Greetings! A big welcome to my humble abode on the World Wide Web. The title of this blog is taken from the book The Pilgrim’s Progress: from this World to that Which is to Come, penned by the 17th century Puritan preacher John Bunyan from his prison cell during persecution. It has never been out of print since its first publication in 1678.
J. C. Ryle wrote about this book (in Knots Untied), “I doubt not that the one volume of ‘Pilgrim’s Progress,’—written by a man who knew hardly any book but his Bible, and was ignorant of Greek and Latin,—will prove in the last day to have done more for the benefit of the world, than all the works of the schoolmen put together.”
The Pilgrim’s Progress is an allegory of the beginning, progression, and conclusion of the true Christian life. It tells of the trials, temptations, and triumphs of a man named Christian as he goes on a pilgrimage from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City and eternal life. Many of the events we read are universal tales about human struggles through hardship with which anyone can identify. We follow Christian as he passes through the Delectable Mountains, Palace Beautiful (an allegory of the local Christian congregation), Hill of Difficulty, Slough of Despond, Valley of Humiliation, Doubting Castle, Vanity Fair, Valley of the Shadow of Death, and many other places.
Sin makes this world a dry and weary land. The road to the Celestial City is always an ascent (Psalm 24:3). However, the Lord Jesus Christ is as much with us in valleys as on mountaintops. Albeit whichever valley through which I may pass, whatever slough into which I may have fallen, whatever river to ford, or whichever Hill of Difficulty I may climb in my journey . . . my Guide is ever watchful, my Deliverer unfailing, and He is faithful in keeping and persevering His people till they arrive home to the Celestial City—that glorious, Heavenly City not made with human hands—a city whose Builder and Maker is God.
The purpose of this weblog is to record what I am learning as I walk along the paths to the Celestial City, so I may remember the Lord’s faithfulness at different stations of my pilgrimage. I have nothing original to write that hasn’t already been written (and much more eloquently) by others, especially those great “heroes of the faith” from the past who have trodden faithfully the paths before me. Hence the purpose of this blog is for my personal benefit, as a sort of commonplace book, to aid me in remembering helpful things.
I’d be delighted to hear from you. I enjoy hearing or learning from other like-minded Christians with whose paths the Lord crosses mine, as fellow pilgrims traveling “from this world to that which is to come” to the glory of God.
I hope you may leave this site with increased joy in our sovereign Lord.