Davidson (1550-1604) was a Presbyterian minister in the Scottish town of
Prestonpans, East Lothian. Fervent in his preaching of the Gospel, he boldly
placed his life at risk for the cause of Christ. He is remembered for his
generosity as well as for the evident power of the Holy Spirit in his
Then the salvation of man is so fully wrought and perfectly accomplished by
Christ in his own person, that nothing is left to be done or wrought by us in
our persons, to be any cause of the least part thereof?
That is most certain."
John Davidson's Catechism, Edin. edit. 1708, p. 15.
we are perfectly saved by the works which Christ did for us in his own person,
and no ways by the good works which he works in us, with and after faith. [Marg.
Here is the main point and ground of our disagreement with the Papists.]
then, anything for us to do after that we are perfectly justified in God's
sight by faith in Christ?
Yes, very much; albeit no ways to merit salvation; but only to witness, by the
effects of thankfulness, that we ARE
Ibid. p. 46, 48, 49.
Marrow of Modern Divinity (part I. The Covenant of Works & The Covenant of
Grace), by Edward Fisher, with notes by Thomas Boston. The above lines were
quoted by Mr Boston.