The Lawkeeper Within

16 Aug

God’s requirements have not altered, but we are not the ones to meet them. Praise God, he is the Lawgiver on the Throne, and he is the Lawkeeper in my heart. He who gave the Law, himself keeps it.

Watchman Nee

The Normal Christian Life, Tyndale House, 1957/1977, 166

2 Responses to “The Lawkeeper Within”

  1. jeremypenwarden August 17, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    Not correct Paul. The law has been written off. Jesus KEPT it and finished it 2000 years ago. He does not keep an obsolete law within me. I live by the law of the Spirit. God’s requirements have altered. That’s what the New Covenant is all about.

    • Paul Ellis August 17, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

      Jeremy, your ongoing desire to pick nits and tackle straw men of your own making is exasperating. Why do you think Nee is talking about the new covenant??? I don’t believe there is anything in Nee’s quote that harms (unless you add to it) and much that would help those who think they must keep the law.

      For what’s it worth, here’s my response to your picked nit: Yes, Jesus has fulfilled the law. Yes, the covenant on which it is based is now obsolete and we are no longer under the supervision of the law. Yes, there has been a change of law (Heb 7:12). But why do you say the law itself is obsolete? Where in the new covenant does it say it is now okay to covet, kill, lie and steal? If the law had been rendered obsolete at the cross why would Paul say, “it is good if used properly” (1 Tim 1)? Paul didn’t say the law died, he said you died (Rm 7). If the law was fully met 2000 years ago, why would Paul say the righteous requirements of the law are fully met in us, who live according to the Spirit? I can assure you, I’m not the one fully meeting them, yet they are fully met!

      You prefer the law of the Spirit. So do I. So why not read these quotes in the spirit in which they were written and stop finding fault with the letter. Just for a change, why not comment in the newness of the spirit instead of the oldness of the letter?

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