J.C.Ryle- Pharisees and Saduccees

jc-rlyeEvery word spoken by the lord Jesus is full of deep instruction for Christians. It is the voice of the Chief Shepherd. It is the Great Head of the Church speaking to all its members, – the King of kings speaking to His subjects, – the Master of the house speaking to His servants, – the Captain of our salvation speaking to His soldiers. Above all, it is the voice of Him who said, ‘I have not spoken of Myself : the Father which sent Me, He gave Me a commandment what I should say and what I should speak.’ (John 12: 49.) The heart of every believer in the Lord Jesus ought to burn within him when he hears his Master’s words: he ought to say, ‘This is the voice of my beloved.’ (Canticles – Song of Solomon 2: 8.) And every kind of word spoken by the Lord Jesus is of the greatest value. Precious as gold are all His words of doctrine and precept; precious are all His parables and prophecies; precious are all His words of comfort and of consolation; precious, not least, are all His words of caution and of warning. We are not merely to hear Him when He says, ‘Come unto me, all ye that labour, and are heavy laden;’ we are to hear Him also when He says, ‘Take heed and beware.’ I am going to direct attention to one of the most solemn and emphatic warnings which the Lord Jesus ever delivered: ‘Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.’ Upon this text I wish to erect a beacon for all who desire to be saved, and to preserve some souls, if possible, from making shipwreck. The times call loudly for such beacons: the spiritual shipwreck’s of the last twenty-five years have been deplorably numerous. The watchmen of the Church ought to speak out plainly now, or for ever hold their peace.

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