Resolved

From The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards:

Resolved, to be strictly and firmly faithful to my trust, that that in Proverbs 20:6, “A faithful man who can find?” may not be partly fulfilled in me.

A Resolution of Jonathan Edwards

From The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards:

Resolved, to endeavor to obtain for myself as much happiness, in the other world, as I possibly can, with all the power; might, vigor, and vehemence, yea violence, I am capable of, or can bring myself to exert, in any way that can be thought of.

A Resolution of Jonathan Edwards

From The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards:

Resolved, to inquire every night, as I am going to bed, wherein I have been negligent, what sin I have committed, and wherein I have denied myself: also at the end of every week, month, and year.

A Resolution from Jonathan Edwards

Two resolutions for you today (because they are both short).

From The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards:

Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.

Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if it were the last hour of my life.

Another Resolution from Jonny E

From The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards

Resolved, whenever I do any conspicuously evil action, to trace it back, till I come to the original; and then both carefully endeavor to do so no more, and to fight and pray with all my might against the original of it.

The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards

I stumbled across a conference called Resolved last year. It’s hosted by Rick Holland (a former youth pastor of Highland Park Baptist) and is based on the Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards. Don’t worry, John Piper does speak at it. I didn’t want anyone thinking that I was writing about something that isn’t somehow tied to John Piper. Here’s what they say about their conference:

Resolved means what it sounds like: it’s a deliberate, committed disposition.

As a 19-year-old in the mid-1700s, Jonathan Edwards became serious about the direction of his life. He began to understand the nature of God, and what he discovered was both delightful and disturbing. The more he investigated the infinite tributaries of God’s nature, the more he unearthed his own sinfulness. From then on, the weight of God’s glory became the gravity of his life. He was compelled to respond.

So he sat down with a quill and a paper and wrote out a series of commitments. These were simple statements, conclusions, and commitments forged in the immensity of God and the trauma of His holiness. All of them began with the same word – “Resolved.”

So their goal is to call a new generation to live a life with the same resolve. Sounds good.

I looked up the original Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards and they are really good. They are written in a very old-school way, so sometimes they take some work to understand. But they are really good. I figured I’d post one of them every so often. I’ll probably post it without comment – unless I can’t help myself – because my commentary would only lessen how well written these are.

Here’s my favorite one:

Resolved, to act, in all respects, both speaking and doing, as if nobody had been so vile as I, and as if I had committed the same sins, or had the same infirmities or failings as others; and that I will let the knowledge of their failings promote nothing but shame in myself, and prove only an occasion of my confessing my own sins and misery to God.

Wow.