Sunday, August 05, 2018

The Godly Man's Picture - by Thomas Watson

"Grace is called 'the new man' (Col. 3:10), not a new eye, or tongue, but a new man.  He who is godly is good all over; though he is regenerate only in part, yet it is in every part." (pg. 13)

"He will never be a priest to intercede unless your heart is the throne where he sways his scepter.  A true applying of Christ is when we so take him as a husband that we give up ourselves to him as Lord." (pg. 22)

"A humble Christian studies his own infirmities and another's excellences and that makes him put a higher value upon others than himself." (pg. 79)

"There is no idol like self; the proud man bows down to this idol." (pg. 83)

"A godly man cannot live without prayer.  A man cannot live unless he takes his breath, nor can the soul, unless it breathes forth its desires to God." (pg. 88)

"A godly man spiritualizes duty; he is not only for the doing of holy things but for the holy doing of things." (pg. 161)

"For a man to become a fool that he may be wise, to be saved purely by the righteousness of another, to keep all by losing all - this the natural man will by no means put in his creed." (pg. 177)

"A godly man should not only honour God while he lives, but do something that may promote God's glory when he is dead.  If our children are seasoned with gracious principles, they will stand up in our place when we have gone, and will glorify God in their generation." (pg. 187)

"Serious meditation represents everything in its native colour.  It shows an evil in sin and a lustre in grace." (pg. 206)

"Why are people so hasty in abandoning religion if not because they were so hasty in taking it up? (pg. 212)

"Self-love is self-hatred.  The man who cannot get beyond himself will never get to heaven." (pg. 214)

"Unbelief is worse than any other sin, because it brings God into suspicion with the creature.  It robs him of the richest jewel in his crown, which is his truth: 'He that believeth not God hath made him a liar' (1 John 5:10)." (pg. 225ff)

"It may humble the best to consider how much corruption is interlarded with their grace." (pg. 230)

"Rejoicing brings credit to your husband.  Christ loves a cheerful bride, and indeed the very purpose of God's making us sad is to make us rejoice.  We sow in tears, so that we may reap in joy." (pg. 251)

Thomas Watson, The Godly Man's Picture (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1999)

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