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John Bunyan – The Barren Fig Tree

Well, now the ax begins to be heaved higher.  For now, indeed, God is ready to smite the sinner; yet before He will strike the stroke, He will try one way more at last, and if that misseth, down goes the fig tree.  Now this last way is to tug and strive with this professor by the Spirit.  Wherefore the Spirit of the Lord is now come to him, but not always to strive with man.  Yet awhile He will strive with him; He will awaken, He will convince, He will call to remembrance former sins, former judgments, the breach of former vows and promises, the misspending of former days – He will also present persuasive arguments, encouraging promises, dreadful judgments, the shortness of time to repent in, and that there is hope if He come.  Further, He will show him the certainty of death, and of the judgment to come; yea, He will pull and strive with this sinner.  

The Barren Fig Tree