Christians of all stages, reading it for the first time, will feel as if they have entered the gallery of a great portrait painter. As his sub-title suggests, Watson works with 'a Scripture pencil' in this priceless sketch of the true believer. It is hard to prescribe a just measure of humiliation.
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It is the same in the new birth as in the natural. Some give birth with more pangs, and some with fewer. But would you like to know when you are bruised enough?
When your spirit is so troubled that you are willing to let go those lusts which brought in the greatest income of pleasure and delight. When not only is sin discarded but you are disgusted with it, then you have been bruised enough. The medicine is strong enough when it has purged out the disease. The soul is bruised enough when the love of sin is purged out. How is a fool tested but by showing him an apple and a piece of gold? If he chooses the apple before the gold, he is judged to be a fool and his estate is beggared. How many such idiots there are who prefer husks before manna, the gaudy, empty things of this life before the Prince of Glory!
Will not Satan beggar them at last for fools? There is a great deal of difference between a stake in the hedge and a tree in the garden.
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A stake rots and moulders, but a tree, having life in it, abides and flourishes. Godliness being engraved in the heart by the Holy Spirit, as with the point of a diamond, can never be erased.
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Christian, if you mourn for hypocrisy, yet find this sin so potent that you cannot get the mastery of it, go to Christ. Beg of him that He would exercise His kingly office in your soul, that He would subdue this sin, and put it under the yoke. Beg of Christ to exercise His spiritual surgery upon you. Desire Him to lance your heart and cut out the rotten flesh, and that He would apply the medicine of His blood to heal you of your hypocrisy.
It is fitting that the child should obey the parent in all just and sober commands. They are like a chain of gold where all the links are coupled.
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A conscientious man will not willingly break one link of this chain. It is, as C. Spurgeon said of his other work, a happy union of sound doctrine, heart-searching experience and practical wisdom. Watson is always the essence of sanity and reliability. But in addition, this work shows how attractive the grace of God is. Christians of all stages, reading it for the first time, will feel as if they have entered the gallery of a great portrait painter.
As his sub-title suggests, Watson works with a Scripture pencil in this priceless sketch of the true believer. Table of Contents:. Expounding the Nature of Godliness. Showing the Characteristics of a Godly Man. An Exhortation to Godliness.
Prescribing Some Helps to Godliness. An Exhortation to Persevere in Godliness.
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Motives to Persevere in Godliness. Counsel for the Godly. Comfort to the Godly. Showing the Mystic Union between Christ and the Saints. Thomas Watson c.