Christian In Complete Armour

Volume 3

Look Inside Price £6.00

Weight 0.27 kg
Dimensions 18.1 × 12.1 × 1.9 cm
ISBN 9780851515601










Original Pub Date


Banner Pub Date

Nov 1, 1988


‘If I might read only one book beside the Bible, I would choose The Christian in Complete Armour.’– JOHN NEWTON

‘Gurnall’s work is peerless and priceless; every line is full of wisdom; every sentence is suggestive. I have often resorted to it when my own fire has been burning low, and I have seldom failed to find a glowing coal upon Gurnall’s hearth.’– C.H. SPURGEON

‘A beautiful feature in Gurnall’s book is its richness in pithy, pointed, and epigrammatical sayings. You will often find in a line and a half some great truth, put so concisely, and yet so fully, that you really marvel how so much thought could be got into so few words. Solid scriptural theology, like that contained in these pages, should be valued and studied in the church. Books in which Scripture is reverently regarded as the only rule of faith and practice – books in which Christ and the Holy Ghost have their rightful office – books in which justification, and sanctification, and regeneration, and faith, and grace, and holiness are clearly, distinctly, and accurately delineated and exhibited – these are the only books which do real good. Few things need reviving more than a taste for such books as these among readers.’– J.C. RYLE

‘I believe The Christian in Complete Armour, should be in the library of every man and woman of God. No Christian leader, teacher, pastor, evangelist, or Christian worker should be without it.’– DAVID WILKERSON (author of The Cross and the Switchblade)

‘You could not buy a better work, nor get better value for your money.’– FREE PRESBYTERIAN MAGAZINE

Book Description

The Christian in Complete Armour is certainly one of the greatest of all the Puritans’ practical writings. This third volume in the 3-volume paperback set is a modernized abridgement of the Puritan Classic by William Gurnall.


Table of Contents Expand ↓

The Kind of Faith Commended 19
The Nature of Justifying Faith 20
Why Faith Is Compared to a Shield 27
The Meaning of the Expression ‘Above All’ 30
I.The Pre-Eminence Of Faith Above Other Graces 32
                Why Faith Is   Pre-eminent 33
                How Faith’s   Influence Reaches the Other Graces 39
                The   Pre-eminence of Unbelief among Sins 48
                Why We Should   Be Serious in the Trial of Our Faith 51
                How to Judge   the Truth of Faith 54
                Exhortation   to Unbelievers to Obtain the Shield of Faith 68
                Directions to   Unbelievers for Attaining Faith 69
                Exhortation   to Believers to Preserve the Shield of Faith 79
                Faith Must Be   Preserved Because of Its Pre-eminence among Graces 79
                Directions to   Believers for the Preserving of Faith 81
                How We Know   If Faith Is Weak or Strong 86
                The Believer   Must Acknowledge Faith 93
                Suspicions   Which Lead to a Person’s Denying His Faith 94
                Characteristics   of the Doubt Which May Accompany True Faith 95
                Characteristics   of Presumptuous Faith 98
II. A Powerful Argument To Quench The Fiery Darts Of The Wicked 101
                Description   of the Enemy 101
                Faith’s Power   Over the Enemy 106
                Fiery Darts   of Pleasing Temptations 107
                Faith’s Power   to Quench Pleasing Temptations 109
                Faith’s   Victory Distinguished from Heathens’ Victory 117
                How to Use   the Shield of Faith to Quench Enticing Temptations 119
                Fiery Darts   of Fearful Temptations 123
                Faith’s Power   to Quench Fearful Temptations 124
                Faith Opposes   Sin with a View of the Great God 137
                Faith   Relieves the Soul Which Fears God’s Justice 139
                Faith Fights   Sin through the Greatness of God’s Promises 144
                Faith Teaches   the Virtue of God’s Promises 144
                Faith Opposes   Despair 150
                The   Connection of the Helmet with the Shield and Other Pieces of Armour 155
                Inferences   Drawn from the Connection of Graces 158
I. The Helmet Of Salvation – What It Is 159
                The Nature of   the Hope That Forms the Helmet 159
                Why This Hope   Is Called the Hope of Salvation 162
                Why Hope Is   Compared to a Helmet 163
II. The Use Of The Helmet 164
                Hope and   Worthy Achievements 165
                Hope and   Diligence in the Smallest Service 170
                Hope Supports   the Christian in the Greatest Afflictions 172
                Influences of   Hope on Christians in Affliction 173
                Hope and   Comfort When God Delays the Performance of the Promise 179
                Assurance   Which Hope Gives When God Delays to Perform His Promise 184
III. Applications Of The Doctrine Of The Christian Helmet 188
                The Metal of   Our Helmet of Hope 189
                Exhortation   to Those Who Have This Helmet of Hope 192
                Why We Should   Strengthen Our Hope 200
                How to   Strengthen Hope 205
                Exhortation   to Those Who Have Not Got the Helmet of Hope 218
                The Kind of   Arms for the Christian’s Use 222
                The Order and   Place of This Piece of Armour 224
I. The Weapon Itself 225
                What Is Meant   by the Word of God 226
                The Holy   Scriptures Are the Undoubted Word of God 227
                Divinity of   Scripture: Its Subject Matter 228
                Divinity of   Scripture: Its Supernatural Effects 237
II. Why The Word Of God Is Called ‘The Sword Of The Spirit’ 244
                Why God’s   Word Is Compared to a Sword 244
                Why This   Sword Is Attributed to the Spirit 245
                The Written   Word Is the Sword By Which Christians Overcome Enemies 246
                God’s Word   Overcomes Persecutors 247
                God’s Word   Overcomes Heretics 249
                God’s Word   Overcomes Corruptions and Lusts 251
                God’s Word   Overcomes Afflictions 253
                The   Presumption of any in Disarming People of This Spiritual Sword 256
                The   Sufficiency of Scripture 258
                The   Wickedness of Using the Sword to Defend Sin 258
                Thankfulness   for the Word 260
                The   Importance of Studying God’s Word 264
                God Is Able   to Interpret His Word 267
III. How To Use The Sword Of The Word 269
                How to Use   the Sword Against Persecutors 269
                Scriptural   Promises for Believers’ Sorrows 273
                How to Use   the Sword Against Heretics 276
                How to Use   the Sword Against Lusts 284
                How to Use   the Sword of the Word Against Afflictions 303
                Exhortation   to Ministers Concerning the Sword of the Word 313


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