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Revisit the essentials of the Christian faith with Baptist scholar John Gill. Written to help his congregation thoroughly understand the Bible’s teaching, A Complete Body of Doctrinal and Practical Divinity is Gill’s comprehensive guide to practical doctrine. Investigate arguments for the existence of God. Explore detailed examinations of the Trinity and the person of Christ. Reinvigorate your understanding of familiar doctrines like justification. Originally published as two volumes, A Complete Body of Doctrinal and Practical Divinity collects a classic resource into one convenient digital resource.

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Be sure to check out The Works of John Gill (19 vols.).

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  • Overviews the major tenets of the Christian faith
  • Provides a comprehensive treatment of the Bible’s teaching
  • Includes discussions of the existence of God, the Trinity, Justification, and other essential doctrines

Top Highlights

“But then these were appearances of the Son of God in a human form, and were presages of his future incarnation; for” (Volume 1, Page 46)

“Nor is the immutability of the divine nature to be disproved from the creation of the world, and all things in it; as when it is suggested, God, from a non-agent, became an agent, and acquired a new relation, that of a Creator, from whence mutability is argued: but it should be observed, that God had from all eternity the same creative power, and would have had, if he had never created any thing; and when he put it forth in time, it was according to his unchangeable will in eternity, and produced no change in him; the change was in the creatures made, not in him the Maker; and though a relation results from hence, and which is real in creatures, is only nominal in the Creator, and makes no change in his nature.” (Volume 1, Page 54)

“I shall begin with the Being of God, and the proof and evidence of it; which is the foundation of all religion; for if there is no God, religion is a vain thing; and it matters not, neither what we believe, nor what we do; since there is no superior being to whom we are accountable for either faith or practice.” (Volume 1, Page 1)

“Systematical Divinity, I am sensible, is now become very unpopular. Formulas and articles of faith, creeds, confessions, catechisms, and summaries of divine truths, are greatly decried in our age; and yet, what art or science soever but has been reduced to a system?” (Volume 1, Page viii)

“God only is in and of himself immutable; and he is unchangeable in his nature, perfections, and purposes, and in his love and affections to his people, and in his covenant, and the blessings and promises of it; and even in his threatenings.” (Volume 1, Page 53)

  • Title: A Complete Body of Doctrinal and Practical Divinity: or A System of Evangelical Truths, Deduced from the Sacred Scriptures, Vols. I & II
  • Author: John Gill
  • Edition: New Edition
  • Volume: I & II
  • Publisher: Tegg & Company
  • Print Publication Date: 1839
  • Logos Release Date: 2015
  • Pages: 1486
  • Era: era:modern
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Theology, doctrinal; Dogmatiek
  • Resource Type: Systematic Theology
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-11T17:19:30Z
John Gill

John Gill (1697–1771) was born in Kettering, Northamptonshire. He became a Baptist clergyman, a biblical scholar, and a staunch Calvinist. Gill was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Aberdeen in 1748. Gill pastored at Benjamin Keach’s former church, New Park Street Chapel. Later, he pastored what would become Charles Spurgeon’s Metropolitan Tabernacle for 51 years.

Gill is the first major Baptist theologian writer. His stance on Calvinism is somewhat a matter of debate. Some say Gill would not describe himself as hyper-Calvinist, while others contend that he indeed was.

Some of Gill’s most important academic works are The Doctrine of the Trinity Stated and Vindicated, The Cause of God and Truth, and A Body of Doctrinal Divinity, all of which appear in The Works of John Gill (19 vols.).


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  1. David Green

    David Green


    John Gill is a classic. When I was first called to preach at the ripe old age of 16, an older preacher recommended I read this one, so I secured a copy and read it. Gill is very thorough. If you want a deep view of the great doctrines of the Christian faith, this book is a great one to have. Use it for reference, or better yet, read it cover to cover. You'll be greatly blessed I am sure.
  2. Fred Moritz

    Fred Moritz


    Gill's section on the holiness of God is excellent - it exceeds what most systematic theologians do with the subject in their systematic theologies


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