The Release of the Spirit: Themes of Personal Impact, Challenges Posed to Faith and How the Contemporary Church
One cannot read very far before sensing Watchman Nee's longing and prayer is that the Church may know the Lord in the fullest way, that God's people may be increasingly fruitful unto Him, that He may find a minimum of hindrance in us, and that He may be fully released through our quickened and controlled spirit.
Even for one who is a dichotomist (like this reviewer), typical arguments from a trichomists position tend to remain within biblical tension. Nee however, identifies the soul and spirit with definitions that press upon this tension with some force that may be problematic for the dichotomist. According to Nee, the body is the physical body, the flesh. The soul is the intellect, thought, emotion, and intangible aspects of personality and being, and the spirit is something different. "When God comes to indwell us by His Spirit with His life and power," states Nee, "He comes into our spirit at the time when we are born again".
The only work God approves is that of the spirit, and the breaking of the outer man is the only way that the spirit can have full freedom.All of these messages were given by Watchman Nee during his training in Kuling for his co-workers in 1948 and 1949.