Eternal Perspectives

God’s design was perfectly to restore all the ruins of the fall . . . by his Son; and therefore we read of the restitution of all things (Acts 3:19-21). . . .

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.

Man’s body was ruined; by the fall it became subject to death. The design of God was, to restore it from this ruin. . . . 

The world was ruined, as to man, as effectually as if it had been reduced to chaos again; all heaven and earth were overthrown. But the design of God was, to restore all, and as it were to create a new heaven and a new earth (Isaiah 65:17; 2 Peter 3:13).

The work by which this was to be done, was begun immediately after the fall, and so is carried on till all is finished, when the whole world, heaven and earth, shall be restored.

~ Jonathan Edwards, [Works of Jonathan Edwards]

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