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thee, that when the gospel comes, in the sweet and precious influences thereof, to the heart; just as thou sawest the damsel lay the dust by sprinkling the floor with water, so sin is vanquished and subdued, and the foul made clean, through faith, and consequently fit for the King of Glory to inhabit.
I saw, moreover, in my dream, That the Interpreter took him by the hand, and had him into a little room, where fat two little children, each one in his chaird. The name of the eldest was Passion, and the name of the other Patience. Passion seemed to be much discontented, but Patience was very quiet. Then Christian asked, What was the reason of the discontent of Paffion? The Interpreter anfwered, The governor of them would have him stay for his best things till the beginning of the next year; but he will have all now: but Patience is willing to wait. Then I saw that one came to Passion and brought him a bag of treasure, and poured it down at his feet; which he took up and rejoiced therein, and withal laughed Patience to scorn. It was but a little while and I beheld that he had lavished all away, and had nothing left him but rags.
Then said Chriftian to the Interpreter, Expound this matter more fully to me. So he said, These
d Passion represents the rebellion and disobedience of the carnal mind: Patience represents that true obedience which confifts in submission to the will of God. When Patience has the perfect work of Jesus to lean upon, then the soul can see itself perfect and entire in him, lacking nothing.
two lads are figures; Passion, of the men of this world, and Patience, of the men of that which is to come; for, as here thou seest Passion will have all now, this year; that is to say, in this world: so are the men of this world; they must have all their good things now, they cannot stay till next year, that is, until the next world, for their portion of good. That proverb, A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, is of more authority with them, than all the divine testimonies of the good to be enjoyed in the world to come. As thou fawest, that he had quickly lavished all away, and had presently left himself nothing but rags; so will it be with all such men at the end of this world.
Chr. Now I see that Patience has the best wisdom, and that upon many accounts. I. Because he stays for the best things. 2. Because he will have the glory of his, when the other has nothing
Int. Nay, you may add another, viz. That the glory of the next world will never wear out; but the glory of this is suddenly gone. Therefore Passion had not so much reason to laugh at Patience, because he had his good things first, as Patience will have to laugh at Passion, because he had his best things last: for first must give place to last, because last must have its time to come : but last gives place to nothing; for there is not another to succeed it. He therefore that hath his portion first, must needs have a time to spend it; but he that has his portion
last, must have it lastingly; therefore it is said of Dives, “ In thy lifetime thou receivedst thy good “ things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now " he is comforted, and thou art tormented.”
Cbr. Then I perceive that it is not best to covet things which are now, but to wait for things to come.
Int. You say truth: “ For the things that are “ seen are temporal; but the things that are not « seen are eternal.” But though this be fo, yet, since things present, and our fleshly appetites, are such near neighbours one to another; and again, because things to come and carnal sense, are such strangers one to another; therefore it is, that the first of these do fo fuddenly fall in love with each other, and that there is such a distance continually between the second.
Then I saw, in my dream, that the Interpreter took Christian by the hand, and led him into a place where was a fire burning against a wall, and one standing by it, always casting much water upon it, to quench it; yet did the fire burn higher and hotter.
Then said Christian, What means this?
• The security of the saints lies in their comexion with Je. sus, their living head; their happiness lies in communion with him; their life is maintained by communication from him, out of whose fullness they receive grace for grace; thus nourishment is administered, and the flame of divine love is kept alive, so that many waters cannot quench it.
The Interpreter answered, This fire is the work of grace which is wrought in the heart; he who casts water upon it, to extinguish and put it out, is the Devil: but, in that thou feeft the fire notwithstanding burning higher and hotter, thou shalt also see the reason of that. So he had him to the backside of the wall, where he saw a man with a vessel of oil in his hand, some of which he did also continually cast (but secretly) into the fire.
Then said Christian, What means this?
The Interpreter answered, This is Christ, who continually, with the oil of his grace, maintains the work already begun in the heart : by means of which, notwithstanding all that the devil can do, the fouls of his people prove gracious still. Thou sawest that the man stood behind the wall to maintain the fire; this is to teach thee, that it is hard for the tempted to see how the work of grace is maintained in the soul.
I saw also, that the Interpreter took him again by the hand, and led him into a pleasant place; where was built a stately palace, beautiful to behold: at the fight of which Christian was greatly delighted. He saw also upon the top thereof certain persons walking, who were clothed all in gold.
Then said Christian, May we go in thither?
Then the Interpreter took him and led him up towards the door of the palace; and behold, at the door stood a great company of men, as desirous to go in, but durft not. There alfo sat a man at a little distance from the door, at a table, with a book, and his inkhorn before him; to take the name of him who should enter therein : there stood also, in the door-way, many men in armour to keep it', being resolved to do to the men that would enter what hurt and mischief they could. Now was Christian fomewhat in amaze: at last, when every man started back for fear of the armed men, Christian faw a man of a very stout countenance come up to the man that fat there to write, saying, Set down my name, Sir; when this was done, he saw the man draw his sword, and put an helmet upon his head, and rush toward the door upon the armed men, who laid
upon him with deadly force: but the man, not at all discouraged, fell to, cutting and hacking most fiercely. After he had received and given many wounds to those who attempted to keep him out, he cut his way through them all, and pressed forward into the palace. Upon this there was a pleasant voice heard from those who were within, even from those who walked upon the top of the palace, saying,
Come in, come in;
Eternal glory thou shalt win. So he went in, and was clothed with the same garments as theirs. Then Christian smiled, and said, I think verily I know the meaning of this.
f The fight of faith lies in forcing our way through a crowd of opposers, and seeking rest and refuge in Christ, who is a strong tower, into which the righteous fy and are fafe.