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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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Thomas Watson – What is Forgiveness? (4 of 5)

11 Aug

4. Before sin is forgiven, it must be repented of
Therefore repentance and remission are linked together: ‘that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name’ (Luke 24:47). Not that repentance in a popish sense merits forgiveness. Christ’s blood must wash our tears away, but repentance is a qualification, though not a cause. He who is humbled for sin will value pardoning mercy the more. When there is nothing in the soul but clouds of sorrow, and now God brings a pardon – which is a setting up of a rainbow in the cloud, to tell the sinner that the flood of wrath shall not overflow him – oh, what joy there is at the sight of this rainbow! The soul that before was steeped in tears now melts in love to God (Luke 7:38,47).

~Thomas Watson~



The Godly Man’s Picture (Edinburgh, Scotland; The Banner of Truth Trust; 1992) p. 10.

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Thomas Watson – What is Forgiveness? (3 of 5)

10 Aug

3. Forgiveness of sin is through the blood of Christ
Free grace is the impulsive cause; Christ’s blood is the meritorious. ‘Without shedding of blood is no remission’ (Heb. 9:22). Justice would be revenged either on the sinner or on the surety. Every pardon is the price of blood.

~Thomas Watson~



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

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Thomas Watson – What is Forgiveness? (2 of 5)

9 Aug

2. God, in forgiving sin, remits the guilt and penalty
Guilt cries for justice. No sooner had Adam eaten the apple, than he saw the ‘flaming sword’ and heard the curse; but in remission God indulges the sinner; he seems to say to him, ‘Though you have fallen into the hands of my justice and deserve to die, yet I will absolve you, and whatever is charged against you shall be discharged.’

~Thomas Watson~



The Godly Man’s Picture (Edinburgh, Scotland; The Banner of Truth Trust; 1992) p. 9-10.

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Thomas Watson – What Is Forgiveness? (1 of 5)

8 Aug

1. Forgiveness of sin is an act of God’s free grace
The Greek word for ‘forgive’ (charizomai) makes clear the source of pardon; pardon does not arise from anything inherent in us, but is the pure result of free grace (charis). ‘I even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake’ (Isa. 43:25). When a creditor forgives a debtor, he does it freely. Pardon of sin is a fine thread, spun out of the heart of free grace. Paul cries out, ‘I obtained mercy’ (1 Tim. 1:13) – ‘I was be-mercied’. He who is pardoned is all betrewn with mercy. When the Lord pardons a sinner, he does not pay a debt, but gives a legacy.

~Thomas Watson~



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

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Thomas Watson – God’s Call Rides Forth

26 Jul

When God calls a man by His grace, he cannot but come. You may resist the minister’s call, but you cannot the Spirit’s call. The finger of the blessed Spirit can write upon a heart of stone, as once He wrote His laws upon tables of stone. God’s words are creating words; when He said “Let there be light, there was light”; and when He says, “Let there be faith”, it shall be so. When God called Paul, he answered to the call. “I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision” (Acts xxvi. 19). God rides forth conquering in the chariot of His gospel; He makes the blind eyes see, and the stony heart bleed. If God will call a man, nothing shall lie in the way to hinder; difficulties shall be untied, the powers of hell shall disband. “Who hath resisted his will?” (Rom. ix. 19). God bends the iron sinew, and cuts asunder the gates of brass (Psalm cvii. 16). When the Lord touches a man’s heart by His Spirit, all proud imaginations are brought down, and the fort royal of the will yields to God.

~Thomas Watson~



All Things for Good (Edinburgh, Scotland; The Banner of Truth Trust; 1986) p. 108-109.

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Thomas Watson – Love Is Not Squeamish

21 Jul

If we love God, we shall not think any work too mean for us, by which we may be helpful to Christ’s members. Love is not squeamish; it will visit the sick, relieve the poor, wash the saints’ wounds. The mother that loves her child is not coy and nice; she will do those things for her child which others would scorn to do. He who loves God will humble himself to the meanest office of love to Christ and His members.

~Thomas Watson~



All Things for Good (Edinburgh, Scotland; The Banner of Truth Trust; 1986) p. 87.

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Thomas Watson – Setting the Crown on Free Grace

13 Jul

When we have done our best, we must vanish away in our own thoughts, and transfer the glory of all to God. The apostle Paul said, “I labored more abundantly than them all” (1 Cor. 15:10). One would think this speech savored of pride; but the apostle pulls off the crown from his own head, and sets it upon the head of free grace, “Yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me!” Constantine used to write the name of Christ over the door, so should we over our duties.

~Thomas Watson~



All Things for Good (Edinburgh, Scotland; The Banner of Truth Trust; 1986) p. 65.

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Thomas Watson – Let Us Seek His Glory

8 Jul

Thus let us endeavor to make the name of God glorious and renowned. If God seeks our good, let us seek His glory. If He makes all things tend to our edification, let us make all things tend to His exaltation.

~Thomas Watson~



All Things for Good (Edinburgh, Scotland; The Banner of Truth Trust; 1986) p. 65.

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Thomas Watson – Our Need For Other Christians

27 Jun

One Christian conversing with another is a means to confirm him. As the stones in an arch help to strengthen one another, one Christian by imparting his experience, heats and quickens another. “Let us provoke one another to love, and to good works” (Heb. 10:24). How does grace flourish by holy conference! A Christian by good discourse drops that oil upon another, which makes the lamp of his faith burn the brighter.

~Thomas Watson~



All Things for Good (Edinburgh, Scotland; The Banner of Truth Trust; 1986) p. 22.

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