Free Friday! The Beatitudes

Happy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $14.95, is The Beatitudes by Thomas Watson. Click here to download.

The people thronged to hear Christ, and he would not dismiss the congregation without a sermon, but ‘seeing the multitude he went up’. Jesus Christ came from heaven as a factor for souls. He lay legier here awhile; preaching was his business. The people could not be so desirous to hear as he was to preach. He who treated faint bodies with compassion (Matthew 15:32), much more pitied dead souls. It was his ‘meat and drink, to do his Father’s will (John 4:34). ‘And seeing the multitude’, he goes up into the mount and preaches. This he did not only for the consolation of his hearers, but for the imitation of his ministers.

This Exposition of Matthew 5:1-12 offers fresh and instructive thoughts, even three hundred years later. The Beatitudes were a favorite topic of the Puritans—as they could show to best advantage a preacher’s gifts for sound doctrine, practical wisdom and heart-searching applications. Watson combines all of those traits in a terse, vigorous style with plenty of illustrations from everyday life.

Thomas Watson was born in England in 1620. He was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. In 1646 he commenced a sixteen year pastorate at St. Stephen’s, Walbrook. He showed strong Presbyterian views during the civil war, with, however, an attachment to the king, and in 1651 he was imprisoned briefly with some other ministers for his share in Christopher Love’s plot to recall Charles II of England. He was released on 30 June 1652, and was formally reinstated as vicar of St. Stephen’s Walbrook. He obtained great fame and popularity as a preacher until the Restoration, when he was ejected for nonconformity. Not withstanding the rigor of the acts against dissenters, Watson continued to exercise his ministry privately as he found opportunity. Upon the Declaration of Indulgence in 1672 he obtained a license to preach at the great hall in Crosby House. After preaching there for several years, his health gave way, and he retired to Barnston, Essex, where he died suddenly while praying in secret in 1686.

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