I have been reading Thomas Watson’s The Godly Man’s Picture this week. Watson defines godliness by saying,
Godliness is the sacred impression and workmanship of God in man, whereby from being carnal he is made spiritual.
He goes on to say,
When godliness is wrought in a person, he does not receive a new soul, but he has ‘another spirit’ (Num. 14:24). The faculties are not new, but the qualities are; the strings are the same, but the tune is corrected.
Watson then gives seven propositions concerning godliness:
(1) Godliness is a real thing
It is not a fantasy, but a fact. A Christian is no enthusiast, one whose religion is all made up of fancy.
(2) Godliness is an intrinsic thing
It lies chiefly in the heart. 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.
(3) Godliness is a supernatural thing
By nature we inherit nothing but evil, but godliness is the wisdom from above. It is given by the Spirit because a man has no more power to change himself than to create himself.
(4) Godliness is an extensive thing
He who is godly is good all over. Godliness is a sacred leaven that spreads itself into the whole soul.
(5) Godliness is an intense thing
It does not lie in dead formality and indifference, but is vigorous and flaming. He whose devotion is inflamed is godly and his heart boils over in holy affections.
(6) Godliness is a glorious thing
As the jewel to the ring, so is piety to the soul, bespangling it in God’s eyes.
(7) Godliness is a permanent thing
A blush of godliness is not enough to distinguish a Christian, but godliness must be the temper and complexion of the soul. Godliness is a fixed thing.
Today’s post was adapted from Thomas Watson’s The Godly Man’s Picture, pp. 12-14. You can pick up a copy by clicking here.