God's love tokens, and The Afflicted man's lessons
John Trapp was an English puritan Bible commentator. He wrote five volume commentary on the whole Bible and a few treatises on the Christian life.
This treatise "God's love tokens, and The Afflicted man's lessons" has not been reprinted for a long time. For past few weeks I have been reading his comments on the Bible, and receiving much blessing in my morning devotion. So, I have decided to research and find an old copy. The result is this new reprint of the that good old book.
The book is based on Revelation 3.19 "Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent." This is what he says of suffering and trials in the life of a believer, "Every affliction sanctified rubs off some rust, melts off some dross, strains out some corruption (Job 10.10). And in the last paragraph of the book he says, "Here we are but learning our A B C, and our lesson is never past Christ's-cross"
May this dear book be a blessing to many that love Christ Jesus, more than health, wealth and anything good that we could reach out for in this life, and of which things there is no guarantee. In all our trials and sufferings as believers in Christ Jesus, may we learn and know that we are loved, that we are his children, that God is working out all things - the good and the bad, for our good, that we are becoming the partakers of his holiness - his character worked in us. And may we remember that all our Heavenly Father's training through discipline, though it seems hard now, later will yield "the peaceful fruit of righteousness", "the holiness without which no one will see the Lord" (Hebrews 12.11,14)
"Be careful what books you read, for as water tastes of the soil it runs through, so does the soul taste of the authors that a man reads." John Trapp
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