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A most soul-ruining sin!

Posted by on Sep 9, 2011 in Grace Gems, J.C. Ryle | 0 comments

“I hate pride and arrogance!” Proverbs 8:13

It is a dreadful fact, whether we like to allow it or not–that PRIDE is one of the common sins which beset human nature. We are all born Pharisees. We all naturally think far better of ourselves than we ought. We all naturally imagine that we deserve something better than we have.

Pride is an old sin. It began in the garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve thought they had not got everything that their merits deserved.

Pride is a subtle sin. It rules and reigns in many a heart without being detected, and can even wear the garb of humility.

Pride is a most soul-ruining sin. It prevents repentance, keeps men back from Christ, checks brotherly love, and nips spiritual desires in the bud.

Let us watch against pride, and be on our guard.

Of all garments, none is so graceful, none wears so well, and none is so rare–as true humility. “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, God opposes the proud–but gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5

Thanks Grace Gems! (J. C. Ryle)

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If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you

Posted by on Aug 10, 2011 in Grace Gems, J.C. Ryle | 0 comments

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you John 15:7

To abide in Christ, means to keep up a habit of constant close communion with Him–to be always . . .
leaning on Him,
resting on Him,
pouring out our hearts to Him, and
using Him as our Fountain of life and strength–as our chief Companion and best Friend!

To have Christ’s words abiding in us, is to keep His sayings and precepts continually before our memories and minds, and to make them the guide of our actions and the rule of our daily conduct and behavior.

Thanks Grace Gems! (J. C. Ryle)

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The Power of Christ Towards His People

Posted by on Jun 20, 2011 in Grace Gems, J.C. Ryle | 0 comments

It is a blessed and comfortable thought, that all this almighty power of our Lord Jesus Christ is engaged on behalf of His believing people. He has undertaken to save every one of them to the uttermost, and He is “mighty to save.” The trials of His people are often many and great. The devil never ceases to make war against them. The rulers of this world frequently persecute them. The very heads of the Church, who ought to be tender shepherds, are often bitterly opposed to the truth as it is in Jesus. Yet, notwithstanding all this, Christ’s people shall never be entirely forsaken. Though severely harassed, they shall not be destroyed. Though cast down, they shall not be cast away. At the darkest time let true Christians rest in the thought, that greater is He who is for them than all those who are against them.

~ J.C. Ryle

Expository Thoughts on the Gospels: Luke volume 1, [Carlisle, PA:Banner of Truth, 1986], 264. {Luke 8:22-25}

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My friend, how is it with you?

Posted by on Jun 15, 2011 in Grace Gems, James Smith | 0 comments

“That Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain!” Philippians 1:20, 21

Paul’s third all-absorbing desire was to MAGNIFY Christ!

Paul desired to exhibit and exalt Christ!

If he wrote–he wrote of Christ.
If he spoke–he spoke of Christ.
If he suffered–he suffered for Christ.
If he sorrowed–it was because professors dishonored Christ.

Christ was to him dearer than the apple of his eye–and more precious than all things in earth or Heaven! He would live–if he could honor Jesus; or he would die for Him–if that would honor Him more.

He felt his obligation to Christ.
He was inflamed with Christ’s love.
He was a sacrifice on Christ’s altar.
He was a vessel for Christ’s honor.
He would go anywhere, he would do anything–if he might but honor Christ. Heartily he would say, “Let the name of Paul perish, if the name of Christ can be magnified thereby!”

To him Christ was, in fact, all and all. He died for Christ; the honor of Christ was the end for which he laid down his life.

My friend, how is it with you?

Does your heart cry, “Oh, that I could honor Christ!”

Does your life make this impression on others: “That person aims to honor Christ!” 

Is it your daily cry and prayer: “Let Christ be magnified in me, by me, and through me–in life, in death, in time, and forever!”

Oh my soul, let it be my constant desire and prayer–that Jesus, my Jesus, may be magnified by me!

(James Smith, “Paul’s Seven Wishes” 1856)

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The great object of our lives!

Posted by on May 24, 2011 in Grace Gems, James Smith | 0 comments

To exalt the Lord Jesus,

to comfort His beloved people,
and to benefit our fellow-men–
should be the great object of our lives.

For this purpose we were . . .
chosen by the Father,
redeemed by the blood of the Son,
and are sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

To accomplish this end . . .
grace is given us,
gifts are conferred upon us,
and life is continued to us.

We only live consistently–as we live for the benefit of others. No Christian should make SELF his main end; therefore the Apostle says, “No one should seek his own good, but the good of others.”
If we are influenced by the grace of God,
if we study to commend ourselves to God,
if we are ruled by the Word of God–
our principal object will be, to “do good unto all men, especially unto the household of faith.” 
Upon this, we shall keep the eye steadily fixed,
toward this, we shall bend all our energies, and
upon this, we shall habitually set our hearts.

(James Smith, “Christ Exalted, Saints Comforted, and Sinners Directed” 1855)

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The sanctification of the Spirit

Posted by on May 18, 2011 in Grace Gems, James Smith | 0 comments

“God has chosen you to salvation, through sanctification of the Spirit.” 2 Thessalonians 2:13

To sanctify, is to separate and set apart for holy purposes and holy uses. The Lord has separated His people, by choosing them in Christ to be holy; and He sanctifies them now for Himself–by the power, operation, and indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

In sanctification, a work is commenced which is to make us exactly like Christ. A sanctified person has…
his heart changed,
his will renewed,
his understanding enlightened,
his conscience purified, and
his affections spiritualized.

Sanctification extends to the whole man, soul and body; and is carried on through…
the Word,
the ordinances, and
the providence of God.

Sanctification has its seat in the heart; but it regulates the whole man, and appears in his conduct in every-day life. If a man experiences the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, then…
sin grieves him,
Satan tries him,
the world troubles him,
and Heaven attracts him.

Spirit of Jesus, sanctify us deeply, thoroughly–that we may be just like Jesus! Sanctify us…
by every trial,
by every affliction,
by every privilege,
by every comfort!

(James Smith, “The Great Comforter” 1858)

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