Thoughts on the Way Home

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Abigail Hutchinson's Testimony

One of the most encouraging sections in the Essential Edwards Collection is quotes from the account of Abigail Hutchinson. The entire account is found in Edwards' Faithful Narrative of the Surprising Work of God. The following quote is glorious!

At the last time on Wednesday morning, while in the enjoyment of a spiritual view of Christ's glory and fulness, her soul was filled with distress for Christless persons, to consider what a miserable condition they were in: and she felt in herself a strong inclination immediately to go forth to warn sinners; and proposed it the next day to her brother to assist her in going from house to house; but her brother restrained her, by telling her of the unsuitableness of such a method. She told one of her sisters that day that she loved all mankind, but especially the people of God. Her sister asked her why she loved all mankind. She replied because God had made them. After this, there happened to come into the shop where she was at work, three persons that were thought to have been lately converted; her seeing them as they stepped in one after another into the door so affected her, and so drew forth her love to them, that it overcame her, and she almost fainted: and when they began to talk of the things of religion, it was more than she could bear; they were obliged to cease on that account. Jonathan Edwards on True Christianity, 114,115