5 edition of Grace abounding to the chief of sinners; in a faithful acount of the life and death of John Bunyan. Or, A brief relation of the exceeding mercy of God in Christ to him found in the catalog.
Signatures: A-Q⁶ (Q6 blank).Evans 3509.Microfiche. [New York : Readex Microprint, 1985] 11 x 15 cm. (Early American imprints. First series ; no. 3509).
|Statement||Printed by S. Kneeland and T. Green, for Hopestill Foster, near Williamss Court in Cornhill|
|Publishers||Printed by S. Kneeland and T. Green, for Hopestill Foster, near Williamss Court in Cornhill|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||xvi, 116 p. :|
|Number of Pages||53|
|2||Early American imprints -- no. 3509.|
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Another thing was my dancing; I was a full year before I could quite leave that. But that which made me sick was that of Christ in St.
John Bunyan was a man like all people who struggled in serving the Lord but led a triumph life because he was committed to following Christ. 29, 30, rather than deal corruptly with the blessed word of God.
For whereas before I lay continually trembling at the mouth of hell, now methought I was got so far therefrom, that I could not, when I looked back, scarce discern it! We do have quite a few people who go through abnormal excitement and there is a sort of normal excitement that accompanies conversion, and we have to compare both of these things from what happened to the disciples and the Jews, which strikes me as tied up with all the differences between early modernity and the birth of spontaneity and the more public ancient world where people overflow in Psalms when they see the Spirit moving.
God Bless John Bunyan for having the courage to write down his soul's sufferings on paper for the edification of the church. And whether the holy scriptures were not rather a fable, and cunning story, than the holy and pure word of God? But I was persuaded of this, not to render railing for railing; but to see how many of their carnal professors I could convince of their miserable state by the law, and of the want and worth of Christ: for, thought I, This shall answer for me in time to come, when they shall be for my hire before their face.
That other scripture also did help me much in this, For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace, etc. At this, methought I felt some stay, as if there might be hopes.
In a faithful account of the life and death of John Bunyan, or a brief relation of the exceeding mercy of God in Christ to him; namely, in His taking him out of the dunghill, and converting him to the faith of His blessed son Jesus Christ. However, to walk the struggle he walked with him left me rebuked for my thoughts of entitlement and made me thankful once again for Christ's saving work in my life. Wherefore I prayed to God that He would comfort me, and give me strength to do and suffer me what He should call me to; yet no comfort appeared, but all continued hid: I was also at this time, so really possessed with the thought of death, that oft I was as if I was on a ladder with the rope about my neck; only this was some encouragement to me; I thought I might now have an opportunity to speak my last words to a multitude, which I thought would come to see me die; and, thought I, if it must be so, if God will but convert one soul by my very last words, I shall not count my life thrown away, nor lost.
Bunyan suffered much, but remained faithful to the Word. Yet that word would sometimes create in my heart a peaceable pause, I girded thee, though thou hast not known Me. And truly, I did now feel myself to sink into a gulph, as an house whose foundation is destroyed; I did liken myself in this condition, unto the case of some child that was fallen into a mill-pit, who though it could make some shift to scramble and sprawl in the water, yet because it could find neither hold for hand nor foot, therefore at last it must die in that condition.
Lord, I lay my soul in this matter only at thy feet; let me not be deceived, I humbly beseech thee.
Then I said unto God, Depart from me, for I desire not the knowledge of Thy ways.
But quickly after, I began to think, " How if one of the bells should fall 1" Then I chose to stand under a main-beam that lay overthwart the steeple, from side to side, thinking here I might stand sure: but then I thought again, should the bell fall with a swing, it might first hit the wall, and then rebounding upon me, might kill me for all this beam.
The errors that this people then maintained were, I.