Does God have a plan? If so, what is His plan? How will it be carried out? Are we involved in it? And is there any opposition? These are not mere speculative questions, for the right understanding of them is vital to our spiritual well-being. In this present volume Watchman Nee lays before us the eternal plan of God, which is, to sum up all things in Christ that Christ might have the preeminence in all things (Eph. 1.10, Col. 1.18). This plan is violently opposed by Satan who unjustly seeks that place for himself. Though temporarily the Adversary appears to succeed in frustrating God's plan, nevertheless at the appointed time God sends His own Son into the world to destroy all the works of the devil and to remove all obstacles to His plan. It is on the cross that Christ has accomplished the work of redemption, and He now calls His church to stand in His victory and work together with Him in bringing all things under His feet. Yet due to the failure of the church, the responsibility falls upon the overcomers of the church. And through the cooperation which they give to Him, Christ will realize God's plan.
What the reader will now find in the pages to follow is a synopsis of a series of messages given by the author at a conference held in Shanghai, China, in 1934. It was published in this outline form in the issues of the early years of Revival magazine. The original manuscript of the full text, which contained over 100,000 words, was destroyed during political upheavals in China; hence permanently lost. However, the message is so vital and relevant to our time that the synopsis is now being translated for the first time into English for the benefit of those in the English-speaking world who seek to know the mind of God and to walk before Him as overcomers.