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                                                           Part 27b.

      

   Christian: And what did you do then?

 

   Hopeful: Do! I could not tell what to do, until I broke my mind to

 

              

       [ They remember their dear friend Faithful and his courage]        

                  

   Faithful; for he and I were well acquainted. And he told me, that

   unless I could obtain the righteousness of a man that never had sinned,

   neither mine own, nor all the righteousness of the world, could save

   me.

 

   Christian: And did you think he spake true?

 

   Hopeful: Had he told me so when I was pleased and satisfied with my own

   amendments, I had called him fool for his pains; but now, since I see

   my own infirmity, and the sin which cleaves to my best performance, I

   have been forced to be of his opinion.

 

   Christian: But did you think, when at first he suggested it to you,

   that there was such a man to be found, of whom it might justly be said,

   that he never committed sin?

 

   Hopeful: I must confess the words at first sounded strangely; but after

   a little more talk and company with him, I had full conviction about

   it.

 

   Christian: And did you ask him what man this was, and how you must be

   justified by him?

 

   Hopeful: Yes, and he told me it was the Lord Jesus, that dwelleth on

   the right hand of the Most High.  Heb. 10:12-21. And thus, said he, you

   must be justified by him, even by trusting to what he hath done by

   himself in the days of his flesh, and suffered when he did hang on the

   tree.  Rom. 4:5; Col. 1:14; 1 Pet. 1:19. I asked him further, how that

   man's righteousness could be of that efficacy, to justify another

   before God. And he told me he was the mighty God, and did what he did,

   and died the death also, not for himself, but for me; to whom his

   doings, and the worthiness of them, should be imputed, if I believed on

   him.

 

   Christian: And what did you do then?

 

   Hopeful: I made my objections against my believing, for that I thought

   he was not willing to save me.

 

   Christian: And what said Faithful to you then?

 

   Hopeful: He bid me go to him and see. Then I said it was presumption.

   He said, No; for I was invited to come.  Matt. 11:28. Then he gave me a

   book of Jesus' inditing, to encourage me the more freely to come; and

   he said concerning that book, that every jot and tittle thereof stood

   firmer than heaven and earth.  Matt. 24:35. Then I asked him what I must

   do when I came; and he told me I must entreat upon my knees,  Psa. 95:6;

    Dan. 6:10, with all my heart and soul,  Jer. 29:12,13, the Father to

   reveal him to me. Then I asked him further, how I must make my

   supplications to him; and he said, Go, and thou shalt find him upon a

   mercy-seat, where he sits all the year long to give pardon and

   forgiveness to them that come.  Exod. 25:22; Lev. 16:2; Num. 7:89; Heb.

   4:16. I told him, that I knew not what to say when I came; and he bid

   say to this effect: God be merciful to me a sinner, and make me to know

   and believe in Jesus Christ; for I see, that if his righteousness had

   not been, or I have not faith in that righteousness, I am utterly cast

   away. Lord, I have heard that thou art a merciful God, and hast

   ordained that thy Son Jesus Christ should be the Saviour of the world;

   and moreover, that thou art willing to bestow him upon such a poor

   sinner as I am-and I am a sinner indeed. Lord, take therefore this

   opportunity, and magnify thy grace in the salvation of my soul, through

   thy Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

   Christian: And did you do as you were bidden?

 

   Hopeful: Yes, over, and over, and over.

 

   Christian: And did the Father reveal the Son to you?

 

   Hopeful: Not at the first, nor second, nor third, nor fourth, nor

   fifth, no, nor at the sixth time neither.

 

   Christian: What did you do then?

 

   Hopeful: What? why I could not tell what to do.

 

   Christian: Had you not thoughts of leaving off praying?

 

   Hopeful: Yes; an hundred times twice told.

 

   Christian: And what was the reason you did not?

 

   Hopeful: I believed that it was true which hath been told me, to wit,

   that without the righteousness of this Christ, all the world could not

   save me; and therefore, thought I with myself, if I leave off, I die,

   and I can but die at the throne of grace. And withal this came into my

   mind, "If it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, and will

   not tarry."  Hab. 2:3. So I continued praying until the Father showed me

   his Son.

 

   Christian: And how was he revealed unto you?

 

   Hopeful: I did not see him with my bodily eyes, but with the eyes of my

   understanding,  Eph. 1:18,19; and thus it was. One day I was very sad, I

   think sadder than at any one time in my life; and this sadness was

   through a fresh sight of the greatness and vileness of my sins. And as

   I was then looking for nothing but hell, and the everlasting damnation

   of my soul, suddenly, as I thought, I saw the Lord Jesus looking down

   from heaven upon me, and saying, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and

   thou shalt be saved."  Acts 16:31.

 

   But I replied, Lord, I am a great, a very great sinner: and he

   answered, "My grace is sufficient for thee."  2 Cor. 12:9. Then I said,

   But, Lord, what is believing? And then I saw from that saying, "He that

   cometh to me shall never hunger, and he that believeth on me shall

   never thirst,"  John 6:35, that believing and coming was all one; and

   that he that came, that is, that ran out in his heart and affections

   after salvation by Christ, he indeed believed in Christ. Then the water

   stood in mine eyes, and I asked further, But, Lord, may such a great

   sinner as I am be indeed accepted of thee, and be saved by thee? And I

   heard him say, "And him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out."

    John 6:37. Then I said, But how, Lord, must I consider of thee in my

   coming to thee, that my faith may be placed aright upon thee? Then he

   said, "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners."  1 Tim. 1:15.

   He is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believes.

    Rom.10:4, and chap. 4. He died for our sins, and rose again for our

   justification.  Rom. 4:25. He loved us, and washed us from our sins in

   his own blood.  Rev. 1:5. He is the Mediator between God and us.  1 Tim.

   2:5. He ever liveth to make intercession for us.  Heb. 7:25. From all

   which I gathered, that I must look for righteousness in his person, and

   for satisfaction for my sins by his blood: that what he did in

   obedience to his Father's law, and in submitting to the penalty

   thereof, was not for himself, but for him that will accept it for his

   salvation, and be thankful. And now was my heart full of joy, mine eyes

   full of tears, and mine affections running over with love to the name,

   people, and ways of Jesus Christ.

 

   Christian: This was a revelation of Christ to your soul indeed. But

   tell me particularly what effect this had upon your spirit.

 

   Hopeful: It made me see that all the world, notwithstanding all the

   righteousness thereof, is in a state of condemnation. It made me see

   that God the Father, though he be just, can justly justify the coming

   sinner. It made me greatly ashamed of the vileness of my former life,

   and confounded me with the sense of mine own ignorance; for there never

   came a thought into my heart before now that showed me so the beauty of

   Jesus Christ. It made me love a holy life, and long to do something for

   the honor and glory of the name of the Lord Jesus. Yea, I thought that

   had I now a thousand gallons of blood in my body, I could spill it all

   for the sake of the Lord Jesus.

  

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