Alfred P. Gibbs

Chapter Eighteen

Soon the Enchanted Ground came to an end and the pilgrims entered into another country called Beulah Land, the air of which was sweet and pleasant and filled with the fragrance of beautiful flowers that grew in great abundance. Birds of gorgeous plumage filled the air with their melody. Here the sun shone continually, and they were far removed from the noise of Vanity Fair, from the terrors of the Valley of the Shadow of Death and from the threats of Giant Despair and his castle. They could ...

Chapter Seven

Graceless was now beginning to realize, more and more, the fearful responsibility that rests upon the hearer of the gospel; and what an awful fate awaits the one who dies in his sins after rejecting the offered mercy of God. The man of despair had impressed this fact indelibly on his heart, and he was now anxious to get rid of his burden. The Interpreter, however, had yet another scene for him to witness. He now conducted him into a room where he saw a man rising from a bed. His face was dea...

Chapter Eight

As Christian went on his way, singing and making melody in his heart unto the Lord, he came to a place where three men were lying fast asleep. While they slept Satan had placed chains on their legs, thus making them his slaves. When Christian saw these men in such a perilous plight, utterly unconscious of their danger, he did what every Christian should do. He took them each by the shoulder and shook them and cried, “Wake up! You are like men that sleep on the top of a mast, for the dead s...

Chapter Nine

Christian, in spite of the hard going, continued to ascend the hill, first running, then walking, until it became so difficult that he had to climb on his hands and knees. But he kept at it, and made progress gradually. The Hill of Difficulty, as its name indicates, is a picture of the difficulties and trials that await the Christian. Many have the idea that when a person becomes a child of God, all his difficulties are over forever; but it is then that the believer realizes that his difficu...

Chapter Ten

While supper was being prepared, Prudence, Piety and Charity took Christian aside and began to converse with him. Piety began the conversation by asking him what had moved him to start on his journey. Christian replied by telling her of his experience while in the City of Destruction; how, under the dreadful sense of his guilt and sin, he had groaned and cried and had no rest by day or night, until Evangelist had pointed him the way to the Wicket Gate and from there to the Cross. “But did ...

Chapter Eleven

After Christian had been thus armored, he was escorted by Discretion, Prudence, Piety and Charity down the hill on which the Castle was built, into a valley called the Valley of Humiliation. Christian found it a very difficult thing to descend into this valley, and remarked to the sisters that it was more difficult to go down than it had been for him to ascend the hill of Difficulty. “Yes,” replied Prudence, “it is an hard matter for a man to go down into the Valley of Humiliation as t...

Chapter Twelve

At the end of the valley Christian passed by a cave, outside of which were the bones, bodies and blood of many who had gone this way formerly. At the mouth of the cave sat a giant named Pope who had been largely responsible for the death of these many pilgrims. Strange to say, as Christian passed, he made no attempt to molest him, but contented himself by biting his nails and snarling: “You will never mend, till more of you are burned.” This cave had originally sheltered two giants, the ...

Chapter Thirteen

As the pilgrims walked together and conversed, they presently perceived a tall man ahead of them who looked better at a distance than he did near at hand. This man’s name was Talkative. As they drew up to him, Faithful asked him if he was going to the heavenly country, to which Talkative replied, “I am going to that same place.” They then entered into a conversation, which we have not space here to record, but which is very interesting and instructive. Faithful at first was greatly tak...

Chapter Fourteen

We left Christian a prisoner in Vanity, but God, who orders all things according to His own purpose, so decreed that he was at length allowed to have his liberty again. As soon as he was liberated Christian resumed his journey towards the Celestial City, singing as he went: Well, Faithful, thou hast faithfully professed Unto thy Lord: with Whom thou shalt be blest; When faithless ones, with all their vain delight, Are crying out under their hellish plights, Sing, Faithful, sing; and le...

Chapter Fifteen

Christian and Hopeful, after laying well to heart the lesson of Lot’s wife, continued their journey, and presently came to a very beautiful place where a limpid stream meandered through a fertile valley. On each side of the stream were soft velvety swards of green grass, and all manner of trees upon which the most luscious fruit was growing. This river was called by David “the river of God”; but by John, “the river of the water of life.” Here they drank of the cool refreshing strea...
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