Bunyan Characters (1st Series) eBook

Alexander Whyte
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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

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