BEULAH LAND; The Life and Literature of John Bunyan

Now I saw in my dream, that by this time the Pilgrims were got over the Enchanted Ground, and entering into the country of Beulah, whose air was very sweet and pleasant, the way lying directly through it, they solaced themselves there for a season.

ENCOUNTERS ALONG THE WAY; John Bunyan’s Life and Literature (10)

As this stage of the journey was descriptive of Bunyan’s ministry, he was indicating that those engaged in public service must be especially on their guard against the consequences of flattery and where it can lead.

A STRONGHOLD IN THE DAY OF TROUBLE; Nahum

Nahum’s prophecy, focuses upon the city of Nineveh, the capital of the Assyrian Empire. In this regard Nineveh is a fitting illustration of all the Kingdoms in the world today with their bustling cities and their vast populations. Judgement day was on the horizon for Nineveh. So it is for this world of sin in which we live.

JONAH; Salvation is of the Lord

Rather than simply being the reluctant prophet, his common persona, Jonah was given one of the most amazing missions in all of Old Testament history, a mission which foreshadowed the enlargement of God’s Kingdom in New Testament times. There is certainly more to this ancient prophet than meets the eye.

FAITH

Faith as a word, brings us into the heart and core of Christianity. Indeed, it is the word which defines the followers of Jesus, our belonging to the Christian Faith. With faith as a word, being loosely employed, to describe all religions, however, it is important that we are biblically precise in our understanding ofContinue reading “FAITH”

FROM THE CITY OF DESTRUCTION TO THE WICKET GATE; The Life and Literature of John Bunyan Part 2

Bunyan is the master of the Christian allegory.  An allegory is a metaphor, a means of communicating a message by the means of symbols, like our Saviour’s parables.  The author begins by presenting himself as falling asleep while walking “through the wilderness of this world” and in his dream, he sees a man, the pilgrim called “Christian”, who as he reveals later was initially known as “Graceless”.

ISAIAH; The Prophet of Grace

Part 24 Isaiah: The Prophet of Grace          Key Text: Chapter 40:1 “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.”   Isaiah commences a section known in our Bible as the Major Prophets.  The Jews, however, called this section the Latter Prophets or the Writing Prophets.  The latter title emphasised thatContinue reading “ISAIAH; The Prophet of Grace”

THE SONG OF SOLOMON; The Voice of My Beloved

“Solomon in his naivety thought that he could enjoy whatever woman he desired because he offered everything by way of riches and material comfort.  In the case of this young woman, however, he could not give her what her Shepherd could supply, true love.”

THE SPIRIT OF HOLINESS; The Doctrine of the Trinity (19)

The term sanctification means to be set apart for God. Sanctification is the ongoing process of dying unto sin and living unto righteousness…People progressing in Sanctification are being changed in their hearts by the Holy Ghost into the likeness of Christ.