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minifter made these no words, my love, the subject of bis fer mon : From which, after, had a little opened the text, be observed these several conclufions :

1. That the church, and. so every facred foul, is Chrifto love, when loreless.

3. Christ'. love without a cause. 3. Chrift's love when kated of the world. 4. Christ's love when under temptation and desertion, 5. Christ's love from first to last,

The fermon (though very excellent) was nothing to him Bat that which most affected him was the application of th: fourth particular, which was, If it be , ibat ibe faria loul is Christ's love, when ander temptations, and under & fertion, then poor rempted foul, when thou art Raulted and allfitted with temptations and tbe bidings of God's face, yet fill Ibink or tbefe ewo words, My love. And as he was going home, these words came into his thoughts again, infomach that he said in his keart, What shall I get by thinking er sbeje words? And this tbought had so sooner past, batthers words began to kindle on his spirit, Tbou ari my love, ikti art my love, twenty times together; and still as they ran is his mind, they grow stronger and warmer, and began a lit. tle to revive him: But being fill between hope and fear, he said in his heart, But is it true?. But is it true? ingeminating the words. At which that fentence darted into his mind, He wilt not tbat it was true that was done unite bim of the angel, Ads xii. 9. And then he began to give place to the word which made this joyful found within his joul: Thou art my love, thou art my love, and nothing shall Separate thee from my love

Many more were his temptations at sundry times, and on divers occasions, but God delivered him out of them all, and at last fet his feet in a large place, Alling his soul with joy and gladness. About the year 1655 he was baptized, and admitted a member of the church at Bedford, who, having had experience of the grace of God that was in bia, and how eminently God had ficted him for the work of the minitry, he was carnestly, fored by the congregation to communicate to them those wiritual gifts with which Gou had blefled him. He at first very modeitly excufed himself, out of a sense of his own weakness and inability; but being further pressed unto it by them, he consented; but through

3 bathfulnest, did at first decline a publick asembly, and pensed his gift only in private among friends; but it was th so much life and power, and so exceedingly to their ification, that they could not but give thanks to the fa. er of mercies for the great grace he had befowed upon m. After this, when some of the congregation were send ith ia to the country to teach, they desir'd Mr. Bunyan to

along with them, which accordingly he did; & by their rfuafions, did exercise his gift (but ftill privately) anong e good people where he came : Which they also received ich rejoicing at the mercy of God thewed toward him, ofelling their fouls greatly edified thereby.

Some time after which, he was by folemo prayer to the ord, and fatting; more particularly called forth, and fet part for the more pablick preaching of the word of God; bich be entered upon with great fear and trembling, and ith a deep senso of his own unworthinefs : And God was leased to bless and prosper the work of his hand, so chat anay fouls were every where brough to lay hold upon the ord Jefus by believing, and to the receiving of the truth a the love thereof, through his ministry, to the praise and lory of God's grace, One remarkable inftance I cannot mii, and that is, That being to preach in a church in a ountry village (before the reitoratioa of King Charles) in Cambridgeshire, and the people being gatherd together in he church-yard, a Cambridge scholar, and none of the soPereit of them neither, enquired what the meaning of that concourse of people was (it being upon a week-day ;) and

eing told shar'one Bunyan a tinker was - to preach there, he gave a boy two-pence so bold his horse, saying, He was resolved to hear the tinker prate : And so he went into the church to hear him. But God met him there by his miniftry, so that he came out much changed, and would by his good-will hear none but the tinker for a long time after, he himself becoming a very eminent preacher in that country afterwards. This story I know to be true, having many times, discoursed with the man, and therefore I could no: but set it down as a fingular instance of the power of God that accompanied his minidry,

But a powerful ministry being the greatest enemy to the devil's kingdom, as chat'which plucks his vassals out of the very jaws of hell, no wonder thes, he rallied all his force at

gainst Mr. Bunyan ; for he having preached the gospel bout five years, was apprehended at a meeting, and carriet be ore a jufice of peace, who committed him to prilor though he offered security for his appearing at the next fer fions; his reason for it being, because his security sous not consent to being bound up that he should reach ne more to the people, At the feflions he was indicted for 21 vpholder and maintainer of unlawful assemblies agé Cooventicles, and for not conforming to the church of England Mr. Bungan was a man of a free and open spirit, & well not difienble to save himself, especially in his made eause, and therefore frankly owned bis being at a meeting and preaching to the people, and that he was a diffebtery from the establish'd worship, acknowledging (as she apolle Paul had done before bim) Tbat after the way which to called herejy, fo worshipped be the God of his fatbers. The justices took this open and plain dealing with them, for confeffion of the indictment, and sentenced him to perpetual banishment, because he refused to conform, in purloadce of an act made by the then parrliament. Upon which be was again conimitted to prisop, where, tho' his sentence of banishment was never exccuted upon him, yet he was kept in prison for twelve years together, bearing that recient in prisonment in an uncomfortable and close prison, and Sometimes under cruel and oppressive goalers, with ibat Chriiian patience and presence of mind, as became a minister of Jesus Christ, and such a capse as he was engaged in, and fuffered for.

But tho' his enemies Airred up thereto were very many, yet were they with-held by a divine power from executing the sentence of his banishment: For God had other work for him to do in England: And then his bonds and imprifonment, through the over-ruling providence of that God who is both wonderful in his counsel, and excellent i working, tending much to the furtherance of the gospel; ard by his suffering here,' he confirmed and fealed the truth, which before he had preached. It was by making him a viht in prison, that I first lari him.- and became acquainted with him ; and I muft profeís, I codid not but look upon him to be a man of an excellent spirit, zealous for his mafer's honour, and cbeartally committing all his own con cernment, unto God's disposal. When I was there, there

above threescore dissenters, besides himself there, taken a little before, at a religious meeting at Kaijtce, in the inty of Bedford; befides cwo eminent diffenting ministers, mit, Mr. Wheeler and Mr. Dun, (both very well known Bedfordshire, though long ance with God;) by which ans the prison was very crowded. Yet, in the midst of that hurry which so many new-comers occafion'd, I have ird Mr. Bunyan both preach and pray with that mighty rit of faith, and plethory of divine asliftance, that has de me fand and wonder. Nor did he, while he was in prison, spend his time in upine and careless manner, or cat the bread of idleness;

there I have been witness that his own hands have mitred to his, and to his families necessities, making nany ndred gross of long tagged thread laces, to Gll

up the cancies of his time, which he had learned for that

pur{e, fince he had been in prison. There also I surveyed 3 library, the least, and yet best that ever I saw, conliste g only of two books, a Bible, and the book of Martyrs, nd during his imprisonment (fince I have spoke of his brary) he writ several excellent and useful treatises ; parularly, The Holy City; Christian Behaviour ; The Resurrecn of ibe Dead; and Grace abounding to the chief of Sinners: ith several others. I cannot leave the subject of his imprisonment till I have ven the reader a taste of some of his experience there. e professed he never had so great an inlet in all his life, to the word of God as then. Those scriptures shat he w nothing in before, were eken in prison made to shine pon him. Jesus Christ also was never more real and apar nt to him than then: For ibere, said he, I have seen im and felt brm indeed: And that word, 2 Pet. i. 16. We ave not preached unto you cunning?y devised fables, was a blesd word unto hics there, He has at lome times been so arried up above all fears and temptations, that he has been ble to lawgh ar destruction, and to fear neither the horse or hio nider. There it was that God gave him sweet and recious tights of ihe forgiveness of his fins, and of his beag with jerus in another world. Yea, here it was that he ound upon every templation, that God hood by him, and Lebaked the ie wpter, But notwithslanding all this, he found he was a men

compalled

with infirmities, and that a concernment for his poor

wile and children, would now and then be thrusting in, the parting from whom would be to him like the pulling off the Heih from kis bones ; (for he was both a loving and tender husband, and an indulgent father, perhaps fomewhat to fault ;) and the many miseries, hardhips and wants that his poor family was like to meet withal, if he should be !aken from them, would often come into his mind, especially his daughter who was blind, which lay nearer his heart shan all the rest : And the thoughts of her enduring hardhip, would at some times be almok ready to break his beaut: But he found God gracious to him even in this particolar also, greatly fupporting him by these two feriptures, *. xxxix. 11. xv. 11. Leave thy fatherless childres, I wilt porJorive then alive : And let ihy widows trust in me:- The Lord Taid, Verily it fall go well will thy remnant : Verily I wil cause the enemy to ietreat thee well in the time of evil.

After this blessed man had suffered twelve years imprisos. nent for the testiinony of a good confcience, and stop the mouths of his greatest enemics, by his holy, harmless, and inoffenfive converfation, it pleased. God to ftir up the beart of Dr. Barlow, hifhop of Lincoln, to be a means of his deliverance; n I mention to this bishop's honour.

After the veing at liberty, he made it a great part of his hufiness to visit the saints of God abroad, paying his chris. tian acknowledgments to them, especially fuck whose hearts God had drawn forth to support him under his sufferings, preaching the gospel where-ever he came, and exhorting all nor to be afraid or ashamed of taking up the cross of Chrik, or to foriake the affembling of themselves together, tão' the laws were against it, as knowing that God ought to be obeyed before man, And for such as were under suffering: upon that core, he made it his particular care to get and find relief to them. He also took great care to visiç the sick, and to support them both externally and intereally, according to their wanır, and his ability. And God so blefled his mr.inifry, and accompanied it with his special presence, that many souls were brought to the acknowledge meñirof the truth as it is in Jesus.

He was also very ready and successful in reconciling the differences that were among God's people, where-ever he fcand then i and by that means ofien faved many families

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