THE HILL OF THE CROSS; The Life and Literature of John Bunyan Part 4

This cross which Bunyan depicts is bloodless.  There is no crucifix, there is no dying Saviour thereon, it has been vacated yet it represents the price that has been paid.  The Roman model of a cross still holding the Saviour is indicative of their mass and of the desire to offer Christ constantly.  Our faith rests on a Saviour who died once, and it is on the merits of this one sacrifice that we stand

FROM THE CITY OF DESTRUCTION TO THE WICKET GATE; The Life and Literature of John Bunyan Part 2

Bunyan is the master of the Christian allegory.  An allegory is a metaphor, a means of communicating a message by the means of symbols, like our Saviour’s parables.  The author begins by presenting himself as falling asleep while walking “through the wilderness of this world” and in his dream, he sees a man, the pilgrim called “Christian”, who as he reveals later was initially known as “Graceless”.

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