by Norman P. Grubb
THEN DAILY LIVING
What followed then was the real answer to this first question of “anthropology”. What kind of person am I, now that it is settled by the Word and inner witness that my real inner self is Christ in me? How do I now in fact function as a human? Paul nicely slipped into his Galatians 2:20 statement, “Yet not I, but Christ lives in me”.
He did not just say lives as if I am Christ. So back I come to realize that I am still the lamp —— now absorbed in reflecting the light but still the lamp. But now —— all important —— what a different understanding of the lamp!
Now it is no longer a soiled lamp under constant questioning, suspicion, and condemnation. I now accept myself as a right self. If I am good enough for Him to accept and dwell in and express Himself by, I am good enough to accept myself just as I am. That was perhaps the most important and revolutionary new recognition when at last I got Romans 7:17 into focus
Romans 7:17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.
That I never was a bad self in my God—created humanity, any more than I was a “good” self. Nor was I a soiled—self, as if something had poisoned my humanity —— my being as a human.
No, I can accept myself because the bad or good is the expres¬sion of the deity nature in me/as me —— change of Deity, change of Owner, not change of my humanity —— except that my physical body is the mortal part of me in which I long for a change Romans 8:23—25
Romans 8:23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? 25But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
2 Corinthians 5:1—8
1 Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, 3because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 6Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7We live by faith, not by sight. 8We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
So I am FREE TO BE. Where I used to live in a continuous warning red light on my failures, sins, and weak¬nesses, now I live in a green light. I think my thoughts, make my choices, do my daily jobs as right, not wrong. I refuse waves of that old sense of self— failure sweeping over me. Impossible indeed is that old false consciousness of a self-relying—self apparently running itself and merely “helped” by the Lord, and so often tricked by Satan. Now I do accept myself and act freely as a full self because I have that fixed inner witness that it is actually He as me.
Simple as This by Norman Grubb