John Nelson Darby

Chapter 1

Hebrews 1 The Spirit of God in this epistle distinguishes between the way in which God spoke, or dealt, in time past and now. So in Romans 3 the apostle speaks of Christ, “whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past.” There he applies the death of Christ to the sins committed before He came. The day of atonement in Israel was for the putting away of past ...

Romans 16

Thoughts On Romans 16 Chapter 16. Paul terminates the epistle by sending to the Roman saints cordial and numerous salutations (vs. 1-16). It is interesting to see, by this example, the affection which reigns in the relationship of the saints. It is beautiful above all to see Paul, so elevated by the mysteries in which God had initiated him, condescending so far as to put himself on a level with the very least. How touching, too, it is to hear him recall the things which clothed each w...

Romans 15:8-33

Romans 15:8 - 33 From verse 8 of chapter 15, Paul resumes the great principles of the epistle and also writes of his personal circumstances. Then in the concluding chapter, he gives affectionate salutations to the Christians at Rome whom he knew. It is a sort of peroration. Verses 8,9 present to us the two sides of the mission of Christ: the ways of God towards the Jew and the Gentile, accomplished in His advent. 'Jesus Christ became a minister of circumcision for the truth of Go...

Romans 15:1-7

Chapter 15:1-7 'But we who are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak and not to please ourselves.' If we are really better off than our brethren, how are we to show it? As Christ, we are to act in love and in this spirit of candour which finds pleasure in the society of the humble. How well Paul could speak of it, who, with a ministry so elevated as his, knew to bend down to the level of all, even of the least. Further, the Christian receives encouragement. What a marv...

Romans 14

Romans 14-15: 1 - 7 This section teaches in what spirit we ought to behave towards the scrupulous or 'the weak,' that is, towards such as are still under the influence of Jewish elements. The same subject continues to the 7th verse of chapter 15-the obligation, the grounds, the sphere, and the end of Christian forbearance. Various principles ought to govern the sentiments and conduct with regard to the weak. It was hard for the Christian, who had been a Jew, to renounce his old an...

Romans 13

Chapter 13 The preceding chapter has given instructions which have to do with the conduct of the saints as making part of one and the same body. It has shown what the Christian owes to the internal prosperity of the assembly of the faithful. The chapter we are entering on is occupied with their relations with the outside. The first thing recommended is submission, on the part of the Christian, to 'the powers that be.' The principle of the Christian's submission to the power is, t...

Romans 12

Romans 12 - 13 Chapter 12:1 The Apostle now comes to the moral consequences of his doctrine. The compassions of God, manifested in the acts of His grace toward us, and developed in the doctrine of this epistle, are the motive given to the Christian to urge him to obedience and personal devotedness to God. 'I beseech you, therefore, brethren by the compassions of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God-your intelligent service.' The devotedness of t...

Romans 9

Romans 9-11 We now approach another subject. In Rom. 9 to 11 Paul is reconciling the special promises given to Abraham with the levelling which the gospel makes of Jew and Gentile, by placing them on equal conditions, whether before judgment or before grace. Chapter 9 They are not all Israel who are of Israel. There is an election which admits Gentiles among the children of promise. The apostle reasons in this way: You, Jews, allow that it is from Abraham you hold the ...

The Second Coming of Christ - Lecture 1

1 Thessalonians 1 What I would desire to bring before you is, the coming of the Lord as the proper hope of the church, and to show you that it is constantly, increasingly brought before it as such by the Spirit of God. When once the foundation is laid of His first coming as that which brings personally peace and salvation (and even before it, so far as it is a means of awakening the conscience), the one thing the saints were taught to look for was the coming of the Lord. No doubt the fir...

The Second Coming of Christ - Lecture 3

Acts 1 This evening I am going to speak of the coming of Christ. Many questions link themselves with this great one, as for instance, the reign of Antichrist. But I shall limit myself this evening to the event itself-namely, the coming of the Lord. I began by reading Acts 1 because the promise of the Lord's return is there set forth as the alone hope of the church, as the first object which would of necessity fix the attention of the disciples, when they were vainly following with their...
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