This year* I’ve been teaching through John Bunyan’s, Pilgrim’s Progress, to a couple of Bible studies at my church. This week we’ll be studying Christian and Faithful’s meeting with Talkative. In the midst of a great discussion between Faithful and Talkative, Faithful gets to the heart of, not only Talkative’s primary problem, but the very heart of the Gospel itself.
Faithful asked Talkative how a person can tell if there’s been a work of grace in the soul (i.e., how you can tell whether or not you’re a Christian). After a couple of wrong answers from Talkative, Faithful presents the biblical answer. We would all do well to reflect on what Faithful says and search our own hearts and minds.
He says, “A work of grace in the soul reveals itself to him who has it and to those around him.”
1.) First: To himself…
2.) Second: To others…
Faithful then asks Talkative two important questions. In fact, they’re questions we must all be asked.
1.) Have you experienced the first part of the description of the work of grace?
2.) And do you life and lifestyle testify to it?
Good questions to be sure. Hard questions. But crucial questions for us to ask ourselves. How is it with you?
(The quotes above in italics come from the version of the book we’ve been using.)
Grace and Truth,
* I first wrote this earlier this Spring.