A Gracious Heart Produces Obedience

A gracious heart is like a piece of good ground that, having received the seed of mercy, produces a crop of obedience. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 133

A Godly Man is Heavenly in His Disposition

A godly man is heavenly in his disposition. He sets his affections on things above (Col. 3:2). He sends his heart to heaven before he gets there; he looks upon the world as but a beautiful prison and he cannot be much in love with his fetters, though they are made of gold. A holy person contemplates glory and eternity; his desires have got wings and have fled to heaven. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 104

Men are Not Good by Halves

Obedience – To sweat in some duties of religion and freeze in others is the symptom of a disordered Christian. Jehu was zealous in destroying the idolatry of Baal, but let the golden calves of Jeroboam stand (II Kings 10:29). This shows that men are not good in truth when they are good by halves. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 167

Ministers Must Suite their Matter and Style to the Capacity of the Audience

[The minister must be] a plain preacher, suiting his matter and style to the capacity of his audience (I Cor. 14:19). Some ministers, like eagles, love to soar aloft in abstruse metaphysical notions, thinking they are most admired when they are least understood. They who preach in the clouds, instead of hitting their people’s conscience, shoot over their heads. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 154

To Create Requires Infinite Power

To create requires infinite power. All the world cannot make a fly. God’s power in creating is evident; because He needs no instruments to work with; He can work without tools; because He needs no matter to work upon; He creates matter, and then works upon it; and because He works without labor; “He spake, and it was done” (Psa. 33:9).  “A Body of Divinity” pg. 78

Be Often Among the Godly

Be often among the godly. They are the salt of the earth, and will help to season you. Their counsel may direct, their prayers may enliven you. Such holy sparks may be thrown into your breasts as may kindle devotion in you. It is good to be among the saints to learn the trade of godliness: ‘He that walketh with the wise men shall be wise’ (Prov. 13:20).  “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 208

Our Sin should Humble Us

Though the saints have their golden graces, yet they have their leprous spots; seeing sin has made us vile, let it make us humble; seeing it has taken away our beauty, let it take away our pride; if God (saith Austin [Augustine]) did not spare the proud angels, will He spare you, who are but dust and rottenness? O look upon your boils and ulcers, and be humble! Christians are never more lovely in God’s eyes, than when they are loathsome in their own; those sins which humble, shall never damn. “Harmless as Doves” pg. 129

God has Preserved this Blessed Book Inviolable to this Day

The Word of God has never wanted enemies to oppose, and, if possible, to extirpate it. They have given out a law concerning Scripture, as Pharaoh did the midwives, concerning the Hebrew women’s children, to strangle it in the birth; but God has preserved this blessed Book inviolable to this day. The devil and his agents have been blowing at Scripture light, but could never blow it out; a clear sign that it was lighted from heaven. “A Body of Divinity” pg. 27

Nothing is Sweeter than Mercy

Nothing is sweeter than mercy, when it is improved; nothing fiercer, when it is abused; as nothing is colder than lead when taken out of the mine, and nothing more scalding when it is heated. Nothing is blunter than iron, yet nothing is sharper when it is whetted. “The mercy of the Lord is upon them that fear Him” (Psa. 103:17). Mercy is not for them that sin and fear not, but for them that fear and sin not. God’s mercy is a holy mercy; where it pardons it heals. “A Body of Divinity” pg. 97

The Besetting Sin is of All Others Most Dangerous

The besetting sin is of all others most dangerous. As Samson’s strength lay in his hair, so the strength of sin lies in this beloved sin. This is like a poison striking the heart, which brings death. A godly man will lay the axe of repentance to this sin and hew it down. He sets this sin, like Uriah, in the forefront of battle, so that it may be slain. He will sacrifice this Isaac, he will pluck out this right eye, so that he may see better to go to heaven. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 150