John Bunyan, Joy, and Suffering


jesaja 66:2

Suffering and Service in the Life of John Bunyan

– and in the Christians Life

Title Page from Pilgrim's Progress/ CC0 - Public Domain Title Page from Pilgrim’s Progress/ CC0 – Public Domain

“It is not what enemies will, nor what they are resolved upon, but what God will, and what God appoints; that shall be done. . . . No enemy can bring suffering upon a man when the will of God is otherwise, so no man can save himself out of their hands when God will deliver him up for his glory. . . [just as Jesus showed Peter “by what death he would glorify God”]. We shall or shall not suffer, even as it pleaseth him.”

(Read all of John Piper’s Message on DESIRING GOD Here!) The four main points of that message are:

  1. Bunyan’s Suffering Confirmed Him in His Calling as a Writer, Especially for the Afflicted Church
  2. Bunyan’s Suffering Deepened His Love for…

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