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Watchaman Nee se convirtio al cristianismo en China a la edad de diecisiete anos y comenzo a escribir en el mismo ano. A traves de casi treinta anos de ministerio se evidencio como un don unico del Senor para su iglesia en ese tiempo. En 1952 fue hecho prisionero por su fe y permanecio en prision hasta su muerte en 1972. Sus palabras permanecen como una fuente de abundante revelacion espiritual para los cristianos de todo el mundo.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 740 pages
  • Publisher: Living Stream Ministry; 1st edition (June 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736302697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736302692
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
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This book opened my eyes to a whole world of spiritual reality that I had never seen or even pondered before. Once the truths of the triune nature of man are discovered, you realize where your spiritual power comes from. You understand the mechanics of being tempted and what you must do to become an overcomer. You know what you must do in order to manifest in your outward walk the purity and grace that are communicated to your spirit from God. In short, the book teaches you how to have a victorious walk with God by showing you how your spritual being operates. The knowledge Mr. Nee imparts seems so basic once it is understood, yet without his book, we may never have discovered these profound truths. This book has had a major influence in my thinking.
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I first started reading this book with an open, but cautious, mind. As one reviewer wrote, it seemed that this book is based on only one verse, and I was a bit skeptical about it. It wasn't until I delved further into this book to discover that the one verse statement is not correct. The book is very Scriptural. The Bible many times shows the differences between the spirit and the soul, but our English translations are not always clear.

1 Cor. 2:14-15 says: "But a soulish man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God... but the spiritual man discerns all things..."

1 Cor. 15:44 says: "[Our body] is sown a soulish body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a soulish body, there is also a spiritual one."

Jude 19 says: "These [mockers] are those who make divisions; they are soulish, having no spirit."

Most translations translate the word "soulish" as "natural", but in the Greek it is the adjectival form of the word "soul". There are more passages, but these are just a few to get you started.

Those who have warned against this book are right to say that we should always put the Bible first, but they are not right in saying that it is un-Biblical. I recommend reading this book with an open mind, the Bible (and maybe Strong's Concordance) in hand, a prayerful heart, and discernment.

This is an excellent book that will really aid you in your walk with God, teaching you to walk by the Spirit and not yield to the flesh, putting your spirit, soul, and body in the proper alignment. One should remember that Mr. Nee wrote this book in his early twenties. For those familiar with his later works, the level of maturity is slightly noticable. As he grew in faith, he refined some of his teachings later.
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This is a wonderful, meaty book. It caused me to grow as a Christian and to love God more. It gets into topics that are essential for growth, but that you might not be exposed to in the Christian books that are being published today.

If you're looking for your first exposure to Watchman Nee, I might recommend "Sit, Walk, Stand," which expounds on Ephesians, or "The Normal Christian Life," which sheds lots of light on Romans, instead. "Changed into His Likeness", which comments on the lives and significance of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, is also a great place to start.

Why do I recommend starting with these rather than The Spiritual Man? I think they are more accessible and give more practical help for walking with God day by day. Some topics in The Spiritual Man might be frustrating or stumbling to you if you're in a situation where you aren't able to have vital fellowship with other Christians. Much of Volume 2 falls into this category because it could possibly send you into introspection and wondering about your spiritual condition instead of looking away from yourself to Christ. Also, Volume 3 deals with spiritual warfare, a very important topic and responsibility in the Christian life, but not one that we can completely experience as individuals -- we need a living in the Body of Christ to fully participate in spiritual warfare. As Jesus said, "... I will build my church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it."

I would also like to respond to one reviewer's allegation that the term "soulish" is an invented term; actually, "soulish" is a legitimate Greek word that appears throughout the New Testament but doesn't have an obvious English counterpart.
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It's hard to believe that Watchman Nee had only been a Christian for a few years and was in his early twenties when he wrote The Spiritual Man. This is the first and only book of any substantial size that Nee himself ever wrote, and it is the most comprehensive treatment of spirit, soul, and body ever written. With the precision of a surgeon Nee dissects WHO we are in the light of God's Word, WHY we are the way we are, and HOW it all fits together and relates to God. This is not a book for the casual reader. It will require several readings and many years before it's truths can be grasped, but it's well worth the adventure. Must reading for today's discerning Christian in a world full of half-truths and deceptions.
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Watchman Nee exemplifies the believer of whom the Lord Jesus spoke "from his innermost being will flow rivers of living water." (Jn. 7:38). He was a man full of the Holy Spirit, and this book overflows with words of life inspired by the Spirit. The book is no substitute for the Scriptures, rather its a book written by one to whom the Scriptures had come alive, and who was blessed with the words to convey the quickening of his own spirit experienced within.

This book will be a wonderful discovery for those who have hoped that the Bible is more than doctrine and dogma, and speaks also of a spiritual reality that can be experienced by faith in such promises as "the Spirit will guide you in all truth" and "teach you about all things." (Jn. 16:13; I Jn. 2:27.) The book is no less than a manual for those believers who have heard the inward call to the Spirit-led life, and seek to understand what this life is about and how to maintain it. Nee writes that "spiritual service means nothing other than our working by our spirit for the quickening of the spirits of others." By the power of the Holy Spirit, Nee has done a great service with this book.

Many in the evangelical camp have criticized Watchman Nee. They are, for the most part, what A.W. Tozer has described as Evangelical Rationalists. The rationalists believe that divine truth is reducible to mere words and creeds. If you hold the right opinion on the stated propositions, then you have the truth. If you can recite the creed, you have the truth. Tozer compared the Evangelical Rationalists to the Pharisees of Jesus' day who searched the Scriptures, thinking that in them they had eternal life, but they did not come to Him of whom the Scriptures bore witness. C.H.
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