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Holiness by J. C. Ryle


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In his classic book on Holiness, noted Puritan author J. C. Ryle wields the sword of the Spirit like a skillful surgeon, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow. He does not side-step the difficult issues, but takes them head on, making Christian theology and the principles of holy living seem so simple, obvious and straight-forward that readers will wonder what other Bible truths they’ve been missing all these years. Christian, read J. C. Ryle. You will not regret it. He is a man who first and foremost loved the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the vital center of all his teaching and writing and the sole reason for his great power in ministry. Whether you are an erudite scholar or a hard-laboring farmer, a pastor or a layman, a spiritual elder or a babe in Christ--no matter where you are--Ryle's writings are for you. The love of Christ and the faith of this great 18th century saint cling to every page like an aromatic perfume.

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Holiness by J. C. Ryle

  1. 1. Quotes on HolinessBy J. C. Ryle
  2. 2. J. C. RYLE QUOTESA holy man will follow after spiritual mindedness. He will endeavor to sethis affections entirely on the things above, and to hold things on earth witha very loose hand. He will not neglect the business of this life now; but thefirst place in his mind and thoughts will be given to the life to come. Hewill aim to live like one whose treasure is in heaven, and to pass throughthis world like a stranger and pilgrimtraveling to his home.Holiness by J. C. Ryle
  3. 3. J. C. RYLE QUOTESAnother mark of „growing in grace‟ is increased holiness of life andconversation. The man whose soul is „growing‟ gets more dominion oversin, the world, and the devil every year. He becomes more careful about histemper, his words, and his actions. He is more watchful over his conductin every relation of life. He strives more to be conformed to the image ofChrist in all things, and to follow Him as hisexample, as well as to trust Him ashis Savior.Holiness by J. C. Ryle
  4. 4. J. C. RYLE QUOTESGradual growth in grace, growth in knowledge, growth in faith, growth inlove, growth in holiness, growth in humility, growth in spiritualmindedness–all this I see clearly taught and urged in Scripture, and clearlyexemplified in the lives of many of God‟s saints. But sudden,instantaneous leaps from conversion to consecration I fail to see in theBible.Holiness by J. C. Ryle
  5. 5. J. C. RYLE QUOTESHoliness is the habit of being of one mind with God, according as we findHis mind described in Scripture. It is the habit of agreeing in Godsjudgment, hating what He hates, loving what He loves, and measuringeverything in this world by the standard of His Word.Holiness by J. C. Ryle
  6. 6. J. C. RYLE QUOTESI cannot see how any man deserves to be called "holy," who willfullyallows himself in sins, and is not humbled and ashamed because of them.Holiness by J. C. Ryle
  7. 7. J. C. RYLE QUOTESI frankly confess I prefer the old paths. I think it wiser and safer to presson all converted people the possibility of continual growth in grace, andthe absolute necessity of going forward, increasing more and more, and inevery year dedicating and consecrating themselves more, in spirit, soul,and body to Christ. By all means let us teach that there is more holiness tobe attained, and more of heaven to be enjoyedupon earth than most believersnow experience.Holiness by J. C. Ryle
  8. 8. J. C. RYLE QUOTESIf there is any point on which Gods holiest saints agree it is this: that theysee more, and know more, and feel more, and do more, and repent more,and believe more, as they get on in spiritual life, and in proportion to thecloseness of their walk with God.Holiness by J. C. Ryle
  9. 9. J. C. RYLE QUOTESIn justification the word to address to man is believe–only believe; insanctification the word must be “watch, pray, and fight.”Holiness by J. C. Ryle
  10. 10. J. C. RYLE QUOTESI pity those who try to be holy without Christ! Your labor is all in vain. Youare putting money in a bag with holes. You are pouring water into a sieve.You are rolling a huge round stone uphill. You are building up a wall withuntempered mortar. Believe me, you are beginning at the wrong end. Youmust come to Christ first, and He shall give you His sanctifying Spirit. Youmust learn to say with Paul, “I can doall things through Christ whichstrengthens me.” (Phil. 4:13)Holiness by J. C. Ryle
  11. 11. J. C. RYLE QUOTESIt is far easier to be a Christian among singing, praying, sympathizing,Christians in a public room, than to be a consistent Christian in a quiet,retired, out-of-the-way, uncongenial home.Holiness by J. C. Ryle
  12. 12. J. C. RYLE QUOTESLet us never measure our religion by that of others, and think we aredoing enough if we have gone beyond our neighbors.Holiness by J. C. Ryle
  13. 13. J. C. RYLE QUOTESSound Protestant and Evangelical doctrine is useless if it is notaccompanied by a holy life. It is worse than useless; it does positive harm.It is despised by keen-sighted and shrewd men of the world, as an unrealand hollow thing, and brings religion into contempt.Holiness by J. C. Ryle
  14. 14. J. C. RYLE QUOTESThe older I grow the more I am convinced that real practical holiness doesnot receive the attention it deserves, and that there is a most painfully lowstandard of living among many high professors of religion in the land.Holiness by J. C. Ryle
  15. 15. J. C. RYLE QUOTESThe Scriptures teach us that in following holiness the true Christian needspersonal exertion and work as well as faith.Holiness by J. C. Ryle
  16. 16. J. C. RYLE QUOTESThe theory of a sudden, mysterious transition of a believer into a state ofblessedness and entire consecration, at one mighty bound, I cannotreceive. It appears to me to be a man made invention; and I do not see asingle plain text to prove it in Scripture.Holiness by J. C. Ryle
  17. 17. J. C. RYLE QUOTESTo commune with God in prayer, in the Bible, and in the assembly of Hispeople – these things will be the holy man‟s chiefest enjoyments. He willvalue every thing and place and company, just in proportion as it drawshim nearer to God.Holiness by J. C. Ryle
  18. 18. J. C. RYLE QUOTESTrue holiness does not consist merely of believing and feeling, but ofdoing and bearing, and a practical exhibition of active and passive grace.Our tongues, our tempers, our natural passions and inclinations– ourconduct as parents and children, masters and servants, husbands andwives, rulers and subjects–our dress, our employment of time, ourbehavior in business, our demeanor insickness and health, in riches andpoverty–all, all these are matterswhich are fully treated byinspired writers.Holiness by J. C. Ryle
  19. 19. J. C. RYLE QUOTESTrue holiness, we surely ought to remember, does not consist merely ofinward sensations and impressions. It is much more than tears, and sighs,and bodily excitement, and a quickened pulse, and a passionate feeling ofattachment to our favorite preachers and our own religious party, and areadiness to quarrel with everyone who does not agree with us. It issomething of “the image of Christ.” whichcan be seen and observed by others in ourprivate life, and habits, andcharacter, and doings.Romans 8:29)Holiness by J. C. Ryle
  20. 20. J. C. RYLE QUOTESUnion with Christ is the root of holiness.Holiness by J. C. Ryle
  21. 21. J. C. RYLE QUOTESWe must be holy, because this is the only sound evidence that we have asaving faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.Holiness by J. C. Ryle
  22. 22. J. C. RYLE QUOTESWhen people talk of having received "such a blessing,” and of havingfound “the higher life,” after hearing some earnest advocate of “holinessby faith and self-consecration,” while their family and friends see noimprovement and no increased sanctity in their daily tempers andbehavior, immense harm is done to the cause of Christ.Holiness by J. C. Ryle
  23. 23. J. C. RYLE QUOTESWithout holiness on earth we shall never be prepared to enjoy heaven.Heaven is a holy place. The Lord of heaven is a holy Being. The angels areholy creatures. Holiness is written on everything in heaven... How shall weever be at home and happy in heaven if we die unholy?Holiness by J. C. Ryle