“See the amazing goodness of God, that He is pleased to enter into this sweet relation of a Father.
God needed not to adopt us. He did not lack a Son, but we lacked a Father.
God showed power in being our Maker, but mercy in being our Father.
When we were enemies, and our hearts stood out as garrisons against God, that He should conquer our stubbornness, and of enemies make us children, and write His name and put His image upon us, and bestow a kingdom of glory, what a miracle of mercy is this!
Every adopted child may say, ‘Even so Father, for so it seemed good in Thy sight,’ Mat. 11:26.
If God be a Father, then hence I infer, whatever He doth to His children is love.”
–Thomas Watson, The Select Works of the Rev. Thomas Watson, Comprising His Celebrated Body of Divinity, in a Series of Lectures on the Shorter Catechism, and Various Sermons and Treatises (New York: Robert Carter & Brothers, 1855), 389.