The Losers In Death – sermon


The following sermon outline is a portion of a larger sermon by the well known and loved Puritan preacher, Thomas Watson. It is an excerpt out his sermon entitled, The Death of the Righteous.

The Losers in Death (a retitled excerpt)
by Thomas Watson  (Taken from sermon, The Death of the Righteous)

The godly are great gainers at death—but the wicked are great losers at death.

They lose four things:

1.They lose the WORLD;

and that is a great loss to the wicked. They laid up their treasure upon earth, and to be turned out of it all at once is a great loss.

2. They lose their SOULS.

Matt 16:26, 27. The soul was at first a noble piece of coin, upon which God stamped his own image. This celestial spark is more precious than the whole globe of the world; but the sinner's soul is lost: not that the souls of the wicked are annihilated at death—but tormented.

3. They lose HEAVEN.

Heaven is the royal seat of the blessed; it is the region of happiness, the map of perfection. There is the manna which is angels' food; there is the garden of spices, the bed of perfumes, the river of pleasure. Sinners at death, lose all these.

4. They lose all HOPE.

Though they lived wickedly, they hoped God would be merciful, and they hoped they would go to heaven. Their hope was not an anchor—but a spider's web. At death they lose their hopes, and see they did but flatter themselves into hell. "Such is the destiny of all who forget God; so perishes the hope of the godless. What he trusts in is fragile; what he relies on is a spider's web." Job 8:13-14. It is dreadful to have life and hope cut off together! "The hopes of the godly result in happiness, but the expectations of the wicked are all in vain." Proverbs 10:28. "When a wicked man dies, his hope perishes." Proverbs 11:7. "The desire of the righteous ends only in good, but the hope of the wicked only in wrath." Proverbs 11:23.


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