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He is the Giver and Doer

28 Jul

Jesus reveals what it is that, in the sphere of redemption, supremely rejoices his Father’s heart. It is not an elder brother who toils incessantly for the father, but a younger brother who lets the father do everything for him. It is not an elder brother who always wants to be the giver, but a younger brother who is always willing to be the receiver…

God is so wealthy that his chief delight is to give… It is a grief to the heart of God when we try to provide things for him. He is so very, very rich. It gives him true joy when we just let him give and give again to us. It is a grief to him, too, when we try to do things for him, for he is so very, very able. He longs that we will just let him do and do and do. He wants to be the Giver eternally, and he wants to be the Doer eternally. If only we saw how rich and how great he is, we would leave all the giving and all the doing to him.

Watchman Nee

Sit, Walk, Stand, Tyndale House, 1957/1977, 24

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Christ Fulfills the Law

18 Jul

The Law requires much, but offers no help in the carrying out of its requirements. The Lord Jesus requires just as much, yea even more (Matt. 5:21-48), but what he requires from us he himself carries out in us. The law makes demands and leaves us helpless to fulfill them; Christ makes demands, but he himself fulfills in us the very demands he makes.

Watchman Nee

The Normal Christian Life, Tyndale House, 1957/1977, 161

Grace vs Law

7 Jul

Grace means that God does something for me; law means that I do something for God. God has certain holy and righteous demands which he places upon me: that is law. Now if law means that God requires something of me for their fulfillment, then deliverance from law means he no longer requires that from me, but himself provides it.

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The Normal Christian Life, Tyndale House, 1957/1977, 155-6

Because of Him

23 Jun

Because the Lord Jesus died on the Cross, I have received forgiveness of sins; because the Lord Jesus rose from the dead, I have receive new life; because the Lord Jesus has been exalted to the right hand of the Father, I have received the outpoured Spirit. All is because of him; nothing is because of me.

Watchman Nee

The Normal Christian Life, 1957/1977, 125

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.

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

Why Repentance Matters

13 May

Repentance… means a change of mind! Formerly I thought sin a pleasant thing, but now I have changed my mind about it; formerly I thought the world an attractive place, but now I know better; formerly I regarded it a miserable business to be a Christian, but now I think differently. Once I thought certain things delightful, now I think them vile; once I thought other things were worthless, now I think them most precious. That is a change of mind, and that is repentance. No life can be truly changed apart from such a change of mind.

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The Normal Christian Life, Tyndale House 1957/1977, 132

You Died with Christ

25 Apr

When he was crucified all of us were crucified there with him… Must we ask God to crucify us? Never! When Christ was crucified we were crucified; and his crucifixion is past therefore ours cannot be future… That we have died in Christ is not merely a doctrinal position, it is an eternal and indisputable fact.”

The Scripture has never told us that we shed our blood with Christ. In his atoning work before God he acted alone; no other could have a part. But the Lord did not die only to shed his Blood; he died that we might die. He died as our Representative. In his death he included you and me.

Watchman Nee

The Normal Christian Life, Tyndale House 1957/1977, 44-5