The Great Gain of Godliness

Practical Notes on Malachi 3:16-18

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Weight 0.42 lbs
Dimensions 7.13 × 4.75 × 0.5 in
ISBN 9781800403093



Life Issues, Spiritual Growth

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Jun 1, 2006

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Puritan Paperbacks

Book Description

C. H. Spurgeon had a well-stocked library of around 12,000 volumes. However, one rare book was not to be found amongst that valuable collection: Thomas Watson on Malachi 3:16-18. With a note of sadness in his voice he said to his College students, ‘This volume would be a great find if we could come at it, for Watson is one of the clearest and liveliest of Puritan authors. We fear we shall never see this commentary, for we have tried to obtain it, and tried in vain.’

In this reypeset and lightly edited edition you can now read the book that was on Spurgeon’s wishlist! The Great Gain of Godliness is Watson’s exposition of Malachi 3:16-18. In it he aims ‘to encourage solid piety and confute the atheists of the world, who imagine there is no gain in godliness.’ This book has all the hallmarks of Thomas Watson’s other writings: a combination of rich spirituality, nourishing doctrine, and sane practical wisdom coupled with fascinating illustrations and a very pleasant style.


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Author’s Preface vii
Publisher’s Preface ix
1 Holding Fast in Evil Days 3
2 The Godly and the Fear of God 12
3 Reasons to Fear God 17
4 Walking in the Fear of God 19
5 The Excellence of the Fear of God 25
6 Is the Fear of God in Our Hearts? 37
7 The Godly Should Speak of God 62
8 The Godly Should Meditate on God’s Name 76
9 God Regards the Piety of His People 95
10 God Records the Piety of His People 101
11 God Rewards the Piety of His People 111
12 God Rewards His People by Owning Them 119
13 God Rewards His People by Honouring Them 126
14 God Rewards His People by Sparing Them 141
15 The Righteous and the Wicked Discerned 150
16 A Consolation in Affliction 155

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  1. Robert Norman

    Wonderful work from Watson. If you need to grow in godliness, which you do, then read this book.

  2. Jon

    Thomas Watson is one of my favorite Puritan authors. As I read his writings, I can tell he walked with God, knew God, and drew strength for his ministry from his presence. That is what I love about the Puritans and this work specifically, the ability of Watson to concisely make us consider our union with Christ through inquiring if we have the fear of God in our hearts.

    The first book I read by Thomas Waston was ‘The Doctrine Of Repentance,’ from there I read ‘All things for Good,’ then ‘The Godly Man’s Picture,’ and now the ‘Great Gain of Godliness.’

    Thomas Watson studied at Emmanuel College in Cambridge, one of the greatest Puritan seminaries. This is where William Perkins taught who wrote, ‘The Art of Prophesying,’

    Out of all the volumes Spurgeon had in his library, he was unable to find this one. Thank you for making this available Banner.

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