grace and glory: Ryle on discipleship

I so appreciate the chewy and challenging words of 19th Century Anglican bishop J. C. Ryle:

“Whoever supposes that Jesus Christ only lived and died and rose again in order to provide justification and forgiveness of sins for His people, has yet much to learn. Whether they knows it or not, they are dishonouring our blessed Lord, and making Him only a half Saviour. The Lord Jesus has undertaken everything that His people’s souls require not only to deliver them from the guilt of their sins by His atoning death, but from the dominion of their sin, by placing in their hearts the Holy Spirit; not only to justify them, but also to sanctify them.”

Our gracious God not only rescues us, he also remakes us for God’s glory by fashioning us in the image of his Son Jesus Christ. We must understand Christ’s call to discipleship as an integral part of the full scope of God’s gospel in our lives. Not just part: but whole transformation!