Peace, Hope, Forgiveness – Wisdom from J. C. Ryle

It was a delight to baptise David White last Sunday.  How wonderful to hear such a clear testimony to God’s gracious work of salvation in Christ.  Here are words reflecting on that gracious salvation from J.C. Ryle in his ‘Practical Religion’ from the chapter entitled ‘The Best Friend’:

‘Jesus is able to pardon and save the very chief of sinners He can deliver the most guilty conscience from all its burdens, and give it perfect peace with God. He can wash away the vilest stains of wickedness, and make a man whiter than snow in the sight of God. He can clothe a poor weak child of Adam in everlasting righteousness, and give him a title to heaven that can never be overthrown. In a word, He can give any one of us peace, hope, forgiveness, and reconciliation with God, if we will only trust in Him. “The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses from all sin.” (I John 1:7)