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The Simple Doctrine of Christ


If we love our souls and would keep them in a healthy state, we must endeavour to adhere closely to the simple doctrine of Christ, in every jot, tittle, and particular. Once add to it or take away anything from it, and you risk spoiling the divine medicine, and may even turn it into poison. Let your ruling principle be,—‘No other doctrine but that of Christ; nothing less, and nothing more!’ Lay firm hold on that principle, and never let it go. Write it on the table of your heart, and never forget it.

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The solemn words which John Owen addressed to the House of Commons, in a sermon on the ‘Greatness of Christ,’ deserve to be remembered. . . .

[Christ] is the Way; men without him are Cains, wanderers, Vagabonds:—he is the Truth; men without him are liars, like the devil of old:—he is the Life; men without him are dead in trespasses and sins:—he is the Light; men without him are in darkness, and go they know not whither:—he is the Vine; men that are not in him are withered branches prepared for the fire:—he is the Rock; men not built on him are carried away with a flood:—he is the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the author and ender, the founder and finisher of our salvation. He that hath not him hath neither beginning of good nor shall have end of misery. Oh, blessed Jesus, how much better were it not to be than to be without thee! never to be born than not to die in thee!—A thousand hells come short of this, eternally to want Jesus Christ.

This witness is true. If we can say Amen to the spirit of this passage it will be well with our souls.

—J. C. Ryle, Knots Untied (Banner of Truth, 2016), 440, 444.

Posted 2017·07·18 by David Kjos
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