Books written by Smith Wigglesworth and Watchman Nee are a constant blessing to me. To date I am reading Sit, Walk, Stand by Watchman Nee and wanted to share some insights from this study.
There is a wonderful mirror image between Adam’s creation and Christ’s redemption and its all to do with rest. Watchman Nee writes that God created Adam at the end of day 6 so he was in effect born into God’s rest as Genesis tells us that on the 7th day God rested” It was because God’s work of creation was truly complete that Adam’s life could begin with rest” Then consider that God presents his son’s finished work so that our redemption has already been worked out for us and just like Adam we simply enter into the rest of it. In fact in Ephesians 2:6-9 we read how we have been raised with Christ who has made us sit with him in the heavenly places. What a glorious truth to understand that our union with Christ began with his death, God included us in him at Calvary. (Galatians 2:20) and then we are invited to sit down and enjoy what God has done for us.
Resting in this wonderful knowledge that our old man has been dealt with on the cross brings fresh understanding and revelation.We no longer have to try to love or forgive in our own strength anymore, instead we can pray “Lord I know I cannot love or forgive this person and I give up trying but I ask your perfect love that lives in me to forgive them.” True rest is understanding that we do not work for God but that he works for us and in us, he gives us this rest.