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Edwards on God’s Happiness and the Creature’s Joy

April 11, 2008

In answering how the creature participates and enjoys God’s supreme and ultimate regard for his own glory, Jonathan Edwards wrote:

Another part of God’s fulness [sic] which he communicates is his happiness. This happiness consists in enjoying and rejoicing in himself; and so does also the creature’s happiness. It is a participation of what is in God; and God and his glory are the objective ground of it. The happiness of the creature consists in rejoicing in God; by which also God is magnified and exalted. Joy, or the exulting of the heart in God’s glory, is one thing that belongs to praise. So that God is all in all, with respect to each part of that communication of the divine fulness [sic] which is made to the creature (The Works of Jonathan Edwards [Peabody: Hendrickson, 2004 reprint], 1:101).