A few days ago I started reading 'A history of the work of redemption', by Jonathan Edwards. This is the first book that we are reading in the recently formed Manchester Dead Theologians Society.
I haven't really read any meaty old books before I don't think and, althought I haven't read an awful lot of this book yet, it looks like it is going to be excellent!
In the introduction, Edwards outlines the terms of the redemption, which is really useful and interesting. He then goes on to out line the design of Redemption - what things are designed to be accomplished by it. He outlines five things:
1. To put all God's enemies under his feet, and that his goodness may finally appear triumphant over evil.
2. To perfectly restore all the ruins of the fall, so far as concerns the elect part of the world. Man's soul was ruined by the fall; the image of God was defaced; man's nature was corrupted, and he became dead in sin. The design of God was to restore the soul of man to life and the divine image in conversion, to carry on the change in sanctification, and to perfect it in glory.
3. To gather in one all things in Christ (all elect creatures) in heaven and in earth in one body, under one head.
4. To perfect and complete the glory of all the elect by Christ - to bring them to perfect excellency and beauty in his holy image.
5. To accomplish the glory of the blessed Trinity in an eminent degree.