A book in his hand and a great burden upon his back…
Encounter with Apollyon:
“What I promised thee was in my nonage; and, besides, I count that the Prince under whose banner I now stand is able to absolve me”.
“But, as God would have it, while Apollyon was fetching his last blow, thereby to make a full end of this good man, Christian nimbly reached out his hand for his sword, and caught it, saying, Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy! when I fall, I shall arise! (Micah 7:8); and with that gave him a deadly thrust, which made him give back, as one that had received his mortal wound. Christian, perceiving that, made at him again, saying, Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. (Romans 8:37,39; James 4:7).
Walking with the Faithful:
“We can walk as companions in this so pleasant a path”.
“Then I asked him how many children he had. He said that he had but three daughters, ‘The Lust of the Flesh, the Lust of the Eyes and the Pride of Life’ (1 John 2:16)
About the Talkative:
“for he is best abroad; near home he is ugly enough”
“His house is as empty of religion as the white of an egg is of savour. There is neither prayer nor sign of repentance for sin;…”
“A saint abroad and a devil at home”
The work of Grace:
“It gives him conviction of sin, especially of the defilement of his nature and the sin of unbelief, for the sake of which he is sure to be damned, if he findeth not mercy at God’s hand, by faith in Jesus Christ” (Mark 16:16, John 16:8,9, Romans 7:24)
“the absolute necessity of closing with Him for life”