While revelling in the beauties of the Country of Beulah, Christian and Hopeful were warned that they had two more difficulties to face before they would enter the Celestial City. What were these two difficulties? One writer has commented that they were “death without and unbelief within.”
Does God want us to live like mice on the Enchanted Ground? Is it God’s will for his people to sleep their way to the Celestial City?
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.
This place therefore represents the goal of Christian maturity that we all must aspire to, as we make our journey through the wilderness of this world.
Leaving the path will always led us into despair and doubting. One simple step of disobedience can have catastrophic consequences
THE LIFE AND LITERAURE OF JOHN BUNYAN Part 7 The Pilgrim’s Progress from this World to that Which is to Come; Faithful and Vanity Fair After passing through the dark and dangerous Valley of the Shadow of Death, Christian overtakes Faithful, also a former citizen of the City of Destruction. This lesson is a characterContinue reading “VANITY FAIR; The Courage of Faithful – John Bunyan’s Life and Literature (7)”
On leaving the fellowship and the peace of the Palace Beautiful, the pilgrim’s path now led Christian down a steep slope into a landscape dominated by two difficult and treacherous places named The Valley of Humiliation and The Valley of the Shadow of Death.
God’s will often leads us into places that the flesh finds to be most unpleasant. When called to stand alone for truth, to face opposition and criticism – the way is not easy. Yet this is the way that the Saviour himself took, our great inspiration
This cross which Bunyan depicts is bloodless. There is no crucifix, there is no dying Saviour thereon, it has been vacated yet it represents the price that has been paid. The Roman model of a cross still holding the Saviour is indicative of their mass and of the desire to offer Christ constantly. Our faith rests on a Saviour who died once, and it is on the merits of this one sacrifice that we stand
THE REMAINING BURDEN For some readers it seems surprising that after passing through the Wicket Gate, with the assistance of Good-Will, Christian’s burden remains. We should not necessarily assume, however, that assurance is a blessing that every converted soul instantly receives. Some struggle with the burden of assurance longing to be free of their horribleContinue reading “THE HOUSE OF THE INTERPRETER; The Life and Literature of John Bunyan Part 3”