If you desire salvation… (a long quote by J. C. Ryle)

If you desire salvation… (a long quote by J. C. Ryle)

If any reader of this paper desires salvation, and wants to know what to do, I advise him to go this very day to the Lord Jesus Christ, in the first private place he can find, and entreat Him in prayer to save his soul.

Tell Him that you have heard that He receives sinners, and has said, ‘Him that cometh unto Me I will in no wise cast out.’ (John 6:37.)

Tell Him that you are a poor vile sinner, and that you come to Him on the faith of His own invitation.

Tell Him you put yourself wholly and entirely in His hands,—that you feel vile and helpless, and hopeless in yourself,—and that except He saves you, you have no hope to be saved at all.

Beseech Him to deliver you from the guilt, the power, and the consequences of sin.

Beseech Him to pardon you and wash you in His own blood.

Beseech Him to give you a new heart, and plant the Holy Spirit in your soul.

Beseech Him to give you grace, and faith, and will, and power to be His disciple and servant from this day for ever.

Yes: go this very day, and tell these things to the Lord Jesus Christ, if you really are in earnest about your soul.

Tell Him in your own way and your own words. If a doctor came to see you when sick you could tell him where you felt pain. If your soul really feels its disease you can surely find something to tell Christ.

Doubt not His willingness to save you, because you are a sinner. It is Christ’s office to save sinners. He says Himself, ‘I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to
repentance.’ (Luke 5:32.)

Wait not, because you feel unworthy. Wait for nothing: wait for nobody. Waiting comes from the devil.

Just as you are, go to Christ. The worse you are, the more need you have to apply to Him. You will never mend yourself by staying away.

Fear not because your prayer is stammering, your words feeble, and your language poor. Jesus can understand you.

Just as a mother understands the first babblings of her infant, so does the blessed Saviour understand sinners. He can read a sigh, and see a meaning in a groan.

Despair not, because you do not get an answer immediately. While you are speaking, Jesus is listening. If He delays an answer, it is only for wise reasons, and to try if
you are in earnest.

Pray on, and the answer will surely come. Though it tarry, wait for it: it will surely come at last.

If you have any desire to be saved, remember the advice I have given you this day. Act upon it honestly and heartily, and you shall be saved.

–J.C. Ryle

“The sole and only hope of a sinful world” by Charles H. Spurgeon.

“The sole and only hope of a sinful world” by Charles H. Spurgeon.


There is one divine remedy, and only one. It is no mixture. Receive ye it and live—’With His stripes we are healed.’ No sprinkling can wash out sin, no confirmation can confer grace, no masses can propitiate God.

Your hope must be in Jesus, Jesus smitten, Jesus bruised, Jesus slain, Jesus the Substitute for sinners. Whosoever believes in Him is healed, but all other hopes are a lie from top to bottom.

Of sacramentarianism, I will say that its Alpha is a lie, and its Omega is a lie, it is false as the devil who devised it. But Christ, and only Christ, is the true Physician of souls, and His stripes the only remedy.

Oh, for a trumpet to sound this through every town of England! Through every city of Europe! Oh, to preach this in the Colosseum! Or better still from the pulpit of St. Peter’s!—’With His stripes we are healed.’

Away, away ye deceivers, with your mixtures and compounds. Away ye proud sons of men with your boastings of what ye feel, and think, and do, and what ye intend and vow. ‘With His stripes we are healed.’

A crucified Saviour is the sole and only hope of a sinful world.

“NOT SAVED” by C.H. Spurgeon.

“NOT SAVED” by C.H. Spurgeon.
“The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved” (Jer. 8:20).

NOT SAVED! Dear reader, is this your mournful plight?
Warned of the judgment to come, bidden to escape for your life,
and yet at this moment not saved? You know the way of
salvation, you read it in the Bible, you hear it from the pulpit, it
is explained to you by friends, and yet you neglect it, and
therefore are not saved. You will be without excuse when the
Lord shall judge the quick and dead. The Holy Spirit has given
more or less of blessing upon the word which has been
preached in your hearing, and times of refreshing have come
from the divine presence, and yet you are without Christ. All
these hopeful seasons have come and gone—your summer and
your harvest have past—and yet you are not saved.

Years have followed one another into eternity, and your last
year will soon be here; youth has gone, manhood is going, and
yet you are not saved. Let me ask you—Will you ever be saved?
Is there any likelihood of it? Already the most propitious
seasons have left you unsaved: will other occasions alter your
condition? Means have failed with you—the best of means,
used perseveringly and with the utmost affection—what more
can be done for you? Affliction and prosperity have alike failed
to impress you; tears and prayers and sermons have been
wasted on your barren heart. Are not the probabilities dead
against your ever being saved? Is it not more than likely that
you will abide as you are till death forever bars the door of
hope? Do you recoil from the supposition? Yet it is a most
reasonable one: he who is not washed in so many waters will in
all probability go filthy to his end. The convenient time never
has come; why should it ever come? It is logical to fear that it
never will arrive, and that, Felix-like, you will find no
convenient season till you are in hell. Oh, bethink you of what
that hell is, and of the dread probability that you will soon be
cast into it!

Reader, suppose you should die unsaved, your doom no words
can picture. Write out your dread estate in tears and blood, talk
of it with groans and gnashing of teeth; you will be punished
with everlasting destruction from the glory of the Lord, and
from the glory of His power. A brother’s voice would fain
startle you into earnestness. Oh, be wise, be wise in time, and
ere another year begins, believe in Jesus, who is able to save to
the uttermost. Consecrate these last hours to lonely thought, and
if deep repentance be bred in you, it will be well; and if it lead
to a humble faith in Jesus, it will be best of all. Oh, see to it that
this year pass not away, and you an unforgiven spirit. Let not
the new year’s midnight peals sound upon a joyless spirit. Now,
Now, NOW, believe, and live. “Escape for thy life; look not
behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the
mountain, lest thou be consumed.”

if you never heard of Christ crucified before this day…

if you never heard of Christ crucified before this day, I can wish you nothing better than that you may know Him by faith, and rest on Him for salvation. If you do know Him may you know Him better every year you live, till you see Him face to face.

– J. C. Ryle

“To Give Knowledge of Salvation to His People: A Christmas Mandate for Christian Ministry” by Albert Mohler.

“To Give Knowledge of Salvation to His People: A Christmas Mandate for Christian Ministry”
by Albert Mohler.