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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 Matthew - Matthew 22:15-22
      We see in this passage the first of a series of subtle attacks which were made on our Lord during the last days of his earthly ministry. His deadly foes, the Pharisees, saw the influence which he was obtaining, both by his miracles and by his preaching. T ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 22:23-33
      This passage describes a conversation between our Lord Jesus Christ and the Sadducees. These unhappy men, who said that there was “no resurrection” attempted, like the Pharisees and Herodians, to perplex our Lord with hard questions. Like them, ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 23:1-12
      We are now beginning a chapter which in one respect is the most remarkable in the four Gospels: it contains the last words which the Lord Jesus ever spoke within the walls of the temple. Those last words consist of a withering exposure of the scribes and ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 23:13-33
      We have in these verses the charges of our Lord against the Jewish teachers, ranged under eight heads. Standing in the midst of the temple, with a listening crowd around him, he publicly denounces the main errors of the scribes and the Pharisees, in unspa ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 23:34-39
      These verses form the conclusion of our Lord Jesus Christ’s address on the subject of the scribes and Pharisees. They are the last words which he ever spoke as a public teacher in the hearing of the people. The characteristic tenderness and compassion o ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 24:1-14
      These verses begin a chapter full of prophecy: prophecy of which a large portion is unfulfilled; prophecy which ought to be deeply interesting to all true Christians. It is a subject to which, the Holy Ghost says, we “do well to take heed.” ( ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 24:15-28
      One main subject of this part of our Lord’s prophecy is the taking of Jerusalem by the Romans. That great event took place about forty years after the words we have now read were spoken. A full account of it is to be found in the writings of the histori ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 24:29-35
      In this part of our Lord’s prophecy he describes his own second coming to judge the world. This, at all events, seems the natural meaning of the passage: to take any lower view appears to be a violent straining of Scripture language. If the solemn words ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 24:36-51
      There are verses in this passage which are often much misapplied. “The coming of the Son of Man” is frequently spoken of as being the same thing as death; the texts which describe the uncertainty of his coming are used in epitaphs, and thought s ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 25:1-13
      The chapter we have now begun is a continuation of our Lord’s prophetic discourse on the Mount of Olives. The time to which it refers is plain and unmistakable: from first to last, there is a continual reference to the second advent of Christ and the en ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 25:14-30
      The parable of the talents which we have now read is near akin to that of the ten virgins. Both direct our minds to the same important event: the second advent of Jesus Christ. Both bring before us the same persons: the members of the professing church of ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 25:31-46
      In these verses our Lord Jesus Christ describes the judgment day, and some of its leading circumstances. There are few passages in the whole Bible more solemn and heart-seaching than this. May we read it with the deep and serious attention which it deserv ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 26:1-13
      We now approach the closing scene of our Lord Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry. Hitherto we have read of his sayings and doings: we are now about to read of his sufferings and death. Hitherto we have seen him as the Great Prophet; we are now about to see ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 26:14-25
      We read, in the beginning of this passage, how our Lord Jesus Christ was betrayed into the hands of his deadly enemies. The priests and scribes, anxious to put him to death, were at a loss how to effect their purpose, for fear of an uproar among the peopl ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 26:26-35
      These verses describe the appointment of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. Our Lord knew well the things that were before him, and graciously chose the last quiet evening that he could have before his crucifixion as an occasion for bestowing a parting ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 26:36-46
      The verses we have now read describe what is commonly called Christ’s agony at Gethsemane. It is a passage which undoubtedly contains deep and mysterious things. We ought to read it with reverence and wonder, for there is much in it which we cannot full ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 26:47-56
      We see in these verses the cup of our Lord Jesus Christ’s sufferings beginning to be filled. We see him betrayed by one of his disciples, forsaken by the rest, and taken prisoner by his deadly enemies. Never surely was there sorrow like his sorrow. Neve ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 26:57-68
      We read, in these verses, how our Lord Jesus Christ was brought before Caiaphas, the high priest, and solemnly pronounced guilty. It was fitting that it should be so. The great day of atonement was come: the wondrous type of the scapegoat was about to be ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 26:69-75
      These verses relate a remarkable and deeply instructive event: the apostle Peter’s denial of Christ. It is one of those events which indirectly prove the truth of the Bible. If the Gospel had been a mere invention of man, we should never have been told ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 27:1-10
      The opening of this chapter describes the delivery of our Lord Jesus Christ into the hands of the Gentiles. The chief priests and elders of the Jews led him away to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor. We may see in this incident the finger of God: it was ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 27:11-26
      These verses describe our Lord’s appearance before Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor. That sight must have been wonderful to the angels of God. He who will one day judge the world allowed himself to be judged and condemned, though “he had done no ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 27:27-44
      These verses describe the sufferings of our Lord Jesus Christ after his condemnation by Pilate, his sufferings in the hands of the brutal Roman soldiers, and his final sufferings on the cross. They form a marvelous record. They are marvelous when we remem ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 27:45-56
      In these verses we read the conclusion of our Lord Jesus Christ’s passion. After six hours of agonizing suffering, he became obedient even unto death, and “yielded up the ghost.” Three points in the narrative demand a special notice: to them l ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 27:57-66
      These verses contain the history of our Lord Jesus Christ’s burial. There was yet one thing needful in order to make it certain that our Redeemer accomplished that great work of redemption which he undertook. That holy body, in which he bore our sins on ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 28:1-10
      The principal subject of these verses is the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead. It is one of those truths which lie at the very foundation of Christianity, and has therefore received special attention in the four Gospels. All four Evange ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 28:11-20
      These verses form the conclusion of the Gospel of St. Matthew. They begin by showing us what absurdities blind prejudice will believe, rather than believe the truth; they go on to show us what weakness there is in the hearts of some disciples, and how slo ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 5:1-12
      THE three chapters which begin with these verses deserve the special attention of all readers of the Bible. They contain what is commenly called the "Sermon on the Mount." Every word of the Lord Jesus ought to be most precious to professing Christia ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 5:13-20
      THESE verses teach us, in the first place, the character which true Christians must support and maintain in the world. The Lord Jesus tells us that true Christians are to be in the world like "salt." "Ye are the salt of the earth." Now salt has a ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 5:21-37
      THESE verses deserve the closest attention of all readers of the Bible. A right understanding of the doctrines they contain lies at the very root of Christianity. The Lord Jesus here explains more fully the meaning of His words, "I came not to destroy th ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 5:38-48
      WE have here our Lord Jesus Christ's rules for our conduct towards on another. He that would know how he ought to feel and act towards his fellow-man, should often study these verses. They deserve to be written in letters of gold: they have extorted prai ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 6:1-8
      IN this part of the Sermon on the Mount the Lord Jesus gives us instruction on two subjects: one is that of giving alms; the other is that of prayer. Both were subjects to which Jews attached great importance: both in themselves deserve the serious attent ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 6:16-24
      THERE are three subjects brought before us in this part of our Lord's Sermon on the Mount. These three are fasting, worldliness, and singleness of purpose in religion. Fasting, or occasional abstinence from food, in order to bring the body into subjec ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 6:25-34
      These verses are a striking example of the combined wisdom and compassion of our Lord Jesus Christ's teaching. He knows the heart of a man: He knows that we are always ready to turn off warnings against worldliness, by the argument that we cannot help be ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 6:9-15
      THESE verses are few in number, and soon read, but they are of immense importance. They contain that pattern of prayer with which the Lord Jesus has supplied His people, commonly called "The Lord's Prayer. Prehaps no part of Scripture is so well know ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 7:1-11
      The first portion of these verses is one of those passages of Scripture which we must be careful not to strain beyond its proper meaning. It is frequently abused and misapplied by the enemies of true religion. It is possible to press the words of the Bibl ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 7:12-20
      In this part of the Sermon on the Mount our Lord begins to draw His discourse to a conclusion. The lessons He here enforces on our notice, are broad, general, and full of the deepest wisdom. He lays down a general principle for our guidance in all dou ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 7:21-29
      The Lord Jesus Christ winds up the Sermon on the Mount by a passage of heart-piercing application. He turns from false prophets to false professors, from unsound teachers to unsound hearers. Here is a word for all. May we have grace to apply it to our own ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 8:1-15
       The eighth chapter of St. Matthew’s Gospel is full of our Lord’s miracles: no less than five are specially recorded. There is beautiful fitness in this. It was fitting that the greatest sermon ever preached should be immediately followed by mighty p ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 8:16-27
      In the first part of these verses we see a striking example of our Lord’s wisdom in dealing with those who professed a willingness to be his disciples. The passage throws so much light on a subject frequently misunderstood in these days, that it deserve ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 8:28-34
      The subject of these seven verses is deep and mysterious. The casting out of a devil is here described with special fulness. It is one of those passages which throw strong light on a dark and difficult point. Let us settle it firmly in our minds that the ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 9:1-13
      Let us notice, in the first part of this passage, our Lord’s knowledge of men’s thoughts. There were certain of the scribes who found fault with the words which Jesus spoke to a man sick of the palsy: they said secretly among themselves, “This m ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 9:14-26
      Let us mark, in this passage, the gracious name by which the Lord Jesus speaks of himself. He calls himself “the bridegroom” What the bridegroom is to the bride, the Lord Jesus is to the souls of all who believe in him. He loves them with a dee ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Matthew 9:27-37
      There are four lessons in this passage which deserve close attention. Let us mark them each in succession. Let us mark in the first place, that strong faith in Christ may sometimes be found where it might least have been expected. Who would have thought ... read more

Expository Thoughts On Matthew - Preface
      IN sending forth the first volume of a new Expository work upon the Gospels, I feel it necessary, in order to prevent misapprehension, to offer some explanation of the charactor and design of the work. The "EXPOSITORY THOUGHTS," which are now before ... read more

Faith and Assurance
      If you are a thoughtless, careless man about your soul, you will take no interest in the subject of this tract. Faith and assurance are mere names and words to you: they are neither land, nor money, nor horses, nor dress, nor meat, nor drink: like Gallio, ... read more

Faith's Choice
      HEBREWS XI. 24-26. “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; “Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; “Esteeming the reproach ... read more

Fire! Fire!
      When a house is on fire, what ought to be done first? We ought to give the alarm and wake the inhabitants. This is true love to our neighbor. this is true charity. Reader, I love your soul, and want it to be saved. I am therefore going to tell you somethi ... read more

Formalism
       "Having a form of godliness but denying its power."--2 Timothy 3:5 "A man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical." ... read more

Free Salvation
      Of all the doctrines of the Bible there is none so important as that of free salvation by faith in Jesus Christ. "He that believeth on Jesus is not condemned." "By Him all that believe are justified from all things." This is the cornerstone of all ... read more

Freedom
      “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”--John 8:36 The subject before us today deserves our attention. It should ring in the ears of every person like the voice of a trumpet. We live in a land which is the very cradle of freedom. But ar ... read more

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