A Body of Divinity

A Body of DivinityThomas Watson’s A Body of Divinity is one of the most precious of the peerless works of the Puritans; and those best acquainted with it prize it most. Watson was one of the most concise, racy, illustrative, and suggestive of those eminent divines who made the Puritan age the Augustan period of evangelical literature. There is a happy union of sound doctrine, heart-searching experience and practical wisdom throughout all his works, and his Body of Divinity is, beyond all the rest, useful to the student and the minister. ~ C. H. Spurgeon

 

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Knowledge of Fundamentals is the Golden Key

Knowledge of the grounds of religion much enriches the mind. It is a lamp to our feet; it directs us in the whole course of Christianity, as the eye directs the body. Knowledge of fundamentals is the golden key that opens the chief mysteries of religion; it gives us a whole system and body of divinity, exactly drawn in all its lineaments and lively colors; it helps us to understand many of those difficult things which occur in the reading of the word; it helps to untie many Scripture knots. “A Body of Divinity” pg. 4

Association begets Assimilation

Fellowship – Walk with them that are holy. “He walketh with the wise shall be wise” (Prov. 13:20). Be among the spices and you will smell of them. Association begets assimilation. Nothing has a greater power and energy to effect holiness than the communion of saints. “A Body of Divinity” pg. 87

The Word is a Glass

The Word is a glass to show us our spots, and Christ’s blood is a fountain to wash them away. “A Body of Divinity” pg. 87

The Scripture’s Authority is from God

It is true, the church is a pillar of truth; but it does not therefore follow that the Scripture has its authority from the church. The king’s proclamation is fixed on the pillar, the pillar holds it out, that all may read, but the proclamation does not receive its authority from the pillar, but from the king; so the church holds forth the Scriptures, but they do not receive their authority from the church, but from God. “A Body of Divinity”pg. 30

Without Zeal, our Duties are not Acceptable to God

In this let us be like Christ, zealous for God’s truth and glory, which are the two orient pearls of the crown of heaven. Zeal is as needful for a Christian as salt for the sacrifice, or fire on the altar. Zeal without prudence is rashness; prudence without zeal is cowardliness. Without zeal, our duties are not acceptable to God. Zeal is like rosin to the bow-strings, without which the lute makes no music. “A Body of Divinity” pg. 201

Men make Many Gods

Thus men make many gods. The apostle names the wicked man’s trinity, “The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life,” (I Jn. 2:16). The lust of the flesh is pleasure; the lust of the eye, money; the pride of life, honor. O take heed of this! “A Body of Divinity” pg. 107

Election is the Cause of our Calling

Election is the cause of our calling, and calling is the sign of our election. Election is the first link of the golden chain of salvation, calling is the second. He who has the second link of the chain is sure of the first. As by the stream we are led to the fountain, so by calling we ascend to election. Calling is an earnest and pledge of glory. “God has chosen you to salvation, through sanctification” (II Thess. 2:13). “A Body of Divinity” pg. 224

The Sword of the Spirit Cuts down Vice

This sword of the Spirit cuts down vice (Eph. 6:17). Out of this tower of Scripture is thrown a millstone upon the head of sin. The Scripture is the royal law which commands not only the actions, but affections; it binds the heart to good behavior. Where is there such holiness to be found, as is dug out of this sacred mine? Who could be the author of such a book but God Himself? “A Body of Divinity” pg. 28

God is a Spectator of Men’s Wickedness

Would men go after strange flesh if they believe God was spectator of their wickedness, and would make them do penance in hell for it? Would they defraud in their dealings, and use false weights, if they thought God saw them, and for making their weights lighter would make their damnation heavier. Viewing ourselves as under the eye of God’s omniscience, would cause reverence in the worship of God. God sees the frame and carriage of our hearts when we come before Him. How would this call in our straggling thoughts? How would it animate and spirit duty? It would make us put fire to the incense. “The tribes instantly served God day and night” (Acts 26:7), with utmost zeal and intenseness of spirit. To think God is in this place would add wings to prayer, and oil to the flame of our devotion. “A Body of Divinity” pgs. 58-59

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