John Bunyan on being purified before heaven

When the maidens were gathered together for the great king Ahasuerus, before they were brought to him into his royal presence, they were to be had to the house of the women, there to be purified with things for purification, and that for twelve months together–to wit, six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet odours, and other things, and so came every maiden to the king.  (Esther 2:3, 9, 12, 13)  God also hath appointed that those that come into his royal presence should first go to the house of the women, the church, and there receive of the eunuchs things for purification, things to make us “meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.”  (Colossians 1:12)  None can go from a state of nature to glory but by a state of grace, the Lord gives grace and glory; hence he that goeth to heaven is said to be wrought for it, fitted, prepared for it.  (1 Corinthians 5:5, Romans 9:23)

John Bunyan, “The Greatness of the Soul, and the Unspeakable Loss Thereof“, Works, volume I, (Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust), 2009, p. 145.

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