The Godly Man’s Picture
Or, as Watson sub-titled his work:
Drawn with a Scripture Pencil, or Some Characteristic Marks of a Man who is Going to Heaven
The pages which follow thoroughly, but very simply, portray those marks.
The ways in which Watson illustrates these traits of a godly man truly is like an artist painting pictures: the reader will feel as if he is with a master illustrator, as Watson was perhaps the most skilled Puritan writer and preacher of all, at drawing memorable illustrations with his words. His skillfulness at this reminds one of the way in which the Lord Jesus taught with parables.
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.
Some of the marks Watson draws for us in the life of a godly man are:
- *A man of knowledge
- * A man fired by love
- A man who serves God and not men
- A man who loves the Word
- A man of humility
- A man of prayer
- A zealous man
- A patient man
- A man who prizes Christ
- A man who weeps
- A thankful man
— and many more