- As Hopeful and Christian continue they encounter the terrifying end of Turn-away. He was bound by seven __________ who were taking to the by-way to ________. Christian identifies him as Turn-away from ____________. On his back is a sign which labels him a ___________ professor. What do you think that means?
- This section of our pilgrim’s journey is on the dark lane, and they tremble at the captive’s prospects. The dark lane describes both the captive’s _________ and his ___________. In the 4th chapter of Jude we are told apostates secretively, subtly creep into Christian churches by a side door, disarming, seducing and controlling with counterfeit doctrine, abilities, charm, and morals.
- Christian then tells the story of the assault on Little-faith in this region. Little-faith is contrasted with Turn-away by his ___________ and his ______________. His external condition appears similar to the _____________. He sleeps at Dead-man’s lane which originates at ____________ gate, which is renowned for its ____________. He is attacked by three beefy rogues (brothers) named ____________, ____________ and ____________. They _________ him of his silver and proceed to _________ him. However, they retreat out of fear of ________________. When revived, Little-faith stubbles on ____________.
- His loss reflects the _______________ of the robbers on his spiritual journey. They are symptomatic of spiritual _______________. His loss wasn’t complete nor terminal, because he still retained his __________, a small amount of __________ and his certificate of ____________. Again, while a spiritual hypochondriac, he is an example of the power of _____________ grace. He tends to walk with a __________ spirit. He ponders his ___________ more than his privileges. He is an incessant complainer about his __________ and his loss. Hopeful makes provocative ______________ as to what Little-faith ought to have done. Christian corrects his companion’s errors by saying Little-faith couldn’t ________ his way, since he knew his jewels __________ his inheritance and he valued them above any physical ____________. He is an example of one who neglects their means of grace and becomes a careless soldier.
- Hopeful pushes for Little-faith to sell his jewels and is stung by Christian’s sharp rebuke. While compared to Esau, Christian clarified there was a major ___________. Esau’s birthright differed from Little-faith’s _________. Esau’s estate was ____________, while Little-faith’s was heavenly. Esau lusted ___________, but never possessed spiritually. Little-faith struggled on __________, yet actively pursued heaven. Esau was a _________ in his carnal pursuits. He would sell his soul to the _________, and had traded his birthright for a bowl of ________. Little-faith never hungered for carnal __________, nor would he succumb to carnal corruption. An example of this would be young people who have been given a godly birthright (i.e. a Christian upbringing and fellowship in a faithful church), yet throw it back at their parents as seemingly worthless. Esau and Little-faith are actually _____________. Little-faith, unlike Esau, is a frail yet ________ believer. He is spiritually, not __________ inclined. He perseveres in being __________ bound. Hopeful agrees with Christian on his explanation, though expresses hurt _________ (though justified).
- The apparent weakness of the three assailants of Little-faith is considered from a ____________. While Hopeful believes Little-faith lacked __________, Christian cautions his assailants only seemed ____________. Satan’s assistants are defended like a _________. Christian had experienced such an attack, and knows how fearsome Satan’s __________ is and that only God’s __________ delivered him. Unless experienced in battle, it is hard to know how ____________ it gets.
- Hopeful says Great-grace would have ____________. Christian acknowledges this, but says while he has had numerous victories (he has also been visibly scarred), not everyone can be the King’s ______________. We all do not have the same ___________, and Little-faith just __________. Hopeful wishes Great-grace had met the rogues, but Christian expresses how even he must be _____________. His weapons are always __________, because his opponents continuously _________ him. His scars have shown how even he once ___________ of life; he too groaned in his _________; he was ____________ as was Peter. He is very aware of Satan’s ____________ and finds his weapons to be ______________. Great-grace needed the strength of Job’s ____________ (Job 39:19-34).
- Thus, we learn we should not brashly desire to meet the __________. We should not ________ in our spiritual manhood. We are to avoid the confident ___________ of Peter, who still fell. When attacked we must be proper harnessed with _________ and ____________. We must avoid _____________ our measure of faith, yet give attention to it as our ____________. We must be in the company of _______ to triumph. His presence is better than any _________, and his absence will cause the proud to _______. We are to prefer the absence of __________ (How do we regularly proclaim this?). However, when assaults come, let us __________ we will be delivered. We must trust __________ gives us the victory.
- Our pilgrim’s become subtly _________ by a dark man in a light robe who offers to be their __________. While their original path remained straight, this one also ________ and ________ away from the Celestial City. Suddenly they are caught in a _____, and the man reveals his dark nature.
- Frightfully aware of their plight, Christian __________ his error due to ignoring the Shepherd’s ___________. He ignored the counsel of the __________ of God. Hopeful too confesses his _________, having ignored the Shepherd’s _______________. They were deceived by the path of the ______________.
- By sovereign appointment, their ____________ is provided by the Shining One. He directs them back. In his interrogation of the pilgrims, he finds they had been given __________ by the Shepherds which they promptly __________, and were warned of the ______________. They are disciplined accordingly and accept their _____________ with gratitude. While chastened, they find _____________ in their soreness and singing. The Lord’s woodshed of discipline is not a place for tickles and taps. Yet his heavy hand redirects to life and with songs of ____________.
- Just escaping Flatterer’s trap, our pilgrims continue their journey encountering returning Atheist. They approach him with ___________ because he could be another _____________. He comes at them in a ____________, ________________ manner. He speaks from confidence in _______________.
- Atheist charges the pilgrims with _______________. His argument is that they travel to gain __________; they travel to a ___________ world; they travel without a true _____________. He has vainly followed their ___________ for twenty years and they have yet to travel as far as he. He says he plans on going home to refresh himself on things he had earlier ____________ for this “vain hope.”
- Christian’s seriously questions Hopeful on these matters. Hopeful identifies Atheist as a _____________. He reminds Christian they have seen the Celestial City with their own _________. Their walk is one by _________, rather than sight. They must not be chastened again by the ________________. God’s true children shun ___________ and embrace the ____________. Christian responds that Atheist is _____________ by Satan, so he desires to ___________ on in belief of the truth. They part company with Atheist, rejoicing forward in the _________ of the glory of God (having good reason), while he goes ______________ in his _______________.
- Christian and Hopeful now begin to cross the Enchanted Ground. They have been warned its air makes a pilgrim __________. Due to its length (like crossing Texas!), it becomes a prolonged ___________. Hopeful’s tendency to ____________ makes this passage difficult since it leads to overall ______________ in their walk. Christian says they must remain ____________ and sober, and he recommends worthy conversation. Hopeful confesses his ___________ and desire for ____________. Reflecting, they see pilgrims who travel alone are more likely to suffer ____________, while those in fellowship experience ____________ and maintain ___________ through profitable and sobering discussion.
- Hopeful suggests they discuss their _____________. Christian seeks a testimony of _________ work. Hopeful acknowledged that before his conversion he delighted in _____________ and traded regularly at Vanity Fair. He heard Faithful’s ____________ preaching and shut his ________ to the light of truth. The Holy Spirit began to affect him through his _____________ in his sin, yet he still found it sweet and ____________ to leave it! He still sought worldly ______________, and fought awakening to ____________ sin. As his sensitivity to corruption increased, he became ________ and felt afflicted; he saw __________ coming upon himself and others; and he felt under imminent _______________. His oppression by sin cause him profound ___________ and _____________. Which leads to him him wanting to quit _____________. However, he seeks by his own ___________ to deliver himself which fails to _____________ his burden of guilt. He then realizes the futility of the ___________ which come through conviction by the ____________. Jesus Christ is the righteous _____________ who alone provides the ____________ God requires, and thus is the substitute for Hopeful’s ________. Faith alone provides this _____________ righteousness. Faithful answers many of Hopeful’s questions. These include “What must I do to come to _________,” and “How do I make my plea before the ____________.” Hopeful desperately seeks ______________ by Jesus Christ, yet does not gain immediate _______________ or know exactly what to do. He is regularly tempted to cease _____________, which can lead to ___________. Thus salvation is not found by some casual, patronizing decision. It is an intense wrestling with our personal ____________ and the gospel before closing with Jesus. When Hopeful embraces Christ, he finds _____________ on his spiritual darkness, which dispels his spiritual ____________. He sees clearly that Christ is the Savior of ___________; he is the provider of perfect _____________; he is the grounds of our ______________ which allows us to be cleansed of our transgressions; he is the lone ____________ between God and man and our eternal ______________. Atonement is found only in Christ because of his ____________ to the Father’s law, and obedience to the Father’s _____________. Hopeful weeps for joy with love for Christ! His enlightenment showed the folly of ______________. He knew God was ___________ just. He became _____________ of his former life, and awoke to his former ______________ and blindness. He now longed for ____________ and godliness in his life, laboring for the glory of Christ.
- Ignorance is contrasted with Hopeful in their views of the gospel. Who works on the ________, man or God? Are we justified by a combination of our ____________ and Christ’s, or just his alone? Grace then can only be ____________. Ignorance obviously desires no true _____________ with his fellow pilgrims, but prefers _____________ company. Christian responds to his problematic testimony. True hope in God can only be found in the _________ of God which judges the true condition of our ___________. Man’s witness of _________ is of no value. God’s word tells us of the _________________ of our hearts. Calvin spoke to this when he explained Total Depravity. The Word judges our thoughts concerning God, thus knowing his _______________ is crucial. We must know God knows us and sees our _______. The Word of God judges our thoughts concerning Christ. Ignorance claims _____________ in Christ and him as the object of his ___________, but Christian objects. Christian says Ignorance sees no __________ for Christ, he claims no personal ______________, and he thinks he is in the possession ________________. He believes he is justified by _____________ works. This is Semi-Pelagian doctrine commonly found in the ___________ _______________ Church, upheld in the Council of Trent. Christian condemns this thinking since it is based in ____________ and not God’s __________, personal _______________ not Christ’s, and Jesus justifying our ___________. This type of faith can only bring God’s ___________. Our hearts do NOT cooperate with the “indwelling grace of Christ” beginning with baptism, to eventually help us obtain justification. Ignorance and Christian debate objective justification, and Christian call Ignorance true to his name. Hopeful asks Ignorance if Christ has ever been ___________ to him, but Ignorance scorns such ______________. Ultimately, the argument comes down to human ____________ . Knowledge of, and faith in Christ comes only through revelation and gift of the ______________________. Christian and Hopeful fear for the plight of _________________. They believe fear of the Lord __________ pilgrims, is ______________ because it directs us towards Christ, and keeps us ___________ and tender. (No wandering, fear to dishonor God, fear to grieve the Holy Spirit, and fear to yield to the enemy) Hopeful acknowledges that the arousal to fear is _______________ to him. Many feel it is of the ____________, it spoils their ____________, that it should be ______________ over fear, and it detracts from self ________________. These are ________ to our faith.
- Temporary is encountered as they come to the end of the Enchanted Ground. He is the third of contrasting testimonies: Hopeful the authentic pilgrim, Ignorance the authentic ___________, and Temporary the authentic ______________. Temporary was a pilgrim from near ____________. He dwelt in ______________, away from ______________, next to Turnback. Hope says Temporary turned away for four reasons: conscience awakened, but no change of mind; he exhibited fear of men rather than God; he disliked the shame true ___________ brings; he would rather suppress the truth of God’s ___________ and ____________. Do you see a contemporary similarity in many Christians today? Christian describes how we fall away in nine steps. Serious thoughts about God are willfully ______________. Religious duties are _____________. The company of lively Christian is ______________. Apathy develops towards corporate _____________. A critical spirit is developed towards the _____________. Association with godless people becomes ________________. They enjoy detecting hypocrites just to justify ______________. Little sins are played with ____________. Bold godlessness unveils their corrupt _______________.
- Christian and Hopeful make it out of the Enchanted Ground into Beulah. Here the eye of flesh is ________, while the eye of faith is ___________. Maturity in our spiritual condition brings anticipation of the ____________ City. Drawing near to the gates of heaven should be a great ____________ and longing. It is a place of restored union or ___________. It is compared to spring out of the death of winter. Sweet air, singing birds, scented flowers, constant sunshine and no backwards __________. (No view of the VSD, the GD, or DC) It is a place of ______________ in its forward vista, where we share fellowship with the ________________. It is a place where Christ’s rejoicing and covenant __________ abounds. Here the bridegroom’s ______________ is perfectly evident, he lavishes ___________ upon his bride, the heavenly host sing praises to the ___________, and the inhabitants of heaven declare the _____________ of the bride.
- Heaven’s nearness brings rapture. The ______________ of the Celestial City become tremendously clear, which merely fosters our hearts desire for it, and increases our ____________.
- The Gardner gives a tour. It is a land surrounded with orchards, vineyards, and gardens, cultivated for the ___________. He is the owner whose cultivation of such a place is for the ____________ of pilgrims. It provides the pilgrim with deep, nourishing _____________. Comfort, for future ___________; food, for future ____________; meditation, for future ______________; and rest, for future ________________.
- Just before they get to the Celestial City which is in full glorious view, our pilgrims are met by two radiant messengers. Again, their credentials are ______________. The angels agree to be their _____________, and they are told about the Celestial City’s entry requirements and their final obstacle. The last enemy they will overcome, the last enemy they are told they will face is ____________. This is a mandatory ______________. Though they seek an alternative route, another path has only been found Enoch and ___________ . Questioning the depth, they are told it is based on ____________. Christian’s crossing is overwhelmed by ___________ and despair. He forgets memories of _________, and focuses only on his past _________ which seemingly condemn him to _________. He believes only Hopeful will avail. Then he contemplates his condition and what Christ promised him. “I have ___________ you, I have called you by __________, and I will be ___________ you. Thus, Christian is buoyed in the river by his faith. Complete assurance is found in knowing that _____________ conquered death. Hopeful helps by finding solid ____________ to hold Christian. He point to those who are prepared to ____________ them. He holds forth God’s ____________ to Christian to encourage him. He directs Christian towards his _____________. While we have hope because of this, we are not guaranteed a ____________ death (ex: Faithful). History has shown that the disciples nearly all faced _________________. However, we have examples of champions of the faith like Bunyan and Martin Luther, who expected this, but died _______________. Our pilgrims at last _______________ death rather than observe it. However, they find firm footing and experience that this last ____________ has been vanquished.
- On the other side they are given a hugely ________________ welcome. They process towards the heavenly ______________. They are led to the City up a great _________. They rise through the clouds assisted _________ in arm, having shed they mortal _____________ and being comforted with ___________ talk.
- They are surrounded by glorious prospects of heavenly Jerusalem in the company of _________ and just men who have been made ___________. The fruit of the tree of ________ is at last within _____________, and they are fitted with _____________ appropriate for the King’s presence. They relish the fellowship they will have with the _________ for all eternity that brings a total ____________of their ____________troubles. Inside they know they shall receive _____________, joy, and reaping. On their heads shall be ____________ of gold, and they shall forever behold ____________ with joy. They shall perpetually serve ___________ with gladness, and delight to ________ and hear him. They’ll be reunited with ____________, where they will sit with Christ and share in his ________________.
- Heaven’s advanced guard gives them a jubilant welcome. A company of the Heavenly Host receive a report about them saying they loved the _________ in the world, and left ________ for the King’s name. They are men who desire to ___________ the King. They are received with a chorus of shouts and the trumpets of a thousand welcomes. They are surrounded by the fellowship of a melodious ____________ and a _____________ presence. There is joyful ____________ of their arrival. A royal welcome is theirs at the gate. The _________ first investigates them. They read the ________________ on the gate (Which says what?). They are encouraged by the angels to call out and they see ____________ faces peering over. Here they deliver up their ________________. The King invites them to ___________ and receives their certificates for approval, then he commands the _________ to be opened. We learn here that God only admits people on _________ terms, not on those seeking admittance. The King _____________ them in glory as they enter the gate. They receive tokens of their citizenship through their ___________ of gold, the _____________ of praise, and a ___________ of reward. Bells peal in their honor and they begin ___________ praises to the King. The command to close the gate comes from the King. Inside we see the shimmer inner __________ of the City. We see the _____________of God surrounded by angels. They now closed gate veils the glory of ____________. Bunyan yearns for ______________ here. We must have this same desire over the desires of the _____________.
- Here we experience Bunyan’s pastoral concern, versus a desire for an uninterrupted happy _____________. Ignorance is introduced for the third time, progressing with neither fear nor _______________. He employs a ferryman by the name of ______________. We learn a peaceful death doesn’t guarantee a ____________ into heaven.
- He ascends the hill with no assisting _____________, nor encouragement to seek ___________. He we see the delusional confidence of entering heaven based upon _____________________ wrapped in the trappings of a Christian profession.
- He misinterprets the ________________ on the gate. He knocks boldly expecting immediate _________________. He falters in his investigation by the _______________ who ask for his ________________. He says he has intimate fellowship with the ___________ and has heard his _______________. When they ask for his certificate, he fumbles and is _______________. The King declares he will not ___________ the man, but instead demands that he be ___________ and taken away. He is then cast into the by-way to ___________. Bunyan is warning the road to hell may pass the very gates of _______________. We are firmly shaken here to realize we may possess the trappings of, and seeming devotion to religion, with a firm expectation of going to heaven, but fervent self-righteousness will only consign us to hell.