Great Expectations

My name is Mark Smith. I'm a guy who loves Jesus, His Word, and His Church. I am filled with Great Expectations for what the future will ultimately bring - Matthew 24:14.

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My favourite verse is Psalm 16:11, my other favourite verse is Acts 20:24, my other favourite verse is Habakkuk 3:17-19, and my other favourite verse is Matthew 24:14.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Pilgrim's Progress

I recently finished reading Pilgrim's Progress. I'd been wanting to read it for a long time but it never became quite high enough of a priority. After all, I had read Little Pilgrim's Progress to my campers at Galilean several times so I didn't know if I was missing much. But at the encouragement of something I read by J.I. Packer on Justin Taylor's blog and the encouragement from Averil (which came in the form of her handing me her copy of the book - in the original english that Bunyan wrote in! :o) I decided to read it. I'm happy that I read it. One of the parts that stuck out to me the most was the part that I read on Julian's blog in the summer.

Go to Julian's blog yourself to read his intro to this scene - especially if you don't know anything about who Pilgrim is and who Prudence is. Thanks, Julian, for alerting me to this scene ahead of time so that it hit me again when I read it.
PRUDENCE: Do you not think sometimes of the country from whence you came?

CHRISTIAN: Yea, but with much shame and detestation. Truly, if I had been mindful of that country from whence I came out, I might have had opportunity to have returned; but now I desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one (Heb. 11:15,16).

PRUDENCE: Do you not yet bear away with you some of the things that then you were conversant withal?

CHRISTIAN: Yes, but greatly against my will; especially my inward and carnal cogitations, with which all my countrymen, as well as myself, were delighted. But now all those things are my grief; and might I but choose mine own things, I would choose never to think of those things more: but when I would be a doing that which is best, that which is worst is with me (Rom. 7:15, 21).

PRUDENCE: Do you not find sometimes as if those things were vanquished, which at other times are your perplexity?

CHRISTIAN: Yes, but that is but seldom; but they are to me golden hours in which such things happen to me.

PRUDENCE: Can you remember by what means you find your annoyances at times as if they were vanquished?

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.

PRUDENCE: And what is it that makes you so desirous to go to Mount Zion?

CHRISTIAN: Why, there I hope to see Him alive that did hang dead on the cross; and there I hope to be rid of all those things that to this day are in me an annoyance to me: there they say there is no death, (Isa. 25:8; Rev. 21:4) and there I shall dwell with such company as I like best. For, to tell you the truth, I love Him because I was by Him eased of my burden; and I am weary of my inward sickness. I would fain be where I shall die no more, and with the company that shall continually cry, 'Holy, holy, holy.'


Blogger Julian Freeman said...

Great post. I had a friend of mine give me a copy of the dramatized audio version of Pilgrim's Progress done by (oddly enough) Answers in Genesis.

It was fantastic!

It totally adds perspective hearing things as dialogue, rather than just reading it in my own head.

I was able to get through the whole story in just a few car trips to and from school.

I highly recommend it!

Thursday, December 21, 2006 8:13:00 AM  

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