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The Bishop of Liverpool
JOHN CHARLES RYLE, first Bishop of Liverpool.
Too seldom has so sound and earnest a preacher of the
Gospel as the Bishop of Liverpool stood in a pulpit of
the English Church. A personal friend of the late Dr.
Ryle thus writes of him:
"I was the first to ask him to preach in Oxford, though
he had gained a Craven classical scholarship, and a place
in the first class of the famous Oxford Final Classical
School, twenty-eight years before that.
"He told me on his first visit the simple means by which
God had taught him the truth. He happened to go into
one of the Churches near Christ Church one Sunday after-
noon. A stranger read prayers, but did not preach; he
remembered nothng about the sermon. But the stranger
read the second chapter of Pauls epistle to the Ephesians
with great impressiveness, and placed a pause between
each clause of the eighth verse. He read it thus: "By
grace are ye saved--through faith--and that not
of yourselves--it is the gift of God" (Eph. 2. 8).
"The Holy Spirit used that one verse to enlighten the
mind and convert the heart of the manly, energetic, and
able undergraduate, who, up to that time, with all the
classical learning which, soon afterwards, enabled him to
take first-class honours, had not learned the glorious
Gospel of the blessed Lord (1 Tim. 1. 11).
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