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An Historical Perspective of Precious Bible Promises
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Also, known as Clarke's Scripture Promises.Compiled by Samuel Clarke, D.D.
Reformatted by Tom Stewart
withAn Historical Perspective of Precious Bible Promises
by Tom Stewart
andNotice by Dr. Isaac Watts
An Historical Perspective of Precious Bible PromisesSamuel Clarke
 was the compiler of this eminent book of Precious BiblePromises
. "Whereby are given unto us Exceeding Great and Precious Promises:that by these ye might be partakers of the Divine Nature"
(2Peter 1:4)
. As an Englishacademic, theologian, and preacher, Clarke would be found mastering Isaac Newton'snew system of the Universal Laws of Motion and translating an invaluable textbook tointroduce and promote Newton's position
, defending the Christian religion in ADiscourse concerning the Being and Attributes of God, the Obligations of NaturalReligion, and the Truth and Certainly of the Christian Revelation
, serving as achaplain to Protestant Queen Anne of England
, translating Isaac Newton's Optics
, expounding upon the Tri-Unity of God in his celebrated treatise The ScriptureDoctrine of the Trinity
, refusing the secular post of Master of the Mint
 uponthe death of Sir Isaac Newton (whom he would have replaced), and accumulating tenvolumes of his own sermons (published posthumously); but, best remembered by manyChristians is his compilation of Precious Bible Promises, which shows us that Dr.Samuel Clarke had not only a keen intellect, but a true understanding of the evangelical"faith which worketh by love"
(Galatians 5:6)
 and its attendant Promises. "Let him thatglorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth Me, that I am the LORD whichexercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the Earth: for in these things Idelight, saith the LORD"
(Jeremiah 9:24)
. This book of Precious Bible Promises was once known by its 19th century readers asClarke's Scripture Promises. Twenty-one years after the decease of Samuel Clarke,Isaac Watts, the Father of English Hymnology
, penned the introduction toClarke's Scripture Promises. In a time that already had seen the Authorized Version of the Scriptures from the Church of England-- the King James Version of 1611-- and hadproduced The Pilgrim's Progress
 from the Church of England's famous dissenter, John Bunyan
-- who was acquainted for twelve years with the hospitality of Bedford jail for preaching without a license-- a book of Precious Bible Promises was
(and, still is needed) to encourage every True Believer in their pursuit of holy living."Having therefore these Promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from allfilthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God"
(2Corinthians 7:1)
. The "Notice by Dr. Watts" affixed to the front of the Precious Bible Promises, identifiesSamuel Clarke as the "worthy author of this collection, which I ["I. Watts"] have knownwith esteem and honor." "I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them thatkeep thy precepts"
(Psalm 119:63)
. Of interest, Isaac Watts, the author of over 600 hymns,was himself the son of another dissenter from the Church of England. You will probablynotice that a good number of Clarke's compiled Promises were gleaned from the Bookof Psalms of the Old Testament, and Watts could especially identify with their Promises,since he had himself published the Psalms of David
 in which are found poeticparaphrases of Psalm 90 ("O God, Our Help in Ages Past") and Psalm 98 ("Joy to theWorld"). "
 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is sooncut off, and we fly away.
 And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: andestablish Thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish Thou it"
(90:10, 17)
.A notable 19th century advocate of Clarke's Scripture Promises was found in the personof the enigmatic, English General Charles G. Gordon
-- "Chinese Gordon,"the "Hero of Khartoum," "Gordon Pasha." In January 1884, he had advised LordWolseley to distribute a copy of Clarke's Scripture Promises to every member of theCabinet of Prime Minister William Gladstone upon Gordon's departure to handle thevolatile situation of the revolting Mahdi in the Sudan. "Who through faith subduedkingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained Promises, stopped the mouths of lions"
(Hebrews 11:33)
. Charles Gordon had early made his peace with Jesus Christ as a youngofficer in the Royal Engineers at Pembroke (U.K.) after being pursued for Christ by hissister Augusta and by a "very religious captain of the name of Drew." "I will be mercifulto their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more"
. Gordon had distinguished himself with conspicuous gallantry during the Crimean

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