by John Brown of Haddington
Meet John Brown of Haddington (1722-1787). Brown was a man who was sovereignly gifted with incredible talents, and who rose from the shadows of poverty and ignorance into the public spotlight as a herald of God's Word. He was a man who bled biblically, leading crowds of souls to the Cross for eternal healing. Now, more than 220 years after his death, Brown's printed and electronic works stand as an Ebenezer-like reminder of God's graciousness to sinners.
Scripture represents mankind as being instructed in the knowledge of God through his works of creation and providence (Ps 19:1-6; Rom 1:19-20,32; Rom 2:14-15; Acts 14:15-17; Acts 17:23). While it supposes this, it also solemnly asserts and proves God's existence and represents his Names, Nature, Perfections, Persons, Purposes, and Works.
The proper names that are ascribed to God in the Old Testament are: El, which denotes him as the strong and powerful God (Gen 17:1; Isa 9:6); Eloah, which represents him as the only proper object of worship (Gen 1:1; Ps 45:6-7); Shaddai, which denotes him as all-sufficient and all-mighty (Gen 17:1; Exod 6:3); Hhheljon, which represents his incomparable excellency, absolute supremacy over all, and his peculiar residence in the highest heavens (Ps 50:14; Ps 56:2); Adon, which marks him as the great Connector, Supporter, Lord and Judge of all creatures (Ps 110:1; Ps 16:2); Jah, which may denote his self-existence and giving of being to his creatures or his infinite comeliness and answerableness to himself and to the happiness of his creatures (Exod 15:2; Ps 68:4; Ps 130:3; Isa 26:4); Ehjeh, I Am, or I Will Be, which denotes his self-existence, absolute independence, immutable eternity, and all-sufficiency to his people (Exod 3:14; Rev 1:4,8); Jehovah, which denotes his self-existence, absolute independence, and unsuccessive eternity, with his effectual and marvellous giving of being to his creatures and fulfilling his promises (Gen 2:4,7-8,16,19,21-22; Gen 3:1; Gen 10:9-10; Gen 12:1,4,7). This name of God was known in the earliest ages of the world (Gen 4:1; Gen 9:26; Gen 5:29; Gen 14:22; Gen 15:7; Gen 24:7). Thus, God not being known to the patriarchs by it means no more than that he had not demonstrated the propriety of it in any remarkable fulfilment of promises (Exod 6:3). This name often, in part, composes the names of persons or things; in that state, it merely denotes a relation to Jehovah, but taken simply by itself, it is never ascribed to any but God. Firstly, He alone is Jehovah (Ps 83:18; Isa 37:20; Isa 45:5-6). Secondly, this name is represented as a distinguishing name of God (Isa 42:8; Exod 15:3; Hos 12:5; Amos 5:8) and is his great and terrible name (, Ps 99:3. 3). The excellence denoted by the name Jehovah applies only to God (Ps 96:5; Isa 44:24). Whenever an angel is referred to as Jehovah or Lord in capital letters in our translation, it must be understood as the Son of God, who is the Messenger of Jehovah or Messenger-Jehovah (Gen 16:13; Gen 18:13, etc.).
Table of Contents
Of God, the Author, Object, and End of All Religion
Of God's Names, Nature, and Perfections
-- The Knowledge of God
-- The Wisdom of God
-- The Power of God
-- The Sovereignty of God
-- The Holiness of God
-- The Justice of God
-- The Goodness of God
-- The Truth of God
-- The Incommunicable Perfections of God
Of Persons in the Godhead
-- The Character of Father
-- The Second Person in the Godhead
-- The Holy Ghost
Of the Decrees of God
Of God's Execution of His Decrees in His Creating of All Things