From Gilgal to the Jordan

Watchman Nee was a Chinese Christian church leader/teacher working in China in 20th century.

He concluded that Gilgal, bethel, Jericho and Jordan, the places Elisha travelled to on the way to heaven (See 2 Kings 2) were significant to our personal journey. For more details, search on line for A Balanced Christian Life by Watchman Nee   Here is the short form.

1-Gilgal as a place name means “rolled away.”(Joshua 5:9) There all the uncircumcised generation just out of Egypt were circumcised, that is, the old flesh removed. (Colossians 2:11) 

2- Bethel was the place where Abraham built an altar. Abraham traveled to Egypt but didn’t worship God there. Egypt represents the world.) Our hearts must be sold out to God, not sidetracked by any worldly things.

3- . Jericho was never to be rebuilt. (Joshua 6:26) We are to overcome our flesh, (1) the world (2) and (3) our enemies, satan being the chief one. The only way to do that is by believing in God’s word and acting accordingly. We do not understand why everything seems to be against us, upsetting us with confusion and trouble. Without the word of God and without taking the position God has given us by faith, there can be no victory over the enemy.

4- The River Jordan deals with Death. Jesus was baptised in the Jordon. Going under the water is a sign of dying to the old self. Coming up out of the water is resurrection. Satan’s big power is death, but Christ is our resurrection and freedom from death.

I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 

(Philippians 3:10-12, NIV)

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