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The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby (47 vols.)

by Miller, Andrew, Darby, John Nelson

G. Morrish, Dublin 1879–1883

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Considered by many to be the "father of dispensationalism," John Nelson Darby's distinctive premillennial teachings and systematized notion of the secret rapture has had a lasting impact on eschatology. Educated at Westminster School and Trinity College, Dublin, Darby first entered his professional life as a lawyer, but found that career to be in conflict with his religious beliefs. Soon after, he was ordained as a deacon, and then a priest. After several years of ministering in the Church of England, Darby joined a multi-denominational group of dissenters and was one of the founding members of the Plymouth Brethren. He would spend the rest of his life traveling extensively and teaching his unique perspective of the Bible, establishing his reputation as a leading interpreter of biblical prophecy.

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby (47 vols.) brings together John Nelson Darby's massive output of writings: essays, articles, sermons, tracts, translations, and more. Darby's longtime friend and editor, William Kelly, systematically arranged Darby's works into eight distinct categories:

  • Apologetic Writings
  • Doctrinal Writings
  • Ecclesiastical Writings
  • Evangelical Writings
  • Expository Writings
  • Practical Writings
  • Prophetic Writings
  • Miscellaneous Writings

Plus, this collection contains three volumes of his personal correspondence, a volume of hymns authored by Darby, Andrew Miller's book covering the origins of the Brethren movement, and more!

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  • Key works on dispensationalism
  • Over 15,000 pages of essays, articles, sermons, tracts, translations, and more
  • Advanced search tools to navigate this massive collection quickly and easily
  • All Scripture references linked directly to original language texts and English Bible translations

Praise for the Print Edition

Darby left a lasting legacy for us today.

Conservative Theological Journal

To see classical dispensationalist theology at its best, one must read Darby. . . .

Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Darby was a brilliant man. . . .

Moody Handbook of Theology

Individual Titles

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 1

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 392

Volume 1 contains:

  • Considerations Addressed to the Archbishop of Dublin
  • Considerations on the Nature and Unity of the Church of Christ
  • The Notion of a Clergyman
  • Thoughts on the Present Position of the Home Mission.
  • Christian Liberty of Preaching and Teaching the Lord Jesus Christ
  • Parochial Arrangement Destructive of God's Order in the Church
  • The Character of Office in the Present Dispensation
  • On the Apostasy—What is Succession a Succession of?
  • the Apostasy of the Successive Dispensations
  • On Lay Preaching
  • On the Formation of Churches
  • Some Further Developments
  • On Ministry: Its Nature, Source, Power, and Responsibility
  • Remarks on the State Of the Church
  • Remarks on the Pamphlet of Mr. F. Olivier
  • Thoughts on Romans 11, and on the Responsibility of the Church
  • A Letter on Separation
  • On Discipline
  • Separation from Evil—God’s Principle Of Unity
  • Grace, the Power of Unity and of Gathering

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 2

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 380

Volume 2 contains:

  • Reflections upon the Prophetic Inquiry and the Views Advanced in It
  • On "Days" Signifying "Years" in Prophetic Language
  • On the 1260 Days
  • On the Extended Scope of Prophecy
  • The Dispensation of the Kingdom of Heaven
  • The Melchisedec Priesthood of Christ
  • A Letter Addressed To—, Parsonstown
  • Evidence from Scripture of the Passing Away of the Present Dispensation
  • Divine Mercy in the Church and Towards Israel
  • Notes on the Revelation
  • The Purpose of God
  • The Hopes of the Church of God

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 3

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 392

Volume 3 contains:

  • The Doctrine of the Church of England at the Time of the Reformation
  • The Covenants
  • Remarks on Light and Conscience
  • Operations of the Spirit of God
  • The Resurrection, the Fundamental Truth of the Gospel
  • The Doctrine of the Wesleyans on Perfection
  • On the Presence and Action of the Holy Ghost in the Church
  • Remarks on the Presence of the Holy Ghost in the Christian
  • A Few Remarks Connected with the Presence and Operation of the Spirit of God in the Body, the Church
  • A Letter to the Saints in London as to the Presence of the Holy Ghost in the Church
  • What is the Church?

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 4

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 388

Volume 4 contains:

  • A Glance at Various Ecclesiastical Principles
  • Considerations on the Character of the Religious Movement of the Day
  • The Church and its Friendly Subdivisions
  • Scriptural Views Upon the Subject of Elders
  • Examination of a Few Passages of Scripture
  • Observations on a Tract
  • What Has Been Acknowledged?
  • An Appeal to the Conscience
  • A Letter to Count De Gasparin
  • Reply to Two Fresh Letters from Count De Gasparin
  • A Short Answer to the Last Article by Count De Gasparin

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 5

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 392

Volume 5 contains:

  • Notes on the Apocalypse
  • Substance of a Lecture on Prophecy
  • Studies on the Book of Daniel
  • Remarks on a Part of Daniel
  • Enquiry as to the Antichrist of Prophecy
  • Signs of Antichrist
  • Questions of Interest as to Prophecy
  • Outline of the Revelation
  • Remarks on the Seven Churches
  • Seven Lectures on the Prophetical Addresses to the Seven Churches
  • The Principles Displayed in the Ways of God, Compared with His Ultimate Dealings

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 6

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 384

Volume 6 contains:

  • The Irrationalism Of Infidelity
  • Preface
  • Introductory Remarks
  • Objections Considered
  • Grounds of Faith Proposed in Scripture
  • Historical Objections
  • General Remarks
  • Messianic Prophecies
  • Closing Remarks

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 7

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 392

Volume 7 contains:

  • Brief Scriptural Evidence on the Doctrine of Eternal Punishment, for Plain People
  • A Letter to G. V. Wigram,
  • Scriptural Enquiries as to Some of the Doctrines Contained in J. P. Ham's Theological Tracts
  • Scriptural Enquiry as to the Doctrine of Eternal Punishment Contained in J. P. Ham's theological Tracts
  • Scriptural Enquiries as to the Doctrine of Atonement, in Reference to J. P. Ham's theological Tracts
  • On Worship
  • Deliverance from Under the Law, as Stated in the Holy Scriptures
  • The Sufferings of Christ
  • The Word of God and the Priesthood of Christ
  • "A Man in Christ"
  • The Righteousness of God
  • 1 Peter 2:24
  • A Letter on the Righteousness of God
  • The Pauline Doctrine of the Righteousness of Faith

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 8

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 392

Volume 8 contains:

  • An Examination of the Statements Made in the "Thoughts On The Apocalypse"
  • Answer to a "Letter to the Brethren and Sisters who Meet for Communion in Ebrington Street."
  • Answer to a "Second Letter to the Brethren and Sisters who Meet for Communion in Ebrington Street"
  • A Brief Notice of a Tract Entitled "Remarks On The Seventh Chapter Of Daniel"

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 9

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 376

Volume 9 contains:

  • Christianity and the Education of the World
  • What has the Bible Taught? And what has Geology Proved?
  • Modern Philosophy and Modern Theology, both Compared with Scripture
  • Inspiration and Interpretation
  • Remarks on Rationalist Views

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 10

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 384

Volume 10 contains:

  • Law
  • The "Notes on Leviticus" and the "Quarterly Journal Of Prophecy"
  • Brethren and Their Reviewers
  • Brief Notice of the "Record’s" Comments on "J. N. D.’s" Letter
  • Further Remarks Upon Righteousness and Law: With Answers to Different Objections
  • Divine Righteousness
  • On the Humanity of Christ
  • The Rule of Life: What is it?
  • Letter on Free-Will
  • The New Birth
  • Approach to and Delight in God Sins and Sin
  • Who is a Priest and What is a Priest?
  • A Fragment on Repentance
  • On Repentance
  • The Christian Position as to Life and the Spirit
  • Is the Comforter Come? And is He Gone?
  • Is the Coming of Christ for His Saints the Proper Hope of the Church?
  • The Sabbath: Or, is the Law Dead, or am I?
  • The Intercession of Christ
  • How to Get Peace
  • The Immortality of the Soul
  • On Reconciliation
  • The Two Resurrections
  • What Do the Scriptures Teach Concerning Judgment to Come?

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 11

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 392

Volume 11 contains:

  • Remarks on Three Tracts Entitled "Signs of the Coming of the Lord: For Whom are they Given?"
  • A Few Brief Remarks on "a Letter on Revelation 12"
  • Elements of Prophecy, in Connection with the Church, the Jews, and the Gentiles
  • Brief Analysis of the Book of Daniel
  • Short but Serious Examination of the Fundamental Principles
  • What Saints Will Be in the Tribulation?
  • The Rapture of the Saints and the Character of the Jewish Remnant
  • Are There Two Half-Weeks in the Apocalypse?
  • The Blessing of the Tribes by Jacob
  • The Coming of the Lord and the Translation of the Church
  • Brief Thoughts on the apocalypse
  • Lectures on the Second Coming of Christ
  • Brief Remarks on the Work of the Rev. David Brown, D.D.

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 12

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 408

Volume 12 contains:

  • The Woman Of Samaria
  • The Ten Virgins
  • The Living Water
  • God Speaking from Heaven
  • The Wheat and the Tares
  • Adam and Christ
  • Life in Resurrection
  • Washing the Disciples' Feet
  • God For Us
  • Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life
  • The Parables
  • The Sufferings of Christ
  • Parable of the Sower
  • Christ as the Searcher of Hearts
  • God’s Grace and Man’s Need
  • Two Warnings and an Example
  • Parables of Luke 15
  • “No More Conscience of Sins”
  • Growth Through the Truth
  • Why Do I Groan?
  • The Prodigal with the Father
  • The Counsel of Peace
  • Christ, or Antichrist
  • Man’s Responsibility and God’s Promises
  • The Church, a Habitation of God Through the Spirit
  • Carnal Confidence, and the Confidence of Faith
  • The Marriage Supper of the King’s Son
  • Wilderness Grace
  • The Passage of the Red Sea
  • Balaam, Hired of Balak, and Used of God
  • The Rejected Man
  • Cain, His World, and His Worship
  • The Accepted Man
  • Moses Veiled, and the Glory of God in the Face of Jesus Christ
  • The Church in the Wilderness in the Vision of God
  • A Christian—Who and What is He Now and Hereafter?
  • The Church—What is it?
  • Christ’s Cross, and God’s "Due Time"
  • Faith and its Footsteps

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 13

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 392

Volume 13 contains:

  • Heads of Psalms
  • On Colossians 1:19
  • On Haggai 2:5–9
  • Scriptural Criticisms
  • Psalm 68
  • On the Greek Article
  • Additional Notes on the Greek Article
  • Greek Particles and Prepositions
  • Two Letters on the Greek Aorist in Translating the New Testament
  • The Dispensation of the Fullness of Times
  • Preface to the German Testament
  • The Bearing of Romans 5:12–21
  • Notes on Scripture: The Baskets of First-fruits.

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 14

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 372

Volume 14 contains:

  • On Gifts and Offices in the Church
  • The House of God; the Body of Christ; and the Baptism of the Holy Ghost
  • What is the Church, as It Was at the Beginning? And What is Its Present State?
  • The Church—The House and the Body
  • Matthew 16
  • Reply to the Remarks in Two Leading Articles of the Christian Journal
  • The Claims of the Church of England Considered
  • Review of a Sermon Preached by the Rev. G. M. Innes
  • What the Christian Has Amid the Ruin of the Church;
  • On Ecclesiastical Independency
  • Remarks Upon "The British Churches in Relation to the British People," by E. Miall
  • Presbyterianism: A Reply to "The Church and the Pulpit"
  • Letter to a Christian Friend, in Reply to a Presbyterian Minister
  • Dr. Capadose and the Dutch Reformed Church
  • What is a Sect?

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 15

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 384

Volume 15 contains:

  • Remarks on a Tract Circulated by the Irvingites Entitled, "A Word of Instruction"
  • A Letter to a Clergyman on the Claims and Doctrines of Newman Street
  • Observations on a Tract Entitled "Remarks on the Sufferings of the Lord Jesus"
  • A Plain Statement of the Doctrine on the Sufferings of Our Blessed Lord
  • Notice of the Statement and Acknowledgment of Error Circulated by Mr. Newton
  • Observations on "A Statement from Christians in Ebrington Street"
  • Addition to Observations on a Tract Entitled "Remarks on the Sufferings of the Lord Jesus"
  • Remarks on "A Letter on Subjects Connected with the Lord’s Humanity"
  • The Bethesda Circular
  • The Christ of God, the True Centre of Union
  • Letter to the Rev. Mr. Guers
  • On Aitkenism
  • Christ, the Banished One
  • Brief Analysis of the Epistle to the Hebrews
  • Superstition is Not Faith; or, The True Character of Romanism
  • Remarks on Puseyism
  • Remarks on the Church and the World.

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 16

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 392

Volume 16 contains:

  • Obedience
  • How to Know the Will of the Father
  • "I Will Guide Thee with Mine Eye"
  • "The Spirit, Not of Fear, But of Power"
  • Faith Furnished for the Evil Day
  • Thoughts on the Experience of Abraham and of Jacob
  • The Failure of the Sons of Aaron
  • The Altar of Abraham
  • The Sufferings and the Praises of Christ
  • Sifted as Wheat; or, Simon Peter
  • "The Last Words of David"
  • The Heart of Christ about His Own, Poured Forth into the Heart of the Father
  • God’s Rest, the Saint’s Rest
  • The Call of the Bride
  • “Peace—My Peace”
  • God’s Dwelling with Men
  • Dead and Risen with Christ
  • The Christian’s Nature and Relationship to God
  • God For Us
  • Reflections on Mixed Marriages
  • The Prayer in Ephesians 3 Compared with That in Ephesians 1
  • The Path and Character of the Christian
  • Sanctification, without Which There is No Christianity
  • The Earnest of the inheritance
  • Christ, the Faithful Witness
  • The Hope of the Christian
  • Christian Devotedness
  • Genesis 22
  • Joshua 5
  • Psalm 84
  • Thoughts on 1 Samuel 1 and 2
  • The Wish of Paul in Chains
  • Are You Praising with Christ?
  • The Communion of Abraham with God
  • Abraham and Lot
  • Jesus, the Author and Finisher of Faith
  • Our Joy in Heaven
  • Grace Rejected, and Heavenly Glory Opened
  • Glorying in the Cross
  • The Love of God
  • Christian Experience
  • Christ’s Place Ours
  • The Man Christ Jesus
  • The Good Shepherd and the Sheep
  • The Power of Christ in Resurrection and Glory
  • The Believer Entering into God’s Rest
  • Life in the Son
  • The Presence of the Spirit in John 14
  • As is the Heavenly
  • "We Have This Treasure"
  • The Way of a Christian’s Power
  • The Love of Christ, and the Experience that Flows from It
  • Our Relations to Christ
  • Affliction’s Lessons

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 17

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 412

Volume 17 contains:

  • Practical Reflections on the Psalms
  • Practical Reflections on the Proverbs
  • The Whole Armour of God
  • The Love of God
  • Divine Perfectness of Love
  • The Capacity for Knowing Divine Love, and How We Know It
  • What is Death?
  • What is the Responsibility of the Saints?
  • The Saints’ Praise as Taught and Led by Christ
  • Psalm 69
  • Promise Fulfilled and God Revealed in Grace
  • The Resurrection
  • To Him That Overcometh
  • Philippians 2 and 3
  • Philippians 3 and 4
  • On the Philippians
  • Brief Thoughts on Philippians

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 18

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 368

Volume 18 contains:

  • Considerations addressed to the Archbishop of Dublin
  • Considerations on the Nature and Unity of the Church of Christ
  • The Notion of a Clergyman
  • Thoughts on the Present Position of the Home Mission.
  • Christian Liberty of Preaching and Teaching the Lord Jesus Christ
  • Parochial Arrangement Destructive of God's Order in the Church
  • The Character of Office in the Present Dispensation
  • On the Apostasy—What is Succession a Succession of?
  • the Apostasy of the Successive Dispensations
  • On Lay Preaching
  • On the Formation of Churches
  • Some Further Developments
  • On Ministry: Its Nature, Source, Power, and Responsibility
  • Remarks on the State Of the Church
  • Remarks on the Pamphlet of Mr. F. Olivier
  • Thoughts on Romans 11, and on the Responsibility of the Church
  • A Letter on Separation
  • On Discipline
  • Separation from Evil—God’s Principle Of Unity
  • Grace, the Power of Unity and of Gathering

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 19

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 388

Volume 19 contains:

  • A Brief Outline of the Books of the Bible
  • Hints on the Book of Genesis
  • The First Man and the Second
  • History of Abram
  • Lot’s Choice a Word on Present Advantage
  • Outline of the Book of Genesis
  • The Passover and the Red Sea
  • The Red Sea and the Wilderness
  • Priesthood
  • "Shew Me Now Thy Way"
  • Hints on the Tabernacle
  • Hints on the Sacrifices in Leviticus
  • Hints on the Day of Atonement
  • The Day of Atonement
  • Hints on the Feasts of Jehovah
  • On the Covering of the Holy Vessels
  • The Feasts
  • The Pleasant Land Despised
  • Numbers 15
  • Law and Priestly Grace
  • The Red Heifer
  • The Faithfulness of God Seen in His Ways with Balaam
  • Deuteronomy
  • Joshua 1-13
  • Joshua 1
  • Christ as Our Food
  • Joshua 5
  • Sketch of Joshua
  • Gideon—God’s Mighty Man of Valour
  • Thoughts on Ruth
  • Thoughts on 1 Samuel
  • Jonathan: A Word on Working with God
  • Thoughts on 2 Samuel
  • Appendix

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 20

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 384

Volume 20 contains:

  • Narrative of the Facts
  • Letter to the Saints Meeting in Ebrington Street
  • Account of the Proceedings at Rawstorne Street
  • What Investigation has there Been at Plymouth
  • Summary of the Meetings in London, February, 1847
  • Two Letters as to Plymouth
  • To the Brethren at Rawstorne Street
  • Letter on the Confession of Error by Some
  • Letter of Acknowledgment as to Plymouth
  • Indifference to Christ: Or Bethesdaism
  • The Church Which is His Body
  • God, Not the Church, the Teacher by His Word
  • Discipline and Unity of the Assembly
  • Baptism Not the Communication of Life
  • A Reply to Defence of the Doctrine of Baptismal Regeneration
  • Extract From a Letter, in Reply to Some Questions on the Lord’s Supper
  • Disendowment—Disestablishment
  • Remarks on a Book Entitled: "Is Modern Christianity a Civilised Heathenism?"
  • What is the Unity of the Church?
  • Episcopacy
  • Churches and the Church
  • Ephesians
  • Thoughts on the Church
  • The Vaudois
  • Brief Remarks on the Spirit and the Assembly
  • Remarks on 2 Timothy

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 21

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 392

Volume 21 contains:

  • Man Fallen and the Seed of the Woman
  • The Blood of the Lamb
  • Christ a Sweet Savour to God for Us
  • How Should Man Be Just with God?
  • Jesus Dependent
  • Jesus Christ the Righteous
  • Jehovah My Shepherd
  • The Soul in Adversity Considered
  • God’s House and the Way
  • Emmanuel
  • Come Unto Me
  • Jesus the Sufferer
  • Christ Dealing with Conscience and Heart
  • The Sufferings of Christ
  • The Robber Saved
  • The Word Made Flesh
  • The Presence of the Holy Ghost on Earth
  • Born Again
  • Notes of an Address on John 3
  • The Well of Water
  • Rivers of Living Water
  • "Before Abraham Was, I Am"
  • The Resurrection and Life
  • Constancy of Christ Our Comforter
  • Christ the Hope, and the Holy Ghost, with Our Responsibility
  • Christ on High, and the Holy Ghost Here Below
  • The Son Pleading
  • Jesus the Willing Captive
  • The Exercises and End of Grace
  • Peace
  • Lost or Saved
  • Death with Christ
  • How are We Saved?
  • God’s Wisdom in Christ
  • Christ and the Spirit
  • Indwelling of the Holy Ghost
  • Victory
  • An Epistle of Christ
  • The Christian a Representative of Christ
  • The Two Ministries
  • Death to the Believer
  • The Power of Life in Christ Risen
  • In Christ
  • Blessed through Faith
  • Not Law but Promise
  • Sovereign Grace in Christ
  • Our Portion in Christ
  • Growing Up into Christ
  • The Panoply of God
  • Christ and His Reconciliation
  • The Freshness of Faith
  • Promise of Life
  • The Saving Grace of God
  • The Suffering Son of Man
  • Purged with Blood
  • The Will of God, the Work of Christ, and the Witness of the Holy Ghost

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 22

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 380

Volume 22 contains:

  • Third Conversation
  • Fourth Conversation—Infallibility
  • Fifth Conversation—Holiness
  • Sixth Conversation—Apostolicity and Succession
  • The Testimony of God
  • Connection of the Cross with the Entire Development of God’s Ways with Man

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 23

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 384

Volume 23 contains:

  • Introduction
  • On the Work of Christ
  • Remarks on "Christianity and Modern Progress"
  • Dr. Colenso and the Pentateuch
  • Scripture: The Place It Has in This Day
  • What Do I Learn From Scripture?
  • Either in Adam Or in Christ?
  • Evangelical Protestantism and the Biblical Studies of M. Godet
  • on the Putting Away of Sin
  • Review of R. Pearsall Smith on “Holiness Through Faith”
  • Letter on Mr. J.P.S.’S “Holiness Through Faith”
  • the Effect Spiritually of “Holiness Through Faith”
  • Brief Remarks on “an Address for the Promotion of Scriptural Holiness”
  • Dr. Bonar on Christ’s Work
  • Review of Dr. Bonar’s Work Entitled "The Rent Veil"
  • Cleansing and Deliverance
  • Cleansing by Water: And What It is to Walk in the Light
  • Scriptural Unity and Union
  • "Higher Holiness"
  • Short Introduction to Romans
  • Summary of the Epistle to the Romans
  • Thoughts on Romans, Colossians, Ephesians
  • Judgment—Seat of God and of Christ
  • Letter on Original Sin
  • Death for a Christian: Three Letters to a Mother and Her Daughter

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 24

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 368

Volume 24 contains:

  • The Gospel According to Matthew
  • On the Gospel of Matthew
  • Matthew’s Gospel
  • Matthew 24 and 25
  • Mark’s Gospel
  • Compared View of the First Three Gospels

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 25

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 456

Volume 25 contains:

  • Compared View of the First Three Gospels
  • Relative Order of Three Synoptical Gospels
  • Notes on the Gospel of Luke
  • On the Gospel of Luke
  • On the Gospel According to John
  • Meditations on the Acts of the Apostles

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 26

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 376

Volume 26 contains:

  • Outline of the Epistle to the Romans
  • Notes on Romans
  • Exposition of the Epistle to the Romans
  • Notes of Readings on 1 Corinthians
  • Notes of Readings on 2 Corinthians
  • What Death is to the Christian

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 27

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 420

Volume 27 contains:

  • Galatians
  • Notes on the Epistle to the Ephesians
  • Substance of a Reading on Ephesians
  • Comparison of Epistles
  • Comparison of the Epistles to the Romans and the Ephesians
  • What God is to Us in Christ
  • The Prayers in Ephesians 1:15–23 and 3:14–21
  • "Not of the World"
  • Elect of God, Holy and Beloved
  • Ephesians 1:9
  • The Power that Works in Us
  • Grace and Government
  • Thoughts on Ephesians 4
  • Growing Up in Christ
  • The Christian Walk
  • "Christ Loved the Church"
  • Conflict in Heavenly Places
  • Brief Notes on the Epistle to the Philippians
  • The Book of Experience
  • Thoughts on Philippians 2
  • The Effect of Christ Down Here
  • The Effect of Christ in Glory
  • Thoughts on Philippians 4
  • The Superiority of Christ Over Circumstances
  • Notes on the Epistle to the Colossians
  • Notes on the Beginning of Colossians
  • Reconciliation
  • All in Christ and Christ All
  • Dead with Christ, Risen with Christ
  • Notes on the Epistles to the Thessalonians
  • "I Will Come Again"
  • Notes on 1 and 2 Timothy
  • Notes of a Discourse on 1 Timothy 1
  • Propitiation and Substitution
  • On Rule
  • Fragmentary Remarks
  • Notes of Lecture on Titus 2:11–14
  • Notes from Lectures on the Epistle to the Hebrews

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 28

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 376

Volume 28 contains:

  • Notes on the Epistle to the Hebrews
  • "What is Man?"
  • Perfection
  • Christ’s Work and its Consequences
  • Christ’s Coming, Faith’s Crowning
  • Faith
  • Burning and Eating the Sacrifices
  • Obedience the Saint’s Liberty
  • Brief Exposition of the Epistle of James
  • Notes on the Epistle of James
  • Reading on 1 Peter 1 and 2
  • Sanctified, Purged, and Kept
  • Our Pilgrimage, Priesthood, and Suffering
  • Are You Brought to God?
  • Grace and Government
  • Partaker of the Divine Nature
  • Notes on the First Epistle of John
  • Notes on the Second Epistle of John
  • Notes on the Third Epistle of John
  • Fellowship with the Father and the Son
  • The Positiveness of Life in Christ
  • The Love of God, the Love of Saints, and Overcoming the World
  • The Three Who are Witnessing: "The Spirit, and the Water, and the Blood."
  • Notes on the First Epistle of John
  • Epistle of Jude
  • On the Apocalypse
  • Outline of the Revelation

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 29

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 380

Volume 29 contains:

  • Familiar Conversations on Romanism
  • The Distinct Character of the Several Writings of the New Testament
  • Have We a Revelation from God?
  • Inspiration and Revelation
  • The Question and the Crisis
  • Union in Incarnation, the Root Error of Modern Theology
  • Christological Pantheism
  • The Atonement
  • Propitiation and Substitution
  • The Way of Holiness
  • Forgiveness and Liberty
  • On the Delusion of Death to Nature, and the Misuse of Laodicea
  • Gethsemane (Luke 22:44)
  • The Gospel and the Church According to Scripture

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 30

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 412

Volume 30 contains:

  • A Few Words on Elijah
  • Brief Thoughts on 1 Chronicles
  • Notes on 1 Chronicles 13–17
  • Notes on 2 Chronicles 18–20
  • The Work of the House of God and the Workmen therein
  • How the Lord Accepted Job
  • On the Book of Job, Especially Chapter 9
  • Heads of Psalms
  • The Psalms
  • Practical Reflections on the Proverbs
  • Song of Solomon
  • General Remarks on the Prophetic Word
  • Thoughts on Isaiah the Prophet
  • Remarks on the Prophetic Word (continued)
  • Notes on the Gospel of Matthew
  • Thoughts on the Revelation

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 31

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 388

Volume 31 contains:

  • Familiar Conversations on Romanism
  • Examination of the Book Entitled "The Restitution of All Things"
  • On the Greek Words for Eternity and Eternal
  • Dr. Farrar on "Everlasting," "Damnation" and "Hell"
  • Natural and Supernatural
  • Science and Scripture
  • Christ on the Cross
  • Deliverance
  • God for Us
  • Sanctification
  • The State of the Soul After Death
  • Christ in Colossians I
  • Our Relationships to Christ
  • Christ: His Work and Testimony
  • The Christian’s Life in Christ
  • The Christian Not of the World
  • Christian Life
  • Christ in Heaven, and the Holy Spirit Sent Down
  • On Sealing with the Holy Ghost
  • Church and Privileges
  • Letter on the Sufferings of Christ
  • Power in the Church;
  • A Short Reply to "Landmarks," No. 6, of the S.P.C.K.
  • Reply to Judge Marshall’s Tract on the Tenets of the Plymouth Brethren
  • Present and Eternal and Governmental Forgiveness of Sins
  • Fellowship and the Right State for It
  • Correspondence on Recent Matters
  • The Spirit, the Water, and the Blood
  • Propitiation, Substitution and Atonement
  • Called and Chosen
  • Sin in the Flesh
  • Book of Life
  • Does the Spirit Work Alike in All Men?
  • Divine Life
  • Principles of Gathering

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 32

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 432

Volume 32 contains:

  • God in His Essence and Attributes
  • The Most High
  • A Few Words on the Trinity
  • The Absolute
  • The Relative and the Absolute
  • Self-Consciousness and the Infinite
  • Examination of Mill’s Logic
  • Miracles and Infidelity
  • On Mysticism
  • On the Government of God and His Counsels in Grace
  • The Coming of the Lord That Which Characterizes the Christian Life
  • The Olive, the Vine, and the Fig-Tree
  • The Value of Scripture Knowledge
  • Some Observations on the Scripture Lessons of the Board of Education
  • A Letter on a Serious Question Connected with the Irish Education Measures of 1832
  • Speech Delivered at a Meeting
  • Deliverance from the Law of Sin
  • Progress of Democratic Power, and Its Effect on the Moral State of England
  • Four Things We Have in Christ
  • "This One Thing"
  • The Believer’s Place in Christ
  • The Facts of the Lord’s Resurrection, in Their Relative Order
  • The Closing Commissions in the Gospels
  • The Faith Once Delivered to the Saints
  • The Public Ruin of the Church
  • Letter on "Apostasy"
  • The Person of the Lord
  • The Humiliation of Christ

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 33

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 412

Volume 33 contains:

  • Review of "Lectures on the Second Advent," and "The Apocalypse Unfulfilled."
  • Reply to an Article in the "Zionsbote" Upon "Darbyism"
  • A Letter on a Pamphlet
  • Is the "One Body" the Ground of Gathering?
  • New Lump
  • Christ and Sanctification
  • On Everlasting Punishment
  • Letter on Immortality and Everlasting Punishment
  • The Deity of Christ and What Constitutes Christianity
  • Development
  • Letters on the Revised New Testament
  • Letter on the Parables of the Thirteenth of Matthew
  • A Note on the Parables of the Treasure and the Net
  • On the Gospel of John
  • On the Epistle to the Romans
  • Romans 7 and 8
  • Romans 9
  • Note on the Application of the Types of the Red Sea and Jordan

The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, vol. 34

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: William Kelly
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Pages: 488

Volume 34 contains:

  • An Introduction to the Bible
  • Notes on the Epistle to the Galatians
  • The True Path of a Christian
  • Acts 20:28
  • What is the World, and What is its End?
  • "For Me and Thee"
  • The "Ifs" of Scripture
  • The Place of Sacrifice in the Ways of God
  • Fragmentary Thoughts on Revelation
  • The Burnt-offering; the Meat offering; the Peace-offering
  • Omniscience—God’s Searchings
  • God’s Ways and Testimony
  • On Matthew 13
  • Waiting and Working for Christ
  • "My Delights were with the Sons of Men"
  • The Savior and the Sinner
  • A Servant for Ever
  • Christ for My Sins; and Christ for My Cares
  • The Father Seeking Worshippers
  • The Pool of Bethesda
  • The Feast of Tabernacles
  • Christ Departing to the Father
  • The Father’s House
  • Our Responsibility
  • Christ’s Desires for the Christian
  • The Responsible Man, and the Man of Purpose
  • A Word on Cleaving to the Lord; Addressed to Young Converts
  • Thoughts on Galatians 3
  • Romans Compared with Other Epistles
  • The Character of Christian Life
  • The Law, and the Gospel of the Glory of Christ
  • The Gospel of the Glory
  • The New Creation
  • The Lord Jesus in Humiliation and Service
  • Colossians Compared with Romans and Ephesians
  • Meetness and Growth
  • Risen with Christ
  • The Life of Christ in the Believer

Letters of John Nelson Darby, vol. 1

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Publisher: G. Morrish

Volume one contains letters from 1832–1868.

Letters of John Nelson Darby, vol. 2

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Publisher: G. Morrish

Volume two contains letters from 1868–1879.

Letters of John Nelson Darby, vol. 3

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Publisher: G. Morrish

Volume three contains letters from 1879–1882.

Notes and Comments on Scripture, vol. 1

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Publisher: G. Morrish

Volume 1 contains:

  • Genesis
  • Conscience
  • Genesis, Typically Considered
  • Will
  • Forgiveness
  • Exodus
  • Evolution, Angels
  • The Wilderness
  • Freewill as to Inclination and Choice
  • Annihilation

Notes and Comments on Scripture, vol. 2

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Publisher: G. Morrish

Volume 2 contains:

  • Fragments
  • Leviticus
  • Atonement
  • Deuteronomy
  • Baptism
  • The Humiliation of Christ
  • 1 Kings
  • The Ways of God
  • Review of Leckey's Rationalism
  • Reply to Baboo Keshub Chunder Sen
  • The Son of Man
  • Atonement
  • The Humiliation of Christ

Notes and Comments on Scripture, vol. 3

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Publisher: G. Morrish

Volume 3 contains:

  • The Last Days
  • The New Songs
  • The Psalms (Notes and comments)
  • A Summary of Psalms
  • The Proverbs
  • Ecclesiastes
  • The Song of Solomon
  • The Books of Moses

Notes and Comments on Scripture, vol. 4

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Publisher: G. Morrish

Volume 4 contains:

  • Notes on Isaiah
  • The Assyrian
  • Remarks on the "Antiquity of Man"
  • Lamentations
  • Daniel
  • Hosea
  • Gethsemane and the Cross
  • Review of Aryan Mythology
  • Notes on Matthew

Notes and Comments on Scripture, vol. 5

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Publisher: G. Morrish

Volume 5 contains:

  • Review of "The Revelation of Law in Scripture"
  • The Sermon on the Mount and the Kingdom
  • Corinthians and Philippians
  • Matthew
  • Thoughts on the Gospel and Epistles of John
  • Mark

Notes and Comments on Scripture, vol. 6

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Publisher: G. Morrish

Volume 6 contains:

  • Mark
  • Remarks on the First Epistle of John
  • Man
  • Luke
  • Comparison of Luke and Matthew
  • Fragments

Notes and Comments on Scripture, vol. 7

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Publisher: G. Morrish

Volume 7 contains:

  • The Gospel of John (Notes and Comments)

Notes and Jottings from Various Meetings with John Nelson Darby

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
 

Spiritual Songs

  • Author: John Nelson Darby
  • Editor: H. A. Hammond
  • Publisher: William Clowes and Sons
  • Publication Date: 1883
  • Pages: 96

Spiritual Songs contains twenty-seven hymns by John Nelson Darby.

The Brethren: A Brief Sketch of Their Origin, Progress and Testimony

  • Author: Andrew Miller
  • Publisher: G. Morrish
  • Publication Date: 1879
  • Pages: 166

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Andrew Miller's The Brethren begins on a chilly winter morning in 1827 when four men gathered to break bread and study the scriptures. That first meeting, attended by John Nelson Darby, would be the birth of the Plymouth Brethren movement that quickly spread from Dublin across Europe. Miller covers the first fifty years of the Plymouth Brethren in the following chapters:

  • "The Brethren"
  • Reading Meetings
  • The Origin of the Title "Plymouth Brethren"
  • False Doctrine Detected
  • The Two Camps
  • Gleanings from the Writings of the Brethren
  • Christian Position
  • The Church of God
  • The Millennium

Product Details

  • Title: The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby
  • Volumes: 47

About John Darby

Born in London in 1801, John Darby attended Westminster School and Trinity College, where he graduated in 1819. Darby became a lawyer, but practiced law for only one year, since he felt the nature of his profession was incompatible with his religious beliefs. He was ordained as a deacon in the Church of England in 1825, and became a priest in 1826.

As a priest, Darby became quickly disenchanted by what he perceived as the empty ritual and corrupt bureaucracy prevalent in the Church of England. He resisted the necessity of clergy, asserting that their role contradicted New Testament teaching, and claimed that the presence of clergy implicitly denied that the Holy Spirit speaks to laypersons. He gathered with other like-minded dissidents to form the movement which later became known as the Plymouth Brethren, and he formally left the Church of England in 1832.

A New Perspective

Darby’s ecclesiological pessimism gave way to a new perspective on scripture, which later became known as dispensationalism. In Darby’s view, the scope of history is divided into seven separate dispensations, each comprising a new stage of God’s revelation. Darby advanced the following dispensationalist scheme:

  1. Eden to the Flood
  2. Noah
  3. Abraham
  4. Israel
    • Under the law
    • Under the priesthood
    • Under the kings
  5. Gentiles
  6. The Spirit
  7. The Millennium

Since the church finds itself in the sixth dispensation, Darby used a literal interpretation of apocalyptic literature to predict the events of the seventh dispensation. In doing so, he systematized the notion of the secret rapture and developed an extensive pre-millennial eschatology, in which historical events can be used to predict the advent of the Millennium—the seventh dispensation.

Impact and Legacy

Later in his lifetime, Darby traveled extensively. He delivered a series of lectures in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1837, and made seven visits to the United States and Canada, where he influenced individuals such as Dwight Moody and A.J. Gordon and initiated the Bible conference movement. Darby’s influence is also found in the writings of C.I. Scofield, Charles Henry Mackintosh, and William E. Blackstone, whose writings contributed to the rise of fundamentalism in America during the early twentieth century. More recently, Darby’s impact can be felt in books by Hal Lindsay, Tim LaHaye, and Jerry Jenkins.