Awful Heresy

3 Aug

What does it mean in everyday life to be delivered from the Law? At risk of a little overstatement I reply: It means that henceforth I am going to do nothing whatever for God; I am never again going to try to please Him. ‘What a doctrine!’ you exclaim. ‘What awful heresy! You cannot possibly mean that!’ But remember, if I try to please God ‘in the flesh,’ then immediately I place myself under the Law…

Deliverance from the law does not mean that we are free from doing the will of God. It certainly does not mean that we are going to be lawless. Very much the reverse! What it does mean however is that we are free from doing that will as of ourselves… Having at last reached the point of utter despair in ourselves so that we even cease to try, we put our trust in the Lord to manifest his resurrection life in us.

Watchman Nee

The Normal Christian Life, Tyndale House, 1957/1977, 164-5