That Leaven

In his introduction to John Bunyan’s Of Antichrist and His Ruin, George Offer writes,

“Bunyan conceives that previous to the universal triumphs of the Saviour, Antichrist will spread his influence over the whole earth; and the church be hidden from outward observation, in the hearts of believers. This idea, which was also cherished by Dr. Gill, and others, deserves careful consideration; while we keep in mind, that leaven which must spread, however invisible in its operation, until the whole earth shall be leavened.”

Bunyan, as Offer understood it, saw from the Scriptures

that though this world with devils filled should threaten to undo us, We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us! (A Mighty Fortress by Luther)

The church may at times go into hiding, but the kingdom of God is a leaven that will most surely rise in the end. Soli Deo Gloria! Let us do as Offer encourages us, and give careful consideration and keep in mind THAT leaven.