Thomas Watson

Thomas WatsonThomas Watson (1620-1686) was an English non-conformist Puritan preacher and author.

He was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he was noted for remarkably intense study. 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. Notwithstanding 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. He was buried on 28 July 1686. [More via Wikipedia] [An excellent biography via Five Solas]

 The Complete Works of Thomas Watson:

The Art of Divine Contentment. Philippians 4:11. (268 pages)
[pdf epub mobi web via Google Books; txt web via CCEL]

The Beatitudes. Matthew 5:1-12. (307 pages)
[txt mobi web via CCEL]

A Body of Practical Divinity, Volume 1. (568 pages)
[pdf epub mobi web via Internet Archive; txt web via CCEL]
Sermons on the Lesser Catechism.  Includes the following:

  1. A Preliminary Discourse to Catechising – pdf, 6 pp.
  2. Man’s Chief End is to Glorify God – pdf, 22 pp.
  3. Of the Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16) – pdf, 13 pp.
  4. That There is a God – pdf, 8 pp.
  5. God is a Spirit (John 4:24) – pdf, 6 pp.
  6. God is Infinite – pdf, 6 pp.
  7. Of the Knowledge of God (1 Samuel 2:3) – pdf, 7 pp.
  8. Of the Eternity of God (Psalm 110:2) – pdf, 6 pp.
  9. God’s Unchangeableness (Malachi 3:6) – pdf, 7 pp.
  10. Of the Wisdom of God (Job 9:4) – pdf, 6 pp.
  11. Of God’s Power (Job 9:19) – pdf, 6 pp.
  12. Of the Holiness of God (Exodus 15:11) – pdf, 6 pp.
  13. Of God’s Justice – pdf, 6 pp.
  14. The Mercy of God – pdf, 7 pp.
  15. Of the Truth of God (Deuteronomy 32:4) – pdf, 5 pp.
  16. But One God (Deuteronomy 6:4) – pdf, 6 pp.
  17. Of the Trinity (1 John 5:7) – pdf, 6 pp.
  18. Of the Creation – pdf, 7 pp.
  19. The Providence of God – pdf, 11 pp.
  20. The Covenant of Works – pdf, 5 pp.
  21. Concerning Sin – pdf, 16 pp.
    1. What is Sin? (1 John 3:4)
    2. Adam’s Sin (Genesis 3:6)
    3. Original Sin (Romans 5:12)
  22. Man’s Misery by the Fall (Ephesians 2:3) – pdf, 6 pp
  23. The Covenant of Grace (Isaiah 55:3) – pdf, 8 pp
  24. Christ, the Mediator of the Covenant (Hebrews 12:24) – pdf, 6 pp.
  25. Christ, a Prophet (Deuteronomy 18:15) – pdf, 7 pp.
  26. Christ’s Priestly Office – pdf, 6 pp.
  27. Christ’s Intercession (Romans 8:34) – pdf, 9 pp.
  28. Christ’s Kingly Office (Revelation 19:16) – pdf, 6 pp.
  29. Christ’s Humiliation in His Incarnation (1 Timothy 3:16) – pdf, 12 pp.
  30. Christ’s Exaltation (Philippians 2:9) – pdf, 7 pp.
  31. Christ the Redeemer – pdf, 6 pp.
  32. Of Faith (Galatians 2:20) – pdf, 6 pp.
  33. Effectual Calling (Romans 8:30) – pdf, 6 pp.
  34. Of Justification (Romans 3:24) – pdf, 6 pp.
  35. Of Adoption (John 1:12) – pdf, 9 pp.
  36. Of Sanctification (1 Thessalonians 4:3) – pdf, 10 pp.
  37. Of Assurance (2 Peter 1:10) – pdf, 11 pp.
  38. Of Peace (1 Peter 1:2) – pdf, 6 pp.
  39. Of Joy (Galatians 5:22) – pdf, 7 pp.
  40. Growth in Grace (2 Peter 3:18) – pdf, 7 pp.
  41. Of Perseverance (1 Peter 1:5) – pdf, 12 pp.
  42. A Believer’s Privilege at Death (3 sermons on Philippians 1:21) – pdf, 17 pp.
  43. Of the Resurrection (John 5:28-29) – pdf, 6 pp.
  44. Of the Day of Judgment (1 Corinthians 5:10) – pdf, 7 pp.
  45. Of Obedience to God’s Revealed Will (Deuteronomy 27:9-10) – pdf, 6 pp.
  46. Of Love – pdf, 7 pp.
  47. The Preface to the Ten Commandments (7 sermons on Exodus 20:1-2) – pdf, 35 pp.
  48. Of the First Commandment (Exodus 20:3) – pdf, 17 pp.
  49. Of the Second Commandment (5 sermons on Exodus 20:4-6) – pdf, 28 pp.
  50. Of the Third Commandment (Exodus 20:7) – pdf, 10 pp.
  51. Of the Fourth Commandment (4 sermons on Exodus 20:8-10) – pdf, 33 pp.
  52. Of the Fifth Commandment (3 sermons on Exodus 20:12) – pdf, 18 pp.
  53. Of the Sixth Commandment (3 sermons on Exodus 20:13) – pdf, 18 pp.
  54. Of the Seventh Commandment (Exodus 20:14) – pdf, 13 pp.
  55. Of the Eighth Commandment (Exodus 20:15) – pdf, 6 pp.
  56. Of the Ninth Commandment (Exodus 20:16) – pdf, 7 pp.
  57. Of the Tenth Commandment (Exodus 20:17) – pdf, 11 pp.
  58. Man’s Inability to Keep the Moral Law (James 3:2) – pdf, 6 pp.
  59. All Sins Not Equally Heinous (John 19:11) – pdf, 7 pp.
  60. What Sin Deserveth (Matthew 25:41) – pdf, 6 pp.
  61. Of Faith – pdf, 6 pp.
  62. Of Repentance (Acts 11:18) – pdf, 7 pp.
  63. The Word Read and Preached (1 Thessalonians 2:13) – pdf, 7 pp.

A Body of Practical Divinity, Volume 2. (590 pages)
[pdf epub mobi txt web via Internet Archive]
Includes following:

  1. Sermons on the Lesser Catechism:
    1. Of Baptism (Matthew 28:19) – pdf, 7 pp.
    2. Of the Lord’s Supper (3 sermons on Mark 14:22-24) – pdf, 18 pp.
    3. Of Prayer (Psalm 109:4) – pdf, 7 pp.
    4. Of the Preface to the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9) – pdf, 38 pp.
    5. Of the First Petition (Matthew 6:9) – pdf, 18 pp.
    6. Of the Second Petition (Matthew 6:9) – pdf, 103 pp.
    7. Of the Third Petition (Matthew 6:10) – pdf, 46 pp.
    8. Of the Fourth Petition (Matthew 6:11) – pdf, 16 pp.
    9. Of the Fifth Petition (3 sermons on Matthew 6:12; Luke 11:4) – pdf, 53 pp.
    10. Of the Sixth Petition (2 sermons on Matthew 6:13) – pdf, 81 pp.
  2. Various sermons:
    1. Of Wisdom and Innocency (Matthew 10:16) – pdf, 22 pp.
    2. Who are In Christ, are New Creatures (2 Corinthians 5:17) – pdf, 15 pp.
  3. The Art of Divine Contentment (Philippians 4:11) – pdf, 81 pp.
  4. Diverse discourses upon the following texts:
    1. James 3:6 – pdf, 12 pp.
    2. Galatians 6:9 – pdf, 6 pp.
    3. James 3:7 – pdf, 10 pp.
    4. Colossians 3:11 – pdf, 16 pp.
    5. Philippians 4:9 – pdf, 38 pp.

The Christian Soldier (or, Heaven Taken by Storm). (225 pages)
[pdf epub web via Google Books]
Based on Matthew 11:12.

Discourses on Important and Interesting Subjects, Volume 1. (637 pages) [pdf epub web via Google Books]
Longer treatises, containing the following:

  1. The Christian’s Charter of Privileges (1 Corinthians 3:21-32) – pdf, 144 pp.
  2. God’s Anatomy Upon Man’s Heart (Hebrews 4:13) – pdf, 24pp.
  3. The Saint’s Spiritual Delight (Psalm 1:2) – pdf, 25 pp.
    (Also available below in a high-quality updated edition.)
  4. A Christian on the Mount, or, A Treatise Concerning Meditation (Psalm 1:2) – pdf, 75 pp.
    (Also available below in a high-quality updated edition.)
  5. A Christian on Earth Still in Heaven (Psalm 139:18) – pdf, 19 pp.
    An appendix to “A Christian on the Mount”. (Also available below in a high-quality updated edition.)
  6. Christ’s Loveliness (Song of Solomon 5:16) – pdf, 33 pp.
  7. The Upright Man’s Character (Psalm 37:37) – pdf, 25 pp.
  8. The One Thing Necessary (Philippians 2:12) – pdf, 35 pp.
  9. The Godly Man’s Picture (Psalm 32:6) – pdf, 230 pp.

Discourses on Important and Interesting Subjects, Volume 2. (511 pages) [pdf epub web via Google Books] Thanks to Bill G. for finding this!
Containing the following:

  1. The Saint’s Desire to be with Christ (Philippians 1:23) – pdf, 20 pp.
  2. Discourses Upon Christ’s Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-10) – pdf, 378 pp.
  3. Of the Preciousness of the Soul (Matthew 16:26) – pdf, 94 pp.
    An appendix to The Beatitudes (above).

A Divine Cordial (or, “All Things for Good”). (128 pages) [txt web via CCEL]
An extensive and encouraging exposition of Romans 8:28.

The Doctrine of Repentance. (122 pages) [txt web via Grace Gems]

The Fight of Faith Crowned. (15 pages) [epub mobi web via Grace Gems]
Preached at the funeral of Henry Stubs (1678).

The Godly Man’s Picture. (230 pages) [pdf web via Google Books]
[pdf epub mobi via On the Wing] – very nice!
Based on Psalm 32:6

How We May Read the Scriptures with the Most Spiritual Profit. (34 pages)
[pdf epub web via Google Books]
[pdf epub mobi via On the Wing] – very nice, part of The Bible and The Closet, which also includes “Secret Prayer Successfully Managed” by Samuel Lee (1625-1691).

The Lord’s Prayer. (332 pages) [txt web via CCEL] [pdf via Servant of Messiah]

The Mischief of Sin. [mobi via Bring the Books]

Religion Our True Interest; or, The Great Gain of Godliness. (74 pages) [epub mobi txt web via Reed’s Lodge]

The Saint’s Spiritual Delight. (71 pages)
[pdf epub mobi web via On the Wing]
Psalm 1:2. Also includes “A Christian on the Mount” (or, “A Treatise on Meditation”, Psalm 1:2) and “A Christian on Earth Still in Heaven” (Psalm 139:18) in modernised language. Another high-quality republication by Pastor Bill Gross.

The Select Works of Thomas Watson. (800 pages) [pdf epub mobi web from Internet Archive]
Contains The Body of Divinity (see above), and the following individual titles:

  1. On Christian Prudence and Innocency (Matthew 10:16) – pdf, 13 pp.
  2. On Becoming a New Creature (2 Corinthians 5:17) – pdf, 10 pp.
  3. On the Evil Tongue (James 3:6) – pdf, 8 pp.
  4. Not Being Weary in Well-Doing (Galatians 6:9) – pdf, 4 pp.
  5. On Knowing Good and Not Doing It (James 4:17) – pdf, 7 pp.
  6. Christ is All in All (Colossians 3:11) – pdf, 11 pp.
  7. Farewell Discourse on His Ejection (Philippians 4:9) – pdf, 25 pp.
  8. The Art of Divine Contentment (Philippians 4:11) – pdf, 53 pp.
    (abridged)
  9. The Preciousness of the Soul (Matthew 16:26) – pdf, 6 pp.
  10. The Soul’s Malady and Cure (Luke 5:31) – pdf, 18 pp.
  11. The Beauty of Grace (1 Peter 1:2) – pdf, 8 pp.
  12. The Trees of Righteousness Blossoming and Bringing Forth Fruit (Philippians 1:11) – pdf, 9 pp.

The Ten Commandments. (245 pages) [txt web via CCEL]

Wise and Holy Sayings of Thomas Watson. (145 pages) A 19th century collection of favourite quotations of Thomas Watson, arranged topically. [pdf epub web via Google Books]