Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

Volume 5: John Part 1 - Chapters 1-6

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Jul 1, 2012

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1869

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‘The Gospel of St. John, rightly interpreted, is the best and simplest answer to those who profess to admire a vague and indistinct Christianity.’ There were many such in J. C. Ryle’s day, as in our own, and these final three volumes of his Expository Thoughts on the Gospels series provide a detailed commentary upon, and ‘right interpretation’ of the fourth Gospel.

Originally published between published between 1869 and 1873, these volumes differ from those previously published in the series, in that they contain ‘full explanatory notes on every verse of the portions expounded, forming, in fact, a complete Commentary’. The long gap between the publication of Luke (1858) and the appearance of the first volume of John (1869) is explained by the loss of Ryle’s second wife, Jessie, in 1860), his being responsible for the care of his five children (the eldest being just thirteen years of age at the time), and his move to Helmingham to the much larger parish of Stradbroke in 1861, with the greater burden of work that entailed.

In these volumes Ryle shows again that, as in all his writing and preaching, he was first and foremost a pastor, and as J. I. Packer has pointed out, ‘alongside the question “Is it true?” the question “What effect will this have on ordinary people?” was always in his mind’.

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1:1-5 Christ eternal,—a distinct person,—very God. —the creator of all things,—the source of all light and life 1
1:6-13 The minister’s office,—Christ the light of the world,—the wickedness of man,—the privileges of believers 9
1:14 The reality of Christ’s incarnation 17
1:15-18 The fulness of Christ,—the superiority of Christ to Moses,—Christ the revealer of the Father 24
1:19-28 John the Baptist’s humility,—the blindness of the unconverted Jews 30
1:29-34 Christ the Lamb of God,—Christ the taker away of sin,—Christ he that baptizeth with the Holy Ghost 39
1:35-42 The good done by testifying of Christ,—the good believers may do to others 48
1:43-51 Souls led by various ways,—Christ in the Old Testament Scriptures,—Philip’s advice to Nathanael,—high character of Nathanael 54
2:1-11 Matrimony an honourable estate,—the lawfulness of mirth and rejoicing,—Christ’s almighty power 63
2:12-25 Irreverent use of holy places rebuked,—words of Christ long remembered,—Christ’s perfect knowledge of man’s heart 73
3:1-8 The beginnings of some Christians very feeble, —the necessity of the new birth,—the Spirit’s operation like the wind 84
3:9-21 Spiritual ignorance,—God’s love the source of salvation,—Christ’s death the means of providing salvation,—faith the instrument which makes salvation ours 99
3:22-36 Jealousy and party spirit,—true humility,—Christ’s dignity set forth,—salvation a present thing 119
4:1-6 Baptism, and its true position,—our Lord’s human nature 133
4:7-26 Christ’s tact and condescension,—Christ’s readiness to give,—the excellence of Christ’s gifts,—the necessity of conviction of sin,—the uselessness of formal religion,—Christ’s kindness to great sinners 141
4:27-30 Christ’s dealings marvellous,—grace an absorbing principle,—true converts zealous to do good 159
4:31-42 Christ’s zeal to do good,—encouragement to those who labour for Christ,—men led to Christ in various ways 167
4:43-54 The rich have afflictions,—the young may be sick and die,—affliction a blessing,—Christ’s word as good as his presence 176
5:1-15 The misery caused by sin,—the compassion of Christ,—the lessons that recovery should teach 186
5:16-23 Some works lawful on the sabbath,—the dignity and majesty of Christ 194
5:24-29 Hearing Christ the way to salvation,—the privileges of true believers,—Christ’s power to give life, —the final resurrection of all the dead 203
5:30-39 The honour Christ puts on his servants,—the honour Christ puts on miracles,—the honour  
Christ puts on the Scriptures 211  
5:40-47 The reason why many are lost,—one principal cause of unbelief,—Christ’s testimony to Moses 220
6:1-14 Christ’s almighty power,—the office of ministers, —the sufficiency of the gospel for all mankind 227
6:15-21 Christ’s humility,—the trials of Christ’s disciples, —Christ’s power over the waters 235
6:22-27 Christ’s knowledge of man’s heart,—what Christ forbids,—what Christ advises,—what Christ promises 242
6:28-34 The ignorance of natural man,—the honour Christ puts on faith,—the high privileges of Christ’s hearers over those of the Jews in the wilderness 249
6:35-40 Christ the bread of life,—none cast out,—the Father’s will about all who come to Christ 258
6:41-51 Christ’s lowly condition an offence to some,—man’s natural impotence,—salvation a present thing 266
6:52-59 The true meaning of eating Christ’s body and drinking Christ’s blood 276
6:60-65 Some of Christ’s sayings hard,—danger of putting carnal meanings on spiritual words,—Christ’s perfect knowledge of hearts 285
6:66-71 Backsliding an old sin,—Peter’s noble declaration, —the little benefit some get from religious privileges 291

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