Saturday, February 22, 2014

Choice Quotes on Grace, and the Graces of the Spirit

by Thomas Watson

Grace is the work of the Spirit; comfort is the seal of the Spirit. The work of the Spirit, goes before the seal

The graces of the Spirit are compared to water, "For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground. I will pour my Spirit on your seed, and my blessing on your offspring."
The comforts of the Spirit are compared to oil, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, to give the oil of joy for mourning." 

First God pours in the water of the Spirit, and then comes the oil of gladness; hereby we shall know whether our comforts are true and genuine. Some talk of the comforting Spirit, who never had the sanctifying Spirit; they boast of assurance — but never had grace. God's Spirit will never set seal to a blank. The heart must first be an epistle written with the finger of the Holy Spirit — and then it is sealed with the Spirit of promise.

Saving grace is the infusion of new and holy principles into the heart, whereby it is changed from what it was, and is made after God's heart. Grace infuses . . .
light into the understanding,
tenderness into the conscience,
consent into the will,
harmony into the affections!

Yes, grace is like leaven, pervading the whole man, until all is leavened.

Grace satisfies; other riches cannot, "He who loves silver shall not be satisfied with silver — this is also vanity." Riches can no more fill the heart, than a triangle can fill a circle; but grace fills up every crevice.

Grace is a string of pearls, with which the Church (Christ's Bride) is adorned.

The heart inlaid and enameled with grace, is like the "king's daughter, all glorious within." A gracious soul is the image of God, curiously drawn with the pencil of the Holy Spirit. A heart beautified with grace is God's lesser Heaven. "I dwell in the high and lofty place, with him also who is of a contrite and humble spirit."

Grace is the flower of the soul, which Christ delights to savor. Grace is to the soul, what . . .
the eye is to the body,
the sun to the world,
the diamond to the ring. 

A soul decked with grace is as the dove, covered with silver wings and golden feathers.

Grace makes the heart a spiritual temple, which has this inscription on it, "Holiness unto the Lord!"

Grace gives us conformity to Christ — and communion with Christ, "Our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ." A man full of grace, has Christ in his heart and the world under his feet. Grace humbles — yet elevates.

Grace is aromatic; it embalms the names of the pious. A Christian, when he dies, carries a good conscience with him, and leaves a good name behind him.

All the graces display themselves in their beauty. Hope is the "helmet," meekness is the "the ornament," love is the "bond of perfectness."

The believers' graces are . . .
weapons to defend them,
wings to elevate them,
jewels to enrich them,
spices to perfume them,
stars to adorn them,
cordials to revive them, and
evidences for Heaven when death is near.

Grace is Christ's portrait drawn on the soul.

A soul beautified with grace is like the firmament, bespangled with brilliant stars.

Grace is the rich embroidery and workmanship of the Holy Spirit; it is the sacred unction; it is a distinguishing blessing. Christ gave Judas his purse, not his Spirit — grace being a seal of love and an earnest of glory.

Grace does not lie in the heart like a stone in the earth — but as seed which will spring up, "first the blade, then the ear, then the full-grown corn in the car."

The more we grow in grace, the more we shall flourish in glory. Though every vessel of glory shall be full — yet some vessels hold more than others. He whose pound gained ten, was made ruler over ten cities. If any shall follow the Lamb in whiter and larger robes of glory than others, they shall be such as have shone most in grace here.

When grace flourishes — sin cannot thrive.

Grace is the beauty of holiness, Psalm 110:3.

Grace changes the language of the Christian, and makes it spiritual. The body is the temple of God; the tongue is the organ of this temple. "The tongue of the just is as choice silver." He drops silver sentences, enriching others with knowledge. "A good man, out of the good treasure of his heart, brings forth good things." "Their mouth is a well-spring of wisdom." Is a man known to what country he belongs, by his language, so he who belongs to the Jerusalem above speaks the language of Canaan.

God's children have various degrees of grace. Some are little children, who only feed upon the milk of the gospel. Others are young men grown to maturity. Others are fathers who are ready to take their degree in glory. Each have the vitality of godliness. 

The Scriptures speak both of the cedar and of the bruised reed: each is a plant of God's creation —  each of his care; so the weakest plant in God's garden of the Church is equally regarded by him with the strongest. God can read the work of his Spirit on the soul which has received the dimmest impression.

Reason makes us men; grace makes us saints.

The river of grace can never be dried up, for the Spirit of God is the spring which feeds it.

God makes grace nourish most in the fall of the leaf. Psalm 92:14.