The Law of the Spirit of Life

20 May

We have seen above how he goes on to set the contrast between the requirements of the Law of Moses and his own tremendous demands, by the repeated use of the words: ‘Ye have heard that it was said … but I say unto you…’ But since already, over many centuries, men had sought to attain to the first standard and had failed, how could the Lord dare to raise the standard higher still? He could do so only because he believed in his own life. He is not afraid of making the most exacting demands upon himself. Indeed we may well find comfort in reading the laws of the kingdom as set forth in Matthew chapters 5 to 7, for they show what utter confidence the Lord has in his own life made available to his children. These three chapters set forth the divine taxation of the divine life. The greatness of his demands upon us only shows how confident he is that the resources he has put within us are fully enough to meet them. God does not command what he will not perform; but we must throw ourselves back on him for the performance.

Does some difficult situation confront us? Is it a problem of right or wrong, good or evil? We do not need to look for wisdom. We need no longer apply to the tree of knowledge. We have Christ, and he is made unto us wisdom from God. The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus continually communicates to us his standards of right and wrong, and, with them, the attitude of spirit with which the difficult situation should be met.

Watchman Nee

Sit, Walk, Stand, Tyndale House, 1957/1977, 40-1.

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