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John Nelson Darby Quotes


An Anglo-Irish evangelist, and an influential figure among the original Plymouth Brethren.
(1800 - 1882)

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After deep exercise of soul I was brought by grace to feel I could entirely.
 

Among the children of God, it was they who were most able to rightly divide the word of truth.
 

But the more we search the Scriptures, the more we perceive, in this doctrine, the fundamental truth of the gospel - that truth which gives to redemption its character, and to all other truths their real power.
 

By one Spirit we are all baptised into one body.
 

Christ preferred the poor; ever since I have been converted so have I.
 

During my solitude, conflicting thoughts increased; but much exercise of soul had the effect of causing the scriptures to gain complete ascendancy over me.
 

Every Christian will allow that sin is an evil, and that it is our duty not to commit sin.
 

God is sufficient in all ages for His church.
 

I add, that those who are bent on restoring the whole church ought to be well instructed in the word, and to abstain from doing anything under the pretext of simplicity.
 

I can say, Christ has been my only object; thank God, my righteousness too... Hold fast to Christ.
 

I go farther, and say, that it is plainly our duty to desire pastors and teachers to take the care of such congregations, and that God did raise up such in the church as we see it in the word.
 

I had always owned them to be the Word of God... the careful reading of the Acts afforded me a practical picture of the early church; which made me feel deeply the contrast with its actual present state; though still, as ever beloved by God.
[Acts]
 

I held apostolic succession fully, and the channels of grace to be there only.
 

I know that those who esteem these little organised associations to be the churches of God, see nothing but mere meetings of men in every other gathering of God's children.
 

If real churches exist, such persons are not called on to make them.
 

It is the desire of our hearts, and as we believe God's will under this dispensation, that all the children of God should be gathered together as such, and, consequently, as not of the world.
 

Jude has a very different character. It is not the cradle of Christianity, or of the assembly on earth: it is its decay and its death here below. It does not keep its first estate.
 

Let those who like society better have it.
 

Nationalism - in other words, the dividing of the church into bodies - consisting of such and such a nation, is a novelty, not above three centuries old, although many dear children of God are found dwelling in it.
[Bodies]
 

Nothing is more prominently brought forward in the New Testament than the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
 


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