Thoughts from Pilgrim’s Progress – Part 3 – the Interpreter’s House

In the story Christian went to the Wicket Gate.  The Wicket Gate represents the way to salvation.  It is not salvation, but the way to get to it.  Above the gate is the verse “Knock and it shall be opened unto you” (Matthew 7:7).   The door to knock on that will lead each of us to salvation is Jesus, who said, “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture” (John 10:9).

When Christian passed through the Wicket Gate, he proceeded on the way that was narrow, but straight.  That is the blessedness of Christ’s way.  It is straight; it is not filled with twists and turns or confusion.  When you find yourself confused, you have somehow gotten off the path.  Solomon had excellent advice for us.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
Proverbs 3:5-6

The next place Christian went was the Interpreter’s House, which represents the work of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life.  Christian was shown several things here.  Three of them made an impression on me.

The first was a picture of a man.  The Interpreter said he was the kind of man to follow.  This man led people to salvation and discipled them.  He was a man of prayer, a man who depended on God’s Word, and a man who spoke the Truth of God.  His back was to the world.  Since I want to be a person who guides others to Christ, I too want to have these characteristics.  It was the picture of the back to the world that caught my attention.  If I want to be a good help to others, I need to be sure that the empty, unsatisfying things around me and to not allow things that will turn me away from Christ to come into my life.  I need to be all for Christ and not mix into my life the things that most people are following.

The second room was a parlour with dust on the floor.  A man came in and swept, but the dust just swirled around.  A girl came in and sprinkled some water to settle the dust and then it swept up nicely.   The dust represented sin, and the man who swept was the Law.  The lesson is that by doing the Law, doing your best, working hard to do right is not going to take care of your sin.  The water that was sprinkled was the Gospel.  The Gospel is the only thing that can take care of sin, and it is able to do it perfectly.  The Gospel is Jesus’ death on the cross in payment for our sin, and His burial and resurrection and His ascension to heaven.  Believing on Jesus will take care of sin.  Nothing else will.

 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord,
and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead,
you will be saved
Romans 10:9

The third room had two children named Passion and Patience.  Passion wanted things now and was not willing to wait.  When he received them, he used them up quickly and wanted more.  Patience understood that there were things that were of greater and lasting value.  He was willing to wait for them because he knew that what he would eventually receive was far better than  what Passion received.

 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us
an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison,
while we look not at the things which are seen,
but at the things which are not seen;
for the things which are seen are temporal,
but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18

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