Manifest Weakness

27 Jan

The trouble in Romans 7 is that man in the flesh tried to do something for God. As soon as you try to please God in that way, then you place yourself under law, and the experience of Romans 7 begins to be yours… No, there is nothing wrong with the Law, but there is something decidedly wrong with me. The demands of the Law are righteous, but the person on whom the demands are made is unrighteous…

We are all sinners by nature. If God asks nothing of us, all seems to go well, but as soon as he demands something of us, the occasion is provided for a grand display of our sinfulness. The Law makes our weakness manifest…

God knows who I am; he knows that from head to foot I am full of sin; he knows that I am weakness incarnate; that I can do nothing. The trouble is that I do not know it… God must bring us all to the place where we see that we are utterly weak and helpless.

Watchman Nee

The Normal Christian Life, Tyndale House, 1957/1977, 156-8

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