Holiness! by J.C. Ryle (1816—1900)
by J.C. Ryle
"The plain truth is, that a right understanding of SIN lies at the root of all saving Christianity. Without it, such doctrines as justification, conversion, sanctification, are "words and names" which convey no meaning to the mind. The first thing, therefore, that God does when He makes anyone a new creature in Christ, is to send light into his heart and show him that he is a guilty sinner!"
"Sin is that vast moral disease which affects the whole human race, of every rank and class and name and nation and people and tongue-a disease from which there never was but one born of woman that was free. Need I say, that One was Christ Jesus the Lord?"
" It is a family disease, which we all inherit from our first parents, Adam and Eve, and with which we are born!"
"The disease may be veiled under a thin covering of courtesy, politeness, good manners and outward decorum — but it lies deep down in the constitution!"
"without holiness no man shall see the Lord"! (Hebrews 12:14).
"How true it is, that the holiest saint is in himself a miserable sinner, and a debtor to mercy and grace to the last moment of his existence!"
"Without thorough conviction of sin, men may seem to come to Jesus and follow Him for a season; but they will soon fall away and return to the World."
READ ALL ABOUT WHAT IS SIN!
"Fight the good fight of faith; lay hold on eternal life."
"But whether he sees it himself or not — others will always see in him a tone and taste and character and habit of life unlike that of other men."
Psaltaren 39:12 ...Endast en vindfläkt är människorna. Sela.