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A Christian on Earth, Still in Heaven
       A Christian on Earth, Still in Heaven by Thomas Watson The Scripture is a spiritual paradise, and the book of Psalms is placed as the tree of life, in the midst of this paradise. The Psalms are not only for delight—but usefulness. They are like ... read more

A Consolation in Affliction
       A Consolation in Affliction by Thomas Watson "You have dealt well with your servant, O Lord, according unto your word." Psalm 119:65 The Psalms are the marrow of the Bible. They are both for delight and use, like rich cordials which not only ... read more

A Divine Cordial
       A Divine Cordial by Thomas Watson CHOICE EXCERPTS If God left us! The sins of the ungodly are looking-glasses in which we may see our own hearts. Do we see a heinous, impious wretch? Behold a picture of our own hearts! Such would we be ... read more

A godly man does not indulge in any sin
       A godly man does not indulge in any sin (from Thomas Watson's "The Godly Man's Picture") Though sin lives in him—yet he does not live in sin. A godly man may step into sin through infirmity—but he does not keep on that road. He prays, "Search m ... read more

A Godly Man is a Lover of the Word
       A Godly Man is a Lover of the Word by Thomas Watson "O how love I your law!" Psalm 119:97 A godly man loves the Word Chrysostom compares the Scripture to a garden set with ornaments and flowers. A godly man delights to walk in this ... read more

A New Creature
       A New Creature by Thomas Watson "Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away, behold all things are become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17 In this Scripture consists the essence and soul of religion. I note her ... read more

A Plea for Alms
       A Plea for Alms by Thomas Watson (Delivered in a sermon before the London city assembly, on April 13, 1658) "If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?" 1 John 3 ... read more

A Plea for the Godly
       A Plea for the Godly by Thomas Watson "The righteous is more excellent than his neighbor." Proverbs 12:26 Solomon was a man of renown. He was the world's wonder; he discoursed on trees from the cedar-tree in Lebanon, to the hyssop which spri ... read more

A Test of Assurance
       A Test of Assurance Thomas Watson How we know whether we love God? He who loves God—desires his presence. Lovers cannot be long apart, they soon have their fainting fits, for lack of a sight of the object of their love. A soul deeply in love wi ... read more

A Treatise Concerning Meditation
       A Christian on the Mount A Treatise Concerning Meditation By Thomas Watson "His delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night." Psalm 1:2 Having led you through the Chamber of Delight in my previous discour ... read more

Body of Practical Divinity
       Body of Practical Divinity By Thomas Watson CHOICE EXCERPTS Mirror and fountain The Scripture is a mirror to show us our sins; Christ's blood is a fountain to wash them away. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ A lamp for my feet "Teach me ... read more

Christ All in All
       Christ All in All by Thomas Watson "Christ is all in all." Colossians 3:11 The philosopher says every science takes its dignity from the object; the more noble the object—the more rare the knowledge. Hence it is that Jesus Christ, being the ... read more

Christian Joy
       CHRISTIAN JOY by Thomas Watson "The fruit of the Spirit is joy." Gal. 5:22. The third fruit of justification, adoption, and sanctification—is joy in the Holy Spirit. Joy is setting the soul upon the top of a pinnacle—it is the cream of the s ... read more

Comfort & Joy: The Mourner's Privilege
      Mourning is one way to solid joy. "The sweet wine is that which comes out of the wine-press of the eyes," says Chrysostom. The soul is never more enlarged than when it can weep. Closet tears are better then court music. The soul of a Christian is most e ... read more

Comfort for the Church
       Comfort for the Church by Thomas Watson "God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved." Psalm 46:5 Solomon said, "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver," Proverbs 25:11. In which regard I have made choice of ... read more

Dearly Beloved
      Dearly Beloved Thomas Watson's Afternoon Farewell Sermon, Preached August 17, 1662. "Since we have these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence f ... read more

Farewell Prayer
       Farewell Prayer by Thomas Watson (This prayer given by Watson, on the eve of his ejection from his church, because of his non-conformity to the state church.) O Lord God, all our springs are in You. It is good for us to draw near to You thro ... read more

God is His People's Great Reward
       God is His Peoples Great Reward by Thomas Watson "I am your exceeding great reward." Genesis 15:1 God Himself is His people's reward! Abraham is called "the friend of God," James 2:23. The Lord spoke with him familiarly, Genesis 17:22; he ... read more

God's Anatomy Upon Man's Heart
       God's Anatomy Upon Man's Heart by Thomas Watson "All things are naked and open unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do." Hebrews 4:13 We have met this day to humble our souls, and to bring our censer, as once Aaron did, and step in—that ... read more

Heart Purity
       Heart Purity By Thomas Watson "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." Matthew 5:8 The holy God, who is 'of purer eyes than to behold iniquity' calls here for heart-purity, and to such as are adorned with this jewel, he promises ... read more

His Heart Is Fixed
       His Heart Is Fixed By Thomas Watson "He shall not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord." Psalm 112:7 "A word fitly spoken," said Solomon, "is like apples of gold in pictures of silver." In this respect I have c ... read more

Holy Violence
      The exercises of the worship of God are contrary to nature; therefore, there must be a provoking of ourselves to them. The movement of the soul toward sin is natural, but its movement toward heaven is violent. The stone moves easily to the center. It has ... read more

How to read Scripture with most spiritual profit
       How to read Scripture with most spiritual profit by Thomas Watson 1. Remove those things that will PREVENT you profiting: (1) remove the love of every sin; (2) take heed of the thorns which will choke the Word. These ‘thorns’ are those cov ... read more

Kiss the Son
       Kiss the Son by Thomas Watson "Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him." Psalm 2:12 In the beginning of this Psalm, holy David shows u ... read more

Knowing and Doing Good
       Knowing and Doing Good by Thomas Watson "To him who knows to do good, and does it not—to him it is sin." James 4:17 The Apostle James, in former verses, had met with a sin common in those days, a sinful boasting among men, verse 13-14, "Now ... read more

Let Us Not Grow Weary
       Let Us Not Grow Weary by Thomas Watson "And let us not be weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." Galatians 6:9 In the verses before the text, the Apostle had laid down a proposition, "What a man sows that shal ... read more

Light in Darkness
       Light in Darkness Thomas Watson "Unto the upright there arises light in darkness." Psalm 112:4 Chrysostom calls the Scriptures a spiritual paradise. The Book of Psalms is placed in the midst of this paradise. David's Psalms are not only for ... read more

Love One Another
      Love One Another Thomas Watson's Forenoon Farewell Sermon, Preached August 17, 1662. "A new commandment give I unto you, that you love one another, as I have loved you." John 13:34 You are this day called to a love-feast; and nothing can be m ... read more

Mystical Union between Christ and His People
       Mystical Union between Christ and His People By Thomas Watson "My beloved is mine, and I am His." Canticles 2:16 In this Song of Songs we see the love of Christ and his church running towards each other in a full torrent. The text cont ... read more

Mystical Union between Christ and the Saints
      "My beloved is mine, and I am his." (Song 2:16) In this Song of Songs we see the love of Christ and his church running towards each other in a full torrent. The text contains three general parts: 1. A symbol of affection: "My beloved." ... read more

One Thing Necessary
       The One Thing Necessary by Thomas Watson "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." Philippians 2:12 If there is anything excellent—it is salvation. If there is anything necessary—it is working out salvation. If there is ... read more

Reading the Scriptures with Profit
       How We May Read the Scriptures with Most Spiritual Profit by Thomas Watson "And it shall be with him (the King), and he shall read therein all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to keep all the words of this Law a ... read more

Roman Catholicism
       Roman Catholicism by Thomas Watson "Keep yourselves from idols!" 1 John 5:21 IDOLATRY is a soul-damning error! In the law, God laid claim to the fat of the sacrifice, Leviticus 3:3. Just so, all divine worship, which is the fat of the sacrif ... read more

       SANCTIFICATION by Thomas Watson "For this is the will of God, even your sanctification." 1 Thessalonians 4:3 The word sanctification signifies to consecrate and set apart to a holy use: thus they are sanctified people who are separated from ... read more

Tears Of Repentance
      There is no rowing to paradise except upon the stream of repenting tears. Till sin be bitter, Christ will not be sweet. Why are the wells of repentance stopped? Do not the sinners of the land know that they should repent? Have they no warning? Have not Go ... read more

The Attributes of God
       THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD From Thomas Watson's "Body of Divinity" The OMNIPRESENCE of God God is infinite. All created beings are finite. The Greek word for "infinite" signifies "without bounds or limits." God is not confined to any place. He ... read more

The Beatitudes
       The Beatitudes Thomas Watson, 1660 CHOICE EXCERPTS God has two fires "I have refined you in the furnace of affliction." Isaiah 48:10 "Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his demons ... read more

The Beauty of Grace
       The Beauty of Grace by Thomas Watson "May grace and peace be multiplied to you." 1 Peter 1:2 The blessed apostle, having felt the efficacy and sovereignty of grace, is taken up with the thoughts of it; and so sweet is this wine of paradise, tha ... read more

The Christian Soldier
       The Christian Soldier, or Heaven Taken by Storm by Thomas Watson, 1669 A practical handbook on Christian living, showing the holy violence a Christian is to put forth in the pursuit after glory. "The Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and ... read more

The Comforting Rod
       The Comforting Rod by Thomas Watson "Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me." Psalm 23:4 Bernard calls this Psalm, a noble and illustrious Psalm. The Jews used to repeat this Psalm when they sat down to eat. In it, David sets forth two thi ... read more

The Crown of Righteousness
       The Crown of Righteousness by Thomas Watson A sermon preached on May 1, 1656, at the funeral of Thomas Hodges "Those who honor Me—I will honor." 1 Samuel 2:30 To my honored friend, Mrs. Mary Hodges, It was not my intention when I preache ... read more

The Day of Judgment Asserted
       The Day of Judgment Asserted by Thomas Watson "Because He has appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom He has ordained; whereof he has given assurance unto all men, in that He has raised Him from t ... read more

The Death of the Righteous
       The Death of the Righteous By Thomas Watson "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain!" Philippians 1:21 Paul was a great admirer of Christ. He desired to know nothing but Christ, and him crucified. 1 Cor 2:2. There is no medicine like ... read more

The Doctrine of Repentance
       The Doctrine of Repentance By Thomas Watson, 1668 CHOICE EXCERPTS If any ingredient is left out "Unless you repent, you will also perish." Luke 13:5 Repentance is a grace of God's Spirit, whereby a sinner is inwardly humbled and outwar ... read more

The Duty of Self-denial
       The Duty of Self-Denial Thomas Watson, 1675 CHOICE EXCERPTS A bad Jacob's ladder to climb up to heaven! A Christian must deny his own righteousness—his moralities, duties, and good works. The spider weaves a web out of her own body. A h ... read more

The Evil Tongue
       The Evil Tongue by Thomas Watson "The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. All kinds of animals, birds, r ... read more

The Fiery Serpents
       The Fiery Serpents by Thomas Watson "And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, and many people of Israel died. Therefore, the people came to Moses and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord a ... read more

The Fight of Faith Crowned
       The Fight of Faith Crowned by Thomas Watson (A sermon preached at the funeral of that eminently holy pastor, Mr. Henry Stubs, 1678) Christian Reader, It was not my intent to have this message appear publicly—but being requested by the near ... read more

The Godly Man Weeps
      "Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who CONTINUALLY goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him." Psalms 126:5,6 Christ calls His spouse His "dove" (Song 2:14). The ... read more

The godly man weeps
       A godly man weeps (from Thomas Watson's "The Godly Man's Picture") David sometimes sang with his harp; and sometimes the organ of his eye wept: "I water my couch with my tears" (Psalm 6:6). Christ calls his spouse his "dove" (Song 2:14). The do ... read more

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