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Discourses on Important and Interesting Subjects

by Thomas Watson


TT is sufficiently known to all that have any acquaintance with the histories of the church, that many valuable and useful ministers were ejected for Non-conformity, by the act of Uniformity in the' reign of king Charles II. which took place, August 24th, 1662. Among others, the Reverend Mr Thomas Watson was ejected from his charge, at St. Stephen's, Walbrook, London; whose character is given by the Reverend Dr. Edmund Calamy, in his Abridgments, vol. II. p. 37; and is as follows:

"From St. Stephen's, Walbrook. Mr Thomas '' Watson; he was of Emanuel College in Cam"bridge, where he was noted for being a hard stu'' dent; one so well known in the city, viz. Lon"don, for his piety and usefulness, that though he '• was singled out by the Friendly Debate, he yet "carried a general respect for all sober persons a'' long with him to his grave. A memorable pass"age, which I have from good hands, must not "be passed by: When Mr. Watson was in the "pulpit, on a lecture-day, before the Bartholo"mew act took place, among other hearers, there


<c came in that Reverend and learned Prelate, Bi"shop Richardson, who was so well pleased with "his sermon, but especially with his prayer after "it, that he followed him home, to give him "thanks; and earnestly desired a copy of his "prayer. Alas! said Mr Watson, that is what I ** cannot give; for I do not use to pen my pray"ers; it was no studied thing, but uttered as God '• enabled me from the abundance of my heart and "affections, pro re nata. Upon which the good "Bishop went away wondering that any man "could pray in that manner, ex tempore. After "his ejectment, he continued in the exercise of '* the ministry in the city, as providence gave op"portunity, for many years: but', his strength "wearing away, he retired into Essex, and there "died suddenly, in his closet, at prayer."

1 Cor. iii. 21, 22, 23.

For all things are yours, whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours, and ye are Christ's and Christ is God's.


The Porch or Entrance into the words, together with the Proposition.

TXAPPINESS is the mark and centre which every man aims at. The next thing that is sought after Being, is being happy; and surely, the nearer the soul comes to God, who is the fountain of life and peace, the nearer it approacheth to happiness; and who so near to God as the believer, who is mystically one with him? he must needs'be the happy man: and if you would survey his blessed estate, cast your eyes upon this text, which points to it, as the finger to the dial: ' For all things are yours." The text may not unfitly be compared to the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month; there are many precious clusters growing out of this text, and being skilfully improved, will yield much excellent fruit.

In the words we have the inventory of a christian, *'All things are yours:' A strange paradox! When a believer can call nothing his, yet he can say, all things are his. I have often thought a poor christian that lives in a prison, or some old cottage, is like the usurer, who, though he goes poor, and can hardly find himself bread, yet hath thousands out at use: so it is with a child of God, ' as having nothing, yet possessing all things' What once the philosopher said, Only the wise man is the rich man; gave me leave to say, only the believer is the rich man; here is his estate summed up, 'all things are his.'

Obj. Before I come to the words, there is an objection must be removed; If all things are ours, there seems to be a community; what is one man's is another's.

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