The Pilgrims’s Progress: The House of the Interpreter (2)

Sampul[en]The second picture Christian saw in the house of the Interpreter was a very large parlour that was full of dust, because never swept. After Christian had reviewed a little while, the Interpreter called for a man to sweep.

Now, when he began to sweep, the dust began so abundantly to fly about, that Christian had almost therewith been choked. Then said the Interpreter to a damsel that stood by, “Bring hither the water, and sprinkle the room”. When she had done, it was swept and cleansed with pleasure.

The parlour is the heart of a man that was never sanctified by the sweet grace of the Gospel; the dust is his original sin and inward corruptions, that have defiled the whole man. He that began to sweep at first, is the Law; but she that brought water, and did sprinkle it, is the Gospel.

So soon as the first began to sweep, the dust did so fly about that the room by him could not be cleansed, this was to show that the law, instead of cleansing the heart (by its working) from sin, doth revive, 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.[1]

When the damsel sprinkle the room with water, upon which it was cleansed with pleasure; this is to show that when the Gospel comes in the sweet and precious influences thereof to the heart, then, so is sin vanquished and subdued, and the soul made clean, through the faith of it, and consequently fit for the King of glory to inhabit.[2]

Before | After[/en]

[id]Gambaran kedua yang dilihat oleh Christian di rumah Interpreter adalah kamar tamu yang luas tetapi sangat berdebu karena tidak pernah dibersihkan. Kemudian Interpreter memanggil seseorang untuk menyapu ruangan itu.

Saat laki-laki itu mulai menyapu, debu berterbangan dengan banyaknya, menyebabkan Christian tercekik dan hampir tidak bisa bernapas. Kemudian Interpreter menyuruh seorang gadis yang berdiri di dekat situ itu mengambil air dan memercikkannya di kamar tamu itu. Begitu gadis itu selesai, ruangan itu menjadi mudah disapu dan dibersihkan.

Ruang tamu itu adalah hati manusia yang tidak pernah disucikan oleh karunia dan anugerah Injil.; debu adalah dosa dan kesalahannya yang telah mencemarkan manusia itu seumur hidupnya. Yang pertama menyapu adalah hukum agama, yang kedua yang membawa air dan memercikkannya adalah Injil.

Hukum agama, bukannya menyucikan hati manusia dari dosa, malahan membangkitkan dosa, karena hukum agama tidak memiliki kuasa untuk menundukkan dosa.[3]

Injil datang dalam karunia dan anugerah yang berharga yang diterima oleh hati yang terbuka, akan menundukkan dan menghapuskan dosa, sehingga jiwa manusia dibersihkan, dan menjadi tempat kediaman yang layak bagi Raja Kemuliaan.[4]

Sebelumnya | Selanjutnya[/id]

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  1. [1]Romans 7:6; 1 Corinthians 15:56; Romans 5:20
  2. [2]John 15:3; Ephesians 5:26; Acts 15:9; Romans 16:25-26; John 15:13
  3. [3]Roma 7:6; 1 Korintus 15:56; Roma 5:20
  4. [4]Yohanes 15:3; Efesus 5:26; Kisah Para Rasul 15:9; Roma 16:25-26; Yohanes 15:13

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