The Godly Man's Picture

The Godly Man's PictureWatson is always the essence of sanity and reliability. 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 illustrations and a pleasant style. But in addition, The Godly Man’s Picture 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.
 
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A Godly Man is Both a Diamond and a Magnet

[The godly man] is not content to go to heaven alone but wants to take others there. Spiders work only for themselves, but bees work for others. A godly man is both a diamond and a magnet – a diamond for the sparkling luster of grace and a magnet for his attractiveness. He is always drawing others to embrace piety. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 183-184

Hypocrites are like the Swan

How many are painted only with the vermilion of a profession, whose seeming luster dazzles the eyes of the beholders, but within there is nothing but petrification! Hypocrites are like the swan, which has white feathers, but black skin; or like the lily, which has a fair color, but a bad scent. ‘Thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead’ (Rev. 3:1). “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 15

Faith and Hope are Two Turtle-dove Graces

Faith is the oil which feeds the lamp of hope. Faith and hope are two turtle-dove graces; take away one, and the other languishes. If the sinews are cut, the body is lame; if this sinew of faith is cut, hope is lame. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 28

Affliction: The Test of the Christian

The test of a pilot is seen in a storm; so the test of a Christian is seen in affliction. That man has the right art of navigation who, when the boisterous winds blow from heaven, steers the ship of his soul wisely, and does not dash upon the rock of impatience. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 124

Believers are Christ’s Garden

Believers are Christ’s garden; their graces are flowers; their savory discourse is the fragrant scent of these flowers. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 141

Afflictions Quicken our pace to Heaven

Afflictions quicken our pace on the way to heaven. It is with us as with children sent on an errand. If they meet with apples or flowers by the way, they linger and are in no great hurry to get home, but if anything frightens them, then they run with all the speed they can to their father’s house. So in prosperity, we gather the apples and flowers and do not give much thought to heaven, but if troubles begin to arise and the times grow frightful, then we make more haste to heaven and with David ‘run the way of God’s commandments’ (Psa. 119:32). “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 125-126

None Say on Their Deathbed that They have Been Too Holy

Do we think walking with God can do us any hurt? Did we ever hear any cry out on their deathbed that they have been too holy, that they have prayed too much, or walked with God too much? No, that which has cut them to the heart has been this, that they have not walked more closely with God; they have wrung their hand and torn their hair to think that they have been so bewitched with the pleasures of the world. Close walking with God will make our enemy (death) be at peace with us. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 181

What Mercy is Like

Mercy is not like the sun to the fire, to dull it, but like the oil to the wheel, to make it run faster. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 133

Knowledge Which is Not Applied will Only Light a Man to Hell

Many in the old world knew there was an ark, but were drowned, because they did not get into it. Knowledge which is not applied will only light a man to hell. It would be better to live a savage than to die an infidel under the gospel. Christ not believed in is terrible. Moses’ rod, when it was in his hand, did a great deal of good. It wrought miracles; but when it was out of his hand, it became a serpent. So Christ, when laid hold on by the hand of faith, is full of comfort, but not laid hold on, will prove a serpent to bite. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 26

To Be Learned and Ungodly is like an Angel of Light

To be learned and ungodly is like a devil transformed into an angel of light; to be beautiful and ungodly is like a lovely picture hung in an infected room; to be honorable in the world and ungodly is like an ape in purple, or like that image which had a head of gold on feet of clay (Dan. 2:32-33). It is godliness that ennobles and consecrates the heart, making God and angels fall in love with it. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 191