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J.C. Ryle on the Lord's Supper

Posted by Stephen Witmer on September 28th, 2017

This coming Sunday, I will preach on Jesus’ words about the Lord’s Supper in Luke 22, and then we’ll come to the table together.

Here’s a great quote from the 19th century Anglican bishop J.C. Ryle, one of my heroes, to help prepare us. Ryle is writing here about the benefits of the Lord’s Supper:

‘Clearer views of Christ and his atonement, clearer views of all the offices which Christ fills as our Mediator and Advocate, clearer views of the complete redemption Christ has obtained for us by his vicarious death on the cross, clearer views of our full and perfect acceptance in Christ before God, fresh reasons for deep repentance for sin, fresh reasons for lively faith, – these are among the leading returns which a believer may confidently expect to get from his attendance at the Lord’s table. He that eats the bread and drinks the wine in a right spirit, will find himself drawn into closer communion with Christ, and will feel to know him more, and understand him better’ (J.C. Ryle, Practical Religion, page 142).