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Jesus, Faith, Christianity, Religion And Spirituality Quotes – John Bunyan


Jesus, Faith, Christianity, Religion And Spirituality Quotes – John Bunyan.


“If my life is fruitless, it doesn’t matter who praises me, and if my life is fruitful, it doesn’t matter who criticizes me.”

John Bunyan


“And, indeed, this is one of the greatest mysteries in the world; namely, that a righteousness that resides in heaven should justify me, a sinner on earth!”

John Bunyan


“Christ is the desire of nations, the joy of angels, the delight of the Father. What solace then must that soul be filled with, that has the possession of Him to all eternity!”

John Bunyan


“Nothing can hurt you except sin; nothing can grieve me except sin; nothing can defeat you except sin. Therefore, be on your guard, my Mansoul.”

John Bunyan


“The difference between true and false repentance lies in this: the man who truly repents cries out against his heart; but the other, as Eve, against the serpent, or something else.”

John Bunyan


“Hope is never ill when faith is well.”

John Bunyan


“If people really see that Christ has removed the fear of punishment from them by taking it into Himself, they won’t do whatever they want, they’ll do whatever He wants.”

John Bunyan


“Without the Spirit man is so infirm that he cannot, with all other means whatsoever, be enabled to think one right saving thought of God, of Christ, or of his blessed things.”

John Bunyan


“No man, without trials and temptations, can attain a true understanding of the Holy Scriptures.”

John Bunyan


“It gave me no pleasure to see people drink in my opinions if they seemed ignorant of Jesus Christ and the value of being saved by Him. Sound conviction for sin, especially the sin of unbelief, and a heart set on fire to be saved by Christ, with a strong yearning for a truly sanctified soul-this was what delighted me; those were the souls I considered blessed.”

John Bunyan


“Nothing can render affliction so insupportable as the load of sin. Would you then be fitted for afflictions? Be sure to get the burden of your sins laid aside, and then what affliction soever you may meet with will be very easy to you.”

John Bunyan


“What God says is best, is best, though all the men in the world are against it.”

John Bunyan


“Christians are like the several flowers in a garden that have each of them the dew of heaven, which, being shaken with the wind, they let fall at each other’s roots, whereby they are jointly nourished, and become nourishers of each other.”

John Bunyan


“He that is down needs fear no fall.”

John Bunyan


“If thou hast sinned, lie not down without repentance; for the want of repentance, after one has sinned, makes the heart yet harder and harder.”

John Bunyan


“Their bodies will be raised from the dead as vessels for the soul-vessels of wrath. The soul will breathe hell-fire, and smoke and coal will seem to hang upon its burning lips, yea the face, eyes, and ears will seem to be chimneys and vents for the flame, and the smoke of the burning , which God, by His breath, hath kindled therein, and upon, them, which will be held one in another, to the great torment and distress of each other.”

John Bunyan


“All that the Father giveth me SHALL COME… Here, therefore, the Lord Jesus positively determineth to put forth such a sufficiency of all grace as shall effectually perform this promise. They shall come; that is, he will CAUSE them to come, by infusing of an effectual blessing into all the means that shall be used to that end.”

John Bunyan


“I was never out of my Bible.”

John Bunyan


“Though the world disregard the society of God’s children now, yet there is a time coming in which they would be glad to have the least company with them.”

John Bunyan


“Dost thou understand me, sinful soul? He wrestled with justice, that thou mightest have rest; He wept and mourned, that thou mightest laugh and rejoice; He was betrayed, that thou mightest go free; was apprehended, that thou mightest escape; He was condemned, that thou mightest be justified; and was killed, that thou mightest live; He wore a crown of thorns, that thou mightest wear a crown of glory; and was nailed to the cross, with His arms wide open, to show with what freeness all His merits shall be bestowed on the coming soul; and how heartily He will receive it into His bosom?”

John Bunyan


“The man that takes up religion for the world will throw away religion for the world.”

John Bunyan


“The law, instead of cleansing the heart from sin, doth revive it, put strength into, and increase it in the soul, even as it doth discover and forbid it, for it doth not give power to subdue.”

John Bunyan


“Fear, lest, by forgetting what you are by nature, you also forget the need that you have of continual pardon, support, and supplies from the Spirit of grace, and so grow proud of your own abilities, or of what you have received from God.”

John Bunyan


“At the day of Doom men shall be judged according to their fruits. It will not be said then, did you believe? But, were you doers or talkers only?”

John Bunyan


“There is a warning here for true pilgrims. Beware of the talker, but also be careful not to judge too quickly those whom God has blessed with both genuine grace and a fluency to speak of divine mercy in ways more eloquent than others. The proof is in the life-not a perfect life, but a life that both delights in divine truth and magnifies God, the only giver of the sovereign grace that always produces the truly fruitful, fragrant life.”

John Bunyan


“He who runs from God in the morning will scarcely find Him the rest of the day.”

John Bunyan


“Man indeed is the most noble, by creation, of all the creatures in the visible World; but by sin he has made himself the most ignoble.”

John Bunyan


“Humility is the light of the understanding.”

John Bunyan


“As I walked through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain place, where was a den; and I laid me down in that place to sleep: and as I slept I dreamed a dream. I dreamed, and behold I saw a man clothed with rags, standing in a certain place, with his face from his own house, a book in his hand, and a great burden upon his back. I looked, and saw him open the book, and read therein; and as he read, he wept and trembled: and not being able longer to contain, he brake out with a lamentable cry; saying, ‘What shall I do?'”

John Bunyan


“To seek yourself in this world is to be lost; and to be humble is to be exalted.”

John Bunyan


“He that comes to Christ cannot, it is true, always get on as fast as he would. Poor coming soul, thou art like the man that would ride full gallop whose horse will hardly trot. Now the desire of his mind is not to be judged of by the slow pace of the dull jade he rides on, but by the hitching and kicking and spurring as he sits on his back. Thy flesh is like this dull jade, it will not gallop after Christ, it will be backward though thy soul and heaven lie at stake.”

John Bunyan


“There is no way to kill a man’s righteousness but by his own consent.”

John Bunyan


“The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, and they that lack the beginning have neither middle nor end.”

John Bunyan


“Riches and power, what is there more in the world? For money answereth all things-that is, all but soul concerns. It can neither be a price for souls while here, nor can that, with all the forces of strength, recover one out of hell fire.”

John Bunyan


“It is profitable for Christians to be often calling to mind the very beginnings of grace with their souls.”

John Bunyan


“Though it be said that faith cometh by hearing, yet it is the Spirit that worketh faith in the heart through hearing, or else they are not profited by hearing.”

John Bunyan


“Run when I can, walk when I cannot run, and creep when I cannot walk.”

John Bunyan


“To lay hold of and receive the gospel by a true and saving faith is an act of the soul that has been made a new creature, which is the workmanship of God… Wherefore whoever receiveth the grace that is tendered in the gospel, they must be quickened by the power of God, their eyes must be opened, their understandings illuminated, their ears unstopped, their hearts circumcised, their wills also rectified, and the Son of God revealed in them.”

John Bunyan


“The man who does not know the nature of the Law, cannot know the nature of sin.”

John Bunyan


“Our sins, when laid upon Christ, were yet personally ours, not his; so his righteousness, when put upon us, is yet personally his, not ours.”

John Bunyan


“I will stay in prison till the moss grows on my eye lids rather than disobey God.”

John Bunyan


“Let dissolution come when it will, it can do the Christian no harm, for it will be but a passage out of a prison into a palace; out of a sea of troubles into a haven of rest; out of a crowd of enemies, to an innumerable company of true, loving, and faithful friends; out of shame, reproach, and contempt, into exceeding great and eternal glory.”

John Bunyan


“An idle man’s brain is the devil’s workshop.”

John Bunyan


“Doth Jesus Christ stand up to plead for us with God, to plead with him for us against the devil? Let this teach us to stand up to plead for him before men, to plead for him against the enemies of his person and gospel.”

John Bunyan


“Old truths are always new to us, if they come with the smell of heaven upon them.”

John Bunyan


“See how ye Pharisee in the Temple stands, And justifies himself with lifted hands. Whilst ye poor publican with downcast eyes, Conscious of guilt to God for mercy cries.”

John Bunyan


“This hill though high I covent ascend; The difficulty will not me offend; For I perceive the way of life lies here. Come, pluck up, heart; let’s neither faint nor fear.”

John Bunyan


“He that doth righteousness; that is, righteousness which the gospel calleth so, is righteous; that is, precedent to, or before he doth that righteousness. For he doth not say, he shall make his person righteous by acts of righteousness that he shall do; for then an evil tree may bear good fruit, yea, and make itself good by doing so; but he saith, He that doth righteousness is righteous; as he saith, He that doth righteousness is born of him.”

John Bunyan


“Words easy to be understood do often hit the mark, when high and learned ones do only pierce the air.”

John Bunyan


“It is sad to see how the most of men neglect their precious souls, turning their backs upon the glorious gospel, and little minding a crucified Jesus, when, in the meanwhile, their bodies are well provided for, their estates much regarded, and the things of this present life are highly prized, as if the darling was of less value than a clod of earth; an immortal soul, than a perishing body; a precious Saviour, than unsatisfying creatures.”

John Bunyan


“The road of denial leads to the precipice of destruction.”

John Bunyan


“He that is down needs fear no fall. He that is low, no pride; He that is humble, ever shall have God to be his Guide.”

John Bunyan


“The kingdom of heaven is for the heirs – and if children, then heirs; if born again, then heirs. Wherefore it is said expressly, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. By this one word, down goes all carnal privilege of being born of flesh and blood, and of the will of man. Canst thou produce the birthright?”

John Bunyan


“There can be but one will the master in our salvation, but that shall never be the will of man, but of God; therefore man must be saved by grace.”

John Bunyan


“If you release me today, I’ll preach tomorrow.”

John Bunyan


“Faith receiveth the promise, embraceth it, and comforteth the soul unspeakably with it. Faith is so great an artist in arguing and reasoning with the soul, that it will bring over the hardest heart that it hath to deal with. It will bring to my remembrance at once, both my vileness against God, and his goodness towards me; it will show me, that though I deserve not to breathe in the air, yet that God will have me an heir of glory.”

John Bunyan


“The spirit of prayer is more precious than treasures of gold and silver.”

John Bunyan


“Therefore, I bind these lies and slanderous accusations to my person as an ornament; it belongs to my Christian profession to be vilified, slandered, reproached and reviled, and since all this is nothing but that, as God and my conscience testify, I rejoice in being reproached for Christ’s sake.”

John Bunyan


“I will stay in jail to the end of my days before I make a butchery of my conscience.”

John Bunyan


“The greatness of God, of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, is that, if rightly considered, which will support the spirits of those of his people that are frighted with the greatness of their adversaries.”

John Bunyan


“Humility is the light of understanding.”

John Bunyan


“Wherefore, though the Christian, as a Christian, is the only man at liberty, as called thereunto of God; yet his liberty is limited to things that are good: he is not licensed thereby to indulge the flesh.”

John Bunyan


“Grace can pardon our ungodliness and justify us with Christ’s righteousness; it can put the Spirit of Jesus Christ within us; it can help us when we are down; it can heal us when we are wounded; it can multiply pardons, as we through frailty multiply transgressions.”

John Bunyan


“Beware of resting in the word of the kingdom, without the spirit and power of the kingdom of that gospel, for the gospel coming in word only saves nobody, for the kingdom of God or the gospel, where it comes to salvation, is not in word but in power.”

John Bunyan


“I have often thought that the best Christians are found in the worst of times.”

John Bunyan


“Temptations, when we meet them at first, are as the lion that reared upon Samson; but if we overcome them, the next time we see them we shall find a nest of honey within them.”

John Bunyan


“Whatever contradicts the Word of God should be instantly resisted as diabolical.”

John Bunyan


“To run and work the law commands, but gives us neither feet nor hands. But better news the gospel brings, it bids us fly and gives us wings.”

John Bunyan


“It could be a sign of pride in your life if a word of reproof or admonition is not able to be received with the same grace, whether it be given by the poorest of saints or the most educated person.”

John Bunyan


“The Lord uses his flail of tribulation to separate the chaff from the wheat.”

John Bunyan


“Look how fears have presented themselves, so have supports and encouragements; yea, when I have started, even as it were at nothing else but my shadow, yet God, as being very tender of me, hath suffered me to be molested, but would with one Scripture or another, strengthen me against all; insomuch that I have often said, Were it awful, I could pray for greater trouble, for the greater comfort’s sake.”

John Bunyan


“The Swamp of Despond is that place set before the narrow gate where true and false pilgrims alike are assaulted by their own internal corruption and pollution. The dirt and scum that has attached itself to our hearts and minds is agitated and revealed by both the workings of a guilty conscience and the devouring avarice of the enemy of our souls.”

John Bunyan


“As your faith is, such your hope will be. Hope is never ill when faith is well, nor strong if faith be weak.”

John Bunyan


“I would say to my soul, O my soul, this is not the place of despair; this is not the time to despair in. As long as mine eyes can find a promise in the Bible, as long as there is a moment left me of breath or life in this world, so long will I wait or look for mercy, so long will I fight against unbelief and despair.”

John Bunyan


“Our heart oft times wakes when we sleep, and God can speak to that, either by words, by proverbs, by signs and similitudes, as well as if one was awake.”

John Bunyan


“One leak will sink a ship: and one sin will destroy a sinner.”

John Bunyan


“I saw, moreover, that it was not my good frame of heart that made my righteousness better, nor my bad frame that made my righteousness worse; for my righteousness was Jesus Christ himself, the same yesterday and today and forever.”

John Bunyan


“No child of God sins to that degree as to make himself incapable of forgiveness.”

John Bunyan


“If you do not put a difference between justification wrought by the Man Christ without, and sanctification wrought by the Spirit of Christ within, you are not able to divide the word aright; but contrariwise, you corrupt the word of God.”

John Bunyan


“Men, even the elect, have too many infirmities to come to Christ without help from heaven; inviting will not do.”

John Bunyan


“Temptation provokes me to look upward to God.”

John Bunyan


“Such is the effect of the grace of God in the heart of a pilgrim; while on one hand he sees the propensity of his evil nature to every sin which has been committed by others, and is humbled; he also confesses, that, by no power of his own, is he preserved, but ever gives the glory to the God of all grace, by whose power alone he is kept from falling.”

John Bunyan


“He hath given me rest by His sorrow, and life by His death.”

John Bunyan


“It is possible to learn all about the mysteries of the Bible and never be affected by it in one’s soul. Great knowledge is not enough.”

John Bunyan


“Though there is not always grace where there is the fear of hell, yet, to be sure, there is no grace where there is no fear of God.”

John Bunyan


“Just as Christian came up to the Cross, his burden loosed from off his shoulders, fell from off his back, and began to tumble down the hill, and so it continued to do till it came to the mouth of the sepulchre. There it fell in, and I saw it no more!”

John Bunyan


“Sleep is sweet to the labouring man.”

John Bunyan


“God, as I may say, is forced to break men’s hearts, before he can make them willing to cry to him, or be willing that he should have any concerns with them; the rest shut their eyes, stop their ears, withdraw their hearts, or say unto God, Be gone.”

John Bunyan


“Faith is a fruit, work, or gift of the Spirit of God, whereby a poor soul is enabled through the mighty operation of God, in a sense of its sins and wretched estate to lay hold on the righteousness, blood, death, resurrection, ascension, intercession, and coming again of the Son of God which was crucified without the gates of Jerusalem, for eternal life.”

John Bunyan


“Then I saw that there was a way to hell, even from the gates of heaven.”

John Bunyan


“Then said he, ’I am going to my Father’s; and though with great difficulty I am got hither, yet now I do not repent me of all the trouble I have been at to arrive where I am. My sword I give to him that shall succeed me in my pilgrimage, and my courage and skill to him that can get it. My marks and scars I carry with me, to be a witness for me that I have fought His battles who now will be my rewarder.’…. So he passed over, and all the trumpets sounded for him on the other side.”

John Bunyan


“I have given Him my faith, and sworn my allegiance to Him; how, then, can I go back from this, and not be hanged as a traitor?”

John Bunyan


“The God in whose hands are all our days and ways, did cast into my hand (one day) a book of Martin Luther’s ; it was his Comment on the Galatians! … I found my condition in his experience so largely and profoundly handled, as if his book had been written out of my heart … I do prefer this book of Martin Luther upon the Galatians, excepting the Holy Bible, before all the books that ever I have seen, as most fit for a wounded conscience.”

John Bunyan


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