In this lesson, we continue to discuss the pilgrimmage of Christian as he meets Evangelist, goes to Wicket Gate, talks to Goodwill and then goes to the House of the Interpreter. Due to time constraints, we only deal more fully with two of the first 5 pictorial instructions, the dust, the swept floor and the maiden with a pitcher of water. (2) The wall with the fire, the casting of water on the one side of the fire, but it’s burning hotter. The last two pictures in the Interpreter’s House will be addressed, D V, next week.
This is the first of a number of Sunday School lessons taught at The Reformed Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, MI. This first lesson deals with the historical background, some biographical information. Then we transitioned to reading the first paragraphs of the book and commenting.
….When men see the badness of their own hearts, they are ready to be discouraged, but they are then in a more hopeful condition than before: If men be strangers to their own hearts, they will trust in themselves, and neglect Christ. God first discovers to them what they are, and then he discovers the excellency of Christ to them: men will never come to Christ, till they are convinced what corrupt, blind and dead creatures they are. And therefore the more God shews him of the badness of his heart, the more graciously he deals with him: The badness of the heart is matter of sorrow, but the sight of that badness is matter of encouragement; the more they see of that, the more hope there is of their being prepared for Christ.
Does this sermon need an introduction? I have narrated for 32 years, I have narrated this sermon many times. But I can assure you, this narration tonight never affected me so much. I poured my heart into it with the conviction that if I died tonight, I am glad to have ended on this note.