Music of the Spheres

Edwards waxes Miltonian in his meditations upon the heavens and spiritual realities. “… the incomprehensible height of the heavens, etc. is but a type of the infinite magnificence, height and glory of God’s work in the spiritual world … How different is the idea from that which we have in the consideration of the dark and dire caverns and abyss down in the depths of the earth.”

The Heavens

An early entry in Edwards’s “Images” notebook serves as a concise summary of his reinscripturated reading of the heavens: “The heaven’s being filled with glorious, luminous bodies, is to signify the glory and happiness of the heavenly inhabitants; and amongst these, the sun signifies Christ and the moon, the church (“Image” no. 4).”

Light, Darkness, and Eternity

In “Image” nos. 1, 21, 61, 64, 204, Edwards contemplates the spiritual significance of darkness and light: “The purity, beauty, sublimity and glory of the visible heavens … denotes the exaltedness and purity of …

Up and Down

Above is a visualization of ASCENT, DESCENT, HEAVEN, & HELL in the matrix of biblical images. In “Image” no. 21, Edwards notes the revelation contained in the Creator’s up/down ordering of the world: 21. The purity, beauty, sublimity and glory of the visible …