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



“I will come again, and receive

you unto myself; that where

I am, there ye may be also.”

                    John 14:3

And can I call my home.

    My Father’s house on high?

The rest of God, my rest to come

    My place of liberty?


Yes! in that light unstained.

    My stainless soul shall live;

My heart’s deep longings more than


    When God His rest shall give!

Heart devotedness to Christ and obedience will only be thought of value in the past when we come to meet Him.


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“I will come again, and receive you unto myself.” This is the language of affection. He does not say, I will send for you. No, that would not satisfy the heart—“I will come.” He would not be content without having them where He is, and without coming to fetch them.


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“The glory of God doth lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.” But if I see the Lamb in the midst of the throne, Ah! I say, now I am indeed at home, that is the sight that dazzles every other, and that is the sight which is for me.


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The shape (the Lord’s coming) has taken in my mind is, how it connects itself with every thought and relationship of the Christian in scripture. I never treat of it now as a point of knowledge.


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That way is upward still­—

    Where life and glory are;

        My rest’s above:
        In perfect love
The glory I shall share.


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Is the thought of the Lord’s coming your daily delight? Does it influence you in the ten thousand details of your everyday life? Or are you so walking hand in hand with the world that the very thought of His coming fills you with shame?


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He is gone to prepare a place for us. … We shall be there … ever with Him: no interruption, no decay of joy, but rather ever increasing delight, as there always is when the object is worthy of the heart, and here it is infinite.


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John 14:23. The Father and the Son come and make their abode with us. How little we have this manifestation! The Lord’s heart is on them, they cannot be happy here; but they are to look for the blessedness of being with the Father, and “we will come and abide in you, till you can come and abide with us.”


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He will take the place of a servant even in the glory. “He shall gird himself … and will come forth and serve them.” His love is His glory; the nearer we are to Him, the more we shall adore Him.


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There is nothing more practically important for everyday work and service than our waiting for God’s Son from heaven. … The moment I am waiting for God’s Son from heaven, my life is but the dealings of God with me with an object, and the object is that it should be to praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.


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The saints were converted to wait for God’s Son from heaven, and when they lost that, all the mischief came in. … If you were constantly waiting for Him, would it not change you? … Would people be heaping up money or treasures when they know He is coming?


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You cannot float down the stream of the world that is going to the ocean of judgment. You are to be looking for Him.

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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