Building on Jesus’s words that “the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force” (Matt. 11:12), Heaven Taken by Storm reminds us that Christians are spiritual warriors and the kingdom advances through warfare. As Watson puts it, “Our life is military. Christ is our Captain, the gospel is the banner, the graces are our spiritual artillery, and heaven is only taken in a forcible way.”
In his typically heart-searching style, replete with practical illustrations and gripping remarks, Watson describes how the Christian is to take the kingdom of heaven by holy violence through the reading and exposition of Scripture, prayer, meditation, self-examination, conversation, and the sanctification of the Lord’s Day. Moreover, he poignantly calls the believer to be vigilant against the flesh, Satan, and the world. Soldiers of Christ will find this a practical handbook on Christian living.
Taking the Kingdom of Heaven by Holy Violence
The Christian Offering Violence to Himself
Offering Violence by the Reading of the Word
Offering Violence by the Hearing of the Word
Offering Violence by Prayer
Offering Violence by Meditation
Offering Violence by Self-Examination
Offering Violence by Sanctifying the Lord’s Day
Offering Violence by Holy Conversation
The Christian Offering Violence to Satan
The Christian Offering Violence to the World
The Christian Offering Violence to Heaven
Arrows of Reproof to Those Not Offering Violence
Examining Whether We Are Offering Violence
Objections against Offering Violence
Motives for Exhorting All Christians to Offer Violence
Take Heed of Hindrances to Offering Violence
Directions on How to Promote Offering Violence
Conclusion: What Shall We Do?
Appendix 1: The Happiness of Drawing Near to God
Appendix 2: How We May Read the Scriptures with Most Spiritual Profit
“Watson’s profound spirituality, terse style, and beauty of expression make him one of the most irresistible, quotable, and devotional of all the Puritans.”
—Joel R. Beeke, president of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
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