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CHRISTIAN COMES TO THE HOUSE OF
things. Then Christian took his leave of his friend, and he again bid him God speed.
Then he went ou, till he came at the house of the CHRISTIAN Comes Interpreter,* where he knocked over and THE INTERPRETER. over. At last one came to the door, and asked who was there?
CAR. Sir, here is a traveller, who was bid by an acquaintance of the goodman of this house to call here for my profit; I would therefore speak with the master of the house.
So he called for the master of the house, who, after a little time, came to Christian, and asked him what he would have.t
Chr. Sir, said Christian, I am a man that am come from the city of Destruction, and am going to the Mount Zion; and I was told by the man that stands at the gate at the head of this way, that, if I called here, you would show me excellent things, such as would be helpful to me on my journey.
INTER. Then said the Interpreter, Come in ; I will HE IS ENTERTAINED. show thee that which will be profitable to thee. So he commanded his man to light the
ILLUMINATION. candle, and bid Christian follow him; so he had him into a private room, and bid his man open a door; the which, when he had done, Christian saw N SEES the picture of a very grave person hang
up against the wall ; and this was the THE PASHION OF fashion of it: it had eyes lifted up to
A BRAVE PICTURE,
* Christian comes to the house of the Interpreter, which means the Lord the Spirit, the teacher of his people.
+ Christians too often go to consult with men, instead of the Lord himself; this is a fault and a folly.
10 how loving, how condescending, is the Spirit of God to poor miserable sinners!
MEANING OF THE PICTURE
heaven, the best of books in his hand, the law of truth was written upon its lips, the world was behind its back; it stood as if it pleaded with men, and a crown of gold did hang over its head.
Chr. Then said Christian, What meaneth this?
INTER. The man whose picture this is, is one of a thousand; he can beget children, travail in birth with children,' and nurse them himself when they are born. And whereas thon seest him with his eyes lift up to heaven, the best of books in his hand, and the law of truth writ on his lips: it is to show thee, that his work is to know and unfold dark things to sinners; even as also thou seest him stand as if he pleaded with men: and whereas thou seest the world as cast behind him, and that a crown hangs over his head; that is to show thee, that slighting and despising the things that are present for the love that he hath to his Master's service, he is sure in the world that comes next to have glory for his reward. Now, said the Interpreter, I have showed thee WHY HE SHOWED this picture first, because the man whose pirst. picture this is, is the only man whom the Lord of the place whither thou art going hath authorized to be thy guide in all difficult places thou mayest meet with in the way. Wherefore take good heed to what I have showed thee, and bear well in thy mind what thou hast seen ; lest in thy journey thou meet with some that pretend to lead thee right, but their way goes down to death.*
IIM THIS PICTURE
t Gal. iv. 19.
s 1 Cor. iv, 15. * This is a true picture of a gospel minister, one whom the Lord the Spirit has called and qualified for preaching the everlasting gospel. He is one who despises the world—is dead to its pleasures and joys; his chief aim is to exalt and glorify the Lord Jesus, his atoning blood, justifying righteousness, and finished salvation; and his greatest glory
the Spirit who des pistes del glorifiye
Then he took him by the hand, and led him into a very large parlour, that was full of dust, because never swept; the which, after he had reviewed it a little while, the Interpreter called for a man to sweep. Now, when he began to sweep, the dust began so abundantly to fly about, that Christian had almost therewith been choked. Then said the Interpreter to a damsel that stood by, Bring hither water, and sprinkle the room ; the which when she had done, it was swept and cleansed with pleasure.
Chr. Then said Christian, What means this?
INTER. The Interpreter answered, This parlour is the heart of a man that was never sanctified by the sweet grace of the gospel : the dust is his original sin, and inward corruptions that have defiled the whole man. He that began to sweep at first is the law; but she that brought water, and did sprinkle it, is the gospel. Now, whereas thou sawest that so soon as the first began to sweep, the dust did so fly about, that the room by him could not be cleansed, but that thou wast almost choked therewith ; this is to show thee, that the law, instead of cleansing the heart ( by its working) from sin, doth revive, put strength into, and increase it in the soul, even as it doth discover and forbid it; for it doth not give power to subdue."
u Rom. v. 20. vij. 7–11. I Cor. xv. 56.
is to bring sinners to Christ, to point him out as the one way to them, and to edify and build up saints in him. But there are many who profess to do this, but turn poor sinners out of the way, and point them to a righteousness of their own for justification in whole or in part of these the Spirit teaches us to beware: the former, he leads and directs souls to love and esteem highly for their labours and faith in the Lord, and zeal for his honour and glory, and for the salvation of souls. Take heed what you hear, Mark iv. 24.
Again, as thou sawest the damsel sprinkle the room with water, upon which it was cleansed with pleasure ; this is to show thee, that when the gospel comes in the sweet and precious influences thereof to the heart, then, I say, even as thou sawest the damsel lay the dust by sprinkling the floor with water, so is sin vanquished and subdued, and the soul made clean, through the faith of it, and consequently fit for the King of glory to inhabit.**
I saw moreover in my dream, that the Interpreter took him by the hand, and had him into a little room, where sat two little children, each one in HE SHOWED HIM his chair. The name of the eldest was Tience. Passion, and the name of the other Patience. Passion seemed to be much discontented, but Patience was very quiet. Then Christian asked, What is the reason of the discontent of Passion ? The Interpreter answered, The governor of them would have him stay for his best things till the beginning of the next year; but he will have all waitING. now. But Patience is willing to wait.
PASSION AND PA
PASSION WILL HAVE IT NOW.
PATIENCE IS FOR WAITING.
John xiv. 21–23. xv. 3. Acts xv. 9. Rom. xvi. 25, 26. Eph. v. 26. * Now judge by this, whether you are under the law, or the Gospel. Have you ever found in yourself what is here described ? 1. Of the law, have you ever felt your lusts and corruptions irritated, and sin made to abound in you, as to your perception and feeling, by the commandment working in you all manner of concupiscence ? for without the law, sin was dead, Rom. vii. 8. Has the application of the law to your conscience made sin to revive in you, so as that you died to all your former hopes of being justified by your obedience to the law? If not, you are yet dead in sin, and cleave to legal hopes and vain confidences. But if through the law you are become dead to the law, has the Gospel come to you with its reviving, comforting, sanctifying influence ? Has it made Christ's blood and righteousness precious to your soul, and given you the victory of faith over the law, sin, and death. If so, go on your way rejoicing.
PASSION HATH HIS DESIRE, AND QUICKLY LAVISHES ALL AWAY.
Then I saw that one came to Passion, and brought
him a bag of treasure, and poured it down VISHES at his feet: the which he took up, and rejoiced therein, and withal laughed Patience to scorn. But I beheld but a while, and he had lavished all away, and had nothing left him but rags.
Chr. Then said Christian to the Interpreter, Expound this matter more fully to me.
INTER. So he said, These two lads are figures, Passion of the men of this world, and Patience of the men of that which is to come: for, as here thou seest, Passion will have all now, this year, that is to say, in this world; so are the men of this world: they must have all their good things now; they cannot stay till the next year, that is, until the next world, for their portion of good. THE WORLDLY MAN That proverb, “ A bird in the hand is worth
two in the bush,” is of more authority with them, than are all the divine testimonies of the good of the world to come. But as thou sawest that he had quickly lavished all away, and had presently left him nothing but rags; so will it be with all such men at the end of this world.* Chr. Then said Christian, Now I see that Patience
HAD has the best wisdom, and that upon many THE BEST WISDOM. accounts. 1. Because be stays for the best things. 2. And also because he will have the glory of his, when the other has nothing but rags.
INTER. Nay, you may add another, to wit, the glory
FOR A BIRD IN THE
* Carnal men seek nothing more than the gratification of their senses : their end will be the loss of all things, and the destruction of their souls. But the just live by faith on Jesus, and in hope of joys to come: their end will be glorious; for they shall receive the end of their faith, the salvation of their souls, and the everlasting enjoyment of Christ in glory.