We Begin IN Union By Fred Pruitt

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We Begin IN Union

By Fred Pruitt

You see, it is just here that we begin to get a clue to our answer we are seeking. If it is established in us that we have been wholly translated from one kingdom to another in our new birth and subsequent walk in Christ, then we begin to have a vantage point from which we may see this understanding of ourselves. We have made our real choices in our inner spirit, and the rest of life afterward is based on these foundational choices.

Even our choice for Christ was not made by us independently. Even as we said whatever we said to declare our faith in Christ, we were speaking in and by the Holy Spirit, for as Paul said, “No man can call Jesus Lord except by the Holy Spirit.” He answers before we call. He is the voice in us before our brains move our tongues.

(Or as I like to say, He’s REAL FAST! As soon as it occurs in us to speak the Word of our betrothal and marriage to Christ, even if at the time we did not understand anything about the New Life we were about to enter, the Holy Spirit fills our mouths with the words of that confession!)

GOD HIMSELF enters us to speak in us, as us, the Word of faith that we are His! How about that? Right there at minute one, day one, of our new birth, the Holy Spirit entered us before we even spoke the word, for it was He at that moment Who prompted us and then as us spoke the Word of our eternal salvation! “No man can call Jesus Lord except by the Holy Spirit!”

That is the closest temporal moment, which we can say that the union and new birth begins. They (union and new birth) are one and the same. Our first “act” in the kingdom of God, our entry point, is an act accomplished by the Holy Spirit, using our mouths. It is a union act, at the very beginning of our spiritual lives!

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The Obedience of Faith by Norman Grubb

The Obedience of Faith by Norman Grubb

Transcribed by Marian Sandbek from a taped
living room talk given in the 1970’s.
Edited by Fred Pruitt

Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, but now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith. Rom 16:25,26

Question: In the union life, where is responsibility for disobedience?

NPG: There is only one obedience in the Bible, the obedience of faith, not the obedience of works. The last verse in the book of Romans, which is kind of the standard book on gospel truth, it’s unto the obedience of faith. But, what’s that mean? It means I’m believing God is what He says He is. There’s only one wrong thing in life and that is not to believe that God is what He says He is. I don’t talk in terms of disobedience or obedience when I know who I am on the truth basis, on the Bible basis, which is that you and I are really Christ expressed in human forms. Of course, you see, if this life consists of God in me, it says, “God works in me to will and do.” I don’t will and do, then. Philippians says, “It is God that works in me to will and do of His good pleasure,” and I just fulfill His willing and doing. That’s why it’s an easy life. I don’t do a thing unless I’m made to. It’s great fun. The Bible doesn’t tell me to walk. The Bible tells me, in Ezekiel, that when He puts His spirit within me, He causes me to walk. Well, He does the walking then. He causes me to walk. I walk. I just get pushed along, that’s all.

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A Right Humanity By Norman Grubb

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A Right Humanity

By Norman Grubb

The whole key lies in the understanding that we humans never had a self-operating, self-relying nature, but were solely created to express God in His nature. But we only became conscious functioning humanity when we were voluntarily, though deceivingly, taken captive by that spirit of error, so that we each were Satan-I. Then, through our Last Adam and His Calvary death and resurrection, we change back to our True Owner-Creator and are Christ-I.

Many believers know and claim the reality of Christ in you, as in Ephesians 3:17; but because we never knew the basic reality of formerly being Satan-sin dwelling in us, and mistakenly living in the deceit of a self-acting self, we have been falsely taught that we have a deposit of sin in our human selves (soul and body) and must therefore have some continual forms of warfare for the rest of our lives. Yet the glory of the revelation is that there never was or has been anything wrong with our human selves (spirit, soul, and body) which God created as “very good”. All that happened to our selves was the misuse of self by the Satan-god, and now right use by our true Christ-Indweller. This means that we can boldly accept ourselves as right selves with nothing wrong with us, and that we have always been right selves with nothing wrong with us, and that we have always been right selves in wrong hands, but now in right hands.

taken from It’s As Simple As This by Norman Grubb

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