What does it mean to live a crucified life? Basically we need to bear the cross, deny the self, to not let the old man or the flesh leave the cross, and to live by Christ as life. We need to learn the lesson of the cross, to remain in the Lord’s death practically so as to live by Christ and for Christ. Watchman Nee is such a brother who truly lived a crucified life.
2 Cor. 4:10 – Always bearing about in the body the putting to death of Jesus that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.
“He believed that everything was from God’s hand and was willing to bear any kind of opposition or attack as a cross, in order to live a crucified life with Christ…Watchman Nee was continually under hardships and dealings in order to produce spiritual fruit for cheering others…he was still willing to face any sacrifice by being pruned once more, as if he had never suffered any strokes before.”
In his personal testimony given at Kulangsu, Fukien, October 20, 1936, “…When I was being tempered together in the service with my co-workers, the Lord ordered many crosses for me. Many times I felt embarrassed. I would not accept the dealing of the cross and found it difficult to submit. Inwardly, however, I knew that if the cross were ordered by the Lord, it would be the right thing, though it would still be difficult to obey and accept it. While the Lord was on the earth, He learned obedience by the cross which He suffered (Heb. 5:8, Phil. 2:8). How could I be an exception?”
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