Heavenly Footman, The: How to Get to Heaven (Christian Heritage Puritan Series)
The principal concern of Bunyan's great allegories was to assist the Christian in discerning the way to heaven. Drawn from Bunyan's meditations on the Pauline concept of "running to win the prize" (1 Corinthians 9:24), The Heavenly Footman is a...
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The principal concern of Bunyan's great allegories was to assist the Christian in discerning the way to heaven. Drawn from Bunyan's meditations on the Pauline concept of "running to win the prize" (1 Corinthians 9:24), The Heavenly Footman is a classic Puritan text on facing the challenges of Christian living. Bunyan's "Footman" is an athlete who perseveres in the effort of "winning" the race. Bunyan's terse and urgent style imparts vital guidance on how to stay the course. Bunyan wants Christians to meet the challenge of the race so that we might all meet in Heaven. As he states in this book: "Farewell, I wish our souls may meet with comfort at the journey's end." Bunyan is well known for his perception and discernment in depicting human motivations as he gives us the "description of the man who gets to heaven".
"This is the true, heart-searching, heart-warming John Bunyan, on full throttle"
- J.I. Packer, from his Introduction.
Throughout Bunyan’s great allegories his prime concern was that people would be able to discern the way to heaven. The ‘footman’ is an athlete dogged in the pursuit of ‘winning’ the race. Bunyan wants us to be able to run the race of the Christian life and finish the course so that we might meet in heaven. As he states in his book:-
“Farewell, I wish our souls may meet with comfort at the journey’s end.”
Based on the text ‘so run that ye may obtain’ 1 Corinthians 9:24, Bunyan’s terse and racy style gives us vital guidance on how to complete the journey. This is regarded as one of the classic texts to have come from the Puritan era on Christian living. Bunyan is well known for his perceptiveness in describing human motivation and thought processes with discernment as he gives us the ‘..description of the man who gets to heaven’.
John Bunyan (1628-1688) was born in Elstow, England, and his life was spared twice in his early years, something he believed God had done for a special purpose. In November 1660, when Bunyan arrived to preach in the little town of Lower Samsell, he was informed that a warrant had been issued for his arrest. Unwilling to denounce his Christian faith and his calling to the ministry, he was imprisoned for twelve years.
Among the many writings he published during his imprisonment are The Holy City; Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners; and the most famous, The Pilgrims Progress.
After his release, he became the pastor of a church in Bedord, England and continued to write and publish stirring works that have endured through time. Among these classics are The Holy War; Bunyan's Visions of Heaven and Hell and Journey to Hell: The Life and Death of Mr. Badman.