“There is this good that comes by the saints’ dying: they thereby are able to have something of an idea of what Christ suffered for them. They themselves taste of death and so they are the better able to judge how wonderful Christ’s love to them was in dying for them.”
–Jonathan Edwards, “Entry 521: Wisdom of God in the Work of Redemption: Death of the Saints” in The “Miscellanies”: Entry Nos. 501-832, in The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 18, Ed. Ava Chamberlain (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000), 67. This entry may be read here in its entirety.