Here||277|
|i. From the Resurrection to the Fall of Jerusalem||289|
|ii. From the Fall of Jerusalem to the Time of Constantine the Great||300|
|iii. From the Time of Constantine to the Fall of Satan’s Visible Kingdom||316|
|iv. The Church’s Prosperous State Thereafter||389|
|2.2: Success Accomplished at the Day of Judgment||403|
|Improvement of the Whole||422|