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Watchman Nee - The Spiritual Man (white cover) and The Complete Works
Watchman Nee wrote, "'He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward' (Matt. 10.41). Here the Lord reveals the depth of the human heart. The decision one makes concerning a truth will be expressed by him before God. In receiving a prophet or righteous man, your spirit unites with the prophecy of the prophet or the morals of a righteous man. Hence you will receive a prophet's or a righteous man's reward. Whatever is done for the Lord will be rewarded" (King and the Kingdom of Heaven, p.110). "Freely ye received, freely give" (Matt. 10.8). "The prophet is a watchman for my God over Israel, yet traps are laid in front of him wherever he goes. He faces hostility even in the house of God" (Hosea 9.8).
Watchman Nee prophesied his own imprisonment in 1953 for life though he may not have realized it when he wrote in 1927, "He persecutes fiercely (Rev. 2.10). The wiles of the Devil are manifold. He will use all kinds of means to hinder the spiritual advance of the believer. When he finds that he cannot block the advance, he will use persecution to put the believer in prison so that the latter is unable to work for the Lord anymore. He even expects the believer to fall. For this reason, all who love self and are mindful of themselves are no match for Satan; for as they are threatened with deadly persecution they shall lose the will to resist. But the faithful of the Lord have already put life and death out of their mind. Although they may encounter bounds and tribulations everywhere, even to the point of death, yet 'they loved not their life even unto death' (Rev. 12.11). And thus shall they overcome Satan: 'this is the victory that have overcometh the world, even our faith' (1 John 5.4)". (Back to the Cross, p. 159)
Watchman Nee - Who was He?
Watchman Nee wrote The Spiritual Man (pdf) - one of only two books he published, preserved at Christian Fellowship Publishers. I have no affiliation with them. In talking to the manager by phone several years ago, he allowed me in perpetuity to put these pages up of Nee's writings, including a few pdf's, which are only a small fraction of his total writings, for the purpose of quick reference and introduction to his writings. He knew my appreciation for Nee's writings accurately preserving God's word so the manager of CFP gave permission. This is the same manager who wrote me a letter saying he had no idea where LSM got some of the things they say Nee said in their version of chapter 2, volume 1 of The Spiritual Man (CFP).
You ought to be born-again after reading the first 77 pages (in book format) of The Spiritual Man (white cover). The only way God can save you is if you accept His perfect salvation in Jesus Christ who broke into creation and died for you on the cross-the perfect sacrifice-to regenerate your spirit (inner man). What you receive is a new spirit which allows the Person of the Holy Spirit to enter through the window of your conscience to indwell your intuitive spirit, Who guides you and testifies therein. Read carefully with a heart of understanding.
1) Watchman Nee's writings were translated by Stephen Kaung into fifty-five books at Christian Fellowship Publishers from mostly Nee's magazines, and there have been some 21st century creations: a) The Secret of Christian Living (compliments The Normal Christian Life); b) Journeying Towards The Spiritual (shorter version of The Spiritual Man); c) Powerful According to God (a book of prayer); d) Spiritual Exercise (a shorter version of the Basic Lesson Series); e) Serve the Spirit (compliments The Release of the Spirit), and f) Spiritual Discernment (notes found). That makes a total of 62 books from CFP if you include The Release of the Spirit. There are four books by Kaung which are excellent. I would not have known what true spiritual life was like without Watchman Nee's help. Through the discipline of the Holy Spirit and our environment when certain truths are accepted, the infilling of the Holy Spirit occurs. Spirit, soul and body are divided to increase clarity in one's own spirit so as not to be be muddied by the outer man. Reading the Bible along with the most spiritual of Christian writers is profitable for we are not an island unto ourselves.
2) Watchman Nee was also translated by Angus Kinnear into 5 books from Nee's magazines and talks. There is a study guide for The Normal Christian Life and a biography by Kinnear, Against the Tide, at Christian Literature Crusade. At CLC are two other writings of Nee: David Smith translated Song of Songs, and Sure Foundation translated Release of the Spirit which CFP provides a copy of also. I have found Angus Kinnear mistaken on a few occasions in his biography and the footnotes to his translations due to his predilections. Anyway, that brings the total to 70 books. Any more books than that seems to me to be overkill.
3) Read only the white covers first. Later, read Kinnear's translations, then venture into other views and translations if you wish, and you will see them for what they are (see Misreading Nee). This course of action is most profitable in this order. It may not seem apparent now, but years down the road these instructions will be appreciated in that it is better to start with reading that which is most spiritual, trustworthy, and accurate first. It is better to never read Nee at all than to start reading from the false translations and false views. That will totally mess you up.
1 A Living Sacrifice
2 The Good Confession
3 Assembling Together
4 Not I But Christ
5 Do All to the Glory of God
6 Love One Another
7 The Spirit of Judgment
Dangers of Spiritual Life Assembly Life Idol Worship The Judaizers Spiritual FoodThe Laws of the SpiritWalking in the Will of God The Principle of the Mind Aiding the SpiritBreaking BreadInformal Apostles Rethinking the Work Taking Heed Normalcy of the SpiritBeliever and Emotion The Local ChurchesA Life of Feeling or Faith? The Mind a Battlefield The Phenomena of a Passive Mind The Way of Deliverance The Laws of the Mind A Believer's Will Passivity and its Dangers The Believer's MistakesThe Path to FreedomBeliever and his Body Sickness God the Life of the BodyOvercoming Death Falling Away from GraceThe Way of the LordPeak of Ministry Holy Spirit Memory Love Not The World