Watchman Nee was one of the most influential leaders and thinkers in the history of Chinese Christianity. In this book, Nee argues that Paul advocated that the Ephesian church interact with the cosmos in three distinct ways: sitting, walking, and standing. For Nee these concepts not only appear to provide an exegetical model for understanding Ephesians, but also seem to function as one of the primary lenses through which he views the Christian life. In this work Nee writes that a Christian life pleasing to God consists of adjusting oneself to the perfection of his son 9. By resting in the Lord, Nee argues that the Christian can build upon the already complete work of God and find deliverance from sin and anxiety In short, for Nee the work of Christianity begins not with the work of the individual Christian, but with the finished work of Christ
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A mere 78 pages, it is a small book with a big message. Simple but profound, it provides fresh insights to believers, both young and old.
He chose us before the foundation of the world and predestined us to be His children Ephesians 1: While we were dead in sin, He saved us and made us sit with Christ in the heavenly places Ephesians What can we attain without effort?
How can we ever get anywhere if we do not move? But Christianity is a queer business! If at the outset we try to do anything, we get nothing; if we seek to attain something, we miss everything. Since we have been translated from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light Ephesians :. The life of many Christians today is largely a pretense.
We need to be alert, vigilant and prepared always. From the above, we can see how important it is to have a proper balance in our Christian life. We need all these three steps in our faith walk—and they must be in the correct sequence as well.
Firstly, we have to sit before we can walk. To sit is to rest in the finished work of Christ at the cross and enjoy all the benefits that come with it: forgiveness, peace with God, direct access to Him, assurance of His presence always in all circumstances and eternal life. Secondly, we cannot just sit, and not walk, as liberal teachers would have us think. Liberal theology emphasises what we get to enjoy based on our position in Christ but downplays personal responsibility.
Though we may be made righteous in Christ, a process called justification , we also need to be progressively conformed to the image of Christ, a part of our Christian life termed sanctification. Confusion and muddled thinking result when we lump together two different processes: Justification, which is through faith and faith alone. And sanctification which is a life-long process whereby we die to self, submit ourselves to God, renew our minds and work out our faith with fear and trembling.
Thirdly, we have to sit and walk before we can stand. We have to rest in the finished work of Christ, who defeated Satan at the cross, as well as walk in truth and righteousness before we can make a stand against the evil one.
The best summary of the book is the one that Nee provides at the end of the book:. We begin our spiritual life by resting in the finished work of the Lord Jesus. That rest is the source of our strength for a consistent and unfaltering walk in the world.
How do we walk in a manner befitting our high calling? In the second part of Ephesians chapters , Paul stresses that, in view of our blessed position or standing in Christ, we need to respond by leading a life worthy of the high calling to which we have been called:.
We must be eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Having varied and distinctive gifts, we should work together to build up the body of Christ till all attain unity and maturity. We need to put off the old nature and put on the new nature—no longer be like the unregenerate who continue to live in sin as their minds are darkened and their hearts are hardened.
Let our anger be short-lived and let our words be positive and edifying. Bitterness and slander should be put away. Thieves should stop stealing and engage themselves in honest jobs. We should be kind and forgiving just as Christ forgave us. We must not indulge in filthy talk or sexual immorality and avoid bad company as they might corrupt us. Instead of being drunk, we should have a grateful attitude and be filled with Holy Spirit, encouraging others through psalms and hymns.
Our new status should also impact our family life. Husbands should love their wives as Christ loved the church. Wives should submit to their husbands.
Children should honour their parents. Fathers should not exasperate their children but bring them up in the fear of God. The way slaves or employees and masters or employers should behave and relate to one another is spelled out. The former should respect their bosses and serve them as if they were serving Christ. Bosses should treat their workers well, cognizant of the fact that God is Master over all. Yet, in another part of the Bible, we read that God has promised rest for His people and we should do our best to enter this place where we cease from our labours Hebrews But, then, what comes next?
God is looking for fruit: Changed lives, repentance and obedience, all of which does not nullify at all the grace we receive by faith. Note : Dr Lim Poh Ann is a medical practitioner. He was the former editor of Asian Beacon magazine Dec — Oct Share The Good News. News Ticker. Previous Jesus You are Our Rock. June 13, Jason Law 0. September 3, Jason Law 0. June 6, cm-admin 0. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.
Sit, Walk, Stand
A mere 78 pages, it is a small book with a big message. Simple but profound, it provides fresh insights to believers, both young and old. He chose us before the foundation of the world and predestined us to be His children Ephesians 1: While we were dead in sin, He saved us and made us sit with Christ in the heavenly places Ephesians
“Sit, Walk, Stand” by Watchman Nee
Note: I wrote the following review 6 months ago but never got around to publishing it. If you liked that book, you will love Sit, Walk, Stand. Sit, Walk, Stand is a small book with a big message. In 78 short pages the author describes the three aspects of the believer — to God, to man, and to the enemy.
SIT, WALK, STAND