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



With Christ; which is

far better.”

                    Philippians 1:23

When to Canaan’s long‑loved dwelling

    Love divine thy foot shall bring,

There, with shouts of triumph swelling,

    Zion’s songs, in rest, to sing.


There no stranger God shall meet thee!

    Stranger thou in courts above;

He who to His rest shall greet thee,

    Greets thee with a well known love.

I have been very low—so low that I did not know whether I should get up again. I had no sense of death, for God … is specially engaged at such a moment. … I found myself within sight of my end, and I was surprised at the little difference which it made to me: Christ, the precious Saviour, with me for the journey; then, I through grace, with Him for ever—there was no change as to this … Christ is all … everything else will pass out of sight: but He, blessed be His name, never.


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The Christian has no future but glory. All he has to do is to do God’s will at the moment, and the rest is all in God’s hands; only we know that glory awaits us.


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It is a simple thing to go to heaven when one is going here. … I have long growingly felt—and every storm leads to that port—that that was where one was going, and that when the time was come, it was a kind of natural thing to go there.


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As regards the sleep of the soul, it is a miserable doctrine that comes simply from Satan acting on man’s reason. …. The Lord tells the thief he shall not wait till the kingdom, but that he should that day be with Him in paradise. Was he to be fast asleep, knowing nothing of Him, or anything else? It is monstrous! We are “absent from the body, and present with the Lord;” but if that means being fast asleep, we might as well be at the other end of the universe! “To depart and be with Christ is far better;” that is, being fast asleep and unconscious is better than serving Christ and ministering to His glory! The apostle did not know which to choose, to live, which was Christ, or—be fast asleep! It was gain, that is to be unconscious, compared with serving Christ faithfully here! But not only do these passages shew the moral absurdity of this notion to every spiritually intelligent Christian, but there is no such thought in scripture of the soul’s sleeping.


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He tells us the place he is going to take us to—it is the Father’s house. And what makes the Father’s house of importance to the child—if he has right affections? It is, that the Father is there. … However feebly we may enjoy it now, when we talk of “going to heaven,” it is going to the Father.


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Death is not terrible now. Why? “Thou art with me.” It is terrible without this. … Death is the very thing by which Christ has saved me, and it is that by which He will take me into His presence—“Absent from the body, present with the Lord.”


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Death belongs to me now; it is not (as it is called) a “king of terrors; “all things are ours; life is ours; death is ours; for we are Christ’s and Christ is God’s. (1 Cor. 3:22–23.)

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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