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The Bible applied to the heart


J. C. Ryle



"The Bible applied to the heart by the Holy Spirit, "is the grand instrument by which souls are first converted to God." That mighty change is generally begun by some text or doctrine of the Word, brought home to a manís conscience. In this way the Bible has worked moral miracles by the thousands. It has made drunkards become soberóimmoral people become pureóthieves become honest and violent-tempered people become meek. It has wholly altered the course of menís lives. It has caused their old things to pass away, and made all their ways new. It has taught worldly people to seek first the kingdom of God. It has taught lovers of pleasure to become lovers of God. It has taught the stream of menís affections to run upwards instead of running downwards. It has made men think of heaven, instead of always thinking of earth, and live by faith, instead of living by sight. It has done all this in every part of the world."


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