A Divine Cordial

Thomas Watson

 

 

Table of Contents

 

Extract from Preface of 1663 & Introduction

 

Chapter One

THE BEST THINGS WORK FOR GOOD TO THE GODLY

1. The attributes of God.
2. The promises of God.
3. The mercies of God.
4. The graces of the Spirit.
5. The angels of God.
6. The communion of Saints.
7. The intercession of Christ.
8. The prayers of Saints.

 

Chapter Two

THE WORST THINGS WORK FOR GOOD TO THE GODLY

1. The evil of affliction.
2. The evil of temptation.
3. The evil of desertion.
4. The evil of sin.

 

Chapter Three

WHY ALL THINGS WORK FOR GOOD TO THE GODLY .

1. The reason why all things work for good.
2. Inferences from this proposition.

 

Chapter Four

OF LOVE TO GOD

    1. The nature of love.
    2. The ground of love.
    3. The kinds of love.
    4. The properties of love.
    5. The Use degrees of love.
       Use. A reproof to those who do not love God.

 

Chapter Five

THE TESTS OF LOVE TO GOD

 

 Chapter Six

AN EXHORTATION TO LOVE GOD

    1. An exhortation to become lovers of God
       — twenty motives for loving God.
    2. An exhortation to preserve your love to God.
    3. An exhortation to increase your love to God.

 

Chapter Seven

EFFECTUAL CALLING

    1. A distinction about calling.
    2. Our condition before we are called.
    3. The means of our effectual calling.
    4. The method God uses in calling sinners.
    5. The properties of this effectual calling.
    6. The end of effectual calling.
        Use. An exhortation to make your calling sure.

 

Chapter Eight

EXHORTATIONS TO THEM WHO ARE CALLED

1. Admire God’s free grace.
2. Pity those who are not yet called.
3. Walk worthy of your high calling.

 

 Chapter Nine

CONCERNING GOD’S PURPOSE

1. God’s purpose is the cause of salvation.
2. God
’s purpose is the ground of assurance.


Author

Thomas Watson was of the group known as Non-conformist. His date of birth is unknown but it is know that he died at Barnston in 1686. He was educated at Emanuel College, Cambridge, and in 1646 was appointed to preach at St Stephen's, Walbrook. He showed strong Presbyterian views during the civil war, with, however, an attachment for the king; because of his share in Love's plot to recall Charles II. He was imprisoned in 1651, but was released and reinstated vicar of St. Stephen's in 1652. He acquired fame as a preacher, but in 1662 was ejected at the Restoration. He continued to exercise his ministry privately. In 1672 after the declaration of indulgence he obtained a licence for Crosby Hall, where he preached for several years, until his retirement to Barnston upon the failure of his heath. Watson was a man of learning, and acquired fame by his quaint devotional and expository writings. of his many works may be mentioned, The Art of Divine Contentment (London, 1653); The Saint's Delight (1657); Jerusalem's Glory (1661); Divine Cordial (1663); The Godly Man's Picture (1666); The Holy Eucharist (1668); Heaven Taken by Storm (1669); and A Body of Practical Divinity; . . . One Hundred Seventy Six Sermons on the Lesser Catechism (1692).



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