Tag Archives: Beatitudes

3 reasons why God makes a man poor in spirit

Here’s Thomas Watson again with three reasons why God makes a man poor in spirit: It is God’s usual method to make a man poor in spirit, and then fill him with the graces of the Spirit. As we deal … Continue reading

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7 ways believers are already blessed

The fifth anniversary of my blog Transforming Grace is coming up in December. It all started because I wanted somewhere to keep my notes from Thomas Watson’s Exposition of the Beatitudes.  It took me 11 months to read it the … Continue reading

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Liturgy for the Sermon on the Mount

I’m preaching through the sermon on the mount and as always have liturgy to match the sermon series.  I’ve used Jesus’ sermon structure to pattern what we say: the beatitudes, the law, confession. Remember us, O Lord, When you come … Continue reading

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What Jesus meant by salt and light. Lessons for Anglicanism.

When Jesus said to his disciples “You are the salt of the earth and the light of the world” it would have been crystal clear what he meant to a first century Jew, but to us it is little more … Continue reading

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Finished, at last

I’m finished! This is the last paragraph of Watson’s exposition of the beatitudes: Let me persuade all men cordially to embrace the ways of God. ‘His commandments are not grievous’. God never burdens us but that he may unburden us … Continue reading

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Why God’s law is not a burden

I am a slow reader. It’s been 11 months since I started my blog with a quote from Thomas Watson’s exposition of the beatitudes, and I’ve just reached the book’s appendix; “His commandments are not grievous.” I blogged last week … Continue reading

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How a love of Jesus enables suffering

Commenting on “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake”, Thomas Watson shows that it is the love of Christ and not stoicism which enables the true Christian believer to suffer for the righteousness of Christ: Love is passive; … Continue reading

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