Light on the Grave and the World Beyond It

Men and women are fearfully and wonderfully made. We are not made up merely of brains, and head, and intellect and reason. We are frail, dying creatures, who have got hearts, and feelings, and consciences; and we live in a world of sorrow, and disappointment, and sickness, and death. And what can help us in a world like this? ... None but He who said, “Come unto Me, all ye that labour, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11.28). None but He who has thrown light on the grave, and the world beyond it, and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel ...

~ J. C. Ryle


To allure them to be become religious

One error into which even some good people are apt to fall, is that endeavouring to deceive young minds by temporising expedients. In order to allure them to be become religious, they exhibit false, or fait, or inadequate views of Christianity; and while they represent it as it really is, as a life of superior happiness and advantage, they conceal its difficulties, and like the Jesuitical Chinese missionaries, extenuate, or sink, or deny, such parts of it as are least alluring to human pride. In attempting to disguise its principles, they destroy its efficacy. They deny the cross instead of making it the badge of a Christian.

~ Hannah More


What He has already given me

I would walk close with Him in His way, not to buy His love, it is inestimable; not to merit it, free grace and merit cannot stand together; not that I may deserve it for my walk, but may freely receive it of Him in my walk; not that He may give it me for walking with Him, but that in walking with Him, I may enjoy what He has already given me. His love is a free gift. I would be faith enjoy it in time, as I hope by sense to enjoy it in eternity.

~ William Romaine

Some wooden buttress to support God's iron pillar

The life of faith is called the fight of faith (1 Tim. 6.12); and truly called so. For, where divine faith is given, it is seldom exercised without a conflict in the heart, which loves an earthly refuge, and dreads a ‘naked’ promise; dearly loves a human prop and always seeks some wooden buttress to support God’s iron pillar. On this account, men dare not trust to Christ’s atonement alone for their peace, but clap their feeble shoulder to his cross, to strengthen it ...

~ John Berridge