is in heaven. And methought withal I saw, with
the eyes of my soul, Jesus Christ at God’s right
hand. I saw also, moreover, that it was not
my good frame of heart that made my righteousness better,
nor my bad frame that made my righteousness worse,
for my righteousness was Jesus Christ Himself, the
same yesterday, to-day, and for ever . . . Again,
oh, what did I see in that blessed sixth of John:
Him that cometh to Me I will in nowise cast out.
I should in those days often flounce toward that
promise as horses do toward sound ground that yet stick
in the mire. Oh! many a pull hath my heart had
with Satan for this blessed sixth of John . . .
And, again, as I was thus in a muse, that Scripture
also came with great power upon my spirit: Not
by works of righteousness which we have done, but
according to His mercy He saved us. Now was I
got on high: I saw my self within the arms of
Grace and Mercy, and though I was before afraid to
think of a dying hour, yet now I cried: Let me
die. Now death was lovely and beautiful in my
sight; for I saw that we shall never live indeed till
we be gone to the other world. Heirs of God,
methought, heirs of God! God himself is the portion
of His saints. This did sweetly revive my spirit,
and help me to hope in God; which when I had with
comfort mused on a while, that word fell with great
weight upon my mind: Oh Death, where is thy sting?
Oh Grave, where is thy victory? At this I became
both well in body and mind at once, for my sickness
did presently vanish, and I walked comfortably in my
work for God again.’
Such were some of the many keys by the use of which
God let John Bunyan so often out of despair into full
assurance and out of darkness into light. Which
of the promises have been of such help to you?
Over what Scriptures have you ever cried out:
Oh, how good a thing it is for God to send me His
word! Which are the biggest words in all the
Bible to you? To what promise did you ever flounce
as a horse flounces when he is sticking in the mire?
And has any word of God so made God your God that
even death itself, since it alone separates you from
His presence, is lovely and beautiful in your eyes?
Have you a cluster of such keys in your bosom?
If you have, take them all out to-night and go over
them again with thanksgiving before you sleep.
’I will give you pastors after
Mine own heart, which shall feed you
with knowledge and understanding.’
The Delectable Mountains rise out of the heart of
Immanuel’s Land. This fine range of far-rolling
hills falls away on the one side toward the plain
of Destruction, and on the other side toward the land
of Beulah and the Celestial City, and the way to the
Celestial City runs like a bee-line over these well-watered
pastures. Standing on a clear day on the highest
peak of the Delectable Mountains, if you have good
eyes you can see the hill Difficulty in the far-back