Brian Deck – Follow the Master

 If I can find another who is following the Master we will walk together

   …I am assured that one thing alone will keep us in these closing moments of testimony; it is our attachment to the Person of Jesus who is the Son of God (Follow the Master); I am convinced of it. Oh let those committals deepen today…may lead you to follow Him. That possibly is the last scripture written, “Follow thou me”, John 21: 23.  You need not look over your shoulder to John or anybody else; my obligation, love’s obligation, is to follow the Master. If I walk alone, I will follow the Master.  If I can find another who is following the Master we will walk together; it is as simple as that, but it is profound.

(B M Deck, Redbridge, 1983)

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J N Darby – in Christ I find my Life, my Strength, and my Object

John Nelson Darby (1800-1882)

There are three things the law could not do.  It could not give life, and, even supposing we got life, it does not give strength; and, another thing of deepest moment for our souls, it does not give us an object.  But in Christ I find my life, my strength, and my object.  “They that are after the Spirit, do mind the things of the Spirit”; they have the true object.  I get in Christ an object that is sufficient to delight God Himself.

(J N Darby, Collective Writings vol. 31 p155.)

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Wm Johnson- The Bond, Boundary and Power of Fellowship

 

William Johnson (1850-1921)

TThe bond of fellowship is the Lord; the boundary is the death of Christ; the power is in the Spirit. What lies at the heart of the whole matter and what properly leads to fellowship is appreciation of Christ.

William Johnson (1850-1921)

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He hath Made Him to be Sin for us, who Knew no Sin

Frederick Raven

“God made Him [ who had no sin] to be sin for us” (2 Cor 5:21 NIV) goes much deeper than that.  I can only understand by it that, as to His own consciousness, Christ on the cross was as sin in the holy presence of God.  I do not think anything short of this gives an adequate idea of the forsaking of God, or of the dealing with sin so as to remove it from before God.

 

(F E Raven, Letters, p218)

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J G Bellett – Cause thy Face to shine; and we shall be Saved

John Gifford Bellett (1795-1864)

“Cause Thy face to shine…”

On the burden, so to call it, of Psalm 80 (see verses 3, 7, 19)*, it may be observed that we get the person of the Lord strikingly revealed through Scripture.  Thus, regarded in different lights, He is both the answerer of prayer and the suppliant.  He receives the Spirit, and pours out the Spirit. (Zech. 12:10Acts 2:33).  He is the Rock (Matt. 16:18), and yet He looks to God as the Rock (Psalm 62).  He is one of the flock (Psalm 23) and yet the Shepherd of the flock (John 10).  He is on the throne praised, and yet the leader of the people’s praise (Psalm 116Rev. 5).  He is a Priest, and yet the redeemed are priests to Him (Rev. 20:6).  In one respect He is a Jew, desiring the divine favour for His nation, and waiting for the face of Jehovah to be turned again to His people (Isa. 8:17).  In another respect He is as Jehovah Himself, the God of Israel, with His face turned away from His people (Matt. 23:39), thus strikingly revealed in both His divine and human place, both as the expectant head of Israel, and yet as Israel’s God.  All this can be understood when the great mystery of “God manifest in flesh” and its glorious results are understood.  But who can utter it all?

John Gifford Bellett,  Short Meditations on the Psalms.

*Turn us again, O LORD God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved. Psalm 80:17 v 3 and 7 similar

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Do all things in the Name of the Lord Jesus

This gives us a rule that goes far beyond “what is the harm of this or that?

 

J N Darby (1800-82)

Everything, whatever ye may do in word or in deed, do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus.  (Colossians 3:17)

This gives us a rule that goes far beyond “what is the harm of this or that?”  and is so simple.  It comes into any common thing in the day, like buying a dress.  Are you doing it in the name of the Lord Jesus?  Can you go to a concert in His name?  Of course not.  The things may not be wrong, but it settles everything – hundreds of questions that might arise.  It gives me as my measure and rule to be walking in Christ, and living for Christ.  I have Christ as my life, and He cannot do it…If  I am in earnest, it is the most comfortable rule possible; but if I am not, it pinches dreadfully:  because you may say, “Am I never to do anything to please myself?”  Ah, you betray yourself!  What a comfort it is to know what He likes!

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(J N Darby NS vol. 34)

 

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Walter Brown – Walk Humbly with thy God

We are to “walk humbly with thy God, (Micah 6: 8)”.  Never was the word more needed than today, when pride and ambition are even exalted as virtues.  We are to bind on humility, and, again, we are reminded of Him–our Lord and Teacher–who humbled Himself as no other ever did or could, and presents Himself as our glorious Model.  He ever glorified God in His lowly pathway here, and His word to us is, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest to your souls.”  There is truly rest and joy in following Him.

(W M Brown, Words of Grace and Comfort 1951)

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J N Darby – The Perfectness of the Love of the Saviour

Were we lying in death?  He puts himself into it.  Did we deserve the cup of wrath?  He takes and drinks it.  Was all the power of Satan against us?  He goes into it and breaks i

 

I find then the perfectness of the love of the Saviour.  His rejection only served as a means of expressing His love still further.  Mark the reality of this expression as meeting all our case.  Were we lying in death?  He puts himself into it.  Did we deserve the cup of wrath?  He takes and drinks it.  Was all the power of Satan against us?  He goes into it and breaks it.  Christ does not say, You come to Me properly, and then I will help you.  No; He comes down into it all; He does not seek to escape;  He does not turn away from the insults and violence of men, but, through them all, He offers Himself without spot to God.

 (J N Darby, CW vol. 31 p148-9)

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Christ’s Name

… or mine?

                                                                                                                 Chapters 3 and 4 (of Acts) show us the character of the apostles’ testimony; that is, that they were not engaged with their own reputations, but with Christ’s name. What marked the Christian unity was that His name was to be great instead of our name.  Wherever you find a man, be he Christian or not, who has his own name before him, he is Babylonish; he is virtually a Babel-builder. But

James Taylor Sr (1870-1953)

what marks the apostles is Christ’s name- “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.”  Peter said he had neither gold nor silver, and he had no reputation, but Jesus of Nazareth had a name of renown.  Peter boldly states in chapter 4 that there is none other “name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”  That is what marked Peter and John in their testimony.  Now, Satan was against that name. The injunction of the religious leaders in chapter 4 was not simply that they should not hold certain doctrines, but that they should not teach or preach in that name. But the divine intention is to maintain that name.

(J Taylor NS vol. 3 page 171.  Suggested by an English subscriber)

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 Comment:

A few years ago, my wife and I were on vacation in Quebec City and took the boat over the St Lawrence.  We got talking to a fellow Christian who told us how well his church was doing and what he was doing to improve it, then gave us his business card – it said ‘John Smith* – Professional Church Planter’. That made me think of his priorities

  1. Himself
  2. His church – whatever sect it was
  3. Jesus

If  ‘me’ or ‘my church’ means more to me than Jesus, I think there is a problem.

* Not his real name

 

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J N Darby – There is no Place so full of Peace as Heaven

There is nothing more important, to meet the turmoil of the world, than getting into this spirit of peace.

There is no place so full of peace as heaven—no jar there; myriads of worshippers all in concord, while there are a thousand harmonies round the centre of God’s glory.  The soul in communion with God will live in the spirit of peace.  There is nothing more important, to meet the turmoil of the world, than getting into this spirit of peace.   When the spirit of peace does not rule in the heart, how can the saints walk as always having peace?  There may be uncompromising faithfulness in such a man, but he cannot walk as Jesus walked.   Nothing keeps the soul in such peace as settled confidence in God.  Without this a man will be continually excited, in haste, and full of anxiety.  If the peace of God keep your hearts, you will have the triumph of it; nothing can be heard that is distinctive from it, that does not perfectly harmonise with it.  Uncompromising firmness becomes us, yet calmness; and nothing can keep the soul so firm as a sense of grace.  This is a sign of power, and moreover, connected with humbleness.  All grace has come to us.  A sense of nothingness, with the spirit of peace, gives a power to surmount things.

(J N Darby.   Collected Writings, Vol. 16, p. 59)

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