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THOMAS WATSON PURITAN PAPERBACKS
Thomas Watson

WE NEED SAY NOTHING TO COMMEND THE GREAT THOMAS WATSON. WE ARE FEATURING SOME OF HIS MOST POWERFUL WORKS ON THIS PAGE. CONSIDER THE INCREDIBLE VALUE OF THESE BOOKS.

(1) THE GODLY MAN'S PICTURE: Drawn with a Scripture Pencil

Few preachers in the Puritan era (or any other period of church history) match Thomas Watson for his ability to combine rich spirituality, nourishing doctrine and sane wisdom with fascinating illustration and a pleasant style. Watson is remembered chiefly for his posthumously published Body of Practical Divinity (reprinted by Solid Ground in One Volume). But his extant sermons also include this marvelous series on the character of the Christian – The Godly Man’s Picture. It is, as C.H. 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.

SINCLAIR FERGUSON said, "If a poll were to be taken of Puritan writers who have been especially helpful to Christians in the past fifty years, Thomas Watson's name would undoubtedly appear frequently. His exposition is as attractive as it is easy to follow, and as worship-producing as edifying."

TABLE OF CONTENTS

To the Reader 1

1 ‘For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee’ (Psa. 32:6) 3

2 Expounding the Nature of Godliness 7

3 A Reproof to Such as are Only Pretenders to Godliness 11

4 Showing the Characteristics of a Godly Man

(i) A Man of Knowledge 17

(ii) A Man Moved by Faith 26

(iii) A Man Fired with Love 28

(iv) A Man Like God 30

(v) A Man Careful About the Worship of God 34

(vi) A Man Who Serves God not Men 36

(vii) A Man Who Prizes Christ 44

(viii) A Man Who Weeps 56

(ix) A Man Who Loves the Word 61

(x) A Man Who Has the Spirit of God Residing in Him 69

(xi) A Man of Humility 80

(xii) A Man of Prayer 91

(xiii) A Man of Sincerity 101

(xiv) A Heavenly Man 108

(xv) A Zealous Man 118

(xvi) A Patient Man 126

(xvii) A Thankful Man 136

(xviii) A Man Who Loves the Saints 148

(xix) A Man Who Does Not Indulge Himself in Any Sin 156

(xx) A Man Who is Good in His Relationships 165

(xxi) A Man Who Does Spiritual Things in a Spiritual Manner 173

(xxii) A Man Thoroughly Trained in Religion 179

(xxiii) A Man Who Walks With God 188

(xxiv) A Man Who Strives to Be an Instrument for Making Others Godly 198

5 Two Conclusions About the Characteristics of a Godly Man 205

6 An Exhortation to Godliness 207

(i) Let Men Seriously Weigh Their Misery While They Remain in a State of Ungodliness 208

(ii) What Rare Persons the Godly Are 212

(iii) To Strive for Godliness is Most Rational 218

(iv) The Excellence of Godliness 219

(v) There Are Only a Few Godly 222

(vi) Consider How Vain and Contemptible Other Things Are, About Which Persons Void of Godliness Busy Themselves 222

7 Prescribing Some Helps to Godliness 223

8 An Exhortation to Persevere in Godliness 227

9 Motives to Persevere in Godliness 235

10 Counsel for the Godly 241

11 Comfort to the Godly 243

12 Showing the Mystic Union between Christ and the Saints 263



(2) THE DOCTRINE OF REPENTANCE: A Classic Treatise on a Vital but Oft-Neglected Subject

A good case could be made out for believing that ‘repentance’ is one of the least used words in the Christian church today. In a world that will not tolerate the mention of sin, and in churches where it has been defined only in sociological terms, the biblical teaching on repentance has inevitably been ignored.

Knowing what repentance is, and actually repenting are essential to true Christianity. Jesus Christ himself said that if we do not repent, we will perish! It is vital, therefore, to read and study what Scripture has to say about this theme.

Few better guides have existed in this or any other area of spiritual experience than Thomas Watson. He was a master of both Scripture and the human heart, and wrote with a simplicity and directness that keeps his work fresh and powerful for the twenty-first century.

The Epistle to the Reader 7

A Preliminary Discourse 11

Counterfeit Repentance 15

The Nature of True Repentance (1) 18

The Nature of True Repentance (2) 39

The Reasons Enforcing Repentance, with a Warning to the Impenitent 59

A Serious Exhortation to Repentance 63

Powerful Motives to Repentance 76

Exhortations to Speedy Repentance 86

The Trial of Our Repentance, and Comfort for the Penitent 93

The Removing of the Impediments to Repentance 99

Prescribing Some Means for Repentance

(1): Serious Consideration 106

Prescribing Some Means for Repentance

(2): Compare Penitent and Impenitent Conditions 119



(3) THE LORD'S SUPPER: A Mirror to Gaze on the Sufferings and Death of Christ

To Thomas Watson, the Lord’s Supper was a visible sermon, a mirror in which to gaze on the sufferings and death of Christ. ‘God, to help our faith, does not only give us an audible Word, but a visible sign.’ But more than this, the Supper was a time in which to partake of the benefits of Christ’s death by faith, to be fed and cherished by the Lord in his own banqueting house, and to obtain a foretaste of the glory which will be fully realized only in heaven. Watson’s aim was to stimulate greater love to Christ in His people, and to enhance their appreciation of the Supper as a spiritual feast for all believers. His fine exposition shows the rich provision made in the Supper for all who love the Lord, while it also lays bare the emptiness of all mere sacramentalism.

Epistle to the Reader vii

Publisher’s Foreword ix

1 The Mystery of the Lord’s Supper 1

2 The Consecration of the Elements 7

3 The Benefits of the Lord’s Supper 16

4 Christ’s Love Displayed in the Sacrament 22

5 The Broken Body of Christ 28

6 The Blood of Christ 33

7 Self-Examination 39

8 True and False Faith 48

9 Objections against Coming to the Sacrament 60

10 Thankfulness to God 74

11 Comforts to Believers, and Warnings to Unbelievers 79



(4) THE GREAT GAIN OF GODLINESS: or Religion Our True Interest

C.H. Spurgeon had a well-stocked library of around 12,000 volumes. However, one rare book was not to be found amongst that valuable collection: Thomas Watson on Malachi 3:16-18. With a note of sadness in his voice he said to his College students: ‘This volume would be a great find if we could come at it, for Watson is one of the clearest and liveliest of Puritan authors. We fear we shall never see this commentary, for we have tried to obtain it, and tried in vain’.

In this reset and lightly edited edition you can now read the book that was on Spurgeon’s ‘wish-list’! The Great Gain of Godliness is Watson’s exposition of Malachi 3:16-18. In it he aims ‘to encourage solid piety and confute the atheists of the world, who imagine there is no gain in godliness.’ This book has all the hallmarks of Thomas Watson’s other writings: a combination of rich spirituality, nourishing doctrine, and sane practical wisdom coupled with fascinating illustrations and a very pleasant style.

Author’s Preface vii

Publisher’s Preface ix

PART ONE

THE CHARACTER OF THE GODLY

1 Holding Fast in Evil Days 3

2 The Godly and the Fear of God 12

3 Reasons to Fear God 17

4 Walking in the Fear of God 19

5 The Excellence of the Fear of God 25

6 Is the Fear of God in Our Hearts? 37

7 The Godly Should Speak of God 62

8 The Godly Should Meditate on God’s Name 76

PART TWO

THE GOOD EFFECTS OF GODLINESS

9 God Regards the Piety of His People 95

10 God Records the Piety of His People 101

11 God Rewards the Piety of His People 111

12 God Rewards His People by Owning Them 119

13 God Rewards His People by Honouring Them 126

14 God Rewards His People by Sparing Them 141

15 The Righteous and the Wicked Discerned 150

16 A Consolation in Affliction 155

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(1) THE GODLY MAN'S PICTURE: Drawn with a Scripture Pencil
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(2) THE DOCTRINE OF REPENTANCE: A Classic Treatise on a Vital but Oft-Neglected Subject
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(3) THE LORD'S SUPPER: A Mirror to Gaze on the Sufferings and Death of Christ
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(4) THE GREAT GAIN OF GODLINESS: or Religion Our True Interest
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