Few preachers of the Puritan era (or any other period of church history) match Thomas Watson for his ability to combine rich spirituality, nourishing doctrine and sane wisdom with fascinating illustration and a pleasant style.

Watson is remembered chiefly for his posthumously published Body of Practical Divinity (reprinted by Banner of Truth in three volumes). But his extant sermons include this marvellous series on the character of the Christian. It is, as C.H. Spurgeon said of his other work, "a happy union of sound doctrine, heart-searching experience, and practical wisdom".

In this work, Watson shows how attractive the grace of God truely is. Christians of all stages will feel as if they have entered the gallery of a great portrait painter. As the title suggests, Watson works with "a Scripture pencil" in this priceless sketch of the true believer.