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The Potter's Clay

Scripture, Theology, the Christian worldview, and other ramblings.

08 December 2005

Rotten at the Heart

(Note: I am on a Ryle kick for some reason. I am finding his writings quite convicting. - JL)

J. C. Ryle, "Our Hope!" 1877

"Everyone who has this hope in Christ keeps
himself pure, just as Christ is pure." 1 John 3:3

The man who has a good hope will show it in all
his ways. It will influence his life, his character,
and his daily conduct. It will make him strive to
be a holy, godly, conscientious, spiritual man.
He will feel under a constant obligation to serve
and please Him from whom his hope comes.

If there is light in a house it will shine through the
windows--if there is any real hope in a man's soul
it will be seen in his ways. Show me your hope in
your life and daily behavior. Where is it? How does
it appear? If you cannot show it, you may be sure
it is nothing better than a delusion and a snare.

The hope that does not make a man . . .
honest,
honorable,
truthful,
sober,
diligent,
unselfish,
loving,
meek,
kind,
faithful
in all the relations of life--is not from God.

Let us beware of any hope that does not exercise
a sanctifying influence over our . . .
hearts,
lives,
tastes,
conduct, and
conversation.
It is a hope that never came down from above. It is
mere base metal, and counterfeit coin. It lacks the
mint-stamp of the Holy Spirit, and will never pass
current in heaven. The hope that does not make a
man holy--is no hope at all.

The person who can allow himself in any willful and
habitual breach of God's law, is rotten at the heart!
He may talk of his hope as much as he pleases--but
he has none in reality. His religion is . . .
a joy to the devil,
a stumbling block to the world,
a sorrow to true Christians,
and an offence to God!

Oh, that people would consider these things!

3 Comments:

Blogger Mike Perrigoue said...

Oh how many times I have been disappointed because my hope was not in the Lord!

Great post, Joe!

Go Hawks! (this is becoming a habit)

P.S.
I have learned to not place too much hope in my Seahawks on Sundays...very challenging!

09 December, 2005 17:16  
Blogger Nathan White said...

Joe, keep 'em coming. Ryle is always worth hearing. Sound and yet very practical! Kind of puts in contrast all those 'sensitive' people who yell and scream that their just making things practical. Ryle shows us that it is possible to be very practical and yet not change the quality of the teaching.

SDG

10 December, 2005 09:00  
Blogger JIBBS said...

EEEK!

My tickling ears don't wanna hear Ryle!

How do you expect people to regularly read your blog when you post stuff like this????

I'm running out of here as fast as I can!

(BTW, I picked up a sweet book at Borders last night that has most of Edwards' works in it. I'm stoked!)

Maybe I will follow your lead and post Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God on my blog.

11 December, 2005 16:14  

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