Friday, May 24, 2013

"The Normal Christian Life" by Watchman Nee

      Have you read Watchman Nee's book, The Normal Christian Life?  (Click here or here to read it as a free PDF file.)  I think it should be a 'must' read for every Christian.  Much of the preaching we hear today is a mixture of grace and law and therefore it is a 'different gospel' than the one Jesus represented.  Watchman Nee speaks of grace as it is--a gift--not something to be earned, and contrasts it with our trying to keep the Law--which is impossible.  
      Here are a few quotes from the book:

 “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.” (p.161)

  “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.” (p.166)

  “We have spoken of trying and trusting, and the difference between the two. Believe me, it is the difference between heaven and hell.” (p.183)


Joe said...

I agree that The Normal Christian Life should be a 'must' read for every Christian. I don't know a single book that has helped more Christians whom I know personally than this book.

You may also be interested to know that an organization called Bibles for America is giving away copies for free. You can find out more about it here:

God bless!

Country Girl said...

Thanks, Joe, for the information on free bibles. I was not aware of this organization. I'm sure there are others who will benefit from your posting the link as well.