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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 1:67-80
      ZACHARIAH'S SONG Another hymn of praise demands our attention in these verses. We have read the thanksgiving of Mary, the mother of our Lord. Let us now read the thanksgiving of Zachariah, the father of John the Baptist. We have heard what praises the ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 20:1-8
      THE AUTHORITY OF JESUS QUESTIONED Let us notice, firstly, in this passage, the demand which the chief Priests and scribes made upon our Lord. "Tell us," they said, "by what authority you do these things? and who gave you this authority?" The spirit ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 20:20-26
      PAYING TAXES TO CAESAR Let us mark, for one thing, in this passage, the cloak of goodness under which some of our Lord's enemies approached Him. We read that they "sent forth spies, who pretended to be honest men." We read further that they attempted t ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 20:27-40
      RESURRECTION AND MARRIAGE We see in these verses what an old thing unbelief is. We are told that "there came to our Lord certain of the Sadducees, who deny that there is any resurrection." Even in the Jewish Church, the Church of Abraham, and Isaac, an ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 20:41-47
      WHOSE SON IS CHRIST Let us observe in this passage, what striking testimony to Christ's divinity the book of Psalms contains. We read that after patiently replying to the attacks of His enemies, our Lord in turn propounds a question to them. He asks th ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 20:9-19
      THE PARABLE OF THE TENANTS The parable we have now read, is one of the very few which are recorded more than once by the Gospel writers. Matthew, Mark, and Luke, all give it at full length. This three-fold repetition is alone sufficient to point out th ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 21:1-4
      THE WIDOW'S OFFERING We learn, for one thing, from these verses, how keenly our Lord Jesus Christ observes the things that are done upon earth. We read that "He looked up and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. And He saw also a cer ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 21:10-19
      We should notice, for one thing, in this passage, Christ's prediction concerning the nations of the world. He says, "Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom--and great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines and pestilenc ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 21:20-24
      THE DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM The subject of the verses before us is the taking of Jerusalem by the Romans. It was fit and right that this great event, which wound up the Old Testament dispensation, should be specially described by our Lord's mouth. It ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 21:25-33
      THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST The subject of this portion of our Lord's great prophecy is His own second coming to judge the world. The strong expressions of the passage appear inapplicable to any event less important than this. To confine the words befo ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 21:34-38
      WATCH AND PRAY These verses form the practical conclusion of our Lord Jesus Christ's great prophetical discourse. They supply a striking answer to those who condemn the study of unfulfilled prophecy as speculative and unprofitable. It would be difficul ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 21:5-9
      SIGNS OF THE END OF THE AGE Let us notice in this passage, our Lord Jesus Christ's words about the temple at Jerusalem. We read that some spoke of it, "how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts." They praised it for its outward beauty. They ad ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 22:1-13
      THE LAST SUPPER The chapter which opens with these verses, begins Luke's account of our Lord's sufferings and death. No part of the Gospels is so important as this. The death of Christ was the life of the world. No part of our Lord's history is so full ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 22:14-23
      THE LAST SUPPER These verses contain Luke's account of the institution of the Lord's supper. It is a passage which every true Christian will always read with deep interest. How astonishing it seems that an ordinance, so beautifully simple at its first ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 22:24-30
      WHO IS THE GREATEST? Let us observe, in this passage, how firmly pride and love of preeminence can stick to the hearts of Christian men. We are told that "There was a dispute among the disciples, as to which of them should be considered the greatest." ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 22:31-38
      SIMON PETER We learn, from these verses, what a fearful enemy the devil is to believers. We read that "the Lord said, Simon, Simon, Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat." He was near Christ's flock, though they saw him not. He w ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 22:39-46
      JESUS PRAYS ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES The verses before us contain Luke's account of our Lord's agony in the garden. It is a passage of Scripture which we should always approach with peculiar reverence. The history which it records is one of the "deep thi ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 22:47-53
      JESUS ARRESTED We should learn, for one thing, from these verses, that the worst and most wicked acts may be done under a show of love to Christ. We read that when the traitor Judas brought the enemies of Christ to take Him, he betrayed Him "with a kis ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 22:54-62
      PETER DISOWNS JESUS The verses we have now read describe the fall of the apostle Peter. It is a passage which is deeply humbling to the pride of man, but singularly instructive to true Christians. The fall of Peter has been a beacon to the Church, and ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 22:63-71
      We should notice, firstly, in these verses, the shameful treatment that our Lord Jesus Christ underwent at the hands of His enemies. We read that the men who held Him, "mocked" Him, "smote" Him, "blindfolded" Him, and "struck Him on the face." It was not ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 23:1-12
      Let us observe, for one thing, in this passage, what false accusations were laid to our Lord Jesus Christ's charge. We are told that the Jews accused Him of "subverting the nation, forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, and stirring up the people." In all ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 23:13-25
      We should observe, for one thing, in this passage, what striking testimony was borne to our Lord Jesus Christ's perfect innocence by His judges. We are told that Pilate said to the Jews, "You have brought this man unto me as one that subverts the peopl ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 23:26-38
      THE CRUCIFIXION We ought to notice, in this passage, our Lord's words of prophetical warning. We read that He said to the women who followed Him, as He was being led away to Calvary, "Daughters of Jerusalem, don't weep for me, but weep for yourselves a ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 23:39-43
      THE DYING THIEF The verses we have now read deserve to be printed in letters of gold. They have probably been the salvation of myriads of souls. Multitudes will thank God to all eternity that the Bible contains this story of the penitent thief. We s ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 23:44-49
      JESUS' DEATH Let us observe in these verses, the miraculous SIGNS which accompanied our Lord's death on the cross. We are told that there was "a darkness over all the earth" for three hours. "The sun was darkened and the curtain of the temple was torn ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 23:50-56
      JESUS' BURIAL We see from these verses that Christ has some disciples of whom little is known. We are told of one Joseph, "a good man and a just"--a man who "had not consented to the counsel" of those who condemned our Lord--a man who "himself waited f ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 24:1-12
      THE RESURRECTION The resurrection of Christ is one of the great foundation-stones of the Christian religion. In practical importance it is second only to the crucifixion. The chapter we have now begun directs our mind to the evidence of the resurrectio ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 24:13-35
      The history contained in these verses is not found in any other Gospel but that of Luke. Of all the eleven appearances of Christ after His resurrection, none perhaps is so interesting as the one described in this passage. Let us mark, in these verses, ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 24:36-43
      JESUS APPEARS TO THE DISCIPLES We should observe in this passage the singularly gracious words with which our Lord introduced Himself to His disciples after His resurrection. We read that He suddenly stood in the midst of them and said, "Peace be unto ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 24:44-49
      Let us observe, firstly, in these verses, the gift which our Lord bestowed on His disciples immediately before He left the world. We read that He "opened their understanding that they might understand the Scriptures." We must not misapprehend these wor ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 24:50-53
      These verses are the winding up of Luke's history of our Lord's ministry. They form a suitable conclusion to a Gospel, which in touching tenderness and full exhibition of Christ's grace, stands first among the four records of the things which Jesus did an ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 2:1-7
      THE BIRTH OF JESUS We have, in these verses, the story of a birth--the birth of the incarnate Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ. Every birth of a living child is a marvelous event. It brings into being a soul that will never die. But never since the wo ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 2:21-24
      JESUS PRESENTED IN THE TEMPLE The first point which demands our attention in this passage, is the obedience which our Lord rendered, as an infant, to the Jewish law. We read of His being circumcised on the eighth day. It is the earliest fact which is r ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 2:25-35
      THE PROPHECY OF SIMEON We have in these verses the history of one whose name is nowhere else mentioned in the New Testament, "a just and devout man" named Simeon. We know nothing of his life before or after the time when Christ was born. We are only to ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 2:36-40
      THE ADORATION OF ANNA The verses we have now read introduce us to a servant of God whose name is nowhere else mentioned in the New Testament. The history of Anna, like that of Simeon, is related only by Luke. The wisdom of God ordained that a woman as ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 2:41-52
      JESUS AND HIS PARENTS AT THE PASSOVER These verses should always be deeply interesting to a reader of the Bible. They record the only facts which we know about our Lord Jesus Christ during the first thirty years of His life on earth, after His infancy. ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 2:8-20
      THE SHEPHERDS AND THE ANGELS We read, in these verses, how the birth of the Lord Jesus was first announced to the children of men. The birth of a king's son is generally made an occasion of public reveling and rejoicing. The announcement of the birth o ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 3:1-6
      THE MINISTRY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST These verses describe the beginning of the Gospel of Christ. It began with the preaching of John the Baptist. The Jews could never say, that when Messiah came, He came without notice or preparation. He graciously sent a ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 3:15-20
      We learn, firstly, from these verses, that one effect of a faithful ministry is to set men thinking. We read concerning John the Baptist's hearers, that "the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 3:21-38
      THE BAPTISM AND GENEALOGY OF JESUS We see in the passage before us, the high honor the Lord Jesus has put on baptism. We find that among others who came to John the Baptist, the Savior of the world came, and was "baptized." An ordinance which the So ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 3:7-14
      We have, in these verses, a specimen of John the Baptist's ministry. It is a portion of Scripture which should always be specially interesting to a Christian mind. The immense effect which John produced on the Jews, however temporary, is evident, from man ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 4:1-13
      THE TEMPTATION OF JESUS The first event recorded in our Lord's history, after His baptism, is His temptation by the devil. From a season of honor and glory he passed immediately to a season of conflict and suffering. First came the testimony of God the ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 4:14-22
      JESUS IN THE SYNAGOGUE AT NAZARETH These verses relate events which are only recorded in the Gospel of Luke. They describe the first visit which our Lord paid, after entering on His public ministry, to the city of Nazareth, where He had been brought up ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 4:22-32
      Three great lessons stand out on the face of this passage. Each deserves the close attention of all who desire spiritual wisdom. We learn for one thing, how apt men are to despise the highest privileges, when they are familiar with them. We see it in t ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 4:33-44
      JESUS DRIVES OUT AN EVIL SPIRIT, AND HEALS MANY We should notice, in this passage, the clear religious knowledge possessed by the devil and his agents. Twice in these verses we have proof of this. "I know you who you are, the holy one of God," was the ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 5:1-11
      THE MIRACULOUS CATCH OF FISH We have, in these verses, the history of what is commonly called the miraculous catch of fish. It is a remarkable miracle on two accounts. For one thing, it shows us our Lord's complete dominion over the animal creation. Th ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 5:12-16
      JESUS HEALS A LEPER We see in this passage, our Lord Jesus Christ's POWER over incurable diseases. "A man full of leprosy" applies to Him for relief, and is at once healed. This was a mighty miracle. Of all ills which can afflict the body of man, lepro ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 5:17-26
      JESUS HEALS A PARALYTIC A threefold miracle demands our attention in these verses. At one and the same time, we see our Lord forgiving sins, reading men's thoughts, and healing a paralytic. He that could do such things, and do them with such perfect ea ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 5:27-32
      THE CALLING OF MATTHEW The verses we have now read, ought to be deeply interesting to every one who knows the value of an immortal soul, and desires salvation. They describe the conversion and experience of one of Christ's earliest disciples. We also, ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 5:33-39
      FASTING We should observe in these verses, that men may disagree on the lesser points of religion, while they agree on its weightier matters. We have this brought out in the alleged difference between the disciples of John the Baptist, and the disciple ... read more

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