Mr. Kiffin was evidently raised up by the providence of God and invested with his talents, influence, and wealth to shield his persecuted brethren in times specially calamitous; and in a spirit of supreme love to Jesus, for half a century, he was the father of the English Baptists. He died Sept. 29, 1701.
When a sinner is burdened with guilt, and filled with apprehensions of eternal ruin, his language is, What shall I do to be saved? or, How shall I escape the wrath to come? Being ignorant of that righteousness which the gospel reveals for the justification of the ungodly, he labors to obtain acceptance with God by his own efforts: till, becoming better acquainted with the purity of the law, the holiness of God, and the corruption of his own heart, he despairs of being justified by the works of the law.
Herein it is proved that Christ hath not presented
to bis Fathers justice and satisfaction for the sins of all
men; but only for the sins of those that do, or shall believe
in him ; which are his Elect only : And the objections
of those that maintain the contrary are all answered.
This treatise is co-written by Benjamin Coxe
Nehemiah Coxe was the son of the early Particular Baptist leader Benjamin Coxe. In 1669, he joined the Bedford church made famous by John Bunyan, and in 1673 was called to serve as pastor of the church’s sub-congregation at Hitchin. ccel
From Hayden’s English Baptist History
Kiffin was brought to Christ in his teenage years under the ministry of John Goodwin. By 1644 Kiffin had been appointed pastor of the Devonshire Square church where he served God until his death in 1701. It was from this church that he went as representative to 1689 General Assembly and subscribed the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith.
William Collins was one of the two authors of the London Baptist Confession of Faith, the other being Nehemiah Coxe.
Kiffin’s influence was very great. Macaulay says, “Great as was the authority of Bunyan with the Baptists, William Kiffin’s was greater still.” He had talents of the highest order; his education was respectable; his sagacity was uncommon; his manners were polished; his piety was known everywhere; and for half a century he was the first man in the Baptist denomination. – Baptist Encyclopedia