Thursday, February 20, 2014

Choice Quotes on Christians

by Thomas Watson

I have read of a holy man, who being tempted by some former companions to sin, he made this answer: I am so busy in reading a little book, which contains such deep mysteries, that I have resolved to read it all the days of my life. It has but three pages. In the first leaf, which is red — I am taught to meditate on the precious blood of Christ, which was shed for my sins. In the second leaf, which is white — I meditate on the pure and glorious joys of Heaven. In the third leaf, which is black — I contemplate the hideous and dreadful torments of Hell, prepared for the wicked for all eternity." 
The saints are like letters engraved on Christ's heart, which cannot be erased out.

A child of God fears, because the "gate is narrow;" but hopes, because the gate is open.

Christians should be both diamonds and loadstones.

Diamonds, for the luster of their graces.

Loadstones, by attracting others to Christ.

A true Christian is a dwarf in humility — but a giant in strength to fulfill duty, to bear trial, and to endure temptation.

A Christian is as much afraid of a painted holiness — as he is of going to a painted Heaven.

The song of the Psalmist, when he longed for deliverance from the sorrows of life, was, "Oh that I had wings like a dove! I would flee away." The bird longs to be out of the cage, although it is adorned with pearl and ornamented with gold.

The world, to a godly man, is but a beautiful prison. Nor can he love his fetters, which detain him there, although they are made of gold. He sends his heart to Heaven, before his body is set free, "Setting your affections on things above."

The trees of righteousness, when they grow together, nourish each other in godliness; the communion of saints promotes fruitfulness. By Christian fellowship, knowledge is increased, faith is strengthened, and evidences are cleared. But when the trees which are planted in the garden of the Lord stand at a distance from each other, there is neither communion nor fruitfulness.

The godly in this life are like scattered pearls — they lie distant from each other, and are dispersed into several regions. But there is a day coming, when God will gather his saints "unto him" as one places his pearls on a string. "In the day that he makes up his jewels!"

A believer triumphs more in the imputed righteousness of Christ, than if he had Adam's righteousness in innocency, nay, than if he had the angels' righteousness, for now he has the righteousness of God! "That we might be made the righteousness of God in him."