Saturday, January 27, 2018

My Victorian Year #4

This week I reviewed J.C. Ryle's Five English Reformers. It was a great read! Here are some of my favorite quotes:

  • Truth is truth, however long it may be neglected. Facts are facts, however long they may lie buried.
  • Take away the Gospel from a Church and that Church is not worth preserving. A well without water, a scabbard without a sword, a steam-engine without a fire, a ship without compass and rudder, a watch without a mainspring, a stuffed carcase without life,—all these are useless things. But there is nothing so useless as a Church without the Gospel.
  • To the Reformation Englishmen owe an English Bible, and liberty for every man to read it.—To the Reformation they owe the knowledge of the way of peace with God, and of the right of every sinner to go straight to Christ by faith, without bishop, priest, or minister standing in his way.—To the Reformation they owe a Scriptural standard of morality and holiness, such as our ancestors never dreamed of.-For ever let us be thankful for these inestimable mercies! For ever let us grasp them firmly, and refuse to let them go! For my part, I hold that he who would rob us of these privileges, and draw us back to Pre-Reformation ignorance, superstition, and unholiness, is an enemy to England, and ought to be firmly opposed.
  • Let us read our Bibles, and be armed with Scriptural arguments. A Bible-reading laity is a nation’s surest defence against error.
I also kept up (just barely!) with reading Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening.

  • When Moses sang at the Red Sea, it was his joy to know that all Israel were safe. Not a drop of spray fell from that solid wall—until the last of God’s Israel had safely planted his foot on the other side the flood. That done, immediately the floods dissolved into their proper place again—but not until then. Part of that song was, “You in your mercy have led forth the people which you have redeemed.”
  • Just so, in the last time, when the elect shall sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and of the Lamb, it shall be the boast of Jesus, “Of all whom you have given me—I have lost none.” In heaven, there shall not be a vacant throne.
  • As many as God has chosen, as many as Christ has redeemed, as many as the Spirit has called—as many as believe in Jesus, shall safely cross the dividing sea. We are not all safely landed yet: “Part of the host have crossed the flood—and part are crossing now.”
  • The road of sorrow is the road to heaven—but there are wells of refreshing water all along the route.
  • O believer, learn to reject pride, seeing that you have no ground for it. Whatever you are—you have nothing to make you proud. The more you have—the more you are in debt to God—and you should not be proud of that which renders you a debtor.
  • Temptation, pain, disappointment, weakness, weariness, poverty—He knows them all—for He has felt them all.
  • Jesus will not let His people forget His love. If all the love they have enjoyed should be forgotten, He will visit them with fresh love.
  • Trouble is often the means whereby God delivers us. God knows that our backsliding will soon end in our destruction, and He in mercy sends the ‘rod’. We say, “Lord—why is this?” not knowing that our trouble has been the means of delivering us from far greater evil.
  • We ought to be Martha and Mary in one—we should do much service, and have much communion at the same time. For this we need great grace. It is easier to serve—than to commune.
  • “I WILL MENTION THE LOVING kindnesses of the Lord, and the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord has bestowed on us.” Isaiah 63:7 And can you not do this? Are there no mercies which you have experienced?
  • What, did you never have a sickness like that which you are suffering now—and did He not restore you? Were you never poor before—and did He not supply your needs? Were you never in difficulties before—and did He not deliver you? Arise, go to the river of your experience, and pull up a few bulrushes, and weave them into an ark, wherein your infant-faith may float safely on the stream.
  • Do not forget what your God has done for you; turn over the book of your remembrance, and consider the days of old.
  • God’s people are doubly His children, they are His offspring by creation, and they are His sons by adoption in Christ. Hence they are privileged to call Him, “Our Father in heaven.”
  • We must not cease to wonder at the great marvels of our God. It would be very difficult to draw a line between holy wonder—and real worship; for when the soul is overwhelmed with the majesty of God’s glory, though it may not express itself in song, or even utter its voice with bowed head in humble prayer—yet it silently adores.
  • Holy wonder will lead you to grateful worship and heartfelt thanksgiving. It will cause within you godly watchfulness; you will be afraid to sin against such a love as this.
  • There is a fullness of blessings of every sort and shape; a fullness of grace to pardon, of grace to regenerate, of grace to sanctify, of grace to preserve, and of grace to perfect. There is a fullness at all times; a fullness of comfort in affliction; a fullness of guidance in prosperity. A fullness of every divine attribute—of wisdom, of power, of love; a fullness which it were impossible to survey, much less to explore. “It pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell.” Oh, what a fullness must this be—of which all receive! Fullness, indeed, must there be when the stream is always flowing, and yet the well springs up as free, as rich, as full as ever. Come, believer, and get all your need supplied; ask largely, and you shall receive largely, for this “fullness” is inexhaustible, and is treasured up where all the needy may reach it—even in Jesus, Immanuel—God with us!
  • Let your memory treasure up everything about Christ which you have either felt, or known, or believed—and then let your fond affections hold Him fast for evermore.

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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