Spiritual Authority By Watchmen Nee

Note from Pastor Terry

During this short break from Corporate Prayer. I  encourage individuals to continue to study "Spiritual Authority" By Watchmen Nee. This study will bless you and your families, as well as, the  COLFC body. The questions are sent out on Wednesdays. The answers from the preceding week will be sent through a separate email.  If you have not receive email send a email to admin@colfc.org with the subject: Please add me to e notifier.



Chapter 10 Questions & Answers

  1. Explain the link between reason and thought, and its detriment.

Man’s rebellion is manifested in word, reason, and especially thought.  Reasons must be cast aside (destroyed), or else man’s thought cannot be brought back into obedience to Christ.  It takes the power of God to fight against reason.  Reason is something we inherited from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  We cannot allow it to block out the knowledge of God.  II Cor 10:4-6


  1. According to the author, men fail to believe in the Lord because they are so often imprisoned in the stronghold of some reason or other.  How can men be delivered?

Unless God destroys these strongholds, men will never be set free.  Only the authority of God can take every thought captive to obey Christ.  To know authority, man’s reasoning must first be overthrown.


  1. What controls man’s thoughts?

Man’s thoughts are controlled by either one of two powers:  either by reasoning, or by the authority of Christ.  No one in this universe can freely exercise his will, because he is either captured by his reasoning or apprehended by Christ.  He consequently either serves Satan or serves God.


  1. List three examples given in the book where men were given the opportunity to exercise their opinion.

Paul was on his way to Damascus to seize the Christians there.  When he was smitten by a great light, and met the authority of God, he abandoned his own agenda and sought to do the will of the Lord.  King Saul was instructed by God to destroy all of the Amalekites with their sheep and cattle.  He reasoned that the animals could be used in sacrifice to God.  God rejected King Saul, who was to be slain by an Amalekite and his rule terminated.  Nadab and Abihu failed to be subject to their father’s authority.  When they burned incense according to their own thought and feeling, they sinned against God by offering strange fire.  God rejected them and they were punished with death. 


  1. If God is not looking at how fervently we preach the gospel or how willingly we suffer for Him, what is He looking for from us?

God looks to see how obedient we are.  God’s kingdom begins when there is an absolute obedience to God—no voicing of opinion, no presenting reasoning, no murmuring, no reviling.  Satan is not afraid of our work as long as we act on the principle of rebellion.  We must all learn to accept discipline that our mouths may be so instructed as not to speak loosely, our mind not to argue, and our hearts not to offer God counsel.


Chapter 9 Questions & Answers

  1. What is necessary to know authority?

To know authority, one must first meet authority; otherwise he or she will never obey.  The mere hearing of the message of obedience is totally ineffective.  He or she must have an encounter with God. 


  1. What is the careless error Eve made with her words?

In Genesis 3:3, she added to God’s word, which clearly showed she didn’t know the authority of God.  God’s word is clear enough.


  1. Is it still rebellion if it’s between family members as in the case of Ham’s brothers, and Miriam, Aaron, and Moses? Explain.

Chapter 8 Questions & Answers

  1.     Explain how authority finds its fullest expression in the Body.

The authority and obedience found in Christ and the church are of such a perfect nature that they surpass all other expressions of authority and obedience.  Just as Christ obeyed God, the Church (Body) must obey Christ (the Head).


2.  Explain the difference between God’s command and God’s will, and why obeying commands is not enough.

God’s command is a spoken word.  His will is an idea conceived in God’s mind.  Behind the command lies the will, and in the will is the law of life.


Chapter 7 Questions & Answers

What are the fourfold symbols of submission to earthly authorities that the author presents?


On pages 67-68, the author states that there is an order in the Church. Do you agree with this statement? Why?

Chapter 6 Questions & Answers

  1. God establishes His Kingdom on the basis of Authority. Can you provide an example of Biblical authority?

There are many examples of Biblical Authority. Abraham, Isaac, King Saul, King David, King Jesus. Read the Scripture texts that was provided such as Romans 13,   

2. According to the author, the Lord established His Kingdom by?

Submission/Obedience. Result, Righteousness, fruitful.

3. Is there a time when we should NOT obey authority?

We should not obey Spiritual authority when that authority is forcing you to sin or abuse power.

4. What would occur if we obeyed the principle of Satan?

Rebellion, Sin, lawlessness, Disorder, Dysfunction, Disunity

5. According to Watchman Nee, believers are called_ ______?

Obeyer’s -People who are willing to be obedience

6. God’s authority is established in the Church and reaches the nations. If the Church fails to allow God’s authority to prevail, what will be the result?

Jesus established His Kingdom authority within the Church, and the Church which is the representation of Jesus will establish His Kingdom within the earth.