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J.C. Ryle

J.C. Ryle (1816 - 1900)

Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker J.C. Ryle in text and pdf format. J.C. Ryle was a prolific writer, vigorous preacher, faithful pastor, husband of three wives, [widowed three times: Matilda died in 1847, Jessie died in 1860, Henrietta died in 1889] and the father to five children [1 with Matilta and 4 with Jessie]. He was thoroughly evangelical in his doctrine and uncompromising in his Biblical principles. In 1880, after 38 years in Pastoral ministry in rural England, at age 64, he became the first Anglican bishop of Liverpool. He retired in 1900 at age 83 and died later the same year at the age of 84.

“He [J.C. Ryle] was great through the abounding grace of God. He was great in stature; great in mental power; great in spirituality; great as a preacher and expositor of God’s most holy Word; great in hospitality; great as a writer of Gospel tracts; great as a Bishop of the Reformed Evangelical Protestant Church in England, of which he was a noble defender; great as first Bishop of Liverpool. I am bold to say, that perhaps few men in the nineteenth century did as much for God, for truth, and for righteousness, among the English speaking race, and in the world, as our late Bishop.” - Rev. Richard Hobson, three days after Ryle’s burial in 1900.

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Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 11:45-54
      JESUS PRONOUNCES 3 WOES ON THE SCRIBES The passage before us is an example of our Lord Jesus Christ's faithful dealing with the souls of men. We see Him without fear or favor rebuking the sins of the Jewish expounders of God's law. That false charity w ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 11:5-13
      PARABLE OF THE IMPORTUNATE FRIEND In these verses our Lord Jesus Christ instructs us about prayer. The subject is one which can never be too strongly pressed on our attention. Prayer lies at the very root of our practical Christianity. It is part of th ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 12:1-7
      WARNINGS AND ENCOURAGEMENTS The words which begin this chapter are very striking when we consider its contents. We are told that "a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another." And what does our Lord do? In the hea ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 12:13-21
      PARABLE OF THE RICH FOOL The passage we have read now affords a singular instance of man's readiness to bring the things of this world into the midst of his religion. We are told that a certain hearer of our Lord asked Him to assist him about his tempo ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 12:22-31
      WARNINGS ABOUT WORRY We have in these verses a collection of striking arguments against over-anxiety about the things of this world. At first sight they may seem to some minds simple and common place. But the more they are pondered, the more weighty ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 12:32-40
      WATCHFULNESS Let us mark what a gracious word of consolation this passage contains for all true believers. The Lord Jesus knew well the hearts of His disciples. He knew how ready they were to be filled with fears of every description--fears because of ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 12:41-48
      We learn from these verses, the importance of doing, in our Christianity. Our Lord is speaking of His own second coming. He is comparing His disciples to servants waiting for their master's return, who have each their own work to do during His absence. "B ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 12:49-53
      NOT PEACE BUT DIVISION The sayings of the Lord Jesus in these five verses are particularly weighty and suggestive. They unfold truths which every true Christian would do well to mark and digest. They explain things in the Church, and in the world, whic ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 12:54-59
      The first thing which this passage teaches us is the duty of noticing the signs of the times. The Jews in our Lord's days neglected this duty. They shut their eyes against events occurring in their own day of the most significant character. They refused t ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 12:8-12
      We are taught, firstly, in these verses, that we must confess Christ upon earth, if we expect Him to own us as His saved people at the last day. We must not be ashamed to let all men see that we believe in Christ, and serve Christ, and love Christ, and ca ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 13:1-5
      REPENT OR PERISH The murder of the Galileans, mentioned in the first verse of this passage, is an event of which we know nothing certain. The motives of those who told our Lord of the event, we are left to conjecture. At any rate, they gave Him an oppo ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 13:10-17
      A CRIPPLED WOMAN HEALED We see in these verses a striking example of diligence in the use of means of grace. We are told of a "woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could not straiten up." We know not who thi ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 13:18-21
      PARABLES OF THE MUSTARD SEED, AND THE YEAST There is a peculiar interest belonging to the two parables contained in these verses. We find them twice delivered by our Lord, and at two distinct periods in His ministry. This fact alone should make us give ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 13:22-30
      THE NARROW DOOR We see in these verses a remarkable question asked. We are told that a certain man said to our Lord, "Are there few that be saved?" We do not know who this enquirer was. He may have been a self-righteous Jew, trained to believe that ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 13:31-35
      JESUS' SORROW OVER JERUSALEM Let us learn from these verses, how entirely our times are in God's hands. Our Lord Jesus Christ teaches us this lesson by His reply to those who bade Him depart, because Herod would kill Him. He said, "I cast out devils, a ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 13:6-9
      THE BARREN FIG TREE The parable we have now read is peculiarly humbling and heart-searching. The Christian who can hear it and not feel sorrow and shame as he looks at the state of Christendom, must be in a very unhealthy state of soul. We learn fir ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 14:1-6
      JESUS AT A PHARISEE'S HOUSE Let us mark in this passage, how our Lord Jesus Christ accepted the hospitality of those who were not His disciples. We read that "He went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread." We cannot reasonably supp ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 14:15-24
      PARABLE OF THE GREAT BANQUET The verses before us contain one of our Lord's most instructive parables. It was spoken in consequence of a remark made by one who was sitting at table with Him in a Pharisee's house. "Blessed," said this man, "is he that s ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 14:25-35
      THE COST OF BEING A DISCIPLE We learn, firstly, from this passage, that true Christians must be ready, if need be, to give up everything for Christ's sake. This is a lesson which is taught in very remarkable language. Our Lord says, "If any man come to ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 14:7-14
      PLACES OF HONOR Let us learn from these verses the value of humility. This is a lesson which our Lord teaches in two ways. Firstly, He advises those who are bidden to a wedding to "sit down in the lowest place." Secondly, He backs up His advice by decl ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 15:1-10
      THE PARABLES OF THE LOST SHEEP, AND THE LOST COIN The chapter which begins with these verses is well known to Bible readers if any is in the Scriptures. Few chapters perhaps have done more good to the souls of men. Let us take heed that it does good to ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 15:11-24
      PARABLE OF THE LOST SON The parable before us is commonly known as the parable of "the prodigal son." It may be truly called a mighty spiritual picture. Unlike some of our Lord's parables, it does not convey to us one great lesson only, but many. Every ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 15:25-32
      These verses form the conclusion of the parable of the prodigal son. They are far less well known than the verses which go before them. But they were spoken by the same lips which described the younger son's return to his father's house. Like everything w ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 16:1-12
      THE PARABLE OF THE SHREWD MANAGER The passage we have now read is a difficult one. There are knots in it which perhaps will never be untied, until the Lord comes again. We might reasonably expect that a book written by inspiration, as the Bible is, wou ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 16:13-18
      SERVING TWO MASTERS These verses teach us, firstly, the uselessness of attempting to serve God with a divided heart. Our Lord Jesus Christ says, "No servant can serve two masters--for either he will hate the one and love the other--or else he will hold ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 16:19-31
      THE RICH MAN AND LAZARUS The parable we have now read, in one respect stands alone in the Bible. It is the only passage of Scripture which describes the feelings of the unconverted after death. For this reason, as well as for many others, the parable d ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 17:1-4
      STUMBLING BLOCKS We are taught for one thing in these verses, the great sinfulness of putting stumbling-blocks in the way of other men's souls. The Lord Jesus says, "Woe unto him through whom offences come! It were better for him that a mill-stone were ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 17:11-19
      TEN HEALED OF LEPROSY Let us mark, firstly, in this passage, how earnestly men can cry for help when they feel their need of it. We read that "as our Lord entered into a certain village there met him ten men that were lepers." It is difficult to concei ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 17:20-25
      THE KINGDOM OF GOD We are taught, firstly, in this passage that the kingdom of God is utterly unlike the kingdoms of this world. The Lord Jesus tells the Pharisees that "it comes not with observation." He meant by this that its approach and presence we ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 17:26-37
      The subject of these verses is one of peculiar solemnity. It is the second advent of our Lord Jesus Christ. That great event, and the things immediately connected with it, are here described by our Lord's own lips. We should observe, for one thing, in ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 17:5-10
      UNWORTHY SERVANTS Let us notice, in these verses, the important request which the apostles made. They said unto the Lord, "Increase our faith." We know not the secret feelings from which this request sprung. Perhaps the hearts of the apostles failed ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 18:1-8
      THE PARABLE OF THE PERSISTENT WIDOW The object of the parable before us, is explained by Christ Himself. To use the words of an old divine, "The key hangs at the door." "He spoke a parable to this end; that men ought always to pray, and not to give up. ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 18:15-17
      JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN Let us observe, for one thing, in this passage, how ignorantly people are apt to treat children, in the matter of their souls. We read that there were some who "brought their little children to Jesus so he could touch them and ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 18:18-27
      THE RICH RULER The story we have now read is three times reported in the Gospels. Matthew, Mark and Luke were all moved by the Holy Spirit to record the history of the rich man who came to Christ. This fact should be noticed. It shows us that there are ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 18:28-34
      JESUS PREDICTS HIS DEATH Let us observe, firstly, in these verses, what a glorious and satisfying promise our Lord holds out to all believers who make sacrifices for His sake. He says, "There is no man that has left house, or parents, or brethren, or w ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 18:35-43
      THE BLIND BEGGAR The miracle described in these verses is rich in instruction. It was one of the great works which witnessed that Christ was sent of the Father. (John 5:36.) But this is not all. It contains also some lively patterns of spiritual things ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 18:9-14
      PARABLE OF THE PHARISEE AND THE TAX COLLECTOR The parable we have now read is closely connected with the one which immediately precedes it. The parable of the persevering widow teaches the value of importunity in prayer. The parable of the Pharisee and ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 19:1-10
      THE CONVERSION OF ZACCHAEUS These verses describe the conversion of a soul. Like the stories of Nicodemus, and the Samaritan woman, the story of Zacchaeus should be frequently studied by Christians. The Lord Jesus never changes. What He did for the man ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 19:11-27
      PARABLE OF THE TEN MINAS The occasion of our Lord speaking the parable before us, is clear and plain. It was intended to correct the false expectations of the disciples on the subject of Christ's kingdom. It was a prophetical sketch of things present a ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 19:28-40
      Let us mark, for one thing, in these verses, the perfect knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. We see Him sending two of His disciples to a village, and telling them that they would find at the entrance of it, "a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat." We se ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 19:41-48
      JESUS WEEPING OVER JERUSALEM We learn, firstly, from these verses, how great is the tenderness and compassion of Christ towards sinners. We are told that when He came near Jerusalem for the last time, "He beheld the city and wept over it." He knew well ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 1:1-4
      The, Gospel of St. Luke, which we now begin, contains many precious things which are not recorded in the other three Gospels. Such, for instance, are the histories of Zacharias and Elizabeth,-the angel's announcement to the Virgin Mary,-and, to speak ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 1:13-17
      We have, in these verses, the words of the angel who appeared to Zachariah. They are words full of deep spiritual instruction. We learn here, for one thing, that prayers are not necessarily rejected because the answer is long delayed. Zachariah, no dou ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 1:18-25
      We see in this passage, the power of unbelief in a good man. Righteous and holy as Zachariah was, the announcement of the angel appears to him incredible. He cannot think it possible that an old man like himself should have a son. "How shall I know this?" ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 1:26-33
      THE BIRTH OF JESUS FORETOLD We have, in these verses, the announcement of the most marvelous event that ever happened in this world--the incarnation and birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a passage which we should always read with mingled wonder, lo ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 1:34-38
      Let us mark, in these verses, the reverent and discreet manner in which the angel Gabriel speaks of the great mystery of Christ's incarnation. In reply to the question of the Virgin "How shall this be?" he uses these remarkable words--"The Holy Spirit sha ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 1:39-45
      MARY VISITS ELIZABETH We should observe in this passage, the benefit of fellowship and communion between believers. We read of a visit paid by the Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth. We are told in a striking manner how the hearts of both these holy w ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 1:46-56
      MARY'S SONG These verses contain the Virgin Mary's famous hymn of praise, in the prospect of becoming the "mother of our Lord." Next to the Lord's Prayer, perhaps, few passages of Scripture are better known than this. Wherever the Church of England Pra ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 1:5-12
      THE BIRTH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST FORETOLD The first event recorded in Luke's Gospel, is the sudden appearance of an angel to a Jewish priest, named Zachariah. The angel announces to him that a son is about to be born to him, by a miraculous interposition, ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 1:57-66
      THE BIRTH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST We have in this passage the history of a birth, the birth of a burning and shining light in the Church, the forerunner of Christ Himself--John the Baptist. The language in which the Holy Spirit describes the event is well ... read more

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