“Though thou hast been a prodigal, and almost spent all upon thy lusts, yet if thou wilt give a bill of divorce to thy sins, and flee to God by repentance, know that He has the bowels of a Father. He will embrace thee in the arms of His mercy, and seal thy pardon with a kiss.
What though thy sins have been heinous? The wound is not so broad as the plaister of Christ’s blood. The sea covers great rocks. The sea of God’s compassion can drown thy great sins. Therefore, be not discouraged, go to God, resolve to cast thyself upon His Fatherly compassion…
Here is comfort for such as can, upon good grounds, call God ‘Father.’ There is more sweetness in this word ‘Father’ than if we had ten thousand worlds. David thought it a great matter to be son-in-law to a king: ‘What is my father’s family, that I should be son-in-law to the king?’ (1 Sam. 18:18).
But what is it to be born of God, and have Him for our Father?”
–Thomas Watson, The Lord’s Prayer (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1692/1999), 15.
“If the worst things work for good to a believer, what shall the best things– Christ, and heaven! How much more shall these work for good! If the cross has so much good in it, what has the crown? If such precious clusters grow in Golgotha, how delicious is that fruit which grows in Canaan? If there be any sweetness in the waters of Marah, what is there in the wine of Paradise?
If God’s rod has honey at the end of it, what has His golden sceptre? If the bread of affliction tastes savoury, what is manna? What is the heavenly ambrosia? If God’s blow and stroke work for good, what shall the smiles of His face do? If temptations and sufferings have matter of joy in them, what shall glory have?
If there be so much good out of evil, what then is that good where there shall be no evil? If God’s chastening mercies are so great, what will His crowning mercies be? Therefore comfort one another with these words.”
–Thomas Watson, All Things For Good, or A Divine Cordial (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1663/2001), 63.
“A pardoned soul is a monument of mercy, and he thinks he can never love God enough.”
–Thomas Watson, The Lord’s Prayer, (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1692/1999), 239.
“It is Satan’s great design to set his cloven foot among God’s people to make division and contention among the sons of Zion. The devil’s best music is discord. Oh! Let all Christ’s people, His sheep, flock together and associate in love. Those who hope to meet together in heaven should not fall out by the way. Unity is the great music in heaven. There is unity in the Trinity—and unity among saints would be a great blessing on earth. For Christians to unite is their interest and wisdom; union is their strength, union is their glory and their ornament. This was the honor of the primitive churches, all of one heart, Acts 2:1. There was but one heart among them. Let the sheep of Christ unite together. When the saints are harmoniously united, then they adorn their blessed Shepherd, the Lord Jesus.”
–Thomas Watson, cited from “The Good Shepherd” <http://www.gracegems.org/Watson/good_shepherd.htm> Accessed (9.1.2007).
“The body shall rise again. We are not so sure to rise out of our beds as we are to rise out of our graves.”
–Thomas Watson, A Body of Divinity. (Grand Rapids, MI: Christian Classics Ethereal Library, 2002), p. 218.