Pilgrim’s Progress: Chapters 5-6


Proceeds to the Cross

Christian continues on his way, walking on a highway fenced on either side by a wall called Salvation. At last, the burden falls from his back and leaves Christian glad and light. Three Shining Ones approach him and salute him, proclaiming that his sins are forgiven, stripping him of his rags and clothing him with new robes, setting a mark in his forehead and giving him a roll with a seal upon it.

Christian Saluted by the Three Shining Ones

Christian sees three men who are fast asleep. Their names are Simple, Sloth and Presumption. He tries to wake them and warn them of possible danger but they turn Christian away and continue to sleep. Christian meets Formality and Hypocrisy who did not enter through the gate, but chose to climb over the wall. They argue that it does not matter which way they get in as long as they are in, but Christian knows they are counted as thieves instead.

Reflection Questions

1. When did Christian become a Christian? What does it mean to have assurance of salvation?

2. What can we learn from the other travelers like the three sleeping men, Formalist and Hypocrisy?

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One thought on “Pilgrim’s Progress: Chapters 5-6

  1. In chapters 5 and 6 of “Pilgrim’s Progress,” we see Christian finally being set free from his burden. This occurs when Christian goes up the narrow way of salvation and gazes at the cross. All of the redeemed people of God experience the great relief of being freed from their sins and receiving the righteousness of Christ as their own. It’s interesting that Bunyan puts Christian’s conversion a few chapters after he hears the Gospel from Evangelist and go through the wicket gate. I think this has to do with Bunyan’s own experience with struggling to receive assurance after his own conversion. Bunyan’s advice to anyone who is doubtful of their status in God’s eyes is to fix their eyes upon the cross. Christ has completed His work through His life, death, and resurrection; we need not ever doubt that He is powerful enough to save us or that we are strong enough to wrestle away from His grasp. In addition, the Holy Spirit is the Comforter whom God has sent to remind us of our standing as children adopted into God’s family.

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