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A quote from Bishop Ryle on “The Great Secret of Loving Christ”

April 24, 2010

Thanks to that great site J.C. Ryle Quotes, here is an excerpt from Bishop Ryle’s Expository Thoughts on the Gospel of John that fits very well with the sermon “The Debt of Love We Owe” that we linked to yesterday:

What, after all, is the great secret of loving Christ? It is an inward sense of having received from Him pardon and forgiveness of sins. Those love much who feel much forgiven. He who has come to Christ with his sins, and tasted the blessedness of free and full absolution, he is the man whose heart will be full of love towards his Savior. The more we realize that Christ has suffered for us, and paid our debt to God, and that we are washed and justified through His blood, the more we shall love Him for having loved us, and given Himself for us. Our knowledge of doctrines may be defective. Our ability to defend our views in argument may be small. But we cannot be prevented feeling. And our feeling will be like that of the Apostle Peter – “You, Lord, who know all things, You know my heart; and You know that I love You.”

Indeed, the more we realize what He has done for us, the more we will love Him…and the greater the debt of love we will owe!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 25, 2010 4:58 pm


    That indeed is a powerful quote by Ryle. It reminds me that to know Him is to become more simple and to be brought to a lower place than I like to inhabit… the place of a sinner in need of salvation; and God has graciously opened the way to all who would come and receive that gift through faith in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and His most precious death upon the cross.

    The Ryle quote site is wonderful. I get an email each day of a quote (as I imagine you do).


  2. April 25, 2010 5:00 pm

    I need to proof read better. Seems I have trouble spelling my name and email address!


  3. April 26, 2010 9:25 am


    It is good to know you are another Ryle fan! He certainly understood the Gospel and its meaning for our lives as well as anyone I have ever come across.

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