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HOLINESS ITS NATURE, HINDRANCES, DIFFICULTIES, AND ROOTS

HOLINESS ITS NATURE, HINDRANCES, DIFFICULTIES, AND ROOTS

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The twenty papers contained in this volume are a humble contribution to a cause which is exciting much interest in the present day, - I mean the cause of Scriptural holiness* It is a cause which everyone who loves Christ, and desires to advance His kingdom in the world, should endeavour to help forward. Everyone can do something, and I wish to add my mite. The reader will find little that is directly controversial in these papers. I have carefully abstained from naming modern teachers and modern books. I have been content to give the result of my own study of the Bible, my own private meditations, my own prayers for light, and my own reading of old divines. If in anything I am still in error, I hope I shall be shown it before I leave the world. We all see in part, and have a treasure in earthen vessels. I trust I am willing to learn.
The twenty papers contained in this volume are a humble contribution to a cause which is exciting much interest in the present day, - I mean the cause of Scriptural holiness* It is a cause which everyone who loves Christ, and desires to advance His kingdom in the world, should endeavour to help forward. Everyone can do something, and I wish to add my mite. The reader will find little that is directly controversial in these papers. I have carefully abstained from naming modern teachers and modern books. I have been content to give the result of my own study of the Bible, my own private meditations, my own prayers for light, and my own reading of old divines. If in anything I am still in error, I hope I shall be shown it before I leave the world. We all see in part, and have a treasure in earthen vessels. I trust I am willing to learn.

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H
OLINESS
 
ITS NATURE, HINDRANCES, DIFFICULTIES, AND ROOTS
by J. C. Ryle
Foreword by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
 
OLINESS
J.
 
C.
 
R
YLE 
 
2
 FOREWORDOne of the most encouraging and hopeful signs I have observed for many a long day in evangelical circleshas been a renewed and increasing interest in the writings of Bishop J. C. Ryle.In his day he was famous, outstanding and beloved as a champion and exponent of the evangelical andreformed faith. For some reason or other, however, his name and his works are not familiar to modernevangelicals. His books are, I believe, all out of print in this country and very difficult to obtainsecondhand.The differing fates suffered in this respect by Bishop Ryle and his near contemporary, Bishop Moule, havealways been to me a matter of great interest. But Bishop Ryle is being re-discovered, and there is a newcall for the re-publication of his works.All who have ever read him will be grateful for this new edition of his great book on ‘Holiness’. I shallnever forget the satisfaction - spiritual and mental - with which I read it some twenty years ago afterhaving stumbled across it in a second-hand book shop.It really needs no preface or word of introduction. All I will do is to urge all readers to read the Bishop’sown Introduction. It is invaluable as it provides the setting in which he felt impelled to write the book.The characteristics of Bishop Ryle’s method and style are obvious. He is pre-eminently and alwaysscriptural and expository. He never starts with a theory into which he tries to fit various scriptures. Healways starts with the Word and expounds it. It is exposition at its very best and highest. It is alwaysclear and logical and invariably leads to a clear enunciation of doctrine. It is strong and virile and entirelyfree from the sentimentality that is often described as “devotional.” The Bishop had drunk deeply from the wells of the great classical Puritan writers of the seventeenthcentury. Indeed, it would be but accurate to say that his books are a distillation of true Puritan theologypresented in a highly readable and modern form.Ryle, like his great masters, has no easy way to holiness to offer us, and no “patent” method by which itcan be attained; but he invariably produces that “hunger and thirst after righteousness” which is the onlyindispensable condition to being “filled.” May this book be widely read, that God’s name be increasingly honoured and glorified.
D. M. Lloyd-Jones.Westminster Chapel.
 
OLINESS
J.
 
C.
 
R
YLE 
 
3
 CONTENTSForeword - 2Introduction - 4I.
 
Sin - 11II.
 
Sanctification - 18III.
 
Holiness - 28IV.
 
The Fight - 38V.
 
The Cost - 47VI.
 
Growth - 55VII.
 
Assurance - 64VIII.
 
Moses - An Example - 85IX.
 
Lot - A Beacon - 94X.
 
A Woman To Be Remembered - 103XI.
 
Christ’s Greatest Trophy - 113XII.
 
The Ruler Of The Waves - 122XIII.
 
The Church Which Christ Builds - 133XIV.
 
Visible Churches Warned - 140XV.
 
Lovest Thou Me? - 147XVI.
 
Without Christ - 154XVII.
 
Thirst Relieved - 159XVIII.
 
Unsearchable Riches - 169XIX.
 
Wants Of The Times - 176XX.
 
Christ Is All - 185XXI.
 
Extracts From Old Writers - 195

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