Jonathan Edwards is famous for many things, among them is his statement about the necessity of the heart being moved during the preaching of the word of God:
The main benefit that is obtained by preaching is by impression made upon the mind in the time of it, and not by the effect that arises afterwards by a remembrance of what was delivered….Preaching, in other words, must first of all touch the affections” (Jonathan Edwards, A Life, Marsden), p 282.
I think you see this type of devoted diving into the gospel-deeps through the Apostle Paul as he considers his own sinfulness and the grace of Christ (1 Tim. 1:12-17Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)); the personal nature of the gospel (Gal. 2.20Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)); the staggering implications of loving adoption and reconciliation because of the work of Christ (Eph. 1.3-14Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)); the irresistible power of the Holy Spirit to conquer, subdue, and arrest a sinner’s heart (2 Cor. 4.1-6Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)). It’s everywhere. Effective preachers are those who have been personally moved by the text before they attempt to see others moved by the text.
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