Quotes From Thomas Watson, The Doctrine of Repentance
Luke 24:45-47 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, (46) and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, (47) and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
I am reading The Doctrine of Repentance by Thomas Watson (1668) and it is great. I have to share some of the quotes I am coming across in it as they really nail down what real repentance is: [If you have a Kindle, you can get the Works of Thomas Watson for only $3.99; at least most of his works are included and very well indexed. He is one of the most readable of the Puritans] —
- Repentance is purgative (i.e., purifying); fear not the working of this pill.
- Moist tears dry up sin and quench the wrath of God.
- Either sin must drown (in tears) or the soul burn.
- It is better to go with difficulty to heaven, than with ease to hell.
- Tomorrow may be our dying day; let this be our repenting day.
- When the Apostle Paul was savingly worked upon, he labored to do as much good as previously he had done hurt.
- Repentance is a foundation grace…. Any religion which is not built upon it must fall to the ground.
- The apostles did all beat upon this string: They went out and preached that men should repent (Mark 6:12).
- Self-love raises a sickbed repentance. But if he recovers, the love of sin will prevail against it. Such a passionate resolution is raised in a storm, and will die in a calm.
Well that is just a sample. I hope it moves you to read Watson’s book. Let me leave off with the following paragraph from him which emphasizes the rich mercy of God in Christ toward us:
“Repentance is a pure gospel grace. The covenant of works admitted no repentance; there it was, sin and die. Repentance came in by the gospel. Christ has purchased in his blood that repenting sinners shall be saved. The law required personal, perfect, and perpetual obedience. It cursed all who could not come up to this: ‘Cursed is everyone that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them’ (Gal. 3.10). It does not say, he that obeys not all things, let him repent, but, let him be cursed. Thus repentance is a doctrine that has been brought to light only by the gospel.”
Watson, Thomas (2011-08-25). The Essential Works Of Thomas Watson (Kindle Locations 5836-5840). GLH Publishing. Kindle Edition.