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 Dark Prison for a King’s Palace

Will not anyone be willing to exchange a dark prison for a king’s palace? Will he not exchange his brass for gold? You who become godly change for the better: you change your pride for humility, your uncleanness for holiness. You change a lust that will damn you for a Christ who will save you. If men were not besotted, if their fall had not knocked their brains out, they would see that is it the most rational thing in the world to become godly. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 201

Zeal in the Worship of the True God

The Jews did not spare any cost in their idolatrous worship. No, they ‘cause their sons and daughters to pass through the fire to Molech’ (Jer. 32:35). They were so zealous in their idol worship that they would sacrifice their sons and daughters to their false gods. How far the purblind heathen went in their false zeal! When the tribunes of Rome complained that they wanted gold in their treasuries to offer to Apollo, the Roman matrons plucked off their chains of gold and rings and bracelets and gave them to the priests to offer up sacrifice. Were these so zealous in their sinful worship, and will you not be zealous in the worship of the true God? “The Godly Man’s Picture” pgs. 117-118

The Godly Bring forth a Crop in their Children

A good piece of ground bears not only a fore-crop but an after crop. He who is godly does not only bear God a good crop of obedience himself while he lives, but by training his child in the principles of religion, he bears God an after-crop when he is dead. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 187

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

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

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