by J. C. Ryle
"And He has made you alive, who were once dead in trespasses and sins." Ephesians 2:1
The question which forms the title of this paper deserves a thousand thoughts. I invite every reader of this volume to look at it carefully, and ponder it well. Search your own heart, and do not lay down this book without solemn self-inquiry. Are you among the living, or among the dead?
Listen to me while I try to help you to an answer. Give me your attention, while I unfold this matter, and show you what God has said about it in the Scriptures. If I say hard things, it is not because I do not love you. I write as I do, because I desire your salvation. He is your best friend who tells you the most truth.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
We are Spiritually Dead by Nature!
We Must Be Quickened or Made Spiritually Alive
By What Means a Dead Soul can be Made Spiritually Alive
Are You Dead or Alive?
To Those Who are Dead
To Those Who are Living