Do Not Build Faith upon Works (Watson)

Thomas Watson  (d. 1686) is one of my favorite Puritan authors.  He wrote clearly, concisely, and biblically. Here’s one great example from his discussion of faith and works in The Beatitudes. I originally posted this quote on October 6, 2014. Julian [a Roman emperor who renounced Christianity when he became emperor) upbraided the Christians that… Continue reading Do Not Build Faith upon Works (Watson)

For Me, To Live is Christ (Watson)

Most Christians are quite familiar with Paul's great words in Philippians 1:21: "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain" (NIV). Or as the Geneva Bible has it, "For Christ is to me bothe in life, and in death advantage." Thomas Watson (d. 1686) wrote a nice brief explanation of this… Continue reading For Me, To Live is Christ (Watson)

When We See the Sins of Others (Watson)

(This blog post was originally published in June, 2018) Sin, of course, is not a good thing.  Sin is evil; sin is lawlessness.  However, in God’s sovereignty, he can use sin for the benefit of his people.  Paul said it very clearly: All things work together for the good of those who love God (Rom.… Continue reading When We See the Sins of Others (Watson)

On Loving Other [Sinful] Christians (Watson)

Christians mess up and make mistakes - sometimes big ones!  Followers of Jesus sin and don’t always act in a kind and loving way.  Sometimes Christians are difficult to love!  However, we as God’s people are called to love each other with a fervent and forgiving love (Col. 3:12-14).  Whether in a marriage, in a… Continue reading On Loving Other [Sinful] Christians (Watson)

Faith Must Not Be Built Upon Works (Watson)

 Thomas Watson (d. 1686) is one of my favorite Puritan authors.  He wrote clearly, concisely, and biblically. Here’s one great example from his discussion of faith and works in The Beatitudes. Julian [a Roman emperor who renounced Christianity when he became emperor] upbraided the Christians that they were Solifidians, and the Church of Rome lays… Continue reading Faith Must Not Be Built Upon Works (Watson)