Shorter but Equally Great Quotes

I realize that this is a lot of stuff to post, just thought I’d share some of the sweetness.
This time from Ryle in his commentary on John 6:

“[The minister’s] whole business is to receive the bread of life which his Master provides, and to distribute it among the souls among whom he labors. He cannot make men value the bread, or receive it. He cannot make it soul-saving, or life-giving, to any one. This is not his work. For this he is not responsible. His whole business is to be a faithful distributor of the food which his Divine Master has provided; and that done, his office is discharged.”

“There can be no doubt that this was meant to teach the adequacy of Christ’s Gospel to supply the necessities of the whole world. Weak, and feeble, and foolish as it may seem to man, the simple story of the Cross is enough for all the children of Adam in every part of the globe.”

Speaking on 6:14-15 “When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, ‘This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!’ Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself”, Ryle says:
“This example is one which ought to be far more remembered than it is. How common are pride, and ambition and high-mindedness! How rare are humility and lowly-mindedness! How fwe ever refuse greatness when offered to them! How many are continually seeking great things for themselves, and forgetting the injunction — ‘Seek them not!’ (Jer 45:5)”

“Trial, we must distinctly understadn, is part of the diet which all true Christians must expect. It is one of the means by which their grace is proved, and by which they find out what there is in themselves.”

This one is my favorite:
“Learned men talk solemn nonsense sometimes about the eternal fixity of the ‘laws of nature,’ as if they were above God Himself, and could never be suspended.”
(It seems that there is a lot out there that can count as “solemn nonsense”)

“Let us be real, true, and sincere in our religion, whatever else we are. The sinfulness of hypocrisy is very great, but its folly is greater still. It is not hard to deceive ministers, relatives, and friends. A little decent outward profession will often go a long way. But it is impossible to deceive Christ. “His eyes are as a flame of fire.” (Rev. 1:14.) He sees us through and through. Happy are those who can say–“You, Lord, who know all things, know that we love you.” (John 21:17.)”

“Fresh from the mighty miracle of the loaves and fishes, one might have thought they had had a sign sufficient to convince them. Taught by our Lord Jesus Christ himself, one might have expected a greater readiness to believe. But alas! there are no limits to man’s dulness, prejudice, and unbelief in spiritual matters. It is a striking fact that the only thing which our Lord is said to have “marveled” at during His earthly ministry, was man’s “unbelief.” (Mark 6:6.)”

“So long as the heart is naturally proud, worldly, unbelieving, and fond of self-indulgence, if not of sin, so long there will never be lacking people who will say of Christian doctrines and precepts, “These are hard sayings; who can hear them?””

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