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"
. 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"
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"
. 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