If a government decided to get rid of a drinking problem and destroyed all the
bottles of alcohol, would that solve the problem? No. Behind the bottles are the
factories that produce the liquor, and if the factories were not dealt with, production
would continue and more bottles would be produced. All of the things that
produced the alcohol would have to be completely destroyed if the drink question
was to be permanently solved.
We are the factories; our actions are the products. The Lord Jesus dealt with
the question of the products, namely our sins. But, what about the question of
what we are? Our sins were produced by us. They have been dealt with, but
how are we going to be dealt with? Do you believe that the Lord Jesus would
cleanse away all our sins and then leave us to get rid of the sin-producing
To ask this question is to answer it. Of course He has not done half the
work and left the other half undone. No, He has done away with the goods
and also made a clean sweep of the factory that produces the goods.
The finished work of Christ really has gone to the root of our problem and
dealt with it. There are no half measures with God. He has made full
provision for sin’s rule is utterly broken. ‘Knowing this, says Paul, ‘that
our old man was crucified with him, that the body of sin might be done
away, so that we should no longer be in bondage to sin (Romans 6:6)
Knowing this! Yes, but do you know it? Or are ye ignorant (Rom. 6:3)?
May the Lord graciously open your eyes.” Watchman Nee