I have a strong conviction that we want more reverent, deep-searching study of the Scripture in the present day. Most of Christians see nothing beyond the surface of the Bible when they read it.—We want a more clear knowledge of Christ, as a living Person, a living Priest, a living Physician, a living Friend, a living Advocate at the right hand of God, and a living Saviour soon about to come again. Most of Christians know little of Christianity but its skeleton of doctrines.—I desire never to forget these two things. If I can do anything to make Christ and the Bible more honourable in these latter days, I shall be truly thankful and content.
– J.C. Ryle, Preface toExpository Thoughts on Luke (Vol.1), written in 1858.
Oh Lord, if those words sounded true then, how truer do they sound today; may Christ and the Bible be honoured in these latter days!