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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 6:1-5
      JESUS AND THE SABBATH We should notice, in this passage, what excessive importance hypocrites attach to trifles. We are told that, "One Sabbath day as Jesus was walking through some grainfields, his disciples broke off heads of wheat, rubbed off the hu ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 6:12-19
      CHOOSING OF THE 12 APOSTLES These verses describe the appointment of our Lord Jesus Christ's twelve apostles. That appointment was the beginning of the Christian ministry. It was the first ordination, and an ordination conducted by the Great Head of th ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 6:20-26
      BLESSINGS AND WOES The discourse of our Lord, which we have now begun, resembles, in many respects, His well-known Sermon on the Mount. The resemblance, in fact, is so striking that many have concluded that Luke and Matthew are reporting one and the sa ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 6:27-38
      LOVE FOR ENEMIES The teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ, in these verses, is confined to one great subject. That subject is Christian love and charity. Charity, which is the grand characteristic of the Gospel--charity, which is the bond of perfectness-- ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 6:39-45
      A TREE AND ITS FRUIT We learn, in the first place, from these verses, the great danger of listening to false religious teachers. Our Lord compares such teachers and their hearers to the blind leading the blind, and asks the reasonable question, "Shall ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 6:46-49
      THE WISE AND THE FOOLISH BUILDERS It has been said, with much truth, that no sermon should conclude without some personal application to the consciences of those who hear it. The passage before us is an example of this rule, and a confirmation of its c ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 6:6-11
      THE WITHERED HAND HEALED These verses contain another example of our Lord Jesus Christ's mode of dealing with the Sabbath question. Once more we find Him coming into collision with the vain traditions of the Pharisees, about the observance of the fourt ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 7:1-10
      THE FAITH OF THE CENTURION These verses describe the miraculous cure of a sick man. A centurion, or officer in the Roman army, applies to our Lord on behalf of his servant, and obtains what he requests. A greater miracle of healing than this, is nowher ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 7:11-17
      JESUS RAISES A WIDOW'S SON The wondrous event described in these verses, is only recorded in Luke's Gospel. It is one of the three great instances of our Lord restoring a dead person to life, and, like the raising of Lazarus and the ruler's daughter, i ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 7:18-23
      JESUS AND JOHN THE BAPTIST The message which John the Baptist sent to our Lord, in these verses, is peculiarly instructing, when we consider the circumstances under which it was sent. John the Baptist was now a prisoner in the hands of Herod. "He heard ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 7:24-30
      JESUS' TESTIMONY TO JOHN THE BAPTIST The first point that demands our notice in this passage, is the tender care which Jesus takes of the characters of His faithful servants. He defends the reputation of John the Baptist, as soon as his messengers were ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 7:31-35
      JESUS EXPOSES THE UNREASONABLENESS OF UNBELIEF We learn, in the first place, from these verses, that the hearts of unconverted men are often desperately perverse as well as wicked. Our Lord brings out this lesson in a remarkable comparison, describi ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 7:36-50
      JESUS ANOINTED BY A SINFUL WOMAN The deeply interesting narrative contained in these verses, is only found in the Gospel of Luke. In order to see the full beauty of the story, we should read, in connection with it, the eleventh chapter of Matthew. We s ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 8:1-3
      Let us mark, in these verses, our Lord Jesus Christ's unwearied diligence in doing good. We read that "He went throughout every city and village, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God." We know the reception that He met with in man ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 8:16-21
      A LAMP ON A STAND These verses form a practical application of the famous parable of the sower. They are intended to nail and clench in our minds the mighty lesson which that parable contains. They deserve the especial attention of all true-hearted hea ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 8:22-25
      JESUS CALMS THE STORM The event in our Lord's life described in these verses is related three times in the Gospels. Matthew, Mark, and Luke were all inspired to record it. This circumstance should teach us the importance of the event, and should make u ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 8:26-36
      THE DEMON POSSESSED MAN The well-known narrative which we have now read, is carefully recorded by all of the first three Gospel-writers. It is a striking instance of our Lord's complete dominion over the prince of this world. We see the great enemy of ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 8:37-40
      We see in this passage two requests made to our Lord Jesus Christ. They were widely different one from the other, and were offered by people of widely different character. We see, moreover, how these requests were received by our Lord Jesus Christ. In eit ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 8:4-15
      THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER The parable of the sower, contained in these verses, is reported more frequently than any parable in the Bible. It is a parable of universal application. The things it relates are continually going on in every congregation to w ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 8:41-48
      A SICK WOMAN HEALED How much misery and trouble sin has brought into the world! The passage we have just read affords a melancholy proof of this. First we see a distressed father in bitter anxiety about a dying daughter. Then we see a suffering woman, ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 8:49-56
      JAIRUS' DAUGHTER RAISED FROM THE DEAD The verses we have now read, contain one of the three great instances which the Holy Spirit has thought fit to record of our Lord restoring a dead person to life. The other two instances are those of Lazarus and th ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 9:1-6
      JESUS SENDS OUT THE 12 APOSTLES These verses contain our Lord's instructions to His twelve apostles, when He sent them forth the first time to preach the Gospel. The passage is one which throws much light on the work of Christian ministers in every age ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 9:12-17
      JESUS FEEDS THE FIVE THOUSAND The miracle described in these verses is more frequently related in the Gospels than any that our Lord wrought. There is no doubt a meaning in this repetition. It is intended to draw our special attention to the things whi ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 9:18-22
      PETER'S CONFESSION OF CHRIST Let us notice in this passage, the variety of opinions about our Lord Jesus Christ, which prevailed during His earthly ministry. We are told that some said that He was John the Baptist--some that He was Elijah--and some tha ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 9:23-27
      THE TEST OF DISCIPLESHIP These words of our Lord Jesus Christ contain three great lessons for all Christians. They apply to all ranks and classes without exception. They are intended for every age and time, and for every branch of the visible church. ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 9:28-36
      THE TRANSFIGURATION The event described in these verses, commonly called "the transfiguration," is one of the most remarkable in the history of our Lord's earthly ministry. It is one of those passages which we should always read with peculiar thankfuln ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 9:37-45
      THE HEALING OF A BOY WITH AN EVIL SPIRIT The event described in these verses took place immediately after the transfiguration. The Lord Jesus, we should remark, did not tarry long on the Mount of Olives. His communion with Moses and Elijah was very sho ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 9:46-50
      WHO WILL BE THE GREATEST The verses we have now read contain two most important warnings. They are directed against two of the commonest evils which are to be found in the Church of Christ. He who gave them knew well what was in the heart of man. Well ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 9:51-56
      SAMARITAN OPPOSITION Let us notice in these verses, the steady determination with which our Lord Jesus Christ regarded His own crucifixion and death. We read that "when the time was come that He should be received up, He steadfastly set His face to go ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 9:57-62
      THE COST OF FOLLOWING JESUS The passage of Scripture we have just read is a very remarkable one. It contains three short sayings of peculiar solemnity, addressed by our Lord Jesus Christ to three different people. We know nothing of the names of those ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Luke - Luke 9:7-11
      THE APOSTLES RETURN Let us mark, in this passage, the power of a bad conscience. We are told that "when Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by our Lord, he was perplexed." He said, "John have I beheaded, but who is this?" Great and powerful a ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Mark - Mark 10:1-12
      The opening verse of this passage shows us the patient perseverance of our Lord Jesus Christ as a teacher. We are told that "Jesus then left that place and went into the region of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds of people came to him, and as was ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Mark - Mark 10:13-16
      The scene brought before us in these four verses is deeply interesting. We see young children brought to Christ, "that He should touch them," and the disciples rebuking those that brought them. We are told that when Jesus saw this He was "much displeased, ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Mark - Mark 10:17-27
      The story we have now read is recorded no less than three times in the New Testament. Matthew, Mark, and Luke were all inspired by one Spirit to write it for our learning. There is no doubt a wise purpose in this three-fold repetition of the same simple f ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Mark - Mark 10:28-34
      The first thing which demands our attention in these verses, is the glorious promise which they contain. The Lord Jesus said to His apostles, "I tell you the truth, no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Mark - Mark 10:35-45
      Let us mark in this passage, the ignorance of our Lord's disciples. We find James and John petitioning for the first places in the kingdom of glory. We find them confidently declaring their ability to drink of their Master's cup and be baptized with their ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Mark - Mark 10:46-52
      We read in these verses an account of one of our Lord's miracles. Let us see in it, as we read, a vivid emblem of spiritual things. We are not studying a history which concerns us personally no more than the exploits of Caesar or Alexander. We have before ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Mark - Mark 11:1-11
      The event described in these verses, is a singular exception in the history of our Lord's earthly ministry. Generally speaking, we see Jesus withdrawing Himself from public notice--often passing His time in the remote parts of Galilee--not infrequently ab ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Mark - Mark 11:12-21
      We see in the beginning of this passage, one of the many proofs that our Lord Jesus Christ was really man. We read that "He was hungry." He had a nature and bodily constitution, like our own in all things, sin only excepted. He could weep, and rejoice, an ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Mark - Mark 11:22-26
      Let us learn from these words of our Lord Jesus Christ, the immense importance of faith. This is a lesson which our Lord teaches first by a proverbial saying. Faith shall enable a man to accomplish works, and overcome difficulties, as great and formida ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Mark - Mark 11:27-33
      Let us observe in these verses how much spiritual blindness may be in the hearts of those who hold high ecclesiastical office. We see "the chief priests and scribes and elders" coming to our Lord Jesus, and raising difficulties and objections in the way o ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Mark - Mark 12:1-12
      The verses before us contain a historical parable. The history of the Jewish nation, from the day that Israel left Egypt down to the time of the destruction of Jerusalem, is here set before us as in a mirror. Under the figure of the vineyard and the husba ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Mark - Mark 12:13-17
      Let us observe in the beginning of this passage, how men of different religious opinions can unite in opposing Christ. We read of "Pharisees and Herodians" coming together to "catch our Lord in His words," and perplex Him with a hard question. The Pharise ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Mark - Mark 12:18-27
      These verses relate a conversation between our Lord Jesus Christ and the Sadducees. The religion of these men, we know, was little better than infidelity. They said there was "no resurrection." They too, like the Pharisees, thought to entangle and perplex ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Mark - Mark 12:28-34
      These verses contain a conversation between our Lord Jesus Christ and "one of the Scribes." For the third time in one day we see our Lord tried by a hard question. Having put to silence the Pharisees and Sadducees, He is asked to decide a point on which m ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Mark - Mark 12:35-44
      We have seen in the former part of this chapter, how the enemies of our Lord endeavored to "catch Him in His words." We have seen how the Pharisees, the Sadducees, and the Scribes successively propounded to Him hard questions--questions we can hardly fail ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Mark - Mark 13:1-8
      The chapter we have now begun is full of prophecy--prophecy of which part has been fulfilled, and part remains to be accomplished. Two great events form the subject of this prophecy. One is the destruction of Jerusalem, and the consequent end of the Jewis ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Mark - Mark 13:14-23
      We are taught in these verses the lawfulness of using means to provide for our own personal safety. The language of our Lord Jesus Christ on the subject is clear and unmistakable--"Let those who be in Judea FLEE to the mountains--let him that is on the ho ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Mark - Mark 13:24-31
      This part of our Lord's prophecy on the Mount of Olives is entirely unfulfilled. The events described in it are all yet to take place. They may possibly take place in our own day. The passage therefore is one which we ought always to read with peculiar in ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Mark - Mark 13:32-37
      These verses conclude Mark's report of our Lord's prophecy on the Mount of Olives. They ought to form a personal application of the whole discourse to our consciences. We learn from these verses, that the exact time of our Lord Jesus Christ's second ad ... read more

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