It Is Better

From a tract called “Peace ! Be Still !” by J.C. Ryle (1816-1900):

jc-ryle J.C. Ryle

“It is well to be acquainted with all the doctrines and principles of Christianity. It is better to be acquainted with Christ Himself. It is well to be familiar with faith, and grace, and justification, and sanctification. They are all matters pertaining to the King. But it is far better to be familiar with Jesus Himself, to see the King’s own face, and to behold His beauty.”


3 thoughts on “It Is Better

  1. brad

    This reminds me of another quote. This one is by W. Nee.

    “God will answer all our questions in one way and one way only, namely, by showing us more of his Son.”

    Looking to theology and religion alone will not in the end answer all of our questions, but looking at Jesus, I mean really looking at Him ultimately will.

    peace & grace in Christ,

    p.s. love your blog, found it via One Passion … One Devotion.

  2. shannonsays

    Indeed. There are some who are acquainted with the doctrines and principles of Christianity who simply will be turned away when they face their King, because they never truly became acquainted with Christ Himself. What a horrible blow to those who are deceived into believing their knowledge is the same as being in Christ Jesus. I cannot imagine anything worse than hearing the words, “Depart from me, I never knew you.”

    Thank you for the reminder. I am enjoying your blog and will keep coming back.

    Shannon Smith

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