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Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties and Roots

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Felt by many to be his masterwork, J. C. Ryle’s Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots is a timeless classic on what it means to be a Christian. First exploring the nature of sin, sanctification, and holiness, Ryle then draws examples from the Scriptures to argue that professing one’s faith isn’t merely enough to live the true Christian life. Written with Ryle’s customary straight-shooting verve and packed with biblical insight, Holiness has been impacting Christian lives for over a century.

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“Wrong views about holiness are generally traceable to wrong views about human corruption.” (Page 1)

“I say, furthermore, that ‘a sin,’ to speak more particularly, consists in doing, saying, thinking, or imagining, anything that is not in perfect conformity with the mind and law of God. ‘Sin,’ in short, as the Scripture saith, is ‘the transgression of the law.’ (1 John 3:4.) The slightest outward or inward departure from absolute mathematical parallelism with God’s revealed will and character constitutes a sin, and at once makes us guilty in God’s sight.” (Page 2)

“(c) A holy man will strive to be like our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Page 51)

“(2) Sanctification, again, is the outcome and inseparable consequence of regeneration.” (Page 26)

“It is thoroughly Scriptural and right to say ‘faith alone justifies.’ But it is not equally Scriptural and right to say ‘faith alone sanctifies.’” (Page xiii)

  • Title: Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties and Roots
  • Author: J. C. Ryle
  • Series: J. C. Ryle Collection
  • Publisher: William Hunt and Company
  • Print Publication Date: 1889
  • Logos Release Date: 2011
  • Era: era:modern
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Holiness
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-12T03:54:24Z
J. C. Ryle

J. C. Ryle (1816–1900) was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, where he was a Craven scholar. He was ordained in 1841 and became a leader of the evangelical party in the Church of England. In 1880, Ryle became the first bishop of Liverpool and also served as the dean of Salisbury. Ryle remained the bishop of Liverpool for 20 years.

Ryle was noted for his doctrinal essays and polemical writings. His bestselling titles include Expository Thoughts on Mark and Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties and Roots which can both be found in the J. C. Ryle Collection (18 vols.). He also contributed three volumes in the Crossway Classic Commentary Collection (13 vols.).



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