Notes from Norman
By Norman P. Grubb
I am happy to announce the publication of Norman Grubb’s Old Testament lives available through our website and Amazon or Create Space. A Kindle version will be available by July 30.
Old Testament Journeys of Faith – Their Lives…and Our Lives is a book of the discovery of our own lives in each life from the Old Testament. You will repeatedly recognize yourself while discovering revolutionary truths about these well-known ‘friends’ from our family history!
Abraham…Isaac & Jacob…Moses…Joseph…David…Esther…Job……
Journeys of Faith begins with Job, considered the first book written, and sets the stage for the other books. God took Job from seeing life and God from a ‘consciousness of separation’ to seeing with a single eye…God only! We’ve heard these stories told in church, Sunday school class, Bible study, Hollywood movies and in our own personal reading as we sought to understand more of God, His people and His ways. Norman Grubb makes these all too familiar stories new. They come alive because he walked the same tests of faith victorious given to these men and women by God. Much of our previous thinking and teaching about these people in Biblical history will ‘collide’ with and be expanded by Norman’s sweeping insight and his always upward and reconciling view of life, of God and of His ways. If you have ever questioned God and His actions in the Old Testament, you will find this book will intrigue you…for you are certain to find new meaning in the One who “is upholding all things”.
Romans 6-8 cont.
INTO DEEP WATERS
Paul starts by taking for granted that his readers have a deeper quality of spiritual understanding than most of us today had at our new birth. “Know ye not,” he asks, “that when our Lord Jesus Christ hung on that cross, he represented us all, and therefore His dying there means you and I died there?” Water baptism — our being immersed beneath the waters and lifted out again — is a symbol of the fact that when He died on the cross and was buried in the tomb, by faith we died, were buried, and then were raised with Him (Rom. 6:3,4). And as the Holy Spirit entered the resurrected body of Jesus, which represented all ours, the same Spirit has entered us, delivering us from Satan, whose sin nature had entered our bodies and taken us over at the Fall
(Rom. 6:5, 6).
Therefore, we have died in Christ’s death to the indwelling and operation of Satan’s nature in us: we are “dead to sin” (Rom. 6:7-11). Sin, however, isn’t dead to us as an operating power in our world, and thus we experience its pressures on us. But in our bodies we have died to its false claims to be still dwelling in us and thus expressing its self-for-self nature by us. Equally, the same Spirit who raised Christ from the dead is dwelling in us and living His quality of other-love by us. Thus, we are expressers of God’s holy nature, just as formerly we were expressers of Satan’s sin nature (1 Jn. 4:4, 6).
“So,” Paul says, “based on the historical fact that Christ settled the sin question once for all” (Rom. 6:9,10), “we now reckon ourselves dead to sin and alive to God” (Rom. 6:11). We therefore no longer yield ourselves as agents of that self-for-self sin nature, but as agents of God’s other-love nature. This is strong meat, packed into a few sentences. But does it really work out in our lives?
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