About the Author
J. C. RYLE (1816–1900) was a prominent writer, preacher, and Anglican clergyman in nineteenth-century Britain. He is the author of the classic Expository Thoughts on the Gospels and retired as the bishop of Liverpool.
Ryle's chief aim is to help the reader to know Christ. He also has another object in view. He writes so that his commentaries can be read aloud to a group. There are many other fuller commentaries on the Gospels, but no others make such compelling listening as those of J.C. Ryle.
J.C. Ryle's Expository thoughts on the gospel of Matthew is indeed a classic in every way. Ryle is not writing to apease the flesh but to kill it (Romans 6:11). He writes with the true passion that so marked the saints of the 19th century. How we need more Ryle's today in the pulpit and on the floors of our churches seeking God in prayer and true worship.
This work focuses on the gospel of Matthew. Ryle doesn't take too much time to dive into the backgrounds of the text or even the Greek structure but his writing is more devotional in nature. Theologically he is a Calvinist but he avoids hyper-Calvinism and maintains an evangelical faith throughout the book. This book is great devotional reading as you work through the gospel of Matthew.
Oh that these expository thoughts on the gospels were in the top lists of Christian's reading today! Great reading from a great Christian.