Vermigli on the Importance of Resurrection

The Reformer Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499-1562) introduces his locus de resurrectione with these comments on the difficulty and importance of this doctrine:

The article on the resurrection of the flesh is believed with great difficulty because it is a reality so remote from human reason. Yet persuasion regarding it comprises many points of Christian faith so necessary to salvation. He who is clearly and firmly resolved regarding resurrection counsels himself well in that last hour. For those who are dying, certain of the blessed resurrection, cannot but be eager and happy to depart from this life. But those who, on the other hand, waver regarding this article then spin in the greatest anxieties, are anguished and agitated, nor do they truly know where they are going. This firm persuasion, then, consoles us when we lose friends and relatives in death; thus Paul teaches the Thessalonians. In the face of this we are armed against persecutions, misfortunes and the hardships that one ought to suffer for the faithful confession of the name of Christ—the holy martyrs suffered any and all things when they knew with certainty that a most happy life was to be restored to them. (Loci communes [London: Ioannis Kyngstoni, 1576], 3.15.1, pp. 771-72)