Absolutely Basic

Absolutely Basic

Horatius Bonar and J.C. Ryle
Grace Essentials 23
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This book contains two parts. The first, simplified and abridged from Horatius Bonar's The Everlasting Righteousness, deals with the substitutionary work of Jesus Christ. Bonar shows that, in Jesus Christ, God has provided the only way to deal with the problem of our sin. The second part, taken from sermons on Regeneration by J. C. Ryle, is about the new birth, about life after conversion. Ryle addresses what it means to be born again, and what this looks like in the life of a Christian.


Horatius Bonar was an evangelist and a masterful writer, simplifying the profound and fundamental gospel truths of the Westminster Confession. This book on the imputation of Christ's righteousness is typical. It opens up the heart of the Christian message of grace. It is conjoined to three messages by a contemporary of Bonar's, the wonderfully lucid and challenging J.C. Ryle. What a rich and helpful combination.

Geoff Thomas, Conference Speaker and author, Aberystwyth, Wales

'Bonar and Ryle are both nineteenth–century gospel–infused preachers whose sermons and writings seem timeless. These abbreviated and updated samples should prove soul enriching to whoever reads them. Timeless truths told in effective and engaging ways.' 

Derek Thomas, Senior Minister of Preaching and Teaching, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina


Horatius Bonar (1807-1889) was a minister in Scotland for over 50 years. He is best known today as the writer of many great hymns.

J.C. Ryle (1816-1900) was the first Bishop of Liverpool. His writings have been in constant demand throughout the last century due to his clear and simple was of explaining profound thinking