FOREWORD TO THE FIRST ENGLISH EDITION BY EDWIN SANDYS, BISHOP OF LONDON
TO THE READER
THIS Booke being brought unto me to peruse and to consider of, I thought it my part not onely to allow of it to the print, but also to commend it to the Reader, as a Treatise most comfortable to all afflicted consciences exercised in the Schoole of Christ. The Author felt what he spake, and had experience of what he wrote, and therefore able more lively to expresse both the assaults and the saluing, the order of the battell, and the meane of the victorie. Sathan is the enemie, the victorie is by onely faith in Christ, as John recordeth. If Christ justifie, who can condemne? Saith S.
Paul. This most necessary doctrine the Author hath most substantially cleared in this his commentarie. Which being written in the Latine tongue, certaine godly learned men have most sincerely translated into our language, to the great benefit of all such as with humbled hearts will diligently reade the fame. Some began it according to such skill as they had. Others godly affected, not suffering so good a matter in handling to be marred, put to their helping hands for the better framing and furthering of so worthy a worke. They refuse to be named, seeking neither their own gaine nor glorie, but thinking it their happiness, if by any meanes they may releeue afflicted minds, and do good to the Church of Christ, yeelding all glorie unto God, to whom all glorie is due.