When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people gathered together, both chief priests and scribes. And they led him away to their council, and they said, “If you are the Christ, tell us.” But he said to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe, and if I ask you, you … More Ryle: Jesus stood before the Pilate, but now sits upon a throne of glory
Today we come to the passage in Luke where Peter denies Jesus. This incident is recorded in all 4 Gospel accounts. J.C. Ryle comments: 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 … More Ryle: a passage which is deeply humbling to the pride of man
And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, saying, … More Prayer is the remedy
one great secret of a believer’s perseverance in the faith. We read that our Lord said to Peter, “I have prayed for you that your faith fail not.” It was owing to Christ’s intercession that Peter did not entirely fall away. The continued existence of grace in a believer’s heart is a great standing miracle. … More J. C. Ryle: one great secret of a believer’s perseverance in the faith
A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the … More What are the true tests of Christian greatness?
“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength … More Spiritual Danger Zone
J.C.Ryle, comments on Luke 21:20-24 We should mark in this passage, our Lord Jesus Christ’s perfect knowledge. He gives us a fearful picture of the miseries which were coming on Jerusalem. Forty years before the armies of Titus encompassed the city, the dreadful circumstances which would attend the siege are minutely described. The distress of … More Ryle: We can TRUST Christ who has perfect knowledge
J. C. Ryle on Luke 12:54-56 He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A shower is coming.’ And so it happens.And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and it happens.You hypocrites! You know how to interpret … More Ryle: The duty of noticing the signs of the times
And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. —Luke 12:42-43 ESV J. C. Ryle comments on Luke … More Will I be found wishing and professing, or “doing”?
And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15 ESV) J. C. Ryle: It would be vain to decide positively which is the most common sin in the world. It would be safe to … More Confident in God’s superintending providence?