Thomas Watson

A Wonder Working Faith – Thomas Watson

A great faith is a wonder-working faith. It can do those things which exceed the power of nature. A great faith can open heaven, it can overcome the world (1 John 5:4); it can master a tendency to sin (2 Sam. 22:24); it can prefer the glory of God before secular interest (Rom.9:1); it can rejoice in affliction (1 Thess. 1:6).

– Thomas Watson –
from The Lords Supper, 1665 

Bitterness in Weeping for Sin – Thomas Watson

We are to find as much bitterness in weeping for sin as ever we found sweetness in committing it. Surely David found more bitterness in repenting then he ever found comfort in Bathsheba.

– Thomas Watson –
from The Doctrine of Repentance, 1668

Pray for Patience – Thomas Watson

Pray to God for patience. Patience is a flower of God’s planting. Pray that it may grow in your heart, and send forth its sweet perfume.

– Thomas Watson –
 from The Godly Man’s Picture, 1666

A Portion Promised – Thomas Watson

The Godly have a portion promised them upon their marriage to Christ, but the portion is not paid till the day of their death. The saints are promoted at death to communion with God; they have what they so long hoped for, and prayed for.

– Thomas Watson –
from The Godly Man’s Picture, 1666

Fear of God is Wisdom – Thomas Watson

The fear of God is wisdom in that it makes us consider: “I considered my ways” (Psalm 119:59). A great part of wisdom lies in consideration. He who fears God considers how vain the world is, and therefore dares not love it; how short time is, and therefore dares not lose it; how precious salvation is, and therefore dares not neglect it. 

– Thomas Watson –
from The Great Gain of Godliness, 1682

Receiving Something Better – Thomas Watson

The Lord never takes away any comfort from his people without giving them something better. The disciples parted with Christ’s corporal presence and he sent them the Holy Ghost. God eclipses one joy and augments another. He simply makes an exchange; he takes away a flower and gives a diamond. 

– Thomas Watson –
from The Godly Man’s Picture, 1666