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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Outline of "Pilgrim's Progress," chapter 17


I.                   Enjoying the Country of Beulah

A.    Beulah is past the Enchanted Ground, beyond the Valley of the Shadow of Death, and out of the reach of Giant Despair.

B.     In Beulah, the pilgrims are within sight and earshot of the Celestial City.

C.     The pilgrims experience intense longing for the City.

D.    The pilgrims enter one of the King’s vineyards, eat some of the produce, fall asleep, and talk in their sleep.

II.                Two Shining Ones


           A. After looking upon the golden brilliance of the City, the pilgrims encounter Two Shining Ones, clothed in gold, with faces of light.


           B. The Shining Ones converse with the pilgrims, then they tell the pilgrims that they will encounter only two more difficulties, then they will enter the City.


           C. The Shining Ones say that they will accompany the pilgrims the rest of the way, but that they must gain entrance into the City by their own faith.

III.             The Unavoidable River


           A. In order to reach the Gate, the pilgrims must cross a deep river with no bridge.


           B. The Shining Ones say that the River is deeper or shallower depending on the faith of the one passing through it.

IV.             Passing Through the River


           A. Upon entering the River, Christian panics, and Hopeful encourages him.


           B. Christian becomes stricken with abject terror and can neither see the way ahead not remember his previous blessings; Hopeful struggles mightily to keep Christian's head above water.


           C. Christian believes that God has forsaken him, but Hopeful reassures him with Scripture, and Christian can once again see the way ahead. 

V.                On the Other Side


           A. The pilgrims are greeted by the Two Shining Ones.


           B.  The Shining Ones comfort the pilgrims and help them up a mighty hill to the City.

VI.             What the Pilgrims Can Expect Ahead


           A. The Shining Ones describe the glorious splendor of the City to the pilgrims.


           B. In the City, the pilgrims will receive comfort, rewards, and joys; they will serve the Holy One with praise, shouting, and thanksgiving.


           C. In the City, the pilgrims will see and hear the Mighty One, and they will joyfully take part in His activities of:
              1. Welcoming other pilgrims;
              2. Passing sentence on evil-doers.

VII.          A Glad Procession to the Gate


           A. The pilgrims are joyfully received at the Gate by a throng.


           B. The pilgrims are announced by shouting and trumpeters.


           C. The trumpeters are joined by a joyful procession.

VIII.       They Gain Entrance to the City


           A. Above the gate, in golden letters, is written: "BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO DO HIS COMMANDMENTS, THAT THEY MAY HAVE THE RIGHT TO THE TREE OF LIFE, AND MAY ENTER THROUGH THE GATES INTO THE CITY."


           B. The pilgrims knock on the gate.


           C. The King checks the pilgrims' certificates and then orders his servants to open the gates for the pilgrims.


           D. As the pilgrims enter the Gate, their appearances are transfigured: their clothes begin to shine like gold, and they are given crowns and harps.

IX.             Final Outcome of Ignorance


           A. Ignorance is ferried across the River by Vain-hope.


           B. Ignorance has no certificate, and the King orders the two Shining Ones to bind him hand and foot and bear him away.

X.                The Conclusion

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