Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

Volume 6: John Part 2 - Chapters 7-12

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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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7:1-13 Hardness and unbelief of man,—reason why many hate Christ,—various opinions about Christ 1
7:14-24 Honest obedience the way to spiritual knowledge, —a self-exalting spirit in ministers deprecated, —the danger of hasty judgments 10
7:25-36 Blindness of unbelieving Jews,—God’s overruling hand over his enemies,—miserable end of unbelievers 19
7:37-39 A case supposed,—a remedy proposed,—a promise held out 29
7:40-53 Uselessness of mere head-knowledge,—singular greatness of our Lord’s gifts as a teacher,—the work of grace in the heart sometimes gradual 37
8:1-11 The power of conscience, the nature of true repentance 45
8:12-20 Christ the light of the world,—promise to those who follow Christ,—Christ’s exposure of his enemies’ ignorance 55
8:21-30 Christ may be sought in vain,—difference between Christ and the wicked,—the awful end of unbelief 64
8:31-36 Importance of steady perseverance in religion, —nature of true slavery,—nature of true liberty 74
8:37-47 Ignorant self-righteousness of natural man,—true marks of spiritual sonship,—reality and character of the devil 80
8:48-59 Blasphemous language addressed to our Lord, —encouragement to believers,—Abraham’s knowledge of Christ,—Christ’s pre-existence 89
9:1-12 Sin the cause of sorrow in this world,—the importance of using opportunities,—different means used by Christ in working miracles, —Christ’s almighty power 99
9:13-25 Jewish ignorance of right use of sabbath,— desperate lengths to which prejudice leads men, —seeing and feeling an irresistible evidence 109
9:26-41 Poor men sometimes wiser than the rich,—cruelty of unconverted men,—danger of knowledge, if not rightly used 116
10:1-9 Picture of a false minister,—picture of true Christians,—picture of Christ himself 127
10:10-18 Object for which Christ came into the world, Christ’s office as a shepherd,—Christ’s death a voluntary act 137
10:19-30 Christ the innocent cause of strifes and controversies, —name given by Christ to true Christians,—the vast privileges of true Christians 147
10:31-42 Wickedness of human nature,—honour put on Scripture by Christ,—importance attached by Christ to his miracles 156
11:1-6 True Christians may be ill as well as others, —Christ is the best friend in time of need,—Christ loves all true Christians, however varying in temperament,—Christ knows best the time to help 166
11:7-16 Christ’s ways with his people sometimes mysterious, —Christ’s tender language about his people, —natural temperament shows itself in all believers 177
11:17-29 Mixture of grace and weakness in believers,—need of having clear views of Christ’s person, office, and power 185
11:30-37 Blessing bestowed on sympathy,—depth of sympathy in Christ for his people 195
11:38-46 Christ’s words about the stone over the grave of Lazarus,—Christ’s words addressed to Martha when she doubted,—Christ’s words to God the Father,—Christ’s words addressed to Lazarus in his grave 202
11:47-57 Wickedness of man’s natural heart,—blind ignorance of God’s enemies,—importance often attached by bad men to ceremonial 212
12:1-11 Abounding proofs of the truth of Christ’s miracles, —discouragement Christ’s friends meet with from man,—man’s hardness and unbelief 222
12:12-19 Christ’s sufferings entirely voluntary,—prophecies about Christ’s first advent minutely fulfilled 234
12:20-26 Death the way to spiritual life,—Christ’s servants must follow him 241
12:27-33 Man’s sin imputed to Christ,—Christ’s internal conflict,—God’s voice heard from heaven, —Christ’s prophecy about his being lifted up 248
12:34-43 Duty of using present opportunities,—hardness of man’s heart,—power of the love of this world 259
12:44-50 Dignity of Christ,—certainity of a judgment to come 270

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