Finished Work of Christ
“He was crucified: then what about us? Must we ask God to crucify us? Never! When Christ was crucified we were crucified; and his crucifixion is past, therefore ours cannot be future. I challenge you to find one text in the New Testament telling us that our crucifixion is in the future. All the references to it are in the Greek aorist, which is the ‘once-for-all’ tense, the ‘eternally past’ tense.
(See Rom 6:6; Gal 2:20; 5:24; 6:14) (Watchman Nee, The Normal Christian Life, pp. 44-45).
Objective Work of Christ
“It does not depend on your feelings. If you feel that Christ has died, he has died; and if you do not feel that he has died, he has died. If you feel that you have died, you have died; and if you do not feel that you have died, you have died. These are divine facts. That Christ has died is a fact, that the two thieves have died is a fact, and that you have died is a fact also. Let me tell you, You have died! You are done with! You are ruled out! The self you loathe is on the Cross in Christ. And ‘he that is dead is freed from sin.'” (Rom 6:7).
(Watchman Nee, The Normal Christian Life, p. 52).
“I do not know how far I may be able to make myself intelligible about it, for there is nothing new or strange or wonderful–and yet, all is new! In a word, ‘whereas once I was blind, now I see.’ …. I am dead and buried with Christ–aye, and risen too, and ascended…. God reckons me so, and tells me to reckon myself so. He knows best…. Oh, the joy of seeing this truth–I do pray that the eyes of your understanding may be enlightened, that you may know and enjoy the riches freely given to us in Christ.”
(J. Hudson Taylor, from Hudson Taylor and the China Inland Mission, chapter 12, ‘The Exchanged Life,’ cited in (Watchman Nee, The Normal Christian Life, p. 57).
Union with Christ
“It is the ‘inclusive’ death of the Lord which puts me in a position to identify myself, not that I identify myself in order to be included. It is God’s inclusion of me in Christ that matters.”
(Watchman Nee, The Normal Christian Life, p. 46).
“What we could not do for ourselves, God has done for us. He has put us into Christ. Let me remind you of 1 Corinthians 1:30. I think that is one of the best verses of the whole New Testament: ‘Ye are in Christ.’ How? Of him [that is, ‘of God’] are ye in Christ.’ Praise God! It is not left to us either to devise a way of entry or to work it out. We need not plan how to get in. God has planned it; and he has not only planned it but he has also performed it. ‘Of him are ye in Christ Jesus.’ We are in; therefore we need not try to get in. It is a divine act, and it is accomplished.”
(Watchman Nee, The Normal Christian Life, p. 43).