Quotes from Holiness by JC Ryle

“That faith in Christ is the root of all holiness–that the first step towards a holy life is to believe on Christ–that until we believe we have not a jot of holiness–that union with Christ by faith is the secret of both beginning to be holy and continuing holy–that the life that we live in the flesh we must live by the faith of the Son of God–that faith purifies the heart–that faith is the victory that overcomes the world–that by faith the elders obtained a good report–all these are truths which no well-instructed Christian will ever think of denying. But surely the Scriptures teach us that in following holiness the true Christian needs personal exertion and work as well as faith. The very same Apostle who says in one place, ‘The life that I live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God,’ says in another place, ‘I fight–I run–I keep under my body;’ and in other places, ‘Let us cleanse ourselves–let us labor, let us lay aside every weight.’ (Galatians 2:20; 1 Corinthians 9:26; 2 Corinthians 7:1[…]”

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