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The Potter's Clay

Scripture, Theology, the Christian worldview, and other ramblings.

01 August 2007

What is the chief end of man?


--Thomas Watson, "Body of Divinity"

Question: What is the chief end of man?

Answer: Man's chief end is to glorify God,
and to enjoy Him forever.

"My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When
can I go and meet with God?" Psalm 42:2

Is the enjoyment of God in this life so sweet? How
wicked are those who prefer the enjoyment of their
lusts, before the enjoyment of God! 'The lust of the
flesh, the lust of the eye, the pride of life,' is the
evil trinity they worship.

Lust is an inordinate desire or impulse, provoking the
soul to that which is evil. Lust, like a feverish heat, puts
the soul into a flame. Aristotle calls sensual lusts, brutish,
because, when any lust is violent--reason and conscience
cannot be heard. These lusts besot and brutalize the man.

How many make it their chief end, not to enjoy God--but
to enjoy their lusts! Lust first bewitches with pleasure--and
then comes the fatal dart! This should be a flaming sword
to stop men in the way of their carnal delights--Who, for
a drop of pleasure, would drink a sea of wrath?

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3 Comments:

Blogger Nathan White said...

Hey Joe,

Hope you are well. I enjoyed this post, but it caught my eye because I don't remember reading this in my own copy of Watson's BOD. Which version/page did you get this from? Maybe it's in another section, and I'd like to find it.

Thanks, bro!

18 October, 2007 16:46  
Blogger Joe L. said...

Hey Nate, good to hear from you! I don't blog much anymore, so it is nice to hear from old blogger friends. :-)

The quote is from the Banner of Truth edition (1992 reprint), page 21 under Use 1.

I get these quotes as well from Grace Gems. They send a daily email with some great quotes, and Thomas Watson is one of them.

Hope all is well with you and your family!

God bless,
Joe

20 October, 2007 09:01  
Blogger Nathan White said...

Thanks, Joe. You had me worried there for a minute. I don't have the Banner of Truth edition (SDP instead), and I had already wondered if it was edited. But I found it! It is under 'Use 1', way down below the actual question, and where I hadn't read to yet. Awesome stuff!

Oh, and I do still stop by every now and then. You material is always top notch.

Thanks again

20 October, 2007 12:53  

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