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To Live Upon God Who Is Invisible: The Life of John Bunyan by John Piper IX. Preface by John Newton () XXXIX. The Pilgrim's Progress. The Jail 1. The basis of this revision is the definitive text of. The Pilgrim's Progress edited by J. B. Wharey and. Roger Sharrock, and published by Oxford Press. (Clarendon). The Pilgrim's Progress. From This World to That Which is to Come;. Delivered under the Similitude of a Dream by John Bunyan. This text was prepared by Logos.

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Legality or his son Civility. Evangelist reappears and sets him back on the path to the wicket-gate. The gatekeeper, Good-will, lets him through and directs him to the house of the Interpreter, where he receives instruction on Christian grace.

As Christian continues his journey, he comes upon a cross and a sepulchre, and at that point his burden falls from his shoulders. Three Shining Ones appear and give him a sealed scroll that he must present when he reaches the Celestial Gate. Partway up he falls asleep in an arbor, allowing the scroll to fall from his hands.

When he wakes, he proceeds to the top of the hill only to find he must return to the arbor to find his lost scroll. He later arrives at the palace Beautiful, where he meets the damsels Discretion, Prudence , Piety, and Charity. They give Christian armour, and he learns that a former neighbour, Faithful, is traveling ahead of him. Christian next traverses the Valley of Humiliation, where he does battle with the monster Apollyon.

He then passes through the terrifying Valley of the Shadow of Death. Good Will: Be content to bear your burden until you come to the place of deliverance; there it will fall from your back by itself. So Christian girded up his loins and prepared to continue the journey, and Good Will told him that when he had gone a certain distance, he would come to the house of the Interpreter, at whose door he should knock, and who would show him some excellent things.

Then Christian took leave of that good man, and bade him God-speed. Then he went on until he came to the house of the Interpreter, where he knocked several times. At last someone came to the door and asked who was there. So that man called to the master of the house, who came to Christian and asked him what he wanted.

I was told by the man who stands at the gate that if I called here, you would show me excellent things that might help me in my journey. Interpreter: Come in. I will show you things that will profit you.

And he commanded his man to light a candle, and told Christian to follow him. He led him into a private room, and told his man to open a certain door. When he had done so, Christian saw hanging on the wall a picture of a very grave person. In the picture, the mans eyes were lifted to heaven, he held the best of books in his hand, the law of truth was written upon his lips, and the world was behind him. He was in a posture of pleading with men, and a crown of gold hung over his head.

Christian: What does this mean? Interpreter: The man in this picture is one of a thousand. He can beget children,53 travail in birth with children,54 and nurse them himself when they are born.

And as you see him, with eyes lifted to heaven, book in hand, and the law of truth written on his lips, it is to show you that his work is to know and disclose dark things to sinners. See how he is pleading with men? And see how his back is to the world, and how a crown hangs above his head? That is to show that, turning away from the things of the world and despising earthly profits to serve his Master, he is sure to have a crown of glory in the next world as his reward.

Now, I have shown you this picture first because the man in this picture is the only man whom the Lord of the place you are going has authorized to be your guide in all difficult places you may come across in the way.

So pay attention to what I have shown you, and remember what you have seen, lest in your journey you meet with some who pretend to lead you straight, but whose way goes down to death. Then he took him by the hand and led into a very large room that was filled with dust. After viewing it for a few moments, the Interpreter called for a man to sweep the room. As he began to sweep, the dust flew about in the air so thickly that Christian felt as though he would choke. Then the Interpreter told a young maidservant who stood nearby to bring water and sprinkle the room.

When she had done so, the room was easily swept and cleaned. Christian asked what this meant. Interpreter: This parlor represents the heart of a man who was never sanctified by the sweet grace of the gospel; the dust is his sin nature and the inward corruptions that have defiled the whole man. He that began to sweep first is the Law, but she that brought water and sprinkled it is the Gospel.

You saw that when he first began to sweep, the dust flew about, so that he could not clean the room. In fact, you were almost choked; this shows that the law, instead of cleaning the heart from sin, just revives it, gives it strength, and increases it in the soul, for it does not have the power to subdue.

This shows that when the gospel comes into the heart with its sweet and precious influences, then, as the 53 54 1 Cor 4.

The first one was called Passion, and the second Patience. Passion was fidgeting, but Patience was very quiet and still. Christian asked why Passion was so discontented, and the Interpreter answered, Their Governor wants them to wait until the beginning of next year before they get their best things, but Passion wants it now.

Patience is willing to wait. Then I saw someone bring a bag of goodies to Passion and pour it at his feet. He squealed in delight and began to laugh at Patience, but after watching for just a little while, I saw that he had lavished it all away, and there was nothing left for him except a few rags.

And Christian asked the Interpreter to explain this to him. Interpreter: These two boys are representations: Passion, of the men of this world, and Patience, of the men of that world which is to come. As you saw, Passion wants it all right now, in this world. Such are men of the world, who must have all their good things now; they cant wait until next year, or in this case the next world, for their portion of goodies. The old proverb, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush has more authority for them than all the scriptural testimonies of the world that is to come.

But as you saw, they will all burn through what they have, and will be left with nothing but rags. So will it be with all such men at the end of this world.

Christian: I see that Patience is the wiser, for several reasons. First, because he waits for the best things. Second, because he knows he will have his treasure when the other has nothing but rags. Interpreter: And you may add another: the glory of the next world will never diminish, but the treasures of this world are suddenly gone.

So Passion really had less cause to mock Patience when he had his goodies as Patience will have to mock Passion, because he will have his best things last. The first must become last, and the last will become first.

So he that has his portion first has a certain time in which to spend it, but he who has his portion last may have it forever. Thats why it is written, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. Interpreter: You speak truly. For the things that are seen are temporary, but the unseen things are eternal. Then I saw in my dream that the Interpreter took Christian by the hand and led him into a place where a fire was burning against a wall.

Here a man stood pouring water on it to quench it, but the fire continued to burn, and even to get higher and hotter. And again Christian asked the meaning of this.

That man who is trying to put the fire out is the Devil, but you see that he cannot, and that the flame grows stronger, and you shall in a moment see the reason for that. So he took him around to the other side of the wall, where they saw a man with a jar full of oil, which he continually poured into the fire, unbeknownst to the Devil.

And Christian said, What is the meaning of this? Interpreter: This is Christ, who continually, with the oil of His grace, maintains the work already begun in the heart. By this means, regardless of the Devils best efforts, the souls of His people remain full of grace. Then I saw the Interpreter take him again by the hand and lead him into a pleasant place, where a beautiful and stately palace stood, at the sight of which Christian was delighted.

He saw also that some people, clothed in gold, were walking around the top of the castle. Christian: Can we go in there? So the Interpreter led him up to the door of the palace, where stood a great company of men who apparently wanted to go in but did not dare.

And over to the side sat a man at a small desk with a book and a pen in front of him, to take the name of anyone who should enter. In the doorway stood many men wearing armor, and resolved to do harm to any man who would enter.

Finally, when every man had retreated for fear of the armored men, Christian saw one with a determined look on his face go up to the man at the desk and say, Write down my name, sir. And with that, the man drew his sword, put a helmet on his head, and rushed the door. The soldiers inside attacked him with deadly force, but the man, not discouraged at all, began cutting and hacking fiercely.

After he had received and given many wounds, he managed to cut his way through them all61 and press forward into the palace, where all heard a pleasant voice saying, Come in, come in; eternal glory you shall win. So the man went in, and was clothed with garments of gold. Then Christian smiled and thought to himself, I think I know the meaning of this.

Now, said Christian, let me go on with my journey. Interpreter: No, please stay just a little longer, until I have shown you a little more, and then you can go on. And he took him by the hand again and led him into a very dark room, where sat a man in an iron cage.

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Now the man seemed very sad. He sat with his eyes looking down to the ground, his hand folded together, and he sighed as if his heart was breaking.

The Interpreter told Christian to speak with the man. And Christian said to the man, What are you? Christian: What were you once? I once was, I thought, destined for the Celestial City, and rejoiced at the thought that I would be going there. Man: I am now a man of despair, and am shut up in it, as in this iron cage.

And now I cannot get out! Christian: How did you come to be in this condition? Man: I stopped watching myself and staying sober. I embraced my lusts and sinned against the light of the Word and the goodness of God.

I have grieved the Holy Spirit, and now He is gone. I tempted the Devil, and he is always around me. I have provoked God to anger, and He has left me. I have so hardened my heart that I cannot repent.

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Then Christian said to the Interpreter, Is there no longer hope for such a man as this? And the Interpreter said, Ask him. But Christian begged him to. Interpreter: Is there no hope, but that you must be kept in the iron cage of despair? Man: No, no hope at all. Interpreter: Why, the Son of the Blessed is very pitiful. Man: I have crucified Him to myself again and again.

Interpreter: For what did you bring yourself into this condition? Man: For the lusts, pleasures, and profits of this world, in the enjoyment of which I gave myself many delights; but now every one of those things bites me and gnaws at me like a burning worm. Interpreter: But cant you now repent? Man: God has denied me repentance. His Word gives me no encouragement to believe. He has Himself shut me up in this iron cage, and all the men in the world are not sufficient to break me out.

Oh, eternity! Now must I grapple with the misery that will be mine for eternity! Interpreter: Remember this mans misery, and let it be an everlasting caution.

Christian: Well, this is terrifying! God help me to keep watch and be sober, and to pray that I may not do those things that caused this mans misery. Sir, isnt it time for me to move on now? Interpreter: I want to show you one more thing, and then you can be on your way. So he took Christian by the hand and led him into a chamber where one was getting out of bed. And as this man put on his robe, he was trembling. Christian asked why this was so, and the Interpreter directed the man to tell him why.

As I looked up in my dream , I saw the clouds moving very rapidly, and then I heard the sound of a great trumpet, and I saw a Man sitting upon a cloud, surrounded by the whole host of heaven, and those were clothed in flaming fire. I heard a voice say, Arise, you who have died, and come to judgment. And the rocks broke, and the graves opened up, and the dead that were in them came forth. Some of them were ecstatic, and looked upward, but most tried to hide themselves under the mountains.

Cast them into the burning lake. Then He said to them, Gather My wheat into the garner69 and I saw many caught up and carried away into the clouds, but I was left behind. Christian: But what makes you so afraid of this sight? Man: I thought that the Day of Judgment had come and that I was not ready for it. But what really frightened me was that the angels gathered up many but left me behind; also, that the pit of hell opened its mouth just where I stood.

And I realized that the Judge always has His eye on me, with an indignant look on His face. Interpreter: Have you thought about all the things you have seen? Christian: Yes, and they have given me both hope and fear. Interpreter: Keep all these things in mind to spur you forward as you go along.

Then Christian prepared to resume his journey, and the Interpreter said, The Comforter is always with you, good Christian, to guide you in the way that leads to the City. So Christian went on his way: Here I have seen many things, unexpected but profitable, pleasant or dreadful, but all them will keep me focused on accomplishing what Ive begun. I will think about these things, and try to understand why they were shown to me.

Thank you, Interpreter. Now I saw in my dream, that the highway up which Christian was going, had a wall on either side, and that wall was called Salvation. He ran until he came to place where the road ascended just a bit, and at that place stood a cross with a sepulcher at the bottom.

And I saw in my dream that just as Christian got to the cross, his burden fell away from him, slipping off his back and landing at the mouth of the sepulcher.

It fell in, and I never saw it again. Then Christian was happy and felt light as a feather, and said merrily, He has given me rest by His sorrow, and life by His death. Then he stood awhile and pondered what had just happened, because 66 67 1 Cor And as he thought about his Lords sacrifice, he began to cry. As he stood there weeping, three angels came to him and saluted him.

Peace be with you, they said. Your sins have been forgiven, said the first angel. The second removed his old clothes and put on him a new, shining robe. Whos this?

The Pilgrim. Tis true: Old things are passed away, alls become new. Strange, hes another man! Upon my word-They be fine feathers that make a fine bird! Then Christian leaped three times for joy, and went on, singing: Thus far I have come, laden with my sin; nothing could ease the grief I was in, until I came here.

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What a place this is! Will here be the beginning of my bliss? Here has the burden fallen off of my back.

Here did the cords that bound it to me crack. Blest cross!

Blest sepulcher! Blest rather, be the One who was there put to shame for me! I saw then in my dream that he went on in this happy state until he reached a small valley, where he saw three men asleep in the field on the side of the road, and these men had shackles on their ankles.

The first was named Simple, the second Sloth, and the third Presumption. Christian went to them to wake them, and cried out, You are like those who sleep on top of a mast, for the Dead Sea is under you a bottomless sea. And if you are willing, I will help you remove your chains. For if he that goes about roaring like a lion should come by, you will certainly be devoured by him. Simple said, I see no danger. Sloth said, Just a little more sleep.

And Presumption said, I know full well what I am doing. Do not tell me what to do. And they all lay down to sleep again, and Christian went on his way.

Yet he was bothered by the thought that men in danger should put such low value on the kindness of one who freely offered to help them. And as he thought about this, he saw two men come tumbling over the wall on the side of the narrow way. They were named Formalism and Hypocrisy, and when they caught up with him, they began to converse with him: Christian: Gentlemen, where are you from, and where are you going? Both: We are from the land called Vanity, and were going for praise to Mount Zion. Christian: But why didnt you come in through the narrow gate at the beginning of this way?

Dont you know that it is written, that he who comes in not by the door but climbs up some other way is a thief and a robber? Christian: But wont our Lord view that as trespassing, and a violation of His revealed will? They told him that he didnt need to worry about that, because they had a longstanding custom of doing things that way, and could produce testimony that it had been done that way for two thousand years. Christian: Yes, but will your practice stand up in a court of law? Both: That custom, having been so long established, would now certainly be admitted as lawful by any impartial judge.

Besides, now that were in the way, what does it matter how we got in? If were in, were in. You came in via the gate, we came over the wall. Yet here we are together. How is your journey any better than ours? Christian: Because I walk in the manner that my Lord has ordained, while you walk in a manner of your own choosing.

In the Masters eyes, you are counted as thieves already, and I dont think youll be judged as true men when you get to the Celestial Gate.

You came in by yourselves, without His permission, and youll go out by yourselves, without His mercy. To this they had no answer, but only told him to mind his own business. Then all three went on without much conversation, except that Formalism and Hypocrisy told Christian that they held to the laws and ordinances as well as he did, and they did not see how he was any different from them other than the robe that he wore, which they sneered was probably given to him by his neighbors, to hide his nakedness.

Christian: Holding to laws and ordinances will not save you, because you did not come in by the door. And I thank Him for it, as I had nothing but rags before.

And I comfort myself as I go with the thought that when I arrive at the City, the Lord will know me as one of His own by the clothes that I wear the robe that He gave me freely on the day that He stripped me of my rags.

The Cross 8. Simple, Sloth and Presumption 9. Formalist and Hypocrisy The Hill Difficulty Timorous and Mistrust The Palace Beautiful Battle with Apollyon The Valley of the Shadow of Death Christian Meets with Faithful Talkative Vanity Fair By-ends The Hill Lucre By-path Meadow Doubting Castle The Delectable Mountains Ignorance The Flatterer Atheist The Enchanted Ground Ignorance Rejoins the Pilgrims Beulah Land The River of Death The Celestial City.

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