Sunday, June 23, 2024

Ryle: the source of holiness

Monday, June 24, 2024
    Feast of the Birth of John the Baptist
    [Jesus:] “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”
    —John 15:1-2 (NIV)
    Holiness comes not of blood—parents cannot give it to their children: nor yet of the will of the flesh—man cannot produce it in himself: nor yet of the will of man—ministers cannot give it you by baptism. Holiness comes from Christ. It is the result of vital union with Him. It is the fruit of being a living branch of the True Vine.
    ... J. C. Ryle (1816-1900), Holiness [1877, 1879], Sovereign Grace Publishers, reprint, 2001, p. 32 (see the book)
    See also John 15:1-8; Rom. 12:1-2; Phil. 1:9-11; 1 Thess. 5:22; 1 Tim. 6:11-12; Tit. 1:15; 1 Pet. 1:14-16; 2 Pet. 1:4-8; 1 John 1:6-7; 3:2-3; 2 John 1:4
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You nourish Your people with holiness.
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