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by Norman P. Grubb

I am glad the Scriptures are dull on the surface because it makes you dig for the treasures. That’s why it is dull on the surface. Of course, it is a dull Book. It is meant to be dull to the outer, but the treasures are in the inside. They’re hidden. Of course you’ll find it dull on the first reading until you pay the price. Then you find something inside which lights up.

And I find when I read like that the light dawns: “Now I’ve got to get at it,” or, “Oh, I see now. I’ve got something!” I read an epistle through so many times and then sit down and ask, “Now what is he after?” And as I begin to write, then I say, “Oh, I see. It is on obedience. He has real light on obedience. Now let’s have that.” So I begin to find things. Now the Word is breaking up to me. Now the principle is being grafted into me. The Word of God abides in you; not you just read it. It abides in you. The principles have got you; they are the working principles of your life now.

Karuizawa Japan Conference of 1954
Topic: “Going on to Perfection”