Sunday, July 31, 2011

J. C. Ryle: War and Peace

Sanctification, again, is a thing which does not prevent a man having a great deal of inward spiritual conflict. By conflict I mean a struggle within the heart between the old nature and the new, the flesh and the spirit, which are to be found together in every believer (Gal. 5:17). A deep sense of that struggle, and a vast amount of mental discomfort from it, are no proof that a man is not sanctified. Nay, rather, I believe they are healthy symptoms of our condition, and prove that we are not dead, but alive. A true Christian is one who has not only peace of conscience, but war within.

-J. C. Ryle (H/T: John Piper)


Norah said...

Like. Very true, and doesn't change as long as we live!

John said...

Hi Matt, I don't know whether you're even following comments as you haven't posted for some time. I've got one of Ryle's books and I enjoy being challenged by it. God bless you