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Daily Readings - Mark 5:1-13

J.C. Ryle, Daily Readings
Mark 5:1-13

The demons implored Him, saying, "Send us into the swine so that we may enter them." (Mark 5:12)

We probably have not the faintest idea of the number, subtlety, and activity of Satan's agents. We forget that he is the king over an enormous host of subordinate spirits who do his will . . . The malice of Satan appears in his strange petition (v.12). Cast forth from the man whose body they had so long inhabited and possessed, the spirits still thirsted to do mischief. Unable to injure any more an immoral soul, they desired leave to injure the dumb beasts which were feeding nearby. Such is the true character of Satan. It is the bent of his nature to harm, to kill, and to destroy. No wonder that he is called Apollyon, the destroyer (Rev. 9:11).

Let us beware of giving way to the senseless habit of jesting about the devil. It is a habit which furnishes awful evidence of the blindness and corruption of human nature and one which is far too common. Well would it be for us all if we strove more to realize the power and presence of our great spiritual enemy and prayed more to be delivered from him.


Daily Readings - John 10:31-42

J.C. Ryle, Daily Readings
John 10:31-42

What high honour Jesus Christ puts on the Holy Scriptures! We find him using a text ut of the Psalms as an argument against his enemies, in which the whole poiint lies in the single word 'gods'. And then, having quoted the text, he lays down the great principle: 'The Scripture cannot be broken.' 

The principle here laid down by our Lord is one of vast importance . . . The principle before us, no doubt, is rudely assaulted in the present day. Let no Christian's heart fail because of these assaults. Let us stand our ground manfully and defend the principle of plenary inspiration as we would the apple of our eye. There are difficulties in Scripture, we need not shrink from conceding, things hard to explain, hard to reconcile and hard to understand. But in almost all these difficulties, the fault, we may justly suspect, is not so much in Scripture as in our own weak minds. In all cases we may well be content to wait for more light and believe that all shall be made clear at last.


Daily Readings - John 10:7-14

Daily Readings - J.C. Ryle
John 10:7-14 

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly (John 10:10)

These verses show us, for one thing, the great object for which Christ came into the world. He says, 'I am come that [men] might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.'

The truth contained in these words is of vast importance. They supply an antidote to many crude and unsound notions which are abroad in the world. Christ did not come to be only a teacher of new morality, or an example of holiiness and self-denial, or a founder of new ceremonies, as some have vainly asserted. He left heaven and dwelt for thirty-three years on earth for far higher ends than these. He came to procure eternal life for man by the price of his vicarious death. He came to be a mighty foundtain of spiritual life for all mankind, to which sinners coming by faith might drink, and drinking, might live for evermore. By Moses came laws, rules, ordinances, ceremonies. By Christ came grace, truth, and eternal life.


Daily Readings - John 7:10-24

J.C. Ryle, Daily Readings

Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgement. (John 7:24)

We are often to ready to be decieved by an appearance of good. We are in danger of rating some men as very good Christians because of a little outward profession of religion and a decent Sunday formality -- because, in short, they talk the language of Canaan and wear the garb of pilgrims. We forget that all is not good that appears good, even as all is not gold that glitters, and that daily practice, choice, tastes, habits, conduct, private character are the true evidence of what a man is. In a word, we forget our Lord's saying: 'Judge not according to the appearance.'

We are too ready, on the other hand, to be deceived by the appearance of evil. We must remember that the best of men are but men at their very best and that the most eminent saints may be overtaken by temptation and yet be saints at heart after all. We must not hastily suppose that all is evil where there is an occasional appearance of evil. The holiest man may fall sadly for a a time and yet the grace within him may finally get a victory. Is a man's general character godly? Then let us suspend our judgment when he falls and hpe on. Let us 'judge righteous judgment.'


What think we of Christ ourselves?

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What think we of Christ ourselves? This is the one question with which we have to do. Let us never be ashamed to be of that little number who believe on him, hear his voice, follow him and confess him before men. While others waste their time in vain jangling and unprofitable controversy, let us take up the cross and give all diligence to make our calling and election sure.