The gentleman (truly) presenting this book to Albert N. Martin is our Pastor, David Charles of Providence Reformed Baptist Church, Toledo, Ohio.
My name is Maria. I’ve been writing for many years, blogging for several. Recently I’ve been absent from my blog. I write fiction of different kinds, poetry, and blogposts. My desire is to encourage others in their faith.
I took Pilgrim’s Progress for my theme because it’s the story of coming to the Lord Jesus Christ in repentance and faith, walking the narrow way with Him, and arriving safe in Heaven because of His boundless power. Pilgrim’s Progress is also the theme of my second blog, a palace beautiful, which is devoted to encouragement without controversy.
Mercy, grace, and peace be multiplied to you who believe in Him Who is our God and Saviour!
13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
24 But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. 25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
City of God, Book IV
“For to the just all the evils imposed on them by unjust rulers are not the punishment of crime, but the test of virtue.”
The Angel, Michael
7 And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war, 8 and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole [d]world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying,
“Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even [e]when faced with death. 12 For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who [f]dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time.”
[d] Revelation 12:9 Lit inhabited earth
[e] Revelation 12:11 Lit to death
[f] Revelation 12:12 Or tabernacle
Intro to a tiny gallery
Strangely, many depictions of Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon are shown as if happening upon the stage of this world rather than in Heaven as the Bible teaches. Also, images Of the dragon are often unscriptural. Take note, too, that one of the images below is described as Michael “slaying” the dragon rather than “waging war” with him. (We humans like to do as we please.) The Bamberg depiction is interesting because it doesn’t feature Michael or the dragon, but rather Michael’s angels and the dragon’s angels.
A tiny gallery
War in Heaven – Apocalypse by Gebhard Fugel 15 – Kap. 12.7 Michaels Kampf
Saint Michael slaying the Dragon – Josse Lieferinxe, Master of St. Sebastian, 15th Century
Saint Michael the Archangel – Garcia Fernandes Workshop (atr.)
War in Heaven – Maestro de Zafra: Miguel Arcángel – ca. 1495-1500