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Biblical Teaching

by Norman P. Grubb

I pointed out to you also the stages of Christian growth plainly outlined to us in God’s Word, suggesting too that God’s Word shows us that there are three phases which are to be experienced as well as mentally apprehended. Infancy, adolescence, and adulthood—the infant being in the condition in which it only knows how to receive forgiveness of sins for His Name’s sake; adolescence being the knowledge of the Fatherhood of God; adulthood being the experience of a self-sufficient life. That word of course needs further interpretation. I’ll leave it at that at the moment. A life which in itself has in itself discovered the secret of continuing strength “because ye are strong,” and has discovered how to win every battle, “I have overcome the wicked one,” twice over, and which has a fixed, inner understanding and ingrafted apprehension of the way of God, the Word of God abiding in us.

Karuizawa Japan Conference of 1954
Topic: “Union – Central Secret of the Universe”