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The Godly Man’s Picture: study 1 by Travis Evans
October 27, 2006, 10:56 am
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by Mike Plewniak, contributor

“The soul being so precious, and salvation so glorious, it is the highest point of prudence to make preparations for another world.” What a great way to begin a book. As we endeavor to study godliness and to become holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16), what a reminder that we are preparing for another world. This earth is not our home. The question is raised: what truly matters in light of eternity? Watson’s thundering answer throughout this book: GODLINESS.

“What a rare thing godliness is!” I believe this is the case as much in our day (if not more) than in Watson’s day. To be godly is to have “exact harmony between holy principles and practices.” What a hard balance I’ve found this to be — grace-motivated, Christ-minded, work with all your might, no days off allowed godliness. How do we get there? When does “work with all your might” become self-sufficient? When does “grace-motivated” become lazy and licentious? These are the kind of questions Watson will help us to answer. Rarely a page will go by without being pointed to the cross, and rarely will a page go by without being challenged to love more, work more, be more passionate, study more, hate sin more, repent more, and rejoice more.

“Godliness puts a man in heaven before his time.” My prayer is that we would love being godly men. As we seek to grow in all these areas, let us depend on God more, cry out to God more, love the cross more as we see our insufficiencies more. As we experience grace to change, may it give us a taste of heaven here on earth. Watson reminds us that what we are doing in growing in godliness is not a secondary issue. It is our call as a Christian. “This is the grand business that should swallow up your time and thoughts.”

Ch. 1 — As Watson charts his course for our journey, he begins at the right place — forgiveness in the cross of Christ. No matter where you are today, remember that if you have repented and believed in Jesus Christ, you have been forgiven much. This is an act of God’s free grace. It has removed our guilt and pardoned us from our deserved penalty. It can only be found in the blood of Jesus Christ. This is the foundation for all our efforts. This is the foundation of our hope of change. This is the foundation of our desire to change. THIS IS OUR FOUNDATION FOR LIFE!

I want to encourage you to study, meditate on, memorize, and preach the gospel to yourself everyday. Here is the effect of doing that, “guilt clips the wings of prayer so that it cannot fly to the throne of grace, but forgiveness breeds confidence. He who has his pardon may look his prince in the face with comfort.” As we study godliness, we are going to need confidence to approach the throne of grace. That’s Christ. He is our confidence. Practice preaching the gospel to yourself this week. There is no better preparation for what we are seeking to do.

Assignment for next week: Chs. 2-3 (pages 12-19)

Note:I would love to hear your highlights from this book as we go along. Feel free to leave comments on what stuck out to you from the pages we read each week.

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Mike, I’m looking forward to getting into this book. You quoted page 13 at Anthem I think: “A man has no more power to change himself than to create himself.” So, we rely on the spirit and then yeild fruit. Not just do deeds, but yeild fruit. Like page 12 says, “The moralist’s religion is all in the leaf; it consists only in externals, but godliness is a holy sap which is rooted in the soul.”
Thomas asks on page 15 “But why do persons content themselves with a show of godliness?” and Answers “This helps to keep up their fame…Men are amitious of credit, and wish to gain repute in the world….” And this next part is strong: (p16)”What good will it do a man when he is in hell that others think he has gone to heaven? Oh, beware of this! Counterfeit piety is double iniquity.”

These first two chapters really challenged me to a more deep and real faith. I HATE when I am not sincere in my service to God, and when I try to please and impress people. Even now I know theres a temptation to that on this blog comment (Im pretty desperate). But Christ is faithful always when he reveals sin to remind me of his perfect forgiveness.

Thanks Thomas Watson, even though you’re dead and can’t hear me, for this book. It’s going to serve me well.

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Mike, I’m looking forward to getting into this book. You quoted page 13 at Anthem I think: “A man has no more power to change himself than to create himself.” So, we rely on the spirit and then yeild fruit. We dont just do deeds. We yeild fruit. Like page 12 says, “The moralist’s religion is all in the leaf; it consists only in externals, but godliness is a holy sap which is rooted in the soul.”
Thomas asks on page 15 “But why do persons content themselves with a show of godliness?” and Answers “This helps to keep up their fame…Men are amitious of credit, and wish to gain repute in the world….” And this next part is strong: (p16)”What good will it do a man when he is in hell that others think he has gone to heaven? Oh, beware of this! Counterfeit piety is double iniquity.”

These first two chapters really challenged me to a more deep and real faith. I HATE when I am not sincere in my service to God, and when I try to please and impress people just by outward appearances of religion. Even now I know theres a temptation to that on this blog comment! But Christ is faithful always when he reveals sin to remind me of his perfect forgiveness.

Thanks Thomas Watson, even though you’re dead and can’t hear me, for this book. It’s going to serve me well.

Comment by joshcan

I love to say everything twice.

Comment by joshcan

I love to say everything twice.

Comment by joshcan

joshcan = hired

Comment by Jonathan Kelfer

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