Pilgrim Portions


Selected from the Writings, Hymns, Letters, etc., of J. N. Darby  



“Those He calls His own

—pilgrims in scenes where He has been.”



Selected by H. G.

Cover of book Pilgrim Portions




3—The Word of God

4—The Holy Spirit

5—The Perfections of Christ









14—Unbelieving fears

15—Separation from the world



18—Cross Bearing

19—Looking unto Jesus


21—The presence of God


23—Divine Affections (1)

24—Divine affections (2)


26—Songs of the night

27—The Man of sorrows


29—The all-sufficiency of Christ

30—Divine energy

31—Help from the sanctuary


33—The faithfulness of God



36—Nearness to God

37—Backsliding and restoration

38—The Light of eternity

39—Our needs and
       His fulness


41—The divine heart

42—Practical santification


44—Cheer for pilgrims

45—The will of God


47—The courts above

48—Christ is all

49—Walking with God


51—The heavently light

52—Our hope



“The God of all grace.”

                    1 Peter 5:10

There is rest in the calming grace
     That flows from those realms above
What rest in the thought! we shall see His face,
     Who has given us to know His love!

Oh! when will the heart of man, even in thought, rise to the height of God’s grace and patience?


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It is the love that is in God, not any loveliness in the sinner, that accounts for the extravagant liberality of his reception in Christ.


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What the natural man understands by mercy is not … God’s blotting out sin by the bloodshedding of Jesus, but His passing by sin with indifference. This is not grace.


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There is no giving in the “far country,” not even of husks. Satan sells all, and dearly—our souls are the price. You must buy everything. The world’s principle is “nothing for nothing.”


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Would you find a giver? You must come to God.


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Grace has no limits, no bounds. Be we what we may (and we cannot be worse than we are), in spite of that, God towards us is LOVE.


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His grace … is ever more astonishing … and it so connects itself with every fibre and want, too, of our hearts in Christ’s becoming man, that it brings us into a place which none can know who are not in it. And yet one is nothing in it, though united to Him who is everything—and to be nothing is to be in a blessed place.


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The law may torture the conscience, but grace humbles.


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“While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” We see just two things in this—that the sinner is without strength, without riches. Like the poor prodigal, he has spent all he had, and now he comes to himself, and is about to return, he has nothing to bring with him. Like a shipwrecked mariner, all is thrown overboard, everything going adrift, and he himself struggling with the dark billows is just cast ashore, wearied and poor, having nothing! But blessed be God, if we have got to shore, God is there, and He is for us … and we know we shall not be cast out again, and that we may lay claim now to all things that God can give. “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”


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The way I come at the sense of the immensity of sin is by the immensity of the grace that has met it.


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“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of grace in his kindness toward us by Christ Jesus.”


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This is the way the angels will learn, and principalities and powers in the heavenly places, the meaning of “the exceeding riches of his grace.” They will see the poor thief, and the woman of the city that was a sinner; ourselves, too, in the same place and glory as God’s Son!


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In the desert God will teach thee
    What the God that thou hast found;
Patient, gracious, powerful, holy,
    All His grace shall there abound!


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The word, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” sounds sweet in the ears, and most so in his who knows that by His grace alone can we be one or the other.

Pilgrim Portions - Meditations for the Day of Rest -

Selected from the Writings, Hymns, Letters, etc., of J. N. Darby
Scanning, OCR and revision according to the original: Santiago Escuain
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