Archive for the ‘John Bunyan’ Category

a man who stood as if he pleaded with men

December 8, 2009

As a preacher Bunyan was described as ‘a man who stood as if he pleaded with men.’

Quoted in Faith Cook, Fearless Pilgrim: The Life and Times of John Bunyan, Evangelical Press, 2008, p.425

He himself said:

O that they who have heard me speak this day did but see as I do what sin, death, hell, and the curse of God is; and also what the grace, and love, and mercy of God is, through Christ, to men…And, indeed, I did often say in my heart before the Lord, That if to be hanged up presently before their eyes would be a means to awaken them…I gladly should be contented.

ibid., p.430

when I think what I saw at the cross, that will do it; and when I look upon my broidered coat, that will do it; and when I look into the roll that I carry in my bosom, that will do it

December 8, 2009

…when I think what I saw at the cross, that will do it; and when I look upon my broidered coat, that will do it; and when I look into the roll that I carry in my bosom, that will do it; and when my thoughts wax warm about whither I am going, that will do it.

Christian, in Pilgrim’s Progress, on how to fight sin, quoted in Faith Cook, Fearless Pilgrim: The Life and Times of John Bunyan, Evangelical Press, 2008, p.284

Union with Christ is the foundation of all saints’ communion; and not any ordinances of Christ, or any judgment or opinion about externals

December 8, 2009

Now, concerning your admission of members… this much I think expedient…that after you are satisfied in the work of grace in the party you are to join with, the said party do solemnly declare (before some of the church at least), That Union with Christ is the foundation of all saints’ communion; and not any ordinances of Christ, or any judgment or opinion about externals…

John Bunyan on the examination of applicants for church membership, quoted in Faith Cook, Fearless Pilgrim: The Life and Times of John Bunyan, Evangelical Press, 2008, p.281-2

Christian saw a picture of a very grave person hang up against the wall; and this was the fashion of it: it had eyes lifted up to heaven, the best of books in his hand, the law of truth was written upon his lips, the world was behind his back; he stood as if he pleaded with men, and a crown of gold didst hang over his head

December 8, 2009

Christian saw a picture of a very grave person hang up against the wall; and this was the fashion of it: it had eyes lifted up to heaven, the best of books in his hand, the law of truth was written upon his lips, the world was behind his back; he stood as if he pleaded with men, and a crown of gold didst hang over his head.

John Bunyan’s picture of a true and faithful pastor, quoted in Faith Cook, Fearless Pilgrim: The Life and Times of John Bunyan, Evangelical Press, 2008, p.276

The ‘crown of gold’ stands for perseverance.

In times of affliction we commonly meet with the sweetest experiences of the love of God

December 8, 2009

I never knew what it was for God to stand by me at all turns… as I have found him since I came in hither (in prison)…In times of affliction we commonly meet with the sweetest experiences of the love of God . . . . Jesus Christ was never more real and apparent than now.

John Bunyan, in Faith Cook, Fearless Pilgrim: The Life and Times of John Bunyan, Evangelical Press, 2008, p.209

If I am out of prison today, I will preach the gospel tomorrow by the help of God

December 8, 2009

If I am out of prison today, I will preach the gospel tomorrow by the help of God.

John Bunyan in reply to the judgement of the court, which was as follows:

You must be had back again to prison, and lie there for three months following; and, at the three months’ end, if you do not submit, and go to church to hear Divine service, and leave your preaching, you must be banished the realm; and if, after such a day as shall be appointed you to be gone, you shall be found in this realm, yon must stretch by the neck for it.

Faith Cook, Fearless Pilgrim: The Life and Times of John Bunyan, Evangelical Press, 2008, pp.197-8

If it is a sin to meet together and seek the face of God, and exhort one another to follow Christ, then I will sin still

December 8, 2009

If it is a sin to meet together and seek the face of God, and exhort one another to follow Christ, then I will sin still.

John Bunyan at his trial when accused of not following his calling as  tinker by preaching the gospel. This statement condemned him for attending a coventicle (non-conformist gathering) and he spent 12 years in Bedford gaol for it. Quoted in Faith Cook, Fearless Pilgrim: The Life and Times of John Bunyan, Evangelical Press, 2008, p.197

Oh! the thoughts of the hardship I thought my poor blind one might go under, would break my heart to pieces

December 8, 2009

But notwithstanding these helps, I found myself a man and compassed with infirmities; the parting with my wife and poor children, hath often been to me in this place, as the pulling the flesh from the bones, and that not only because I am somewhat too fond of these great mercies, but also because I should have often brought to my mind the many hardships, miseries, and wants that my poor family was like to meet with, should I be taken from them, especially my poor blind child, who lay nearer my heart than all besides: Oh! the thoughts of the hardship I thought my poor blind one might go under, would break my heart to pieces.

Poor child! thought I, what sorrow art thou like to have for thy portion in this world! Thou must be beaten, must beg, suffer hunger, cold, nakedness, and a thousand calamities, though I cannot now endure the wind should blow upon thee. But yet recalling myself, thought I, I must venture you all with God, though it goeth to the quick to leave you: Oh! I saw in this condition I was as a man who was pulling down his house upon the head of his wife and children; yet, thought I, I must do it, I must do it.

John Bunyan, on the consequences of refusing to conform and being sent to prison for the truth of Scripture, in Grace Abounding 327-328, quoted in Faith Cook, Fearless Pilgrim: The Life and Times of John Bunyan, Evangelical Press, 2008, pp.188-9

I begged of God that if I might do more good by being at liberty than in prison, that then I might be set at liberty; but if not, His will be done

December 8, 2009

I was not at all daunted but rather glad, and saw evidently that the Lord had heard me; for before I went down to the justice, I begged of God that if I might do more good by being at liberty than in prison, that then I might be set at liberty; but if not, His will be done; for I was not altogether without hopes but that my imprisonment might be an awakening to the saints in the country, therefore I could not tell well which to choose; only I, in that manner, did commit the thing to God.

John Bunyan, on the prospect of imprisonment, in Faith Cook, Fearless Pilgrim: The Life and Times of John Bunyan, Evangelical Press, 2008, p.188

if ever I would suffer rightly, I must first pass a sentence of death upon every thing that can be properly called a thing of this life

December 8, 2009

… if ever I would suffer rightly, I must first pass a sentence of death upon every thing that can be properly called a thing of this life, even to reckon myself, my wife, my children, my health, my enjoyment, and all, as dead to me, and myself as dead to them. The second was, to live upon God that is invisible.

John Bunyan on “But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God that raiseth the dead.” 2 Cor. 1: 9.