Believers are a little flock. This passage contains a gracious word of consolation for all true believers (Luke 12:32). Our Lord knew the hearts of his disciples well. He knew how ready they were to be filled with fears of every description, fears because of the fewness of their number, fears because of the multitude […]
J. C. Ryle
J.C. Ryle (1816-1900) was an evangelical Anglican clergyman and first Bishop of Liverpool. John Charles Ryle was renowned for his powerful preaching and extensive tracts.
Martyn Lloyd-Jones described J C Ryle's writings as "a distillation of true Puritan theology presented in a highly readable and modern form."
Books by J. C. Ryle include Expository Thoughts on the Gospels; Practical Religion; Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots; Old Paths; Knots Untied; Light From Old Times; The Upper Room; Warnings to the Churches.
Holiness by J.C. Ryle
“Sin is the transgression of the law.” 1 John 3:4
He who wishes to attain right views about Christian holiness must begin by examining the vast and solemn subject of sin. He must dig down very low if he would build high. A mistake here is most mischievous. Wrong views about holiness are generally traceable to wrong views about human corruption. I make no apology for beginning this volume of messages about holiness by making some plain statements about sin.
The Character and Intention of the Devil
There is a devil! We have a mighty invisible enemy always near us–one who never slumbers and never sleeps–one who is about our path and about our bed, and spies out all our ways, and will never leave us until we die. He is a murderer! His great aim and object is, to ruin us forever and kill our souls. To destroy, to rob us of eternal life, to bring us down to the second death in hell, are the things for which he is unceasingly working. He is ever going about, seeking whom he may devour. He is a liar!