Expository Thoughts on the Gospel of Mark: A Commentary

Aneko Press

“Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?” – Mark 4:41

Wisdom, encouragement, and exhortation is contained in these pages. Not because of the author's brilliance, but because of the words of truth contained in the gospel of Mark. And just as the apostle Mark didn't draw any attention to himself, so also J. C. Ryle clearly and wonderfully directs his words and our thoughts towards the inspired words of scripture. If we truly love God, we will love His word; and the more study His word, the more we will love God.

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About the author

John Charles Ryle (1816-1900) graduated from Eton and Oxford and then pursued a career in politics, but due to lack of funds, he entered the clergy of the Church of England. He was a contemporary of Spurgeon, Moody, Mueller, and Taylor and read the great theologians like Wesley, Bunyan, Knox, Calvin, and Luther. These all influenced Ryle’s understanding and theology. Ryle began his writing career with a tract following the Great Yarmouth suspension bridge tragedy, where more than a hundred people drowned. He gained a reputation for straightforward preaching and evangelism. He travelled, preached, and wrote more than 300 pamphlets, tracts, and books, including Expository Thoughts on the Gospels, Principles for Churchmen, and Christian Leaders of the Eighteenth Century. Ryle used the royalties from his writing to pay his father’s debts, but he also felt indebted to that ruin for changing the direction of his life. He was recommended by Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli to be Bishop of Liverpool where he ended his career in 1900. 

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Mar 2, 2020
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Only fear the Lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you. - 1 Samuel 12:24

If there is a true faith, there must be a declaration of it. If you are a candle, and God has lit you, then let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in the heavens (Matthew 5:16). Soldiers of Christ must, like soldiers of our nation, wear their uniforms; and if they are ashamed of their uniforms, they ought to be drummed out of the army.

I believe that many Christians get into a lot of trouble by not being honest in their convictions. For instance, if a person goes into a workshop, or a soldier into a barracks, and if he does not fly his flag from the beginning, it will be very difficult for him to run it up afterwards. But if he immediately and boldly lets them know, “I am a Christian, and there are certain things that I cannot do to please you, and certain other things that I cannot help doing even though they might displease you” – when that is clearly understood, after a while the peculiarity of the thing will be gone, and the person will be let alone.

However, if he is a little dishonest and thinks that he is going to please the world and please Christ too, he can depend on it that he is in for a rough time. If he tries the way of compromise, his life will be like that of a toad under a harrow or a fox in a dog kennel. That will never do. Come out. Show your colors. Let it be known who you are and what you are. Although your course will not be smooth, it will certainly not be half as rough as if you tried to run with the hare and hunt with the hounds, which is a very difficult piece of business.

- Charles H. Spurgeon

List of Chapters

Ch. 1: Pride

Ch. 2: Broken Keys

Ch. 3: Double-Mindedness

Ch. 4: Labor that Doesn’t Satisfy

Ch. 5: The Table of the Reprobate

Ch. 6: The Self-Righteous Guests

Ch. 7: Drunk with the World

Ch. 8: Going through the Fire

Ch. 9: Laziness

Ch. 10: Faith

Ch. 11: Awaken, Oh Sleeper!

Ch. 12: An Innkeeper’s Prayer

Ch. 13: Punishment of Evildoers

Ch. 14: Priceless Life

Ch. 15: No Excuse for Ignorance

Ch. 16: We Must Pray

Ch. 17: Popular Errors

Ch. 18: Don’t Wait Until You’re Dying

Ch. 19: Our Days Are Numbered

Ch. 20: How the World Gives

Ch. 21: Have Courage

Ch. 22: Be Faithful

Ch. 23: The Light of Evening

Ch. 24: Beds That Are Too Short

Ch. 25: Mistaken Zeal

Ch. 26: Selfish Ease

Ch. 27: Be Sober

Ch. 28: Through Floods and Flames

Ch. 29: Show Your Colors

Ch. 30: Keep Your Own Garden

Ch. 31: A Talk about Death

Charles H. Spurgeon – A Brief Biography

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