Ryle's writings are usually simple yet weighty, plain yet savoury, and this piece is no exception. WIth the finesse of a skilled physician, Ryle probes the faith of the repentant thief, his glorying in Christ and the sure evidence of the Holy Spirit's saving work in his soul. 'Be of one mind with the penitent thief,' Ryle urges his Christian readers, 'and you will be wise.' Nor does Ryle neglect the fact that there was also another thief who died beside Christ — one who never repented of his wicked life and felt not an inkling of love for the crucified Lord. His end is forcefully set forth as a warning to all who would put off coming to God in the only way that he has ordained: through his dear Son and him crucified. 'Be not too confident, lest you die in your sins,' is the warning Ryle sees in this thief's final hours. Here, then, is a tract with a powerful message for Christian and non-Christian alike.