Robert Chapman is not too well known among Christians. He did not author any monumental books. His friends said he would never make a good preacher. Chapman was not a world-wide evangelist. He lead no great mission to foreign lands; instead he laboured for 70 years in a small town in a remote corner of England.
Yet he became a living legend, a man who God used to great effect. As a young man, Winston Churchill was taken to visit him. Charles Spurgeon called him: "the saintliest man I ever knew." John Nelson Darby said of Robert Chapman: "He lives what I teach." On another occasion Darby said: "We talk of the heavenliest, but Robert Chapman lives in them."
Chapman was very much one of the 'Chief Men Among the Brethren,'
An early leader in our type of Churches.
One morning R. C. Chapman was asked how he was feeling. "I'm burdened this morning!" was his reply. But his happy countenance contradicted his words.
So the questioner exclaimed in surprise, "Are you really burdened, Mr. Chapman?"
"Yes, but it's a wonderful burden - it's an overabundance of blessings for which I cannot find enough time or words to express my gratitude!"
Seeing the puzzled look on the face of his friend, Chapman added with a smile, "I am referring to Psalm 68:19, which fully describes my condition. In that verse the Father in heaven reminds us that He 'daily loads us with benefits.'"
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