The Godly Man’s Picture

Drawn with a Scripture Pencil, or, Some Characteristic Marks of a Man Who is Going to Heaven

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Dimensions 7.13 × 4.75 × 0.7 in
ISBN 9781800401044

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Spiritual Growth

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Sep 10, 2021

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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 illustration and a pleasant style. Watson is remembered chiefly for his posthumously published Body of Practical Divinity (reprinted by the Trust in three volumes). But his extant sermons also include this marvellous series on the character of the Christian – The Godly Man’s Picture. It is, as C.H. Spurgeon said of his other work, ‘a happy union of sound doctrine, heart-searching experience and practical wisdom’.

Watson is always the essence of sanity and reliability. But in addition, this work 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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To the Reader 7
1 ‘For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee’ (Psa. 32:6) 9
2 Expounding the Nature of Godliness 12
3 A Reproof to Such as are Only Pretenders to Godliness 15
4 Showing the Characteristics of a Godly Man
(i) A Man of Knowledge 20
(ii) A Man Moved by Faith 28
(iii) A Man Fired with Love 30
(iv) A Man Like God 32
(v) A Man Careful About the Worship of God 35
(vi) A Man Who Serves God not Men 37
(vii) A Man Who Prizes Christ 44
(viii) A Man Who Weeps 55
(ix) A Man Who Loves the Word 60
(x) A Man Who Has the Spirit of God Residing in Him 67
(xi) A Man of Humility 77
(xii) A Man of Prayer 87
(xiii) A Man of Sincerity 96
(xiv) A Heavenly Man 103
(xv) A Zealous Man 112
(xvi) A Patient Man 118
(xvii) A Thankful Man 128
(xviii) A Man Who Loves the Saints 139
(xix) A Man Who Does Not Indulge Himself in Any Sin 146
(xx) A Man Who is Good in His Relationships 153
(xxi) A Man Who Does Spiritual Things in a Spiritual Manner 161
(xxii) A Man Thoroughly Trained in Religion 166
(xxiii) A Man Who Walks With God 174
(xxiv) A Man Who Strives to Be an Instrument for Making Others Godly 183
5 Two Conclusions About the Characteristics of a Godly Man 189
6 An Exhortation to Godliness 191
(i) Let Men Seriously Weigh Their Misery While They Remain in a State of Ungodliness 192
(ii) What Rare Persons the Godly Are 196
(iii) To Strive for Godliness is Most Rational 201
(iv) The Excellence of Godliness 201
(v) There Are Only a Few Godly 204
(vi) Consider How Vain and Contemptible Other Things Are, About Which Persons Void of Godliness Busy Themselves 204
7 Prescribing Some Helps to Godliness 206
8 An Exhortation to Persevere in Godliness 209
9 Motives to Persevere in Godliness 216
10 Counsel for the Godly 220
11 Comfort to the Godly 222
12 Showing the Mystic Union between Christ and the Saints 234

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  1. Linda Gabriel

    Thomas Watson is considered one of our church’s honorary elders (in absentia), since we enjoy reading and referencing his books and sermons so much. Although written some 350 years ago, the topic and illustrations of what it means to be a godly person are still quite valid and applicable to the Christian life today. Watson is a master illustrator, and as the title of the book states, he uses the Word of God to draw in some detail a portrait of what a godly person looks like, as well as what he or she is not like.

    The process of becoming godly begins with an act of God in which He forgives sin and justifies the sinner because of the work of Christ on the individual’s behalf. Thomas Watson defines godliness this way:

    “Godliness is the sacred impression and workmanship of God in a man, whereby from being carnal he is made spiritual. When godliness is wrought in a person, he does not receive a new soul, but he has ‘another spirit.’ The faculties are not new, but the qualities are; the strings are the same, but the tune is corrected.”

    Among other characteristics of godliness, Watson points out that godliness in a believer is a fact; it is supernatural, something that cannot come from the natural man but must come from God alone; it is extensive, affecting every area of the person’s life; and it is permanent and will be carried into eternity. After giving some words of warning to “pretenders of godliness,” Watson then proceeds with his portrait by listing, describing and explaining “Some Characteristic Marks of a Man who is Going to Heaven,” taking about 170 pages to address 24 traits. Watson identifies from Scripture that a godly person is:
    – A man of knowledge
    – A man moved by faith
    – A man careful about the worship of God
    – A man who serves God not men
    – A man who loves the Word
    – A man of humility
    – A man of prayer
    – A zealous man
    – A thankful man
    – A patient man
    – A man who strives to be an instrument for making others godly

    This section makes up the bulk of the text, followed by an exhortation to the reader toward godliness and some words of counsel and comfort to those who are sincere in their desire to live a godly life.

    I know that sometimes people are intimidated about reading the writers of centuries past because of archaic language, but Thomas Watson really is not difficult to read. He does make occasional historical or literary references or allusions with which we may not be familiar, but it’s not enough to make his works unreadable by any means. Watson has a way with words, and this book is chock full of short, pithy statements that are deep with spiritual meaning. Here are just a few tidbits to whet your appetite:

    “To know arts and science is to gather straw, but to know God in Christ is to gather pearl.”
    “Those who will add to one part of God’s worship will be as ready to take away from another.”
    “The Lord not only fits work for us, but fits us for our work.”
    “If God does not give us what we crave, he will give us what we need.”
    “Those who will not be taught by the Word shall be judged by the Word.”
    “Prayer is a bomb which will make heaven’s gates fly open.”
    “It is better to have God approve than the world applaud.”
    “Zeal is a mixed affection, a compound of love and anger. It carries forth our love to God and anger against sin in the most intense manner.”
    “The more outrageous the wicked are against the truth, the more courageous the godly are for it.”
    “A child of God keeps two books always by him: one to write his sins in, so that he may be humble; the other to write his mercies in, so that he may be thankful.”

    II Corinthians 13:5 says, “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.” The Godly Man’s Picture gives much opportunity to reflect on who you are in Christ and to take a serious assessment of your own walk with God and the evidence of His sanctifying work in you.

  2. Mariano Leiras

    I have read this book some months ago by now.
    But this is those kind of books you would like to re-read from time to time.
    Undoubtely it is design to make you long for godliness, to see it for what it is, and to behold Christ as the incarnation and sum of all true godliness.
    You will be driven along the path of godliness trhough the Scriptures. Watson, as the gifted preacher he was, will bring for you the honey of the gospel and the rod of admoniton for the sake of holiness and of your own soul.
    You will be made to search into the deepest chambers of your heart and to examine yourself before the mirror of the Word in the light of Jesus Christ.
    Ste by step Watson – with the heart and mind of knowable pastor- will drawn for you this beautiful picture of the godly character of Jesus and His people in order for you to persued godliness by His grace with all that is in you, and to imitate the example of Jesus Christ and all the saints who followed.
    There is an unspeakable beauty in godliness that instructs the mind, captivate the heart, flames the affections and moves the will for God´s sake.
    Dou yourselve a favor and get your own copy.
    Grace be with all God´s people.

  3. Robert Norman

    Watson is now my favorite Puritan. This book was simply a delight to read.

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