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True Religion – Our Business

True Religion – Our Business
Thomas Watson

“Don’t you know that I must be about My Father’s business?” Luke 2:49

These are the words of our Lord Jesus, whose lips dropped as a honeycomb. The occasion was this, Christ, having the Spirit of wisdom and sanctity poured out upon Him without measure, being but 12 years old, went to the temple and fell to disputing with the religious teachers, verse 46. Where should learning blossom, but upon that tree which bore several sorts of fruit? Who could better interpret secrets—than He who lay in His Father’s bosom, Colossians 2:9? According to Luke 2:47, “All who heard Him were astonished at His understanding.” Well might they admire—that He who had never been at the university should be able to silence the great religious teachers. John 7:15, “How did this man get such learning without having studied?”

While they were wondering, his mother, who now was come to seek Him, propounded this question, “Son, why have You thus dealt with us?” Luke 2:48. That is, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” In the words of the text, Christ made a rational and pious reply, “Didn’t you know I had to be about My Father’s business?” In the Greek it is “in the things of My Father.” It is as if Christ had said, “I must be doing the work which My Father in heaven has set Me about; for this I received My mission and unction, that I might do the will of Him who sent Me.” What am I in the world for but to promote His glory, propagate His truth, and be as a magnet to draw souls to heaven? “Didn’t you know I had to be about My Father’s business?” Continue reading

Formal Religion

Nothing is so dangerous to a man’s own soul. Familiarity with the form of religion, while we neglect its reality — has a fearfully deadening effect on the conscience. It brings up by degrees a thick crust of insensibility over the whole inner man.

Formal Religion

J.C. Ryle, 1878

“Having a form of godliness — but denying the power thereof.” 2 Timothy 3:5

“A man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man’s praise is not from men, but from God.” Romans 2:28-29

The texts which head this page deserves your serious attention at any time. I take it for granted that you have some religion. You are not an infidel. You profess and call yourself a Christian. Well, is your Christianity formal — or spiritual? Is religion with you a matter of form — or a matter of the heart? Is it form — or heart?

The question deserves especial notice in this age of the church and world. Never since the Lord Jesus Christ left the earth, was there so much formality and false profession, as there is at the present day. Now, if ever, we ought to examine ourselves, and search our religion, that we may know of what sort it is. Reader, let us find out whether our Christianity is a thing of form — or a thing of heart.   Continue reading