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The Sovreignty of God and the Suffering of Man

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Learning Precious Lessons in the School of Suffering

Enclosed in this book are two treatises of early Baptist pastor Hercules Collins (1647-1702). As one of the original signatories of the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith (1689), Collins shared that robust and practical theology that allowed Particular Baptists churches to overcome the many and difficult trials of history and leave a strong testimony of Christian faithfulness and service. The first treatise, originally entitled Mountains of Brass, or a Discourse upon the Decrees of God (1690), distils Collins’ biblical understanding of God’s sovereignty over all things. The second treatise, entitled The Scribe Instructed unto the Kingdom of Heaven (1696), enlightens the reader concerning the many precious “lessons” that can be learned “in the school of suffering”. The sensitivity and depth with which Collins writes on this topic come from the many trials he himself experienced, including persecution and incarceration from the sake of Christ. May Collins’ writings instruct and encourage God’s people today as they have in the past.

The Baptist Heritage Series

The Baptist Heritage Series aims at republishing in updated language and format valuable books written by Baptist authors in the 17th, 18th, and 19th century. It is based on the conviction that the recovery of these lost treasures will contribute to the theological and spiritual reformation so much needed in contemporary Christianity.


YEAR: 2016

ISBN: 978-1-943855-01-8



“Hercules Collins deserves to be more widely known. These works were published in the decade following the sufferings of the Restoration years. They are the heavenly-minded reflections of a man who personally persevered through them because he was firmly persuaded that all such trials were ordered by God. A heart-warming read for those interested in seventeenth-century Baptists, but also for every Christian facing hardships for Christ’s sake.”

– Austin Walker, Pastor of Maidenbower Baptist Church, Crawley, UK.

“1 Samuel 25:25 says ‘As his name is, so is he.’ This is certainly true of Hercules Collins, who was a mighty man of God. It is wonderful to have these helpful works available again for modern readers. They will put muscle into your soul, building you up in the things of God.”

– James M. Renihan, Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies, Escondido, CA


Introduction by Dr. Steve Weaver


Mountains of Brass. A Discourse upon the Decrees of God

  • An epistle recommendatory
  • Introduction
  • Fundamental observation
  • Theological inferences
  • Personal applications


A Scribe Instructed in the Kingdom of Heaven                        

  • Introduction
  • How God works through our suffering and temptations
  • When we may know when a word comes from God
  • Lessons to learn in the school of suffering

Counsels, comforts, and directions


Hercules Collins (1647–1702) was a London Baptist pastor and one of the original signatories of the Second London Confession of Faith (1677/1689). For over twenty-five years (1677–1702), Collins served as the third pastor of the Baptist church in Wapping, one of the original Particular Baptist churches. Collins was a relatively prolific author in his day, publishing thirteen works in his lifetime. . In 1684 Collins published two books from the Newgate Prison where he was being held after having been arrested in 1683.

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Weight .25 lbs
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5 in

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