Newly Discovered Work by Nehemiah Coxe on Covenant Theology!

Newly Discovered Work by Nehemiah Coxe on Covenant Theology!

If you’ve read Nehemiah Coxe’s work on Covenant Theology, you probably read or browsed the preface. Coxe says some important things in it, such as:
Nehemiah Coxe, A Discourse, Preface-0

Ok, Nehemiah, you’ve got my attention. Go on.

Nehemiah Coxe, A Discourse, Preface-1

That sounds like a great idea, Nehemiah. I can’t wait for it to be published.

Nehemiah Coxe, A Discourse, Preface-2

I don’t like where this is going.

Nehemiah Coxe, A Discourse, Preface-3


Nehemiah Coxe, A Discourse, Preface-4

Very funny, Nehemiah. VERY FUNNY. “Happily prevented?” I think not.


Seriously though…


Questions and Answers for the Afflicted

When sorrows surge, and strength has fled,
When streams become a flood,
When man is laid upon his bed,
And finds he’s flesh and blood,
Where will he run, where will he turn,
Where can a creature go?
When will he see, when will he learn,
What he should surely know?

“Why now? Why here? Why me? Why this?
Why us?” we cry aloud.
“Have I behaved aright? Amiss?”
We ask, with body bowed.
“Has God forgotten to be kind,
Will he not keep his vows?”
Such thoughts and questions fill the mind,
More than the soul allows.

Yet through his word, fit for my frame,
I find myself consoled.
“Recall my deeds, recall my name,
Recall my works of old.
Twas I who brought the Israelites
Out from their slavery.
Twas I who led them day and night
Through deadly land and sea.

Recall to mind, and then have hope,
That I do all things well.
When in the shadows, blind, you grope,
I will, the dark, dispel.
New, new, each morn, my mercies are,
Bright as the rising sun.
And whether you go near or far,
They cannot be undone.”

But greater still than parted waves,
Or manna from the sky,
Is God the Son, who came to save,
Who only lived to die.
He is the bread; he is the way
Through death and judgment’s path.
And he alone saves on that day
Of God’s unfailing wrath.

And in his death I start to see,
The clouds begin to clear.
The questions that were plaguing me
Begin to disappear.
In history, outside of me,
I see God’s working hand,
And find a true reality
That makes me understand.

For if my God through wickedness,
Can bring about his plan
To save from sins in righteousness
An undeserving man,
Then can he not in my life, too,
Cause good to come from ill?
And should I not, since this is true,
Resign to trust his will?

Who else have I, who else have we,
If not our God above?
Where can we fly, where can we flee,
If not to he who’s love?
We can, we may, we will, we must,
Find rest in God alone.
The creature’s sole and only trust,
Is he who’s on the throne.

And do I not have reasons great
To know that this is so?
Since he, in heaven, sets my fate
Here on the earth below?
And so the Father calms his child.
He wipes and dries my tears
And in his ever-loving arms
The Father calms my fears.

What vanities befall me now,
I know they work for good.
And though I often don’t see how,
I see the cross of wood.
So, when my sorrows well within,
As sorrows well without,
I’ll take my Savior’s medicine,
And banish fear and doubt.

These thoughts were drawn especially from Psalm 77 and Lamentations 3.

Seventeenth-Century Dictionary Entries Related to Impassibility

Seventeenth-Century Dictionary Entries Related to Impassibility

To Affect

  • To desire earnestly, or to minde
  • To move affection
  • To set one’s mind upon
  • To work upon one


  • Disposed, inclined
  • Taken up


  • Love, benevolence, good will, kindness, inclination, passion
  • Natural motion of the mind
  • Delight to a thing
  • Passions which affect the minde with some grief or pain, especially when they are strong and vehement


  • Incapable of suffering
  • Not moved with passion or affection
  • Not moved with any affection


  • Suffering, or ableness to suffer
  • Aptness to suffer
  • Ableness to suffer
  • An aptness, or ableness to suffer


  • Able to suffer


  • Affection, strong desire or inclination, fondness
  • Suffering, griefe
  • A suffering; an affection of the mind
  • Perturbation
  • Suffering, also an affection of the mind
  • A passion of the mind (passio, perturbatio, affectus)
  • Suffering; also an affection of the mind
  • A suffering, or any thing that is painful and grievous unto us.
  • Every motion of the minde being out of his due course, and every sinful affection; which are called passions, because they pierce the minde, and make it suffer grief

And an author’s recommendation of synonyms for…
Philip Edwards, The Beaus Academy, 28, pdf 188 Affections and Passions

Now you know. And knowing…

Coming Soon: God without Passions, A Reader

Coming Soon: God without Passions, A Reader

If you confess that God is “without passions,” you may have wondered about the meaning of that phrase, as many have. However unclear it may be to some, it is of great importance to the doctrine of God. And indeed when removed, the entire doctrine unravels. To understand this phrase requires an understanding not only of the language being used, but also of the doctrinal affirmations that precede it. In other words, confessing God “without passions” is one piece of a much larger interrelated and interdependent system.

For those who desire to study this topic so as to confess with sincerity and a clear conscience that God is “without passions,” this book will fulfill the task. Drawing from sixty authors (ten of whom were Westminster Divines), this reader provides a clear picture of both the specific meaning of the phrase “without passions” as well as the larger theological context in which it is placed. After a foreword by Carl Trueman and an introduction, there are six chapters and an appendix:

1. The Reformation (1523-1565)
2. Early Orthodoxy (1565-1640)
3. High Orthodoxy (1640-1700)
4. Particular Baptists
5. Philosophical Works
6. Confessional Documents
Appendix: Definitions of Affections and Passions

God without Passions
God without Passions Book

This book will be available through RBAP in a few days.