The Godly Man’s Picture: study 2 by Travis Evans
November 3, 2006, 6:50 pm
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by Mike Plewniak

As we continue our study of Thomas Watson’s “The Godly Man’s Picture”, we are going to look at chs. 2-3 this week.

Watson defines godliness for us, a very helpful thing since that is what we are desiring to be. “Godliness is the sacred impression and workmanship of God in a man, whereby from being carnal he is made spiritual.” Godliness is a work of God transforming us from darkness into light. This happens instantaneously at conversion, yet there is a residual effect of the darkness that we must constantly work at removing (work, mind you, dependent upon God’s spirit and grace). Godliness is moving (and being moved) from self to God in every area. From impurity to purity. From sin to holiness.

Watson gives us these points about Godliness: it is real, it is inside of us (not just an external show), it is supernatural, it is extensive (it reaches all areas of our life), it is intense, it is glorious, and it is permanent. My thought: IT IS IMPORTANT! Godliness is not a side issue for us as Christians. With that in mind, here are a few Plew points on Godliness for men: it is daily, it is a battle, it hurts, it’s not always fun, it goes against the current of our culture, it’s not applauded by friends or family, it may cost you, your pride won’t like it, and you don’t have the option to quit. Sound too hard? Feel weak? Luckily, God promises “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” What a promise. Before we even start. Before we even read the characteristics of a godly man. Before we know what is coming our way, THERE IS GRACE waiting for us. On each page of this book, you will turn the page and experience grace.

When I was a kid, we use to drive across the country. About 18 hours into the trip, we would hit the wonderfully boring state of Kansas. It was flat and it was windy. I remember seeing rain storms in front of us on the road. You could see the rain coming towards us (or, I guess we were driving towards it) and it would look like a large wall about to overtake our car. God’s grace is a flood of power that will drench your soul as you step out to follow and obey him. With the turn of each page, you are driving into a wall of grace. Okay, enough attempts at bad poetry and back to the book.

Ch. 3 summary: Don’t be a hypocrite. “What good will it do a man when he is in hell that others think he has gone to heaven?” You can’t fool God. “The hypocrite deceives others while he lives, but deceives himself when he dies.” To be a hypocrite is to get all your rewards on earth. It is to miss the rewards of heaven. It is to trade the applause of God for the applause of man. As Watson says, the hypocrite will “never have the privilege of sitting in the senate house of heaven.”

Let me end this week with this quote from Watson: “Christian, if you mourn for hypocrisy, yet find this sin so potent that you cannot get the mastery of it, go to Christ. Beg of him that he would subdue this sin, and put it under the yoke. Beg of Christ to exercise his spiritual surgery upon you. Desire him to lance your heart and cut out the rotten flesh, and that he would apply the medicine of his blood to heal you of your hypocrisy.”

Assignment for next week: Ch. 4, section 1. Pages 20-28.


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lonely comments page. Really good post, plew. That last quote was the highlight of the chapters for me.

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