Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Watson: "Beware of the society of the wicked"
I continued my preaching series last Sunday through the Beatitudes with “Blessed are the pure in heart.” Still using Thomas Watson’s exposition as a guide. Watson provides discussion of 8 means to provide heart-purity. One of these is: “Take heed to familiar converse and intercourse with the wicked.” Along the way he also addresses those who would protest that they might have worldly companions, since Jesus kept company with sinners. Here are Watson’s comments:
Take heed of familiar converse and intercourse with the wicked. One vain mind makes another. One hard heart makes another. The stone in the body is not infectious, but the stone in the heart is. One profane spirit poisons another. Beware of the society of the wicked.
Some may object: But what hurt is in this? Did not Jesus converse with sinners? (Luke 5: 29).
(i) There was a necessity for that. If Jesus had not come among sinners, how could any have been saved? He went among sinners, not to join with them in their sins. He was not a companion of sinners but a physician of sinners.
(ii) Though Christ did converse with sinners, he could not be polluted with their sin. His divine nature was a sufficient antidote to preserve him from infection. Christ could be no more defiled with their sin than the sun is defiled by shining on a dunghill. Sin could no more stick on Christ than a burr on a glass of crystal. The soil of his heart was so pure that no viper of sin could breed there. But the case is altered with us. We have a stock of corruption within and the least thing will increase this stock. Therefore it is dangerous mingling ourselves among the wicked. If we would be pure in heart let us shun their society. He that would preserve his garment clean avoids the dirt. The wicked are as the mire (Isaiah 57:20). The fresh waters running among the salt taste brackish.