Nation will rise against nation… This will be your opportunity to bear witness… By your endurance you will gain your lives. Luke 21:10-19 (ESV)
Let us cease to expect that missionaries and ministers will ever convert the world, and teach all mankind to love one another. They will do nothing of the kind. They were never intended to do it. They will call out a witnessing people who shall serve Christ in every land, but they will do no more. The bulk of mankind will always refuse to obey the Gospel. The nations will always go on quarrelling, wrangling, and fighting. The last days of the earth shall be its worst days. The last war shall be the most fearful and terrible war that ever desolated the earth.
Ryle, J. (1857) Expository Thoughts on the Gospels, Monergism Books, pg. 1115
“My house shall be a house of prayer” Luke 19:46 (ESV)
(churches) are places where God’s word is read, where Christ is present, and where the Holy Spirit works on souls. These facts ought to make us grave, reverent, solemn and decorous, whenever we enter them. The man who behaves as carelessly in Church as he would in an inn, or a private dwelling has yet much to learn. He has not the “mind of Christ.
Ryle, J. (1857) Expository Thoughts on the Gospels, Monergism Books, pg. 1087
And a ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.’” And he said, “All these I have kept from my youth.” Luke 18:18-21 (ESV)
To be delivered from such blindness is one of the first things needful to our salvation. The eyes of our understandings must be enlightened by the Holy Spirit. (Ephes. 1:18.) We must learn to know ourselves. No man really taught of the Spirit will ever talk of having “kept all God’s commandments from his youth.” He will rather cry with Paul, “The law is spiritual, but I am carnal.” “I know that in me dwells no good thing.” (Rom. 7:14-18.)
Ryle, J. (1857) Expository Thoughts on the Gospels, Monergism Books, pg. 1060