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Overview THE GLORY OF HIS LIFE
"When Christ, who is our life, shall be manifested, then shall ye also with him be manifested in glory" (Col. 3.4). Where the life of Christ is, there is the manifestation of glory. Though the full manifestation is yet to come, we may enjoy the glory of His life even now.
In this volume, which is a selection of messages culled from many given by Watchman Nee throughout his long years of faithful ministry to the church, we are enabled to see some of the manifold aspects of the glory of the life of Christ in us. Part 1 shows us how the righteousness of God has been manifested towards all who believe through faith in Jesus Christ. Further, we are shown how Christ is made our righteousness, and how as a result we become the righteousness of God. Part 2 proceeds to disclose how Christ is made to be our wisdom-a wisdom which includes not only righteousness but also sanctification and redemption. While Part 3 concludes with an unveiling of the meaning of resurrection and the power of His resurrection.
This book is presented as a companion volume to the author's Practical Issues of This Life. As this life of ours has its many problems, so the life of Christ in us transcends and translates them into glory.
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Studio: Christian Fellowship Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7" Width: 4.8" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 1980
Publisher CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP PUBL #632
ISBN 093500825X ISBN13 9780935008258
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Watchman Nee became a Christian in mainland China in 1920 at the age of seventeen and began writing in the same year. Throughout the nearly thirty years of his ministry, Watchman Nee was clearly manifested as a unique gift from the Lord to His Body for His move in this age. In 1952 he was imprisoned for his faith; he remained in prison until his death in 1972. His words remain an abundant source of spiritual revelation and supply to Christians throughout the world. For more details concerning Watchman Nee, please see www.watchmannee.org
Watchman Nee was born in 1903 and died in 1972.
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Watchman Nee's warnings are still applicable today. Feb 8, 2007
As I was a Pentecostal Christian for 15 years and believed and practiced many mystical methods. Through the reading of this small book, my eyes were opened to such a point that I left behind all these methods. I came to realize through Nee's writings that what I thought were spiritual gifts from God were actually abilities of my fallen human nature that ALL human beings have laying dormant within them. I was taught that one must still all of ones thoughts in order to hear God's thoughts. Nee wrote, "In particular, they believe that the thoughts that come after praying are from God. As a result, while they pray and after they pray, they allow their minds to sink into passivity. They stop their own thoughts and every other activity of the mind, in hope of receiving "God's thoughts." They believe that this kind of thought is from God,..." This is what I had been taught to do through reading and listening to various Pentecostal authors and speakers. This book is a great tool in the hand of God to shine His probing light onto unbiblical practices that leave the practitioner listening to a pretender...not God.
One of Nee's shorter books, but still enlightening Oct 14, 2006
Man is tripartite - spirit, soul, and body. Prior to the fall of man, there was the spirit, linking man with the Divine, which was the highest; the body, connecting man with the material, the lowest; intermediate stood the soul, partaker of the nature of the others, the bond that united them and through which they could act on each other. Nee speculates that since it is written "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness" (Gen. 1.26), that image and likeness would be repetitive if it merely meant physical attributes. He was already like Him in outward appearance, but he was ordained by God to become like Him morally, so that man could have dominion over the earth, as he was originally instructed by God.
When Adam fell in the garden of Eden this moral likeness along with its power was immobilized. He had not lost this power altogether, only it was now buried within him. Man had become flesh, and his flesh now enclosed tightly this marvelous power within it. Generation has succeeded generation with the result that this primordial ability of Adam has become a "latent" force in his descendants. As a result, Satan attempts to break open this fleshly shell and to release the power dormant in man's soul in order to gain control over man - so that man can be deceived into thinking he is as God. Many do not understand this strategy, accepting these powers as being of God. For example, I've actually heard several people say that John Edwards, who allegedly communicates with the dead, has a God-given gift!
Nee gives the example of Buddhist monks that, through ascetic practices, eventually attain to the elimination of all food. He mentions that some monks of high degree can even pierce the unknown past and predict the future and perform many other wonders by Buddhist magic. Nee explains that the engaging in all of these different kinds of abstinences and ascetic practices flows from one single governing principle: the Buddhist is attempting to break all physical and material bonds so as to get his soul power released from its subservience to the flesh.
Whether it is in China or in Western nations, all of these practices of breathing, ascetic exercise, hypnosis, prediction, and psychic communications are but the release and manifestation of the latent power of the soul. Satan makes use of man's soul force to manifest his strength. Man's soul power is Satan's working instrument, through which he works out his evil end.
God, though, never works with man's soul power, for it is unusable to Him. When we are born again, we are born of the Holy Spirit. God works by the Holy Spirit and our renewed spirit. Since the fall, God has forbidden man to again use his original power of the soul. It is for this reason that Jesus often declares how we need to lose our soul life, that is, our soul power. God wishes us today not to use this soul power at all, but instead depend on Him. This is Nee's warning and admonition to Christians about brilliant displays of psychic ability - to flee from them.
This book is very short, but the warning need not be long. To make a long book out of the subject would simply feed man's curiousity about the subject, which is what Nee is trying to warn against in the first place. Note that this very short work is included in "The Complete Works of Watchman Nee", so the reader may find that purchasing that product is a better total value.
Relevancy To Todays' Churches And Charismatic Leaders May 13, 2005
The book "Latent Power Of The Soul" by Watchman Nee, is as relevant today as it was in the early church. This book brings clearity as to the powers working within and through the human soul in church meetings. The book address which spirit is operating through the power of the soul within a leader to either manipulate or control a congregation. This book is highly recommended for all christians, leaders and laymen alike to discern whether the Holy Spirit is at work or the spirit of witchcraft. The book pin points and identifies "Charismatic Witchcraft" and the devestating effects both physically and spiritually by coming under it's influence.
Insightful, Take With a Grain of Salt Jan 22, 2005
I will say that the conclusion of this book, the end result, is very great. It is a call to be weary of using different types of hype - loud energetic music, emotional appeals, and stirring testimonies in order to create a soulish effect. He concludes (and I agree) that much of the work of the Holy Spirit can be counterfeited by our own efforts, man-made if you will. The only problem is that they do not give life, only the Holy Spirit can. So, these "spiritual booster shots" have to be given more and more, with increasing energy, in order to prop up people who are still dead in trespasses - or at best spiritual babes. I would recommend reading it just for this sake.
Now, some of his presuppositions I cannot necessarily agree with. He makes an assumption that Adam has supernatural powers in his soul, and at the fall, never lost them, they were just supressed. And, he states that the power is still available, and Satan takes men submitted to him and shows them how to unlock this in order to bring about the final end days deception. I cannot defintely agree, or disagree, with the way he comes to the conclusions. My understanding (with limited study) has been that these powers are released through demonic spirits, not man's "latent power of the soul".
So, I do recommend reading this - it is a short book, and has some profound insight. Just use it as a word of caution to not produce God's results with your own flesh (lights, energetic music, motivational speaking), and trust in God's power.
Not Nee's best book Mar 9, 2004
"The Latent Power of the Soul" is an unusual book that bears all the hallmarks of Watchman Nee's extraordinary wisdom, but on a topic not normally addressed in his writings: psychology and parapsychology. Unfortunately, while he does an admirable job of analyzing the former, he stumbles on the latter.
Nee postulates that when Adam fell, not only did his remarkable physical body suffer, but also his superior soul. Now trapped in his flesh, Adam's soul became not a force for good, but for corruption. From this corrupted soul comes a force that can be tapped to take on aspects of "soul power" that can result in unusual manifestations usually associated with yogis, clairvoyants, and shamans. This paranormal manifestation of soul power is not of God and conflicts with the spiritual power given by the Holy Spirit to believers. It is the source for false miracles and devilish phenomena that Nee believes will be behind the deception of the elect talked about in Revelation.
The author also discusses how this abusive power is enabled by modern psychiatric methods. Beyond this he also notes how this will to power is abused even by those in the Church. Preachers preach out of their own charisma rather than the Holy Spirit's, congregations suffer from a form of self-hypnosis that mimics real worship while not attaining to it, and even prayers can come from the soul rather than the spirit. None of this is of God; true believers will discern this and stay far away. Nee gives ample tips on how to distinguish the real from the fake.
Unlike some of Nee's other fine works, this book sadly has some holes. Nee's belief that people like Franz Mesmer, Uri Geller, and other pseudo-mystics tapped some unusual power is hopeful at best. Professional debunkers of psychics-- James Randi comes to mind--have shown that modern psychics are simply clever illusionists whose paranormal powers cannot stand up to scientific scrutiny. If there is a latent power of the soul, these frauds do not display the paranormal aspect of it. Concerning the demonic activity that takes on these qualities, Nee affirms it exists, but why try to attach it to man's fallen soul rather than seeing it as wholly its own manifestation?
In summary, Nee's Asian worldview influences this work as he stands apart from a Western interpretation of the tripartite nature of Man--especially the soul. As for the more normal aspects of tapping the power of the soul to win over people or to create the many will to power issues Nee examines in the book, the author has many salient points that can help believers understand when something comes from the emotional soul rather than the calm spirit.
Not his best work and sometimes quite esoteric, even for Nee. Only two and a half stars, but an extra half just because of the reputation of the author. For those who are new to Nee, consider "The Normal Christian Life" or "Sit, Walk, Stand" first.