Quote of the Week: The Normal Christian Life

May 8, 2013

This quote comes from The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee (mass distribution ed., p. 2).

God makes it quite clear in his Word that he has only one answer to every human need—his Son, Jesus Christ. In all his dealings with us he works by taking us out of the way and substituting Christ in our place. The Son of God died instead of us for our forgiveness: he lives instead of us for our deliverance.

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  • Imelda says:

    Thank you Lord Jesus! You died instead of us for our forgiveness and now you live instead of us for our deliverance. What a picture! Lord Jesus, have your way in us. Continue to deliver all the saints through the work of transformation. “I am crucified with Christ. It no longer I who live; but it is Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith of the Son of Go who loves me and gave Himself up for me.” Gal.2.20. Amen!

  • Amen! It’s difficult to express the living reality in words. Just prior to the quote above Watchman Nee had said, “Christ lives his life in me.” That perhaps captures the essence of it: we who are His are expressions of Christ.

    The apostle Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit also seems to struggle with how to put it into words. In Galatians 2:20 after stating that it’s “no longer I who live” he goes on to to say, “I NOW LIVE in the flesh I LIVE by faith of [or in] the Son of God.”

    Perhaps another way of putting it is that “Christ lives my life”, i.e., we are an essential unity with Him.

    Strictly speaking, HE is our life (Colossians 3:4) just as the life of a branch is in the vine (John 15:5). It is in this union that Christ lives through us and we enter His rest (Hebrews 4:10). We haven’t been eliminated because we are useful to Christ as a vessel. But we have died and our lives are hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3). Being joined to the Lord we are one spirit with Him (1 Corinthians 6:17), not two.

    This enables us to be a precious asset to Him in expressing Himself to a needy world.

  • MARY MUNTET says:

    Absolutely true that were it not for the Lord Jesus who have died for us,we would have died in sis but glory be to his name that we are a life in Him.Amen!

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