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Bunyan Characters First Series

By Alexander Whyte

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   1. EVANGELIST - 'Do the work of an evangelist.'--Paul to Timothy. On the 1st of June 1648 a very bitter fight was fought at Maidstone, in Kent, between the Parliam
   2. OBSTINATE - 'Be ye not as the mule.'--David. Little Obstinate was born and brought up in the City of Destruction. His father was old Spare-the-Rod, and his mot
   3. PLIABLE - 'He hath not root in himself.'--Our Lord. With one stroke of His pencil our Lord gives us this Flaxman-like outline of one of his well-known hearer
   4. HELP - 'I was brought low, and He helped me.'--David. The Slough of Despond is one of John Bunyan's masterpieces. In his description of the slough, Bunyan
   5. MR. WORLDLY-WISEMAN - 'Wise in this world.'--Paul. Mr. Worldly-Wiseman has a long history behind him on which we cannot now enter at any length. As a child, the little w
   6. GOODWILL, THE GATEKEEPER - 'Goodwill.'--Luke 2. 14. 'So in process of time Christian got up to the gate. Now there was written over the gate, Knock, and it shall be opened un
   7. THE INTERPRETER - 'An interpreter, one among a thousand.'--Elihu. We come to-night to the Interpreter's House. And since every minister of the gospel is an interpret
   8. PASSION - 'A man subject to like passions as we are.'--James 5. 17. That was a very significant room in the Interpreter's House where our pilgrim saw Passion
   9. PATIENCE - 'In your patience possess ye your souls.' (Revised Version: 'In your patience ye shall win your souls.')--Our Lord. 'I saw moreover in my dream tha
   10. SIMPLE, SLOTH, AND PRESUMPTION - 'Ye did run well, who did hinder you?'--Paul. It startles us not a little to come suddenly upon three pilgrims fast asleep with fetters on their he
   11. THE THREE SHINING ONES AT THE CROSS - 'Salvation shall God appoint for walls.'--Isaiah. John Bunyan's autobiography, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, is the best of all our comm
   12. FORMALIST AND HYPOCRISY - 'A form of godliness.'--Paul. We all began our religious life by being formalists. And we were not altogether to blame for that. Our parents were f
   13. TIMOROUS AND MISTRUST - 'There is a lion in the way.'--The Slothful Man. 'I must venture.'--Christian. 'I at any rate must venture,' said Christian to Timorous and Mist
   14. PRUDENCE - 'Let a man examine himself.'--Paul. Let a man examine himself, says the apostle to the Corinthians, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of t
   15. CHARITY - 'I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.'--David. There can be nobody here to-night so stark stupid as to suppose that the pilgrim had ru
   16. SHAME - 'Whosoever shall be ashamed of Me, and of My words, of him shall the Son of Man be ashamed, when He shall come in His own glory, and in His Father's,
   17. TALKATIVE - 'A man full of talk.'--Zophar. 'Let thy words be few.'--The Preacher. 'The soul of religion is the practick part.'--Christian. Since we all h
   18. JUDGE HATE-GOOD - 'Hear, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel . . . who hate the good and love the evil.'--Micah. The portrait of Judge Hate-good
   19. FAITHFUL IN VANITY FAIR - 'Be thou faithful.'--Rev. 2. 10. The breadth of John Bunyan's mind, the largeness of his heart, and the tolerance of his temper all come excellentl
   20. BY-ENDS - 'Ye seek Me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves.'--Our Lord. In no part of John Bunyan's ingenious book is his s
   21. GIANT DESPAIR - 'A wounded spirit who can bear?'--Solomon. Every schoolboy has Giant Despair by heart. The rough road after the meadow of lilies, the stile into By
   22. KNOWLEDGE - 'I will give you pastors after Mine own heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.' The Delectable Mountains rise out of the hea
   23. EXPERIENCE - 'My heart had great experience.'--The Preacher. 'I will give them pastors after Mine own heart.' Experience, the excellent shepherd of the Delec
   24. WATCHFUL - 'Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel.'--The word of the Lord to Ezekiel. 'They watch for your souls.'--The Apostle to
   25. SINCERE - 'In all things showing sincerity.'--Paul to Titus. Charles Bennett has a delightful drawing of Sincere in Charles Kingsley's beautiful edition of T

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