Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

Volume 7: John Part 3 - Chapters 13-21

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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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13:1-5 Christ’s patient and continuing love,—the deep corruption of some professors 1
13:6-15 Peter’s ignorance,—plain practical lessons,—deep spiritual lessons 8
13:16-20 Christians should not be ashamed to imitate Christ,—uselessness of knowledge without practice,—Christ’s perfect knowledge of all his people,—the dignity of discipleship 16
13:21-30 The troubles which Christ endured,—the power and malignity of the devil,—the hardness of a backslider 21
13:31-38 The crucifixion glorifying to the Father and the Son,—the importance of brotherly love,—the self-ignorance there may be in a true believer 29
14:1-3 Remedy for heart-trouble,—an account of heaven, —ground for expecting good things 36
14:4-11 Believers better thought of by Christ than by themselves,—glorious names given to Christ, —only one way to God,—close union of Father and Son 42
14:12-17 Works that Christians may do,—things that prayer may obtain,—promise of the Comforter 49
14:18-20 Christ’s second coming,—Christ’s life the life of his people,—perfect knowledge not attainable till second advent of Christ 55
14:21-26 Keeping Christ’s commandments the best test of love,—special comforts of those who love Christ,—Holy Ghost’s teaching and reminding work 59
14:27-31 Christ’s last legacy to his people,—Christ’s perfect sinlessness 65
15:1-6 Close union of Christ and believers,—false Christians,—fruit only safe evidence of life,—God increases holiness by providential chastisement 70
15:7-11 Promises to prayer,—fruitfulness the best evidence,—obedience the secret of sensible comfort 77
15:12-16 Brotherly love,—relation between Christ and believers,—election 82
15:17-21 What Christians must expect from the world, —reasons for patience 87
15:22-27 Misuse of privileges,—the Holy Ghost,—office of the apostles 92
16:1-7 A remarkable prophecy,—warning against taking offence at trouble,—reasons why Christ went away 97
16:8-15 Holy Ghost’s work for the Jews,—Holy Ghost’s work for the world 105
16:16-24 Christ’s absence a sorrow to believers,—Christ’s second coming a joy to believers,—duty of prayer in Christ’s absence 112
16:25-33 Importance of knowing the Father,—Christ’s kindness to those who have weak grace, —believers ignorant of their own hearts,— Christ the true source of peace 118
17:1-8 Christ’s office and dignity,—Christ’s gracious account of his people 125
17:9-16 Christ’s special work for believers—believers not taken out of the world, but kept 136
17:17-26 Christ’s prayer for his people’s sanctification, —Christ’s prayer for his people’s unity, —Christ’s prayer for his people’s glorification 145
18:1-11 Hardness of a backslider’s heart,—voluntariness of Christ’s sufferings,—Christ’s care for his people’s safety,—Christ’s submission to his Father’s will 155
18:12-27 Desperate wickedness of unconverted men, —Christ’s condescension,—weakness of some real Christians 166
18:28-40 False scrupulosity of hypocrites,—nature of Christ’s kingdom,—Christ’s mission,—Pilate’s question 179
19:1-16 Portrait of Christ,—portrait of the Jews,—portrait of Pilate 195
19:17-27 Christ bearing his cross,—Christ crucified as a King,—Christ’s care for his mother 213
19:28-37 Scripture fulfilled in every part of the crucifixion, —It is finished,—reality of Christ’s death 230
19:38-42 Some Christians little known,—some end better than they begin 243
20:1-10 Those love Christ most who have got most from him,—different temperaments of believers, —much ignorance remaining in believers 253
20:11-18 Love receives most privileges,—fear and sorrow often needless,—earthly thoughts even in true believers 266
20:19-23 Christ’s kind greeting,—evidence of resurrection, —commission of the apostles 281
20:24-31 Danger of not attending assemblies of Christians, —Christ’s kindness to dull believers,—Thomas’ glorious confession 294
21:1-14 Poverty of first disciples,—difference in characters of disciples,—abundant evidence of Christ’s resurrection 307
21:15-17 Christ’s question to Peter,—Peter’s answer to Christ,—Christ’s command to Peter 321
21:18-25 The future of Christians foreknown to Christ, —a believer’s death glorifies God,—our own duty should be our first thought,—number and greatness of Christ’s works 330
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