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The Godly Pastor

Bunyan —  June 11, 2014 — Leave a comment

 

Interpreter

Interpreter: Then said Interpreter, Come in; I will show thee that which will be profitable to thee. So he commanded his man to light the candle, and bid Christian follow him….so he had him into a private room, and bid his man open a door; the which when he had done, Christian saw the picture a very grave person hang up against the wall; and this was the fashion of it: It had eyes lifted up to heaven, the best of books in his hand, the law of truth was written upon its lips, the world was behind its back; it stood as if it pleaded with men, and a crown of gold did hang over its head.

Christian: Then said Christian, What means this?

 

Interpreter: The man whose picture this is, is one of a thousand (true pastor): he can beget children, 1 Cor 4:15, travail in birth with children, Gal 4:19, and nurse them himself when they are born. And where you see him with his eyes lift up to heaven, the best of books in his hand, and the law of truth writ on his lips: it is to show thee, that his work is to know, and unfold dark things to sinners; even as also you see him stand as if he pleaded with men. And whereas you see the world as cast behind him, and that a crown hangs over his head; that is to show thee, that slighting and despising the things that are present, for the love that he hath to his Master’s service, he is sure in the world that comes next, to have glory for his reward.

 

Now, said the Interpreter, I have showed thee this picture first, because the man

whose picture this is, is the only man whom the Lord of the place whither thou art going hath authorized to be thy guide in all difficult places you may meet with in the way: wherefore take good heed to what I have showed thee, and bear well in thy mind what thou hast seen, lest in thy journey thou meet with some that pretend to lead thee right, but their way goes down to death.

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Consider how important this section is my dear brethren.  This man is a Biblical picture of a Godly Pastor within the NT church:

Serious and sober pastor- 1 Tim 3:2

Looking towards heaven- Phil. 3:20

The Best of Books in his Hand – Acts 20:32

Proclaims the Truth alone – Acts 20:20, 2 Tim 4:1-2

World behind hid back – 1 John 2:15-17

Pleading with man to be make peace with God- 2 Cor 5:20

Crown of Gold  2 Tim 4:7-8

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**Ask yourself if your pastor matches these traits which are drawn from the word of God.  If not, please find a Biblical church to join.