Watchman Nee became a Christian in mainland China in 1920 at the age of seventeen and began writing in the same year. Throughout the nearly thirty years of his ministry, Watchman Nee was clearly manifested as a unique gift from the Lord to His Body for His move in this age. Some of his well-known works include The Normal Christian Life, The Normal Christian Faith, and Sit, Walk, Stand. In 1952 he was imprisoned for his faith; he remained in prison until his death in 1972. His words remain an abundant source of spiritual revelation and supply to Christians throughout the world.
“First Corinthians 5:7-8 clearly refers to a story in the Old Testament, that of the passover recorded in Exodus 12 . The explanation here shows us three things: (1) that the slain lamb of the Passover is Christ; (2) that the leaven is malice and evil; and (3) that since our Lamb, who is Christ, has been slain, we should also keep this feast before Christ” (7).
“As believers, we are like newborn babes. Sometimes we are well, and sometimes we are not well. Sometimes we rise, and sometimes we fall…Does it mean that salvation is not complete? No, it is simply that we have only done the first half—the striking of the blood. There is still a second half, which we have not followed through with immediately…This second half of the work should be done once the blood has been applied” (15).
“Concerning salvation, we should emphasize very much that there is a great difference between the spirit and the soul. First Thessalonians 5:23 says, “Your spirit and soul and body.” This word clearly divides man into three parts…Man is of three parts—spirit and soul and body; therefore, the meaning of salvation is that all three parts have to be saved” (25).
“The salvation of the spirit is determined at the time we believed on the Lord. The salvation of the soul is determined by how we walk in this age. If you dress, eat, make friends, and do everything the way you like, I will tell you by the Lord’s authority that you will have no share of the glory in the kingdom” (41).
“What is it to love the soul-life? It means to gratify our desires and please our emotions. For example, the Lord calls us to stay away from a certain matter; if we want to obey Him, we must lay down our self. Each time we want to obey the Lord, we must lay down the self. If we seek to do His will while loving our soul life, we will fail” (50).
“Enoch walked with God for three hundred years and begat sons and daughters. He was not free from household responsibilities. The life that we received is not expressed only in smooth environments; it can be expressed in every environment” (60).
“God considers our worth based on our spiritual usefulness plus our sincere consecration. If we are useful spiritually yet without consecration, before God we do not have any value other than that obtained through Christ. If we are willing to consecrate and the consecration is sincere, we are of some worth in the eyes of God” (68).
“Not only should we seize opportunity, we should also not give any opportunity for the flesh to make provision for itself, and we should not give any place to the devil. Besides this, we should also seek for opportunities to save men…We still have fifty-one weeks before us this year. May we not lose the opportunity to love God, to love man, and to save souls” (80).
“After a person has heard the word of the truth and believed in Christ, he is ‘sealed with the Holy Spirit of the promise.’ The words you were sealed are very important. It means at that moment when one believes, he receives the Holy Spirit of promise. It does not mean that one has to wait for a while; it does not mean that one has to wait for three days, five days, or for some time before he can receive the Holy Spirit. When the Bible tells us that ‘you were sealed,’ it means ‘you were sealed’” (83-84).
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All verses and footnotes taken from the Holy Bible Recovery Version. Anaheim: Living Stream Ministry, 2003.
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