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The Spiritual Man (3 volume set) Paperback – June 1, 1998
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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Words can't describe the importance of this and ones spiritual walkPublished 7 days ago by James Harvey
A book for every believe that want to live the life in the spiritPublished 10 days ago by JUDE ASONIBE
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