A WORD FROM WATSON

The name "Watson" usually is associated with G. D. Watson, a popular holiness author. Few people have had any exposure to Richard Watson, the first Methodist to publish a systematic theology. We think part of the problem is that the wrong Watson has been reprinted and read. This is the fourth extraction from Richard Watson to be published in this magazine.

The Christianizing of the world is no novel thought. The plan is not ours. In a word, we expect success, because God has formed a scheme of universal redemption, to be gradually but fully developed. We expect success because "to us a son is given."

"The government" is placed "upon his shoulder." This is another ground of confidence. All power is given to him. All things are put under him.

We can see nothing of strangeness and improbability in the conversion of the world to discourage us, when we read that the name of our Lord and Leader is "Wonderful."

While he bears the title of the "Counsellor," he who giveth counsel will guide us by his wisdom in all our efforts and plans.

Powerful as the opposition may be to his truth, we see it overcome. We see with joy his foot on the necks of his enemies; for he is "the mighty God," and the people must fall under him.

We derive, too, no small encouragement from his title, "the Father of the eternal age." The great Originator of all the blessings and comforts will not disown an institution which seeks his glory and the promotion of his designs.

Lastly, if we wanted encouragement and motive in this work, we should find it in that endearing title, "the Prince of peace," and the corresponding declaration, "Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end." This terminates the whole in a manner most glorious to God and most hopeful to man.


[edited from Richard Watson, "The Remedy of the Misery of the World." Sermons and Sketches of Sermons. 2 vols. (New York: Lane & Scott, 1851), 2:298-9. The sermon text is Isaiah 9:2-7].


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