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Thomas Watson – Walking With God (Part 4)

20 Oct

QUESTION: What may we do to walk with God?

ANSWER 4: If you desire to walk with God, get a liking for the ways of God. They are adorned with beauty (Prov. 4:18); they are sweetened with pleasure (Prov. 3:17); they are fenced with truth (Rev. 15:3); they are accompanied with life (Acts 2:28); they are lengthened with eternity (Hab. 3:6). Be enamored with the way of religion and you will soon walk in it.

~Thomas Watson~



The Godly Man’s Picture (Edinburgh, Scotland; The Banner of Truth Trust; 1992) p. 183.

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Thomas Watson – Walking With God (Part 3)

19 Oct

QUESTION: What may we do to walk with God?

ANSWER 3: Get all differences removed. ‘Can two walk together, except they are agreed?’ (Amos 3:3). This agreement and reconciliation is made by faith: ‘Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood’ (Rom. 3:25). When once we are friends, then we shall be called up the mount like Moses, and have this dignity conferred on us, to be the favorites of heaven and to walk with God.

~Thomas Watson~



The Godly Man’s Picture (Edinburgh, Scotland; The Banner of Truth Trust; 1992) p. 183.

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Thomas Watson – Walking With God (Part 2)

18 Oct

QUESTION: What may we do to walk with God?

ANSWER 2: If you wish to walk with God, get acquainted with Him: ‘Acquaint now thyself with him’ (Job 22:21). Know God in His attributes and promises. Strangers do not walk together.

~Thomas Watson~



The Godly Man’s Picture (Edinburgh, Scotland; The Banner of Truth Trust; 1992) p. 183.

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Thomas Watson – Walking With God (Part 1)

17 Oct

QUESTION: What may we do to walk with God?

ANSWER 1: Get off the old road of sin. He that would walk in a pleasant meadow must turn off the road. The way of sin is full of travelers. There are so many travelers on this road that hell, though it is of a great circumference, would gladly enlarge itself and make room for them (Isa. 5:14). This way of sin seems pleasant but the end is damnable. ‘I have’, says the harlots, ‘perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon’ (Prov. 7:17). See how with one sweet (the cinnamon) there were two bitters (myrrh and aloes). For that little sweet in sin at present there will be a far greater proportion of bitterness afterwards. Therefore get out of these briars. You cannot walk with God and sin: ‘what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?’ (2 Cor. 6:14).

~Thomas Watson~



The Godly Man’s Picture (Edinburgh, Scotland; The Banner of Truth Trust; 1992) p. 182.

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Thomas Watson – Strive for Godliness!

15 Oct

E. THERE ARE ONLY A FEW GODLY
They are like the gleanings after vintage. Most receive the mark of the beast (Rev. 13:17). The devil keeps open house for all comers, and he is never without guests. This may prevail with us to be godly. If the number of the saints is so small, how we should strive to be found among these pearls! ‘But a remnant shall be saved’ (Rom. 9:27). It is better to go to heaven with a few than to hell in the crowd.

~Thomas Watson~



The Godly Man’s Picture (Edinburgh, Scotland; The Banner of Truth Trust; 1992) p. 204.

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Thomas Watson – Our Father

30 Sep

Princes on earth give themselves titles expressing their greatness, as “High and Mighty.” God might have done so—and expressed himself thus, “Our King of glory, our Judge:” but he gives himself another title, “Our Father,” an expression of love and condescension. That he might encourage us to pray! to him—he represents himself under the sweet notion of a Father. “Our Father.” [Sweet is the name of Father.] The name Jehovah carries majesty in it—the name Father carries mercy in it!

~Thomas Watson~


The Lord’s Prayer (Portland, Oregan; MonergismBooks.com; 2010) eBook. Excerpted from “The Works of Thomas Watson” – The Lord’s Prayer; The Preface to the Lord’s Prayer: “Our Father in Heaven”

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Thomas Watson – Fear God Not Man

11 Sep

2) To fear God is to have such a holy awe of God upon our hearts, that we dare not sin. “Stand in awe and sin not.” Psalm 4:4. The wicked sin and fear not; the godly fear and sin not. “How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” Gen 39:9… He who fears God will not sin, though it be ever so secret. “You shall not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling-block before the blind—but shall fear your God.” Lev 19:14. Suppose you should curse a deaf man, he could not hear you; or suppose you were to lay a stumbling-block in a blind man’s way, and cause him to fall, he could not see you do it. But the fear of God will make you forsake sins which can neither be heard nor seen by men! The fear of God destroys the fear of man. The three Hebrew children feared God, therefore they feared not the king’s wrath. Dan 3:16. The greater noise, drowns the less; the noise of thunder, drowns the noise of a river. Just so, when the fear of God is supreme in the soul, it drowns all other carnal fear. It makes God to be God to us, when we have a holy filial fear of him.

~Thomas Watson~


The Ten Commandments (Portland, Oregan; MonergismBooks.com; 2010) eBook. Excerpted from “The Works of Thomas Watson” – The Ten Commandments; Part 2 – The Ten Commandments; Section 1 – The First Commandment; Part 5 – To have God to be God to us, is to FEAR him.

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Thomas Watson – Going to Church Requires Holy Violence

10 Sep

2. The second duty of piety wherein we must provoke ourselves, is, in HEARING of the Word. We may bring our bodies to the preaching of the Word with ease—but not our hearts, without offering violence to ourselves. When we come to the Word preached, we come to a business of the highest importance, therefore should stir up ourselves and hear with the greatest devotion. Luke xix. 48. “All the people were very attentive to hear him.” In the Greek it is “they hung upon his lip.”—When the Word is dispensed, we are to lift up the everlasting doors of our hearts, that the King of glory may enter in!

~Thomas Watson~



The Christian Soldier (Portland, Oregan; MonergismBooks.com; 2010) eBook. Excerpted from “The Works of Thomas Watson” – The Christian Soldier. Ch. 1: Ways a Christian Must Put Forth Holy Violence. Pt. 3.2.

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Thomas Watson – The Very Hinge and Pillar of Christianity

30 Aug

Q: What is Justification?

A: It is an act of God’s free grace, whereby he pardons all our sins, and accepts us as righteous in his sight, only for the righteousness of Christ, imputed to us, and received by faith alone.

Justification is the very hinge and pillar of Christianity. An error about justification is dangerous, like a defect in a foundation. Justification by Christ is a spring of the water of life. To have the poison of corrupt doctrine cast into this spring is damnable.

~Thomas Watson~



A Body of Divinity (Grand Rapids, Michigan; Christian Classics Ethereal Library; 2002) eBook. p. 183. Chapter 6: “The Application of Redemption” Sub-chapter 3: “Justification.”

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Thomas Watson – What is Forgiveness? (5 of 5)

12 Aug

5. God having forgiven sin, he will no longer call it to remembrance (Jer. 31:34)
The Lord will make an act of indemnity. He will not upbraid us with former unkindness, nor sue us with a cancelled bond. ‘He will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea’ (Mic. 7:19). Sin shall not be cast in like cork which rises up again, but like lead which sinks to the bottom. How we should all labour for this covenant blessing!

~Thomas Watson~



The Godly Man’s Picture (Edinburgh, Scotland; The Banner of Truth Trust; 1992) p. 9.

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