Wednesday, January 18, 2012

House of the Interpreter

Pilgrim's Progress Virtual Journey

The "Pilgrim's Progress Virtual Journey" is a "blog hop" (if you will) based on John Bunyan's THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS. Each of my posts (at the start of the "hop") will contain a "place" and "characters" from the literature. Last week's can be found here. Today's is:

House of the Interpreter

1st Stop - Goodwill: Grace to You
2nd Stop - The Interpreter: Eternal Perspective Ministries
3rd Stop - Innocent: Apert.org
4th Stop - Mr. Great-Heart: Campfire Cowboy Ministries
Final Stop(s) - Shining Ones: Flowing Faith and Ordinarily Extraordinary

“This parlor, said the Interpreter, is the heart of a man who 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 sprinkled it is the gospel. Now you saw that as soon as the first began to sweep the dust flew about the room so that it could not be cleaned, and you were almost choked with it. This is to show you that the law, instead of cleansing the heart by its working, from sin, does revive, strengthen and increase sin in the soul even as it does discover and forbid it. For the law does not give power to subdue sin. Again, you saw the young woman sprinkle the room with water, upon which it was cleansed with pleasure. This is to show you that when the sweet and precious influence of the gospel comes into the heart then sin is vanquished and subdued and the soul made clean and, consequently, fit for the king of glory to inhabit.” ~THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS
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