Gospel Peace in Suffering

William Gurnall“Gospel peace prepares the heart for suffering, as it brings along with it and possesseth the soul where it comes, with such glorious privileges as lift it above all danger from any sufferings whatever, from God, man, or devils. If a man could be assured that he might walk as safely on the waves of the sea, or in the flames of fire, as he doth in his garden, he would be no more afraid of the one than he is to do the other. Or, if a man had some coat of mail secretly about him, that would undoubtedly resist all blows and quench all shot that are sent against him, it would be no such scareful things for him to stand in the midst of swords and guns. Now, the soul that is indeed at peace with God, is invested with such privileges as do set it above all hurt and damage from sufferings. ‘The peace of God’ is said ‘to garrison the believer’s heart and mind’, Phi. iv. 7. He is surrounded with such blessed privileges, that he is as safe as one in an impregnable castle.”

— William Gurnall, The Christian in Complete Armour

(HT: Joe Thorn)

Peter serves as a pastor-teacher, at home and abroad, resourcing gospel-centred communities.

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