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Christian sleeps in the Chamber of Peace.
He did, was, that He did it out of pure love to this country. And, besides, there were some of them of the household that said they had been and spoke with Him since he did die on the Cross; and they have attested that they had it from his own lips, that He is such a lover of poor Pilgrims, that the like is not to be found from the east to the west.
They moreover gave an instance of what they affirmed: and that was, He had stripped himself of his glory, that he might do this for the poor; and that they heard him say and affirm, that he would not dwell in the mountain of Zion alone. They said, moreover, that he had made many Pilgrims Princes, though by nature they were beggars born, and their original had been the dunghill. (1 Sam. ii. 8. Psalm cxiii. 7.)
Thus they discoursed together till late at night; and, after they had committed themselves to their Lord for protection, they betook themselves to rest; the Pilgrim they laid in a large upper chamber, whose window opened towards the sunrising: the name of the chamber was Peace, where he slept till break of day, and then he awoke
Where am I now? Is this the love and care
So in the morning they all got up; and after some more discourse, they told him, that he should not depart till they had shown him the Rarities of that place. And, first, they had him into the study, where they showed him Records of the greatest antiquity; in which, as I remember in my dream, they showed him the pedigree of the Lord of the Hill, that he was the Son of the Ancient of Days, and came by that eternal generation. Here also was more fully recorded the acts that he had done, and the names of many hundreds that he had taken into his service; and how he had placed them in such habitations that could, neither by length of days, nor decays of nature, be dissolved.
Then they read to him some of the worthy acts that some of his
1 That peace of conscience and serenity of mind which follow a humble upright profession of faith in Christ, and communion with him and his people, is here represented by the chamber of Peace.
Is shown the Rarities of the Palace.
servants had done; as how they had subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, and turned to flight the armies of the aliens. (Heb. xi. 33, 34.)
Then they read again in another part of the Records of the house, where it was shown how willing their Lord was to receive into his favour any, even any, though they in time past had offered great affronts to his person and proceedings. Here also were several other histories of many other famous things, of all which Christian had a view; as of things both ancient and modern, together with prophecies and predictions of things that have their certain accomplishment, both to the dread and amazement of enemies, and the comfort and solace of Pilgrims.
The next day they took him and had him into the Armoury, where they showed him all manner of furniture which their Lord had provided for Pilgrims; as sword, shield, helmet, breast-plate, all-prayer, and shoes that would not wear out; and there was here enough of this to harness out as many men for the service of their Lord, as there be stars in the heaven for multitude.
They also showed him some of the engines with which some of his servants had done wonderful things. They showed him Moses's rod, the hammer and nail with which Jael slew Sisera, the pitchers, trumpets, and lamps, too with which Gideon put to flight the armies of Midian. Then they showed him the ox's goad, wherewith Shamgar slew six hundred men. They showed him also the jaw-bone with which Samson did such mighty feats. They showed him, moreover, the sling and stone with which David slew Goliah of Gath; and the sword also with which the Lord will kill the Man of Sin in that day that he shall rise up to the prey.” They showed him, besides, many excellent things, with which Christian was much delighted. This done, they went to their rest again.
1 The provision made in Christ and his fulness, for maintaining and increasing, in the hearts of his people, those holy affections, by the vigorous exercise of which victory is obtained over all enemies, is here represented by the Armoury, Eph. vi. 10—18. 1 Thess. v. 6.
2 These allusions intimate that the means of grace are made effectual by the power of God, which we should depend on, in implicit obedience to his appointments.