Jonathan Edwards regarded the experience of his wife, Sarah, as well as that of other Christians at the time, as a glorious evidence of New Testament Christianity. God had filled Sarah, he says, with “joy unspeakable and full of glory.” Her longing was that her life might be one of “continued song of praise to God.” Such were her views of Christ that she “did, as it were, swim in the rays of Christ’s love, like a little mote swimming in the beams of the sun that come in at a window.”

It is evident that such experiences have not been regarded as strange among Christians in times of revival. Donald McQueen, for example, who passed through the great revival in the Isle of Skye, Scotland, in the early 19th century, when shown Mrs. Edwards’ testimony of her experience in 1742, commented that instead of being surprised or thinking her experience uncommon, he had “seen the day when Mrs. Edwards’ experience was a common experience with some who were turned to the Lord in Skye.”

– Iain Murray

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