THE SPIRIT OF JUDGMENT(WATCHMAN NEE)
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People do not like to think of judgment, but “the Lord is known by the judgment which he executeth” (Ps. 9.16 AV). The psalmist “sing[s] of mercy and judgment” (Ps. 101.1 AV). He asks the Lord to teach him of His judgment (Ps. 119.108 AV), and to quicken him according to His judgment (Ps. 119.149 AV). He considers those blessed who keep judgment and do righteousness at all times (Ps. 106.3 AV)., May we therefore be corrected in our mental concept and enter into the spirit of judgment so that God may be justified and we may be perfected. The present volume is composed of three parts. The first comprises notes of the messages on the Spirit of Judgment which Watchman Nee delivered in February, 1942 at a seven-day conference in Shanghai, China. Their full text has never been published and is now lost. However, these notes—taken by Dr. C. H. Yu—have been miraculously preserved and are now being translated and published into English. The second part offers three of the now well-known 52 basic lessons for believers which the author gave during a series of training sessions for workers held at Mount Kuling, near Foochow, China, in 1948∗ These three lessons (on the Kingdom, the Lord’s Second Coming, and Occupation) had not been translated and published into English earlier because of their potentially controversial nature due to wide differences of opinion held among believers concerning these three subjects. Yet we feel these views should now be presented to all who love the truth of God. Their inclusion here is not aimed at forcing upon but rather at stirring up believers to at least consider them seriously before the Lord. The third part of the volume gathers together a number of messages given by the author at different times and places during his fruitful ministry and which have not been translated and published in English heretofore. They cover a wide range of subjects—from the righteousness of God to the helpmeet of Christ, yet they all unite in presenting the fullness of the salvation of our God. May God use this book to bring all who read it into a deeper knowledge of, and more consistent walk with, the Lord Jesus Christ.