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)

                                                 Golden Nugget Number 341

 

 

         

 

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Fred Trussler – The Sorrows on Humanity are very Severe

The circumstances through (then WW2, now Covid 19) which men are passing are very acute.  Christians have passed through them too, but the sorrows of humanity are very severe to-day, so in Matthew and Luke it is said of the Lord that He is “a friend of publicans and sinners”, and He did not refuse the title.  He is accessible to men and they can say what they like to Him.  I believe that in times such as these we should be available to men in this manner.  How blessedly it shone in Jesus, “a friend of publicans and sinners”!  Not that He loved sin, neither do we; but He was a friend of publicans and sinners, those who felt their sinnership.

Present circumstances are, I doubt not, ordered of God to bring about conviction in the consciences of men.  Men are drifting away from God; the profession is drifting away rapidly too.  God has ordered the present circumstances, not only in view of His people, but that many might be brought to know Him.  Who is going to be available?  Am I characterised like Jesus?  Can anyone come and open out his heart to me?  Have I, in any way, assumed to be self-righteous? That would put men away from me.  They would say, perhaps: I must not come near to him because I am a sinner.  Am I like God?  Am I like Christ?  Anyone who felt he was a sinner could open out his heart to Jesus.  The woman in Luke 7 could pour it out in tears, and there was also the woman in John 4.  If I have the privilege of being the friend of God and of Christ, am I available to sinners in need?

(F W Trustler, Putney, London 1942.  Editor:  Just as relevant to 2020?) 

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The late Mark Lemon, Stone Publishing Trust, said of Mr. Trussler, “I remember him as a man who had an unusual way of presenting things. I suspect that he spent a great deal of time meditating on the Scriptures and on the things of the Lord

  • “I have not been able to get a great deal of information about our brother except that he was converted during the 1st World War. He worked as a woodman and then in a saw mill.
  • “He was taken to be with the Lord in 1968 when he was in his 80s.” – Source: My Brethren
  • My recollection – A brother was enthusiastically expounding on the thoughts of Jim Taylor and the Exclusive Brethren.  Mr Trussler’s reply: ‘Silly, in’t it!’.- Sosthenes

                                                                       

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.)

Golden Nugget Number 336

 

 

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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)

Golden Nugget Number 335

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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

Golden Nugget Number 327

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Service to the Lord

have you waited in the presence of God? 

I assume that as believers in we are definitely devoted to service the Lord Jesus Christ, and I make an appeal…to all here as to whether that is so.  I do not presume to define what the service is.  Probably that is a matter that lies between the Lord Jesus and your own souls; but that every one that belongs to Him is devoted to service, and that for ever, must go without saying; for the immensity of what Christ has done lays us under eternal obligation.  Our lives, our abilities, all that we possess, must be at His feet for service…

I ask you, in regard to your service, have you waited in the presence of God?  Have you a sense that He has taken you up?  There are two dangers: one is to serve unintelligently, and the other is to not serve at all.  There should be a sense in our hearts that God has definitely taken us up for service.  It was so with Christ…there abode in His heart the secret that He was God’s Servant.

(R Besley)

Golden Nugget Number 328

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C A Coates – The Bride, the Lamb’s wife – Suitable to the One who Suffered

Charles Coates

It is most touching to see that it is “the bride, the Lamb’s wife”; she is seen in suitability to the One who suffered here. He has traversed the path of suffering love even into death, for it was as the Lamb He died; He brought in divine love in the way of redemption, and to do so He suffered and died. The saints acquire suitability to the Lamb by being found in the path of suffering here. They “follow the Lamb wheresoever it goes.”

( C A Coates, Paignton, 1926.  Extracted from The Believer’s Friend Volume 18 )

Golden Nugget Number 326

 

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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!

Golden Nugget Number 324

(J N Darby NS vol. 34)

 

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After These Things – Summarised Papers by JN Darby on Prophecy and More

Zech 4:10
Who hath despised the day of small things

ADOSS Newsletter

September 2020

Soon to be Published

Dear Brother/Sister
I have not issued anything from A Day of Small Things since May 2020.   A few short articles have been added to the website, thanks to our brother Edwin Mutton’s ‘Golden Nuggets’ but there has not been any new summary of J N Darby’s papers or ministry.  A few reasons:
1.     My neuropathic pain has been very trying.  It has limited the number of hours I can work at a time.  Thank God for the Great High Priest who sympathises with our infirmities.
2.     We have been clearing out and selling the house of a local sister who has had to go into a care home.
3.     In some ways, I am not sure of what to add.  Most articles I read cover the same ground as summaries already published.  Nonetheless, I am always open to suggestions.
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But the main reason is that I have been writing a book: ‘After These Things – Summaries of John Nelson Darby’s Papers on Prophecy for Christians waiting to see the Lord of Glory when he Raptures his Church’.  When finished it will be about 300 pages long, much of it being revisions of articles I had summarised over the past six years, supplemented with chapters on subjects which Christians often confuse, and which Darby strove tirelessly to clarify.  Doctrine is unashamedly premillennial, based on scripture and showing clearly what pertains to the heavenly Church and earthly Israel.

Sections
Most of the book has now been written and reviewed.  Five brothers, in particular Jim Hibbert of Calgary, have provided invaluable input and helpful comments.  A challenging task has been a ‘Timeline’ covering events in heaven or on the earth between the Rapture and the Appearing drawing on scriptures in Matthew, Mark, Luke, Revelation, 1&2 Thessalonians, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel and others.
If you reply to this email, I will send you pre-publication PDF copies of the Timeline, the Table of Contents and a summary of one of Darby’s 1840 Geneva addresses.  There is still time to make minor additions or changes, so if you ask questions such as ‘Have you covered/explained . . .?’ or ‘Have you distinguished between X and Y?’ I will certainly take these into account.
It has been quite a mammoth undertaking and I feel the more cast on God for help in this holy subject.  I have learned a lot while doing it, but become increasingly conscious of there being so much more to learn.  Even Paul said, ‘We see now through a dim window obscurely, but then face to face’ 1 Cor 13:12 Darby).  That is why I feel so dependent on the Lord, the Holy Spirit, reliable publications (rejecting what is unsound) and many dear brethren from several countries and denominations.
I hope, if the Lord will, to have it published by November.  It will be available on-line at cost in hard copy and Kindle and ebook electronic formats.
2020 has been such an unusual year.  Whether you are gathering physically – with restrictions, or on-line –  I trust you are feeling blessed and encouraged.  As a ‘second wave’ of Covid-19 now appears inevitable, people – some believers even – are fearful.  May we all seize the opportunity to point persons to the One on whom we can cast all our cares.  We need not fear.
With greetings in our Lord Jesus, your brother
Daniel Roberts (a.k.a. Sosthenes)