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Perseverance is Comforting - by Michael Phillips
Perseverance of the Saints - Part 6 of 8
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1 Peter 1:5
Sep 17, 2003 pm - The topic of tonight's study is Thomas Watson on the Perseverance of the Saints. Watson was a Puritan pastor and author. We're looking at a chapter in his fine book, A Body of Divinity, first published in 1692 and as useful today as it was way back then. In the standard Puritan way, Watson begins by defining his doctrine, then he proves it from the Bible, replies to a few objections, and now-near the end-he starts applying it to our lives. To his way of thinking, theology is practical; doctrine affects your life. We don't learn doctrine just to know it, but to be better disciples of Jesus Christ. In his first application, he mostly praised God for the perseverance of His people. In the second use, he aims to comfort us with the doctrine. THE CONSOLATION For consolation. The doctrine of perseverance is a sovereign cordial to keep up the spirits of the godly from fainting. There is nothing more that troubles a child of God than the fear he cannot hold out. But once in Christ forever in Christ! A believer can fall from some degree of grace, but he cannot fall from the state of grace. An Israelite could never wholly lose his inheritance, so our inheritance cannot be wholly lost to us. ... More >>>

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