JC Ryle, commenting on John 20:27, where Jesus was patiently dealing with Thomas’s unbelief, he says that, “A passage of Scripture like this, we need not doubt, was written for the special comfort of all true believers. The Holy Spirit knew well that the dull, and the slow, and the stupid, and the doubting, are by far the commonest type of disciples in this evil world.”
Then he says,
Our Lord has . . .
- many weak children in his family,
- many dull pupils in his school,
- many raw soldiers in his army,
- many lame sheep in his flock.
Yet He bears with them all, and casts none away.
Happy is that Christian who has learned to do likewise with his brethren.