“It is the Spirit who give life” (John 6:63). Commenting on this verse, Watchman Nee says that “regeneration is a matter of transmission of life resulting in others receiving life, while building up is also a matter of the transmission of life resulting in believers being built up. Without the Spirit there can be no regeneration, and there can be no building up” (The Breaking of the Outer Man and the Release of the Spirit, Living Stream Ministry, 1997, page 17-18.
It is important to realize this in any type of ministry. Regeneration (new birth) is necessary before spiritual growth can take place (see John 3:1-8). But, spiritual growth is not static. God wants to continue His work in and through every one of His children and this requires building up in maturity so we are effective in “the work of ministry” (Ephesians 4:11-13).
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