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Sunday
Jul302017

Daily Readings - John 14:13-18

J.C. Ryle - Daily Readings
John 14:13-18

I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, that he may be with you forever. (John 14:16)

Our Lord says, 'I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter . . . even the spirit of truth.'

This is the first time that the Holy Ghost is mentioned as Christ's special gift to his people. Of course, we are not to suppose that he did not dwell in the hearts of the Old Testament saints.

No one ever served God acceptably, from Abel downwards, without the grace of the Holy Ghost. John the Baptist was 'filled' with him. But he was given with peculiar influence and power to believers when the New Testament dispensation came in and this is the special promise of the passage before us.

It can only mean that he shall come with more fulness, influence, grace, and manifestation than he did before.

Sunday
Jul232017

Daily Readings - John 14:1-6

J.C. Ryle - Daily Readings
John 14:1-6

I am the way, and the truth, and the life. (John 14:6)

Christ is 'the way' -- the way to heaven and peace with God. He is not only the guide and teacher and lawgiver, like Moses; he is himself the door, the ladder, and the road through whom we must draw near to God.

Christ is 'the truth' -- the whole substance of true religion which the mind of man requires. Christ is the whole truth and meets and satisfies every desire of the human mind. 

Christ is 'the life' -- the sinner's title to eternal life and pardon, the believer's root of spiritual life and holiness, the surety of the Christian's resurrection life. He that believeth on Christ hath everlasting life. The root of all life, for soul and for body, is Christ.

Forever let us grasp and hold fast these truths. To see Christ daily as the way, to believe Christ daily as he truth, to live on Christ daily as the life -- this is to be a well-informed, a thoroughly furnished, and an established Christian.

Sunday
Jul162017

Daily Readings - John 13:31-36

J.C. Ryle - Daily Readings
John 13:31-36

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you love one another (John 13:34)

Let us note that our Lord does not name gifts, or miracles, or intellectual attainments, but love, the simple grace of love, a grace within reach of the poorest, lowliest believer, as the evidence of discipleship. No love, no grace; no regeneration, no true Christianity!

Let us note what a heavy condemnation this verse pronounces on sectarianism, bigotry, narrow-mindedness, party spirit, strife, biterness, needless controversy between Christian and Christian.

Let us note how far from satisfactory is the state of those who are content with sound doctrinal opinions and orthodox correct views of the gospel, while in their daily life they give way to ill-temper, ill-nature, malice, envy, quarrelling, squabbling, bickering, surliness, passion, snappish language and crossness of word and manner. Such persons, whether they know it or not, are daily proclaiming that they are not Christ's disciples. It is nonsense to talk about justification and regeneration and election and conversion and the uselessness of works, unless people can see in us practical Christian love.

Sunday
Jul092017

Daily Readings - John 13:27-30

J.C. Ryle - Daily Readings
John 13:27-30

After the morsel, Satan then entered into him (John 13:27a)

Let us take heed that we are not 'ignorant of Satan's devices.' He is still going to and fro in the earth, seeking whom he may devour. He is about our path and about our bed and spies out all our ways. Our only safety lies in resisting him at the first and not listening to his first advances. For this we are all responsible. Strong as he is, he has no power to do us harm, if we cry to the stronger one in heaven and use the means which he has appointed. It is a standing principle of Christianity and will ever be found true: 'Resist the devil, and he will flee from you' (James 4:7).

Sunday
Jul022017

Daily Readings - John 13:12-17

J.C. Ryle, Daily Readings 
John 13:12-17

For I gave you an example that you should also do as I did to you. (John 13:15)

There seems little doubt that our Lord's all-seeing eye saw a rising unwillingness in the minds of the apostles to do such menial things as they had just seen him do. Puffed up with their old Jewish expectation of thrones and kingdoms in this world, secretly self-satisfied with their own position as our Lord's friends, these poor Galileans were startled at the idea of washing people's feet! They could not bring themselves to believe that Messiah's service entailed work like this.

The lesson is one of which we all need to be reminded. We are all too apt to dislike any work which seems to entail trouble, self-denial and going down to our inferiors. We are only too ready to depute such work to others and to excuse ourselves by saying, 'It is not in our way.' When feelings of this kind arise within us we shall find it good to remember our Lord's words in this passage, no less than our Lord's example. We ought never to think it beneath us to show kindness to the lowest of men. We ought never to hold our hand because the objects of our kindness are ungrateful or unworthy. Such was the mind of him who washed the feet of Judas Isacariot as well as Peter. He who in these matters cannot stopp to follow Christ's example gives little evidence of possessing true love or true humility.