Bought by the Blood

November 24, 2011

The Source of A Thankful Spirit

“Let us pray for a deeper sense of our own sinfulness, guilt and undeserving. This, after all, is the true secret of a thankful spirit.  Iy is the man who daily feel his debt to grace, and daily remembers that in reality he deserves nothing but hell, – this is the man who will be daily blessing and praising God. Thankfulness is a flower which will never bloom well excepting upon a root of deep humility.”

-J.C. Ryle

July 4, 2011

If The Son Sets You Free You Will Be Free Indeed – john 8:36

Please take some time to read the following meditation on freedom by J.C. Ryle as we celebrate America’s freedom today

Liberty, most Englishmen know, is rightly esteemed one of the highest temporal blessings.  Freedom from foreign dominion, a free constitution, free trade, a free press, civil and religious liberty, – what a world of meaning lies beneath these phrases! How many would sacrifice life and fortune to maintain the things which they represent! Yet, after all our boasting there are many so-called freemen who are nothing better than slaves. There are many who are totally ignorant of the highest, purest form of liberty. The noblest liberty is that which is the property of the true Christian. Those only are perfectly free people who the Son of God “makes free.” All else will sooner or later be found slaves.

Wherein does the liberty of true Christians consist? Of what is their freedom made up? They are freed from the guilt and consequences of sin by the blood of Christ.  Justified, pardoned, forgiven, they can look forward boldly to the day of judgment and cry “Who shall lay anything to our charge? Who is he that condemns?”  They are freed from the power of sin by the grace of Christ’s Spirit. Sin has no longer dominion over them. Renewed, converted, sanctified, they mortify and tread down sin, and are no longer led captive by it. Liberty, like this, is the portion of all true Christians in the day that they flee to Christ by faith, and commit their souls to Him. That day they become free men. Liberty, like this, is their portion for evermore. Death cannot stop it. The grave cannot even hold their bodies for more then a little season. Those whom Christ makes free are free to all eternity.

Let us never rest till we have some personal experience of this freedom ourselves. Without it all other freedom is a worthless privilege. Free speech, free laws, political freedom, commercial freedom, national freedom, all those cannot smooth down a dying pillow, or disarm death of his sting, or fill our conscience with peace. Nothing can do that but the freedom which Christ alone bestows.

December 31, 2009

How To Advance God’s Kingdom

Filed under: humility,J.C. Ryle,Servanthood,Uncategorized — cubsfan1980 @ 7:27 am
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The world’s idea of greatness is to rule but Christian greatness consists in serving.  The world’s ambition is to receive honor and attention, but the desire of the Christian should be to give rather than receive, and to attend on others rather than be attended on himself.  In short, the man who lays himself out most to serve his fellow men, and to be useful in his day and generation, is the greatest man in the eyes of Christ…The men who are willing to be last of all, and servants of all, for Christ’s sake, are always few.  Yet these are the men who do good, break down prejudices, convince infidels that Christianity is a reality and shake the world.

-J.C. Ryle

December 13, 2009

He Does All Things Well

Filed under: J.C. Ryle,Mark,trials,Trusting God,Will of God — cubsfan1980 @ 12:28 pm
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“And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well.” Mark 7:37

Let us remember it as we look forward to the days yet to come.  We know what they may be, bright or dark, may or few.  But we know that we are in the hands of Him who “doeth all things well.  He will not err in any of  His dealings with us.  He will take away and give – He will afflict and bereave – He will move and He will settle, with perfect wisdom, at the right time, in the right way.  The great Shepherd of the sheep makes no mistakes.  He leaves every lamb of  His flock by the right way to the city of habitation.

We shall never see the full beauty of these words till the resurrection morning.  We shall then look back over our lives, and know the meaning of everything that happened from first to last.  We shall remember all the way by which we were led, and confess that all was “well done.”  The why and the wherefore, the causes and the reasons of everything which now perplexes, will be clear and plain as the sun at noon-day.

-J.C. Ryle

November 29, 2009

Being Where Jesus Would Have Us to Be

“The place that Christians wish to be in, is not always the place which is best for their souls…What we like best is not always best for our souls, that the seed of grace needs winter as well as summer, cold as well as heat, to ripen it for glory…That place and position is most healthful for us in which we are kept most humble-most taught our own sinfulness-drawn most to the Bible and prayer-led most to live by faith and not by sight.  It may not be quite what we like. But if Christ by His providence has placed us in it, let us not be in a hurry to leave it.  Let us therein abide with God.  The great thing is to have no will of our own, and to be where Jesus would have us to be.”

J.C. Ryle

November 20, 2009

J.C. Ryle on the secret of Spiritual Prosperity

Filed under: communion with God,grace,J.C. Ryle,Sanctification — cubsfan1980 @ 6:09 am
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All that believers have is undoubtedly of grace.  Their repentance, faith, and holiness are all the gift of God.  But the degree to which a believer attains in grace, is ever set before us as closely connected with his own diligence in the use of means, and his own faithfulness in living fully up to the light and knowledge which he possesses…Attention to this great principle is the main secret of spiritual prosperity.  The man who makes rapid progress in spiritual attainments — who grows visibly in grace, and knowledge, and strength, and usefulness — will always be found to  be a diligent man.  He leaves no stone unturned to promote his soul’s well-doing.  He is diligent over his Bible, diligent in his private devotions, diligent as a hearer of sermons, diligent in his attendance at the Lord’s table. And he reaps according as he sows.  Just as the muscles of the body are strengthened by regular exercise, so are the graces of the the soul increased by diligence in using them…the more we do for our souls, the mow shall we find God does for them.

-J.C. Ryle

November 1, 2009

Ryle on Being Found in Christ

Filed under: Adoption,grace,imputed righteousness,J.C. Ryle,Mark — cubsfan1980 @ 11:17 am
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In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” Mark 1:9-11

There is a rich mine of comfort, in these words, for all Christ’s believing members.  In themselves, and in their own doings, they see nothing to please God.  They are daily sensible of weakness, shortcoming, and imperfection in all their ways.  But let them recollect that the Father regards them as members of His beloved Son Jesus Christ.  He sees no spot in them.  He beholds them as in ‘in Christ,’ clothed in His righteousness, and invested with His merit.  They are ‘accepted in the Beloved,’ and when the holy eye of God look as them, ‘He is ‘well pleased.’ – J.C. Ryle

October 29, 2009

J.C. Ryle on the divinity of Christ

Filed under: Incarnation,J.C. Ryle — cubsfan1980 @ 8:32 am
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The divinity of Christ is the citadel and keep of Christianity.  Here lies the infinite value of the satisfaction He made upon the cross.  Here lies the peculiar merit of His atoning death for sinners.  That death was not the death of a mere man, like ourselves, but of one who is “over all, God blessed for ever…
Let believers cling to this doctrine with jealous watchfulness  With it, they stand upon a rock.  Without it, they have nothing solid beneath their feet.  Our hearts are weak.  Our sins are many.  We need a Redeemer who is able save to the uttermost, and deliver from the wrath to come.  We have such a Redeemer in Jesus Christ.  He is “the mighty God. (Isaiah 9:6).” – J.C. Ryle

October 20, 2009

Be Filled with the Spirit

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, – Ephesains 5:18

I was talking to men in my small group about this verse recently and how I believe that Paul is trying to make a comparison and contrast with the Christian and the drunk.  The way that an alcoholic craves alcohol and is dependent should be the same way we seek the Holy Spirit.  We need to have an attitude of not being able to live without the Holy Spirit and seeking to have our lives constantly, every second of every day, being filled with the Holy Spirit.  We should thirst and crave after the Holy Spirit with an attitude that our lives are not complete unless we are more aware of His presence to strengthen and guide us.  Unfortunately that is not my typical attitude and it is more often than not that I am self-reliant.  On my own I can accomplish nothing, but God invites me to seek Him because He is a good Father that enjoys giving good gifts to His children.  I love the convicting questions J.C. Ryle asks based on Luke 11:9-13

Do we pray in the name of Jesus as needy sinners?  Do we know what it is to ‘ask,’ and ‘seek,’ and ‘knock,’ and wrestle in prayer, like men who feel that it is a matter of life or death, and they have must have an answer? Or are we content with saying over some old form of words, while our thoughts are wandering, and our hearts far away?

And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” – Luke 11:9-13

October 7, 2009

The Holy Spirit Illuminates God’s Word

Filed under: Holy Spirit,J.C. Ryle,John,Uncategorized — cubsfan1980 @ 9:01 am
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When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you. – John 16:13-15

“The Spirit of Truth,” says our Lord to his weak and half-informed followers, “shall guide you into all truth.”  That promise was for our sakes, no doubt, as well as for theirs.  what ever we need to know for our present peace and sanctification, the Holy Ghost is ready to teach us…Into all spiritual truth that is really profitable, and that our minds can comprehend and bear, the Holy Spirit is ready and willing to guide us.  Then let us never forget, in reading the Bible, to pray for the teaching of the Holy Ghost.  We must not wonder if we find the Bible a dark and difficult book, if we do not regularly seek light from Him by whom it was first inspired.  In this, as in man other things, “we have not because we ask not.” – J.C. Ryle

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