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The Lord's Supper (Puritan Paperbacks) Paperback – March 1, 2004
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About the Author
Thomas Watson (c. 1620-1686), the Puritan preacher and author, was probably born in Yorkshire, although the exact place and date of his birth are unknown. He studied at Emmanuel College, Cambridge (BA, 1639; MA, 1642), where he was apparently a diligent student. Certainly his intellect is apparent in his writings, which show a profound grasp of the English language, as well as a solid understanding of Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. He quotes from the early church fathers, and his familiarity with the breadth of the scriptural canon is stunning. Cross-references from the entire biblical corpus are sprinkled throughout his sermons, revealing a deep understanding of many texts obscure to most modern day Bible students. A solid understanding of history, botany, medicine, physics, the classics, logic, and various trades are revealed in his sermons.
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"If a woman saw the sword that killed her husband, how hateful would that sight of it be to her! Do we count that sin light which made Christ's soul heavy unto death?"
These are the kind of pithy, down-home, practical statement that Watson so often uses to communicate very profound insights of what is a pastoral theology of the Puritans. He exploration of the Lord's Supper is masterful, soul-stirring, and communicates very clearly today, centuries after the author wrote.
I noted a blurring of the justification/sanctification issue, a common trait of Puritans, old and new. It's the basic, "you'll know you've been justified if you're acting sanctified." I found the change of flow to be distracting from the masterful discussion and exhortation on the Lord's Supper.
Nonetheless, a wonderful little work on the a profound, gracious sacrament--the Lord's Supper!