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True Practical Holiness

by on October 10, 2011

After the first two chapters, “Sin” and “Sanctification,” Ryle begins the third, “Holiness” by sketching what true practical holiness is. He gives a list of what holiness looks like from Scripture. He expands upon each point, which unfortunately I don’t have room for here, but I would encourage you to grab this book it’s been convicting and very encouraging thus far. Here are his main points.

a. Holiness is the habit of being of one mind with God, according as we find His mind described in Scripture.

b. A holy man will endeavour to shun every known sin, and to keep every known commandment.

c. A holy man will strive to be like our Lord Jesus Christ.

d. A holy man will follow after meekness, longsuffering, gentleness, patience, kind tempers, government of his tongue

e. A holy man will follow after temperance and self-denial.

f. A holy man will follow after charity and brotherly kindness.

g. A holy man will follow after a spirit of mercy and benevolence towards others.

h. A holy man will follow after purity of heart.

i. A holy man will follow after the fear of God.

j. A holy man will follow after humility.

k. A holy man will follow after faithfulness in all the duties and relations in life.

l. A holy man will follow after spiritual mindedness.

-J.C Ryle, Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots

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