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All Things For Good

All Things For Good
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Weight 0.14 kg
Dimensions 18.1 x 12.1 x 1.0 cm
topic

Spiritual Growth, Encouragement

format

Book

Original Pub Date

1663

Banner Pub Date

Jun 1, 1986

binding

Paperback

page-count

128

scripture

Romans

series

Puritan Paperbacks

isbn

9780851514789

Book Description

Thomas Watson, the 17th century minister of St. Stephen’s Walbrook, believed he faced two great difficulties in his pastoral ministry. The first was making the unbeliever sad, in the recognition of his need of God’s grace. The second was making the believer joyful in response to God’s grace. He believed the answer to the second difficulty could be found in Paul’s teaching in Romans 8.28: God works all things together for good for his people.

First published in 1663 (under the title A Divine Cordial), the year after Watson and some two thousand other ministers were ejected from the Church of England and exposed to hardship and suffering, All Things For Good contains the rich exposition of a man who lived when only faith in God’s Word could lead him to such confidence.

Thomas Watson’s exposition is always simple, illuminating and rich in practical application. He explains that both the best and the worst experiences work for the good of God’s people. He carefully analyses what it means to be someone who ‘loves God’ and is ‘called according to his purpose’.

All Things For Good provides the biblical answer to the contemporary question; Why do bad things happen to good people?

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Extract from Preface of 1663 8
Introduction 9
1 THE BEST THINGS WORK FOR GOOD TO THE GODLY 13
1) The attributes of God
2) The promises of God
3) The mercies of God
4) The graces of the Spirit
5) The angels of God
6) The communion of Saints
7) The intercession of Christ
8) The prayers of Saints
2 THE WORST THINGS WORK FOR GOOD TO THE GODLY 25
1) The evil of affliction.
2) The evil of temptation.
3) The evil of desertion.
4) The evil of sin.
3 WHY ALL THINGS WORK FOR GOOD TO THE GODLY 52
1) The reason why all things work for good.
2) Inferences from this proposition.
4 OF LOVE TO GOD 66
1) The nature of love.
2) The ground of love.
3) The kinds of love.
4) The properties of love.
5) The degrees of love.
Use: A reproof to those who do not love God
5 THE TESTS OF LOVE TO GOD 74
6 AN EXHORTATION TO LOVE GOD 88
1) An exhortation to become lovers of God – twenty motives for loving God.
2) An exhortation to preserve your love to God.
3) An exhortation to increase your love to God.
7 EFFECTUAL CALLING 104
1) A distinction about calling.
2) Our condition before we are called.
3) The means of our effectual calling.
4) The method God uses in calling sinners.
5) The properties of this effectual calling.
6) The end of effectual calling.
Use: An exhortation to make your calling sure.
8 EXHORTATIONS TO THEM WHO ARE CALLED 119
1) Admire God’s free grace.
2) Pity those who are not yet called.
3) Walk worthy of your high calling.
9 CONCERNING GOD’S PURPOSE 124
1) God’s purpose is the cause of salvation.
2) God’s purpose is the ground of assurance.

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