“The Gospel, strictly taken, differs from the Law, in that, 1. The Law considers us as God’s rational creatures and subjects, who were originally formed with sufficient abilities perfectly to obey it, and hence directs and binds us to have such abilities, and to exercise them in a proper manner towards God, ourselves, and our neighbours, as our duty (Matt 22:37-39); but the Gospel considers us as sinful and self-ruined men, graciously pitied by God and declares what He, according to His infinite mercy and grace, has done, prepared for, and offers to be, and do to us (Isa. 42:6-7, 49, 53-55, Ps. 22, 68, 146). Hence its offers and invitations continue to believers while their sinfulness remains, and no longer condemns.”
“IV. The Harmony of the Law and Gospel is their suitableness and subserviency to each other: the Gospel promises, offers, and gives to sinful men every thing which the Law, in any form, demands of them. It provides them with their righteousness of the Son of God, which answers and magnifies all the demands of the Law, as a broken covenant: and lays an effectual foundation of universal, and at last perfect obedience to it, as a rule. Nay, it promises preparation for, assistance in, and a gracious reward of every duty which the law, as a rule, requires…”
— John Brown of Haddington, Systematic Theology pg. 502
“Though Christ effectually save none but His Elect (Eph. 5:23). He is by Divine Appointment, grant, and office the Savior of the World, fit for all sinful men, and to whom they are all warrented by God to apply for salvation (John 4:42, 1 John 4:14). His salvation is a common salvation (Jude 3) and his gospel is grace, which bringeth salvation in offer to all men that hear it (Titus 2:11, 1 Tim 1:15). If Christ’s administration of the new covenant were not thus general and indefinite, some men would have no more warrant to hear the Gospel, or believe in and receive him for their salvation, than devils have, contrary to Mark 16:15-16. ” –John Brown of Haddington, Systematic Theology pg. 244
“That the Doctrine concerning [the Trinity], being unfolded only by Revelation, we ought to use as few words as possible concerning it but such as are scriptural. We are certain that God perfectly knows himself, though we do not; and that his expressions concerning himself, though we should not understand them, are just and safe; whereas those of human invention may be neither; and may lead us, unawares, into blashphemous views or representations of Him.” – John Brown of Haddington, Systematic Theology pg. 145
“The Heathen, Mahometan, and the Popish revelations, if examined by these desirable, and some of them absolutely necessary marks of revelation from God, clearly appear to be mere imposters. They nevertheless indirectly suggest the reality of some genuine and authentic revelation of the mind and will of God; otherwise, why should so many attempt to counterfiet it?–But, the more narrowly that revelation, which is contained in our Bibles, is examined by these or any other proper charachteristics, the more clearly will its excellency, suitableness, and divine authority appear.” — John Brown of Haddington, pg. 46
“Though some of God’s dispensations of providence appearr to smile upon the wicked and frown on the virtuous, yet it must be admitted that we often mistake with respect to men’s real charachters, and that we are apt to think there is a great deal more happinness in ease, wealth, or honour, and more unhappinness in afflictions, than really is. A future eternity of rewards and punishments may sufficiently balance any apparent inequality of providence in this life” — John Brown of Haddington The Systematic Theology pg. 11-12
For the next couple of months on Tuesday and Thursdays I will blogging through several Systematic Theologies. Starting this process will be the work by Scottish Divine and heir of the Marrow Men John Brown of Haddington.