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by Norman P. Grubb

So original life is union, and that which proceeds from union in that balance which is so hard for us to understand or apprehend or experience—a unity which still leaves us a separate person.

It’s more than a union, it’s a unity. It’s tremendous when, in any sense, it is imparted to me. A unity, so that there is never a sense of even a one percent division between myself and the Living God again. They’ve become one Person—“He that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit,” not two. I Cor. 6:17. And yet within that mystery we retain our individuality. That’s where the difficulty comes, which we need to examine. That’s where the whole tension of holiness comes; the whole problem of sanctification hangs around that fact, what we might call that paradox.

But the first point is the unity; become one person. We’ve got so used to the curse of the fall which is separation that it’s a very, very long job for us. Who of us does entirely attain to a continuous recognition of this unity? It was the great cry of the saints of the ages.

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