But i want to ask myself, am I really seeking the way into the presence of God by the Blood or by something else? What do I mean when I say, “by the blood”? I mean simply that I recognize my sins, that i confess that i have need of cleansing sins, that i confess that i have need of cleansing and of atonement, and that I come to God on the basis of the finished work of the Lord Jesus. I approach God through His merit alone, and never on the basis of my attainment; never, for example, on the ground that I have been extrac kind or patient today, or that I have done something for the Lord this morning. I have to come by way of the Blood every time. the temptation to so many of us when we try to approach God si to think that because God has been dealing with us — because He has been taking steps to bring us into something more of Himself, and has been teaching us deeper lessons of the Cross — He has thereby set ebfore us newer standards, and that only by attaining to these we can have a clear conscience before Him. No! A clear conscience is never based on our attainment; it can only be based on the work of the Lord Jesus in shedding of His Blood.
Watchman Nee, The Normal Christian Life
So true, and so relevant. How many times we unconsciousy think we that can be saved by faith, but live by works.
Mr. Watchman Nee later says… “But for the present, let us be satisfied with the Blood, that it is there, and that it is enough”