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At a time in England when loyalty to Scripture placed Christians in the center of the nation's wars, Gurnall was more concerned with the souls of his people than the issues of conflicting political parties. Compiled from his many sermons on "the saints' war against the devil," his exhaustive exposition of Ephesians 6:10-20 treats the spiritual battles of believers and their God-given protection.
Originally written in three volumes (1655-1662), the book first covers the Christian's call to arms and describes the nature of the battle and the character of our enemy. The various pieces of godly armor and weapons, and their use on offense and defense, are then described at length, item by item and verse by verse. More pastoral and practical than theological, Gurnall's work is filled with spiritual insight, encouraging exhortation, and inspiring word pictures concerning the importance of doctrinal truth as "a girdle for the mind," the power of holiness, the "pre-eminence of faith against other graces," and much more.
Profoundly biblical and as relevant today as it was almost 350 years ago, Gurnall's work is a resource that will add grace to the library of Calvinist and Arminian alike. This edition includes an introduction and biography of Gurnall by J.C. Ryle.
Hendrickson's reprint of the 1865 Edinburgh edition of William Gurnall's The Christian in Complete Armour will be welcomed by all lovers of practical and pastoral divinity. Little is known about Gurnall, who was rector of Lavenham in Suffolk from 1644 until his death in 1679, and his reputation rests almost entirely on the Complete Armour. The work itself originally appeared in three quarto volumes, published in 1655, 1658 and 1662 respectively, and consists of a long consecutive series of sermons preached at Lavenham on Ephesians 6:10-20. It was so popular that by the time of Gurnall's death it had already reached its 6th edition. However, while admired by such evangelical luminaries as Richard Baxter, Charles Haddon Spurgeon and John Newton, today it is little known.
The grand theme of the work is spiritual warfare and as the full title declares Gurnall's aim was to furnish the Christian with 'spiritual arms for the battle' against his Satanic foe. In its depth and scope the Complete Armour doubles as a body of practical divinity. The style is pictorial and 'affectionate' in the best Puritan tradition. Following a common template each section concludes with an application or 'use' intended to ground the received doctrine in the life of the believer - in Gurnall's own striking words to drive a nail hard into the conscience. Doctrinally the focus is Christological and Gurnall is emphatic that it is Christ himself who is the Christian's 'complete armour' and not his own merits or qualities. Throughout, his discussion is characterised by great psychological depth and he is assiduous in applying Scripture to diagnose and treat the believer's spiritual maladies.
His desire is for the believer's final perseverance in holiness and all the 'evangelical graces' until the 'evil day' of which Ephesians 6 speaks: their grapple with the 'last enemy' of death. His emphasis is therefore on the lived-out life of holiness as the fruit of the believer's righteousness in Christ and in this way he combines his Christology with a strong pneumatological thrust.
Hendrickson's are certainly to be congratulated for making this little-known work widely available. . . [I]t still very much retains the flavour of its nineteenth-century original. . . To ease the modern reader the Latin is helpfully translated and explanations of unusual dialect terms given. No other apparatus is provided but no other is strictly necessary. Apart from students of the seventeenth-century this work will be of particular interest to pastoral theologians and preachers, both in its plain, pithy style and its veritable mine of practical, biblical advice.
"Peerless and priceless; every line is full of wisdom; every sentence is suggestive . . . . The best thought-breeder in all our library."
"I believe The Christian in Complete Armour . . . should be in the library of everyman and woman of God. No Christian leader, teacher, pastor, evangelist, or Christian worker should be without it."
LisaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5WONDERFUL BOOK!!!June 6, 2015LisaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This one of the greatest books ever written. A true treasure house of spiritual riches. There is some outdated language in it, but as I say about the KJV- why not bring our knowledge up to it, rather than trying to bring our reading down to our knowledge. Just as a med student when first given their curriculum may feel overwhelmed, but nevertheless continues on until they understand- let us do the same with books such as this, the KJV, and the Complete works of Oswald Chambers- which is another treasure house of spiritual riches.
ChrisAge: 18-24Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5A Spiritual Treasure in a Fine PrintingDecember 9, 2013ChrisAge: 18-24Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5To comment on the work itself, The Christian in Complete Armor is amongst the most valuable works ever written for the Christian outside the Bible. The careful reader will find it overflowing with practical wisdom and sharp insight. It is a comfort, an encouragement, edifying, and often very pithy.
The entire book covers just Ephesians 6:10-20, but, despite the obvious focus on the immediate subject of spiritual warfare, covers a tremendous breadth of matter. Gurnall writes for the common man/woman who loves and desires to serve his/her Lord, but is able to carry the common person to heights unimagined in many pulpits today.
Yes, it's written in the English of the times - it's a little more readable than the KJV. I find it perfectly readable, though occassionaly the phrasing of a passage requires a little scrutiny. Footnotes are included for especially uncommon words (i.e. "quackle"). Be bold. Tackle something that isn't lightweight. Those who love any of the Puritans shouldn't need any encouragement.
Pages are printed facsimilies of an earlier printing, easily readable, providing a nice atmosphere. Cover and binding are solid. The book looks great, if you care. Seriously hefty. Don't use it as a bookshelf anchor, though... read it!
RebeccaNorth CarolinaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A rare treasureJune 9, 2012RebeccaNorth CarolinaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Rich language! Recommended for anyone who enjoys the style of the Puritans, Matthew Henry, etc. The beauty of the language has been preserved in this edition. Definitely a must-have for any avid Christian reader. Tremendously insightful and encouraging.
follower of christ1 Stars Out Of 5old englishJune 1, 2011follower of christthis book is written in a english are generation doesnt speak anymore i couldnt understand alot of what i was reading so i didnt finish the book
GaryWest VirginiaAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Outstanding principlesJanuary 14, 2011GaryWest VirginiaAge: 45-54Gender: maleThis book is wrote in the old English language, the print is very small, I have to use visual aid to read it. However, for spiritual growth it is outstanding. I suggest not getting this one volume but getting the three volume instead; the print is larger easier to read.
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