I’m hoping I got your attention with that title
I’ve been recently reading Watson’s treatise on the Lord’s Prayer. It has been good. You can find it in full here: https://ccel.org/ccel/watson/prayer/prayer.i.html
Watson wrote a few hundred years ago, and though the writing is somewhat archaic, I can generally get it, but at this certain point he has me flummoxed and I seek direction in understanding his point. I figure most of yall are smarter than me…
Midway through the preface - the section dealing with “Our Father which art in Heaven,” He writes (and the part I have a question about is the last sentence):
How does Christ preserve the saints’ graces, till they come to heaven?
(3) That God’s children cannot be disinherited, or put out of their right to the crown of heaven, is evident from their mystic union with Christ. Believers are incorporated into him; they are knit to him as members to the head, by the nerves and ligaments of faith, so that they cannot be broken off. ‘The church, which is his body.’ Eph 1: 22, 23. What was once said of Christ’s natural body, is as true of his mystic body. ‘A bone of it shall not be broken.’ As it is impossible to sever the leaven and the dough when they are once mingled and kneaded together, so it is impossible, when Christ and believers are once united, that they should ever, by the power of death or hell, be separated. Christ and his spiritual members make one Christ. Is it possible that any part of Christ should perish? How can Christ want any member of his mystic body and be perfect? Every member is an ornament to the body, and adds to the honour of it. How can Christ part with any mystic member, and not part with some of his glory too? By all this it is evident that God’s children must needs persevere in grace, and cannot be disinherited. If they could be disinherited, the Scripture could not be fulfilled, which tells us of glorious rewards for the heirs of promise. ‘Verily there is a reward for the righteous.’ Psa 58: 11. If God’s adopted children should fall away finally from grace, and miss of heaven, what reward would there be for the righteous? Moses indiscreetly looked for the recompense of the reward, and a door would be opened to despair."
Its this very last part: “Moses indiscreetly looked for the recompense of the reward, and a door would be opened to despair.” Watson uses near identical phrasing in some of his other work (The Beatitudes among others) and references Hebrews 11:26 (“considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for [Moses] was looking to the reward.”).
I’m just having trouble putting it together. So I’m asking, in the words of my 5 year old, “Little help? Little help, please?”