Bunyan wrote, “To see a prince entreat a beggar to receive an alms would be a strange sight; to see a king entreat a traitor to accept of mercy would be a stranger sight than that; but to see God entreat a sinner, to hear Christ say, ‘I stand at the door and knock,’ with a heart full and a heaven full of grace to bestow upon him that opens, this is such a sight as dazzles the eyes of angels. Prior to his conversion, while under deep conviction of sin, Bunyan confessed to be jealous of animals because they did not have a soul to account for before God.
Bunyan’s first imprisonment which lasted for twelve years was based upon no formal charge and no legal sentence. At points throughout this period, certain jailers permitted Bunyan to leave prison in order to preach.
On his deathbed, Bunyan said to those who gathered around him, “Weep not for me, but for yourselves. I go to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will, no doubt, through the mediation of his blessed Son, receive me, though a sinner; where I hope we ere long shall meet, to sing the new song, and remain everlastingly happy, world without end.”
Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress sold more than 100,000 copies in its first decade in print and has since been reprinted in at least 1,500 editions and translated into more than two hundred languages.
- from "To God’s Glory: Lessons on Puritanism" by Joel R. Beeke and Nicholas J. Thompson
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