Friday, July 20, 2012

The Word Preached

Thomas Watson:

"The Word preached is the engine God uses to effect repentance. It is compared to a hammer and to a fire (Jer. 23:29), the one to break, the other to melt the heart. How great a blessing it is to have the Word, which is of such virtue, dispensed! And how hard they who put out the lights of heaven will find to escape hell."

"The Word written is a repository in which God has laid up sovereign oils and balsams to recover sick souls; and the Word preached is the pouring out of these oils, and applying them to the sick patient."