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A Treatise on Afflictions (Case)

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In A Treatise on Afflictions, Thomas Case (1598-1682) generously applies a soothing salve to the wounds of God's suffering saints. He begins by compassionately illustrating twenty lessons God teaches his children in affliction. He then proceeds to show the advantages wrought by affliction in the lives of languishing believers. He shows why deliverance from suffering should not necessarily be the believer's primary goal when dark days come, and explains why suffering may sometimes seem to last longer than it should. The author shows from Scripture how affliction and instruction go hand-in-hand in the life of the child of God.

This work rings true to the suffering reader because it was written while the author was imprisoned in the Tower of London alongside Thomas Watson, Christopher Love (who was beheaded), and others.


Table of Contents:

  1. What Lessons God Teaches by Affliction
  2. The Nature or Properties of Divine Teaching
  3. How Affliction Lieth in Order to Instruction
  4. The Grounds and Demonstrations of the Point
  5. Use of Information
  6. Use of Exhortation



Thomas Case (1598-1682) was an English clergyman and served in the Westminster Assembly as a stout advocate for Presbyterianism.