In addition to publishing
periodicals, Watchman Nee also published many books for the carrying out of
his ministry. Some of these books were messages published in his periodicals
and reprinted in book form. All of the available material
by Watchman Nee have been published in The Collected Works of Watchman Nee.
Categories of Books
the Edification of New Believers
General Messages for Christians
the Practicality of the Church
Workers of the Lord
Although gospel preaching
was not the central feature of his ministry, Watchman Nee published
twenty-one booklets on the gospel.
There Is God
God Is Willing
The Suffering of the Cross
The Paths to Hell (1)
The Paths to Hell (2)
The Paths to Hell (3)
The Robber Saved (Luke 23:39-43)
The Salvation of the Adulterous Woman
(John 4:1-15, 28-29)
Why Good Men Go to Hell
Can Morality Save Us
Do You Know That You Are Saved
Assurance of Salvation
Christ as the Manifestation of God
Christ and Christianity
Christ as the New Life
Christ and the Christian
For What Did He Come?, by Ruth Lee
God Loves the World, by W. Lee
A Rich Man Perished (Luke 16:19-31), by
He also published a book
of questions and answers on gospel truth, giving explanations on fifty
aspects of the gospel.
In his training on Kuling
shared a series of fifty messages for the edification of new believers. They
are listed as follows:
Clearance of the Past
Separation from the World
Joining the Church
Laying On of Hands
Abolishing of Distinctions
Kinds of Meetings
The Lord's Day
Bringing People to the Lord
Salvation for the Whole House
Confession and Recompense
Restoring a Brother
The Believer's Reaction
Freedom from Sin
The Will of God
How to Handle Money
Selecting a Mate
Husband and Wife
Clothing and Food
The Discipline of God
The Dealing of the Holy Spirit
Resisting the Devil
The Way of the Church
Loving the Brothers
The Body of Christ
The Authority of the Church
The intention was that
every local church would use these fifty messages for the edification of new
believers every week for one year and repeat them yearly.
The following thirty-five books were reprints of messages published in Notes
of Scriptural Messages, which Watchman published for the use of young
Man's Only Sin
Forgiveness and Confession
The Other Aspect of the Trespass
Salvation by Baptism
The Meaning of Baptism
The Mind of Christ
The Seal of the Holy Spirit
A Believer's Worth before God
The Numbering of Spiritual Days
The Four Ministers in the New Testament
Five Parables concerning Things New and
Our Lord's Sanctifying Himself
The Sympathy of the High Priest
The Power of Choosing
The Reason the Lord Was Not Disappointed
God Interrupting Man's Speaking
Waste and Pragmatism
Four Things a Christian Should Pay
A Noble Deed
Mary (John 20:16)
David and Mephibosheth
The Individual and the Corporate
The Widow, the Wife, and the Virgin
Leaking and Drifting
In Nothing Be Anxious
The Two Rests
The Pathway to Glory-through Jerusalem
How to Know the Will of God
Faith and Obedience
A Defeated Righteous Man
The following nineteen
books were published as general messages for Christians:
The Messenger of the Cross
The Work of the Holy Spirit
Living by Faith
Living by Faith and the Course of
Entering into a Truth
A Shallow Life
Authority and Submission
Spiritual or Mental
The Way to the Knowledge of God
Self-knowledge and God's Light
Man's First Sin
Universal Fatherhood: A Fallacy
Ministering to the House or to God
Worshipping the Ways of God
The Work of Prayer
The Prayer Ministry of the Church
Worship God, by Ruth Lee
The Kingdom of the Heavens, by W. Lee
Gleanings of the Genealogy of Christ, by
Light on Dispensations, by W. Lee
He also published one
hundred forty-four messages in twelve volumes called Twelve Baskets Full.
Thirty-five of these messages were reprints of the above-mentioned books, and
seven were reprints of books on central messages. Of the one hundred two messages
remaining, ten were given by Yu Cheng-hwa and
twelve by Witness Lee. The remaining eighty were given by Watchman Nee.
The Lord burdened and
commissioned Watchman Nee with a specific testimony of Christ in His
crucifixion, resurrection, ascension, return, and kingdom. His ministry,
therefore, was focused on Christ's death and resurrection for the producing
of the church in life to experience the victory of Christ that His kingdom
might be ushered in. For this reason, he considered messages on these matters
as the central messages. His burden to hold the overcomer
conferences and to publish The Present Testimony was to present such
central messages. He also translated books in this same category into
Chinese. All the books in the other categories mentioned in the first part of
this chapter were intended by him to prepare the believers to apprehend these
central messages, which were mainly contained in the following twenty-two
1) The Details of Spiritual Cultivation (original English title: The
Christian Life and Warfare) published in June 1927. This book was the
initial step to writing The Spiritual Man.
2) The Spiritual Man in three volumes was published in the fall of
1928. This book was not only the central one but also the greatest one among
Brother Nee's writings. It covers the following
main points: 1) the three parts of man—spirit, soul, and body; 2) the
distinction between soul and spirit; 3) the fleshly Christian; 4) the soulish believer; 5) the subjective aspect of the cross
and the work of the Holy Spirit; 6) the spiritual man; and 7) the spiritual
After publishing two editions of The Spiritual Man, Watchman Nee
realized that many of his readers became introspective. He also felt that the
book was too perfectly written and too detailed. For these reasons he decided
not to publish further editions. This was especially true after 1939 when he
saw that spiritual warfare was not an individual matter but a corporate one.
He told me that his view of spiritual warfare in The Spiritual Man was
based mainly upon the writings and experience of Evan Roberts and Jessie
Penn-Lewis. Roberts and Penn-Lewis saw only the individual aspect of
spiritual warfare, and thus they presented it as a difficult matter. But over
ten years after the publication of The Spiritual Man, Watchman began
to realize that spiritual warfare, according to Ephesians 6, must be carried
out by the Body of Christ in a corporate way. For this reason he made a final
decision to discontinue the publication of this book. However, having later
realized in Taiwan
that with the exception of the chapter on spiritual warfare, this book could
be quite helpful to believers in the matter of spiritual life, we decided to
reprint it. Anyone who reads this book should keep in mind the above remarks.
3) Having Been Made Dead to the Law (Rom. 7:4, 15-19).
4) The Extent of the Believer's Salvation. This book tells us that
God's salvation extends into our conscience (Heb. 9:14), heart (Matt. 5:8;
Phil 4:7), soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30), thought (2 Cor. 10:5),
speech (James 1:26), the lust of the body (Rom. 8:12-13), the members (Rom.
6:13, 19), and the ego (Gal. 2:20).
5) The Overcoming Life (1 John 5:12; Phil. 1:21).
6) The Normal Christian Life. This
book contains messages on Romans 5, 6, 7, 8, and 12 given by Watchman Nee on
his trip to Europe in 1938 and 1939. It was
published in English and translated into Chinese.
7) A Two-sided Truth (Phil. 2:12-18). The twofoldness
is this: On one hand God desires us to "work out" our salvation,
and on the other hand, God "works in" us. We work out what God
works within us.
8) Two Principles of Conduct (Gen. 2:9, 16-17). These are the
principle of life and the principle of right or wrong. Christians should live
by the first principle, not by the second.
9) In Christ (1 Cor. 1:30; Rom. 8:1-2; 2 Cor. 5:17; Col.
1:14; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Cor. 1:2; Col. 2:10; Eph. 1:3; John 16:33; 2 Cor. 12:2).
We Christians are persons in Christ, enjoying redemption, life, peace,
victory, and all spiritual blessings in Him.
10) God's Masterpiece (Eph. 2:1-10). The believers are God's
masterpiece in Christ through His death, resurrection, and ascension.
11) The New Covenant (Heb. 8:6, 8-13). The new covenant is a better
covenant, enacted with the redeeming blood of Christ and guaranteed and
executed by the resurrected Christ in His eternal priesthood according to the
power of an indestructible life.
12) The Renewing of the Mind (Rom. 12:2; Eph. 4:23). The believers'
minds should be renewed that they may put off the old man and put on the new.
13) The Power of Resurrection (Phil. 3:10; Acts 2:32-33; Eph. 1:19-23;
2 Cor. 4:7). The power of resurrection is the power of the Holy Spirit, in
which the believers live, work, and overcome, and by which the church is
14) A Prayer for Revelation (Eph. 1:15-23). The apostle Paul prayed in
Ephesians 1 for the believers to receive revelation concerning the hope of
God's calling, the riches of the glory of God's inheritance in the saints,
the greatness of His power to the believers, and the church as the Body, the
fullness of Him that fills all in all.
15) Christ Is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. This book is composed
of five chapters: 1) Christ as the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6);
2) Christ as the resurrection and the life (John 11:25); 3) Christ as the
bread of life and the light of life (John 6:35; 8:12); 4) Christ as the
"I Am" (John 8:24, 28, 58); and 5) Christ as the rock for the
church (Matt. 16:16-18).
16) Christ Is All Spiritual Matters and Things. This book also
comprises five chapters. The first three chapters are the same as the first
three chapters of the preceding book; chapter four is on Christ being the
matters and things of God (John 1:29; 6:35; 8:12; 11:25; 14:6; 1 Cor. 1:30;
Col. 3:4; 1 Tim. 1:1; Psa. 27:1); and chapter five is on Christ versus matters
or things (John 8:28; Col. 3:3-4; 1:16-20).
17) Christ Becoming Our Wisdom (1 Cor. 1:30). God has put us in Christ
and has made Christ in us to be our wisdom for our righteousness,
sanctification, and redemption.
18) Christ Is Our Righteousness. This book comprises three chapters:
1) the righteousness of God (Rom. 3:21-28); 2) Christ as our righteousness (1
Cor. 1:30); and 3) our being made the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21).
19) The Holy Spirit and Reality (John 4:24; 16:13; 1 John 5:6). Reality
is in the Holy Spirit. Everything that is in the Holy Spirit is reality.
20) The Glorious Church or Holy and without Blemish (Eph.
5:22-32). The messages in this book use Eve in Genesis 2, the wife in
Ephesians 5, the woman in Revelation 12, and the bride in Revelation 21 to
illustrate all the spiritual aspects concerning the church's being glorious,
holy, and without blemish.
21) The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This book is on the three
aspects of the full experience of a believer. The first aspect is to know God
the Father and to experience Him as the source of all blessings, as portrayed
by the experience of Abraham. The second aspect is to know the inheritance of
the Son and to enjoy all the rich inheritance God the Father prepared in
Christ for the believer, as portrayed by the experience of Isaac. The third
aspect is to know the discipline of the Holy Spirit and to experience the
dealings of the natural life and the Holy Spirit working Christ into the
believers, as portrayed in the experience of Jacob.
22) The Breaking of the Outer Man and the Release of the Spirit (John
12:24; Heb. 4:12-13; John 4:23-24; 1 Cor. 2:11-14; 2 Cor. 3:6; Rom. 1:9; 7:6;
8:4-8; Gal. 5:16, 22-23, 25). This book stresses the breaking of our outer
man, which is the natural man, that our spirit with
the Holy Spirit may be released from within us.
In his books on central
messages, Watchman Nee covered the reality of the church. He was also
burdened to put out five books on the practicality of the church:
1) The Assembly Life. This book comprises an introduction and four
chapters. In the introduction he stressed the need of the church. The
subjects of the chapters are as follows: 1) the authority of the church, the
eldership; 2) the practice of fellowship among the local churches; 3) how to
meet; and 4) the boundary of a local church being the boundary of the city in
which the local church is.
2) Rethinking the Work. This book is Brother Nee's
main work concerning the practicality of the church. It is composed of ten
chapters mainly dealing with the following points: 1) who the apostles are;
2) how the local churches are established; 3) how the elders are appointed;
4) the ground of oneness and the ground of division; 5) the relationship
between the work and the churches; and 6) the organization of a local church.
This book was translated into English under the title Concerning Our
Missions and was reprinted under the title The Normal Christian Church
3) Further Talks on the Church Life. This book is composed of the
messages given by Watchman Nee in 1950 and 1951 after World War II and mainly
deals with: 1) the ground of the church; 2) the content of the church; 3) the
oneness of the church; and 4) the service of the church.
4) The Orthodoxy of the Church. This book comprises messages given by
Watchman Nee on the seven epistles in Revelation 2 and 3 concerning the
5) Church Affairs. This book contains a course of Watchman Nee's training at Kuling Mountain concerning the business
affairs of the church.
1) The Ministry of
God's Word. The contents of this book are a training course of Brother
Nee given at Kuling Mountain
on the ministers of the Word of God and their ministry.
2) The Character of the Lord's Worker is also a training course given
Mountain dealing with
the character of one who works for the Lord.
The following are the
publications on Bible study:
1) Where Is Heaven? (Heb. 8:1; 2 Cor. 12:2; Isa. 14:12-14; Psa.
75:6-7; 48:2; Ezek. 1:1, 4; Zech. 6:6, 8; Job 26:7).
2) A Synopsis of the Book of Revelation gives some crucial knowledge
for studying Revelation and a full outline of its twenty-two chapters.
3) Bible Studies for Beginners contains twenty-six lessons.
4) Study on Revelation concerns the prophecies of the church, the
Jews, the world, the great Babylon,
and the New Jerusalem.
5) Study on Matthew concerns the kingdom of the heavens.
6) The Song of Songs concerns the stages of the spiritual life.
7) The Way to Study the Scriptures gives about forty different ways
for studying the Bible.
8) Abstracts of the Scriptures is in four
volumes and contains the abstracts of forty-four books of the Bible from Genesis
to Acts, leaving Romans to Revelation to be finished.
9) Once a Year through the Bible gives the subjects and the outlines
of all the books of the Bible with assigned portions for daily reading.
10) Fifty-two Basic Truths in the Scriptures, by W. Lee, contains the
1) Condition of Man; 2) The Love of God; 3) The Redemption of Christ; 4) The
Work of the Holy Spirit; 5) Repenting and Believing; 6) Forgiveness; 7)
Cleansing; 8) Sanctification; 9) Justification; 10) Reconciliation with God;
11) Regeneration; 12) Eternal Life; 13) Freedom; 14) Salvation; 15) Assurance
of Salvation; 16) The Security of Salvation; 17) Obeying the Sense of Life;
18) Living in the Fellowship of Life; 19) Consecration; 20) Dealing with Sin;
21) To Be Led; 22) Doing the Will of God; 23) To Be Filled with the Holy
Spirit; 24) Preaching the Gospel; 25) Serving the Lord; 26) A Few Matters
Related to a Believer's Life; 27) Knowing God; 28) The Faithfulness of God
and the Righteousness of God; 29) The Election and Predestination of God; 30)
The Union of God with Man; 31) The Person of Christ; 32) The Precious Blood
of Christ; 33) Law and Grace; 34) In Adam and in Christ; 35) The Two Natures
of a Believer; 36) Three Lives and Four Laws; 37) Union with Christ; 38) The
New Testament Service; 39) Believers and Sin; 40) Receiving the Reward; 41)
Entering into the Kingdom of the Heavens; 42) Sufferings; 43) The Church; 44)
The Angels; 45) The Devil; 46) The World; 47) Sin; 48) Death and
Resurrection; 49) Judgment; 50) Heaven and Hell; 51) The Rapture of the
Believers; 52) The Second Coming of Christ.
In addition to all the
above books, some spiritual books in English were translated under Brother Nee's publication ministry through the years.
1) The following eleven books were on the central messages, mostly translated
by Brother Nee himself:
(1) The Cross of Christ, chapter one by
Andrew Murray and chapter two by Jessie Penn-Lewis
(2)Union with Christ in Death, by Jessie Penn-Lewis
(3) The Way of Deliverance, by Jessie Penn-Lewis
(4) The Meaning of the Gospel, by T. Austin-Sparks
(5) The Three Main Principles of the Cross, by T. Austin-Sparks
(6) A Manifested Mystery, by T. Austin-Sparks
(7) Victorious Life Is a Real Fact, by T. Austin-Sparks
(8) Resurrection Life and the Body of Christ, by T. Austin-Sparks
(9) The Reigning Life, by C. H. Usher
(10) Victory Is in the Union with Christ, by Mackee
(11) God's Plan of Redemption, by Mrs. Charles A. McDonough,
translated by Yu Cheng-hwa
2) The following seven
books on inner life were translated by Brother Yu Cheng-hwa.
These books are helpful if they are used properly.
(1) Sweet Smelling Myrrh, an autobiography of
(2) Life out of Death—Spiritual Torrent, by Madame Guyon
(3) A Short, Easy Method of Prayer, by Madame Guyon
(4) Letters by Madame Guyon
(5) The Practice of the Presence of God, by Brother Lawrence
(6) Spiritual Maxims, by Brother Lawrence
(7) Maxims of the Saints, by Father Fenelon
3) The following eight
books on general messages were translated by others:
(1) The Son of God, by J. G. Bellett
(2) Straight Paths for the Children of God, by A. M.
(3) The Streams in the Desert, by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman
(4) Christianity or Religion, by A. C. Gaebelein
(5) How to Bring Men to Christ, by R. A. Torrey
(6) Seen and Heard, an autobiography of James M'Kendrick
(7) The Twofoldness of Divine Truth, by
Robert Govett, translated by Yu Cheng-hwa
(8) Modern Science and the Long Day in Joshua, by Harry Rimmer
Chart of Things to
Come shows the
outline of all prophecies concerning the future and depicts the raptures of
the saints, the great tribulation, the coming of Christ, the judgment at the
judgment seat of Christ, the millennium, the judgment at the great white
throne, and the new heaven and new earth with the New Jerusalem.
Under Watchman Nee's publication ministry, three hymn books were
1) Hymns: A collection of one hundred eighty-four hymns. Most of the
hymns were selected by Brother Nee out of over ten thousand hymns, songs, and
poems, and were translated by him with some improvements and adjustments. A
few were written by him, and one was written by Ruth Lee. Originally, it was
called Hymns for the Little Flock. Later, this name was dropped
because people used it to designate us as the Church of the Little Flock. The
contents were classified as follows: words of praise, joy of salvation,
springs of the valley of Baca, union with Christ, growth in grace, seeking in
the spiritual pathway, consolation of the pilgrims, prayer meeting,
consecration, spiritual warfare, the Holy Spirit, the work, general hymns,
the praise of the sucklings, and the trumpet of the
2) Hymns: A larger collection of 1,052 hymns compiled and composed by
Watchman Nee with the cooperation of some brothers.
3) Gospel Songs: A collection of one hundred songs and hymns compiled
and composed by Witness Lee.
Nee—A Seer of the Divine Revelation in the Present Age, by Witness