Book Review: The Collected Writings of J. N. Darby, Volume 16

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The rich, practical ministry contained in Volume 16 of the Collected Writings of J. N. Darby is very timely for our day. This volume full of “edification, exhortation, and comfort” presents practical principles for our Christian path. Of the 54 articles included, we would specially recommend a careful reading of “How to Know the Will of the Father” and “I Will Guide Thee With Mine Eye.” The simple exhortations and practical teaching found therein will prove invaluable for those who desire to walk in fellowship “with the Father and the Son.”
In “How to Know the Will of the Father,” the author emphasizes the critical importance of the believer’s walk being pleasing to the Father, showing that it is only in this way one can truly know His will. He writes: “It is then the will of God, and a precious will, that we should be able to discern it [God’s will for the believer] only according to our own spiritual state.”
“Peace My Peace,” “God for Us,” “Christian Devotedness” and “Christian Experience” are some of the other titles found in this volume.
A particularly heart-searching article, “God’s Dwelling with Men,” states: “Let me ask you how you treat this divine guest. How often do you think of it during the day that your bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit? Where does He dwell? In our bodies and in the church of God. And what kind of persons ought these to be?”
For those who do not have the 32-volume set of J. N. Darby’s Collected Writings (which includes this volume), we are happy to announce that volume 16 has recently been reprinted in separate book form and title. The book is titled Practical Christianity: Papers on Basic Principles.
Ed.