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John Brown of Wamphray (1610-1679) was one of the great theological writers in the later period of the Second Reformation. Samuel Rutherford said that he “saw Christ in him more than in his brethren”. He was a man of “very great learning, warm zeal, and remarkable piety”.

He was the minister of Wamphray near Dumfries. Together with other faithful ministers he was removed from his congregation after the restoration of Charles II. He was imprisoned in 1662. After a while, he was so ill that he was at the point of death and was exiled to Holland. Here he pastored the Scots Church at Rotterdam and wrote a large number of books. It was said of his sermons that they breathed “nothing but faith in Christ, and communion with Him”.

Nov 2

Luther’s Gospel Breakthrough

It was not so much the 95 theses as Luther’s later study of Scripture that fully crystallised his understanding of the gospel of grace. He came to the book of Romans but was stopped in his tracks by the word “righteousness” in chapter one. For Luther t …

Oct 20

How Does Faith Justify?

The Scriptural truth of justification by faith alone is the teaching most closely associated with Martin Luther. It was a radical change from the idea that justification would only take place in the future on the day of judgement. Even more radical was …

Oct 20

Flee to the Rock of Ages

“Our strength must be in Christ the rock of ages. We must fly to our chambers. In Him must we retire and there must we hide ourselves. Only on Christ’s side can we ride safe and be free of the hazard of the storm” – John Brown of Wamphray

Sep 7

They Cannot Take God From You

“They may cast a man in prison, that neither wife not any of his relations shall have access to him to be refreshing and comfortable to him. But neither lock nor key, nor strong walls nor doors can keep out his God from him” – John Brown of Wamphray

Dec 21

Long Winter Nights – Spiritually

“We wonder that ’tis not always hot summer days, a flourishing and fruitful season, with souls and with churches. But know we the thoughts of the Lord; see we to the bottom of the deep contrivance of infinite wisdom? Know we the usefulness, yea, necess …