Christ is the Key to Holiness (J.C. Ryle)

“No one can grow in holiness except he abides in Christ. Christ is the great root from which every believer must draw his strength to go forward.

Would you be holy? Then Christ is the manna you must daily eat, like Israel in the wilderness of old.

Would you be holy? Then Christ must be the rock from which you must daily drink the living water.

Would you be holy? Then you must be ever looking unto Jesus,—looking at His cross, and learning fresh motives for a closer walk with God,—looking at His example, and taking Him for your pattern.

Looking at Him, you would become like Him.

Looking at Him, your face would shine without your knowing it.

Look less at yourself and more at Christ, and you will find besetting sins dropping off and leaving you, and your eyes enlightened more and more every day. (Heb. 12:2; 2 Cor. 3:18.)

The true way to be strong is to realize our weakness, and to feel that Christ must be all.

The true way to grow in grace is to make use of Christ as a fountain for every minute’s necessities.”

-J.C. Ryle Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties and Roots, 447–448.