As I was continuing to read The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee, I came across this section in the chapter, The Path of Progress: Reckoning, that really made an impression on me. So up until this point, what had been presented were the awesome Divine facts about Christ's death and how His Blood and the Cross dealt not only with the sins that we commit but also with our very nature as sinners. So what happens after we believe these facts to be true but we still experience old desires and temptations?
What really impressed me in this section was the choice presented: Are we to believe in the intangible Divine facts of the spiritual realm... or in the tangible facts of the natural realm? A good point mentioned is that there is no mention in the Bible of sin being removed from man or eradicated. So naturally, sin will be something that man will have to deal with his entire natural life. So how can we make real in our experience what is true in Divine fact?
"Now faith is the substantiation of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1) To substantiate is to make a substance real in experience. Just as sight and hearing are faculties that make colors and sounds real to us, faith is the manner in which intangible Divine facts are made real in our experience. But what exactly is an experience? It mentions that God does not give individuals, individual experiences. Rather, all spiritual experiences are just us entering into what God has already accomplished through the process Christ went through. This may seem very deep and abstract, and it is! But it's really cool! Our spiritual experiences don't come from our own effort or something we need to do, but they are in Christ! God has done everything in Christ and we too are in Him! So to experience the Lord is to realize in time the eternal things. Wow!
Please feel free to expound on this point! I feel like it is so enjoyable, but I can't fully explain it. :)