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Holiness Its Nature Hindrances Difficulties and Roots

J.C. Ryle ↠ 3 review

Were distributed in a variety of languages throughout the LandBishop Ryle's desire and his answer to the issues of his day was the pursuit of personal revival of Scriptural holiness This holds just as true for today as it was in his time Review availa

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Ryle calls us to live a life set apart from the world and set our minds on things aboveBishop JC Ryle served the Lord in ministry in the Church of England for almost the entire length of the Victorian Age Although Ryle was committed to a Ryle's work i

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About the Author: J.C. Ryle

John Charles Ryle was a prominent writer preacher and Anglican clergyman in nineteenth century Britain He is the author of the classic Expository Thoughts on the Gospels and retired as the bishop of Liverpool

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  1. says:

    I thought it was about time I read this classic It is practical and helpful Recommended

  2. says:

    A remarkable number of books that promote 'formulas' for living the Christian life have had their day on the Christian bestseller lists only to fade away as time goes on Yet JC Ryle's Holiness which was first published 126 years ago shows no signs of going out of style What could possibly account for the longevity of a volume that Reformation Revival Journal once called the finest work on living the Christian life available? I offer three reasons1 It gives no formulas Bishop Ryle an evangelical Anglican minister from the mid to late 1800s magnified the grace of God in Christ and spoke often of the joy peace and assurance available to all who trust in the Son of God And yet as Holiness demonstrates he had no illusions that the Christian life would be a walk in the park Beginning immediately at Chapter One where Ryle explains the terrible subtlety of sin and its power to trip up believers even though they are free from its domination he takes nothing for granted He dismantles many false ideas about Christian growth that damaged the lives of Christians of his time Some believers including this one who read Holiness today will notice that many of these ideas are still around and have messed them up at certain points of their lives2 It is remarkably accessible and easy to read considering its age Sometimes I see Ryle's books published in modern paraphrased versions and I am at a loss to know why Ryle's style is described by many as plain and pointed without any of the formalities that characterize 19th Century English compare and his contrast his works with those of his great Baptist contemporary Charles Spurgeon3 It is thoroughly biblical If aspiring preachers and teachers want a great model whom they can follow of someone who effortlessly brought the whole counsel of Scripture to bear upon the subject being discussed Ryle is their man

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    Ryle's work is a classic Reformed defense of the pursuit of sanctification as an active enterprise against various late 19th century denigrations of that understanding He is in a way a Puritan out of place in history and easier to read than John Owen In Holiness Ryle stands against extremes among the Reformed and Lutheran that claim sanctification is all about faith but also against the holiness movements of his day arising in part out of a misdirection of Wesley's understanding of immediate sanctification He begins noting the difference between justification and sanctification In justification the word to be addressed to man is believe only believe; in sanctification the word must be 'watch pray and fight' What God has divided let us not mingle and confuse At the same time each are integral to a complete understanding of the salvation won in Jesus Christ The book is a collection of addresses not a completely systematic understanding but his first three chapters on sin sanctification and holiness come close to that kind of completeness His words are challenging and demand doctrinal understanding deep personal awareness and an application of doctrine to life Sanctification is that inward spiritual work which the Lord Jesus Christ works in a man by the Holy Ghost when He calls him to be a true believer He not only washes him from his sins in His own blood but He also separates him from his natural love of sin and the world puts a new principle in his heart and makes him practically godly in life My criticism is two fold aside from the too constant Reformed denial of the possibility of holiness in this lifetime Like the Puritans before him Ryle makes holiness a mental experience often ignoring the fact that we are embodied beings and might need direction in the physical realm He also makes it too individual an experience ignoring the communal call to holiness and the role of the church in achieving Christian maturity As a spur to holiness this is a wonderful book but it reuires a style of life lived out in the physical world and amid Christ's body here on earth

  4. says:

    Thank the Lord for the wonderful man J C Ryle isIt just got better and better every chapter with the pinnacle being the last three chapters This book is a BANGER ALL CAPS

  5. says:

    WOW This book was written in the late 1800s but it reads like it was written today Each chapter is a separate paper written by JC Ryle some were sermons all focused on SCRIPTURAL holiness Ryle's discussions are beautifully simple and completely scripturally founded He begins with chapters on sin sanctification holiness then continues on to offer biblical examples of his points His chapter on Moses clearly represents Moses as a type of Christ Moses left the rank and greatness and riches of Pharaoh's court to come down to the enslaved and persecuted children of Israel to choose suffering and affliction to deliver them Sound familiar?? Moses' life is an illustration a shadow of what Jesus Christ has done for us Christ left the majesty of heaven to come down to a people enslaved and afflicted by sin to suffer for our deliverance Christ is truly found on every page of the Bible God's story of the redemption of His people Ryle says You must learn to believe promises better than possessions; things unseen better than things seen; things in heaven out of sight better than things on earth before your eyes; the praise of the invisible God better than the praise of visible man then and then only you will make a choice like Moses and prefer God to the world The last chapter is entitled Christ is all because this is the ultimate goal of our pursuit of holiness to be like Christ We will never achieve this perfectly in this world but we are to strive toward this goal Let us all learn and strive to do so and Let us live ON Christ Let us live IN Christ Let us live WITH Christ Let us live TO Christ So doing we shall prove that we fully realize that Christ is all So doing we shall feel great peace and attain of that holiness without which no man shall see the Lord Hebrews 1214This book is definitely one of my favorite books of all times and I would highly recommend it to everyone not only Christians but anyone who wants to know what is at the heart of Christianity CHRIST

  6. says:

    This book will change your outlook on what it means to live a life worthy of the Gospel Despite writing in 1877 Ryle speaks so clearly to the reader and so insightfully into a society that has surprisingly changed very little

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    Review available on Vintage Novels

  8. says:

    First read 2013 lovedSecond read 2019 still loved

  9. says:

    An excellent book on a much neglected topic in our day The first few chapters are particularly helpful At times his too repetitive and could hurt tender consciences if he is read wrongly But overall a great book on how to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord Highly recommended

  10. says:

    This was a very interesting and life giving read but also challenging and convicting It is incredibly accessible and easy to read The book is comprised of distinct papers that are all related to the topic of holiness but do not necessarily follow one after the other save the first three chapters The first three chapters set up the main thesis of the entire work and essentially establishes why a person should care about holiness I would summarize his main points like this sanctification and justification are never separate though they ought to be distinguished While both are works of God bought by the blood of Jesus sanctification really does reuire serious work prayer and watchfulness on our partWhat follows is chapter after chapter of biblical exposition and practical application Ryle's expositions are deep and insightful and he is incredibly skilled at mining the texts of scripture for rich truths What I love about Ryle though is that he seldom does this in a way that makes him seem too smart as if what he is doing with the Word isn't something I or any other person couldn't do ourselves He simply presents it in such a way that stirs your heart to humility and worship He is an experienced teacher of the law and preacher of the gospel and this is seen on every page At the heart of all his writings is an emphasis on and exaltation of the person of Jesus Christ as if constantly beckoning his readers to come see a manThe book is also immensely practical I laughed at one point when Ryle wrote the best way to do something is to do it But this light hearted statement is indicative of how simple and direct he is in encouraging his readers in their pursuit of holiness One of his favorite phrases I noticed was there are no gains without pains I appreciated how every chapter ended with points of application and piercing uestions to euip his readers with wisdom and motivation to apply the biblical principles which preceded His use of the second person and the prescient insightfulness of his uestions made a book written in 1877 feel strangely personalRyle's pastoral instinct was often felt in his precision and intentional use of language when addressing certain people His words were careful and tender so as not to wound the faith of a weak or despairing reader but were plainly spoken and sharp when addressing the proud or backslidingThis is a book I would love to return to I recommend it to new believers and mature Christians alike

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