House of Interpreter

Bunyan —  June 4, 2014 — 1 Comment


InterpreterThen he went on till he came at the house of the Interpreter,where he knocked over and over. At last one came to the door, and asked who was there.
Christian: Sir, here is a traveller, who was bid by an acquaintance of the good man of this house to call here for my profit; I would therefore speak with the master of the house.
So he called for the master of the house, who, after a little time, came to Christian, and asked him what he would have. Christian: Sir, said Christian, I am a man that am come from the city of Destruction, and am going to the Mount Zion; and I was told by the man that stands at the gate at the head of this way, that if I called here you would show me excellent things, such as would be helpful to me on my journey.
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…..
Observations and Commentary
  • This has been called a gallery of Illustrations.  A Classic within a Classic
  • There is an order and arrangement here which well illustrates Pilgrims Progress, as a Manuel of Christian Experience, and a guide to spiritual advancement
  •   George Cheevers “It would be difficult to find 12 consecutive pages in the English language, that contain such volumes of meaning, in such a beautiful and instructive lessons, with heavenly imagery, in so pure and sweet a style, and with so thrilling an appeal to the best affections of the heart, as these pages descriptive of Christian’s sojourning in the house of the Interpreter.”


  • ·Who does Interpreter Represent? The Holy Spirit
  • John 16:13 “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.
  • John 14:26  But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you

  • This whole chapter is a description of the Christian Pilgrim seeking and obtaining light, knowledge and instruction from the source of all Christian teaching, the Holy Spirit
  •  George Cheevers “But we are to observe that Christian did not get into the house of Interpreter, not obtain his precious guidance without knocking, yea, and that earnestly.  This is to signify that after Christ has let us in at the Wicket Gate, our great and immediate work must be to seek with most humble diligence and earnestness the gracious illuminating and sanctifying influences of His Spirit.”


  • Here Bunyan emphasizes the essential role of the Illumination of the  Holy Spirit with regard to the comprehension of the truth of God”   – Barry Horner
  • Psalm 25:9,12,14   He leads the humble in justice, And He teaches the humble His way…..Who is the man who fears the LORD? He will instruct him in the way he should choose…….The secret of the LORD is for those who fear Him, And He will make them know His covenant.