Notes from Norman
Simple as This
By Norman P. Grubb
TO SUM UP
Here is the outpouring in a kind of resume form of what I daringly call (to me) Total Truth. I gave it in more detail in my recent book YES I AM.
The main point is that the heart of revelation is that there is Only One Person in the Universe manifesting Himself in infinite variety of visible forms. Therefore the human self, His highest form of manifesting Himself created in His own image, is basically nothing but a vessel, branch, temple, body-member, slave, with its perfection of created being and potential (Acts 17:28), but with no nature of its own by which it expresses itself. Much like our modern day computer with its great potential, but only reproducing the input of its programmer, our only reason for existence, glorious as that is, is to express God in His nature, and reproduce Him in all His forms of sacrificial love-activity so that we are He in our forms.
But because nothing in the Universe, from God Himself through all His creation, can operate except by interaction with its opposite, and the one utilizing the other for its manifestation, so we, in ourselves as His highest form of creation, can only know ourselves and operate as selves by being confronted with the opposite. Created to manifest God in His nature of Self-giving Love, we were confronted with and caught up by that false “god” of self-loving self and were then deceived to the point of thinking it was ourselves operating ourselves, instead of the true fact that it was that evil one expressing his nature by us. It is a ridiculous and total impossibility for humans to be self-operating selves. There is no such thing in the Universe.
Our Last Adam then, our Lord Jesus Christ, representing us, voluntarily accepted His Calvary death in our place and as us. Thus “made sin” as us, by His death He “died to sin”, that sin-spirit which occupied us, and by His resurrection His Spirit of Self-giving Love replaced that false spirit of error. This then is the fact in us when in our freedom as persons, by the grace operation on us first by the law and then of the Spirit, we come to recognize Who we now are: formerly Satan-I, now Christ-I, as in Galatians 2:20.
We are liberated to recognize that there never was anything basically evil in our human selves, any more than there was anything basically good (Rom. 7:18). But as formerly sin-expressers through Satan in his sin form indwelling us, now we are God-expressers through Christ in His holiness nature indwelling us. So we boldly now accept ourselves and be ourselves with no condemnation, with no change necessary in our human selves created in His image, but the radical change is in the One expressing Himself in His nature as us; not change of human self (which had no nature) but of Deity owner and indweller expressing His nature by us. We are free to be kept by our Keeper.
Living in this present Satan-infected world, as lights in a dark place, we are continually assaulted by every kind of enticement to respond to that tempter around us. But we have learned not to take condemnation for temptation, but to recognize and accept it as living always within range, even as Jesus was tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin. Thus recognizing the subtle temptation to respond to the lie of the independent self and taking no condemnation for the pulls of Satan by temptation, we are equally free to recognize Who we really are, the Spirit of holiness in us/as us, and we expressing Him in whatever replacement meets the temptation: hate by love, fear by faith, lust by self-giving love and so on.
Finally, free from pressures concerning our human selves, we are captured by the pressures of self-giving love, God in His lamb nature, and lay down our lives as intercessors that others may find their secret of life, “death in us, and life in you”. This is finally total fulfillment in present-day world living; Paul’s Col. 1:28, “presenting every man perfect in Christ Jesus”.
Amen and Amen
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