Posted by: Jerad File | March 20, 2009

Gill Preached Christ

A friend of mine asked me yesterday if I knew of a Biblical text that characterized the life and ministry of Gill. A few texts came to mind. The first text that came to mind was Genesis 3:9, “Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” This was the text preached by his pastor, William Wallis, when Gill was 12 years old. It was this text that moved Gill with a sense of his lost estate and this lead to his conversion to Christ. The next text that I thought of was Isaiah 53. The night Gill was baptized he met in a house meeting with some other believers. Here he read the text of this passage and made a few comments. It pleased those gathered, and Gill was asked to preach a full sermon the next week. The third text that came to my mind is the text that he preached that next week, 1 Corinthians 3:2, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ and him crucified.” This was the text that Gill preached his first full sermon on, and it was a text that fully characterized the life and work of John Gill. For example, early in his ministry Gill preached a series of 122 sermons on the book of Solomon’s Song. These sermons were later published as Gill’s first commentary. Gill preached the excellencies of Christ and his love for his Bride throughout 122 sermons on Song of Solomon! What an example to follow!

These are just a few scriptures that come to mind when I think about the life and ministry of John Gill–the most significant one being 1 Cor. 3:2. Does anyone else know of other good biblical texts that would characterize the ministry of this great man? If so, please share them in the comments section.



  1. When I think of Gill’s life, I immediately think of 2Ti 1:6-7.

    “I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God…for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

    Gill’s obedience to these words are astounding. Moreover, the fruit of his diligent obedience can be so clearly seen in his a) fearless stance for truth (power); b) his relationship with God, family and congregation (love); and c) the incredible energy and discipline that he gave to the study, preaching, teaching of the Scriptures (self-control).

    Indeed, these are some of the main reasons that I see Gill as a hero and mentor in the faith. That is to say, I desperately desire to emulate the way that he so diligently sought to fan his gift into flame.

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