Tasting the Honey

Jonathan Edwards, using honey as a metaphor for experiencing the gospel, said that there is a “difference between having a rational judgement that honey is sweet and having a sense of its sweetness.” In other words, there is something more than mere intellectual ascent (but not less) that is part what it means to “experience” the sweetness of the gospel. After all, Scripture says to “taste and see that the Lord is good.” Don’t just know it, taste it… savor it… experience it. I think that this may be what the apostle Paul was talking about in Romans 5:5, saying, “God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.” That is what I need today—a fresh outpouring of the God’s love expressed to an unworthy, but dramatically loved, adopted child. That is what Paul prayed for the Ephesians. It is a love about which the cross speaks so clearly. To mix the metaphor, I want to be still long enough to listen and hear the music of the gospel (i.e., taste the honey), then I will begin to sing, and dance, and really live to the glory of the One who has loved me so well.

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