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by Norman P. Grubb

God can give us a real glimpse, a glimpse which is a fixture. What we are after is a fixed life—I told you before, a natural life, to live naturally. By God’s grace in a measure I have learnt, but there’s much more: I must learn to live naturally in a continuous Christ-consciousness, so that it’s natural to me, fixed in me. The Word of God abides in me, not comes into me from outside—it may have started that way. It abides in me. That’s the point. It’s the fixed life. “O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise.” Ps. 108:1. “That Christ may dwell in your hearts,” not visit occasionally, “dwell in your hearts by faith” (Eph. 3:17)—a permanent residence, not a visit. That’s the same thought. And that, mind you again, is the “farther on” that was Paul’s prayer in the third chapter of Ephesians. Ephesians chapter 3 is perhaps the deepest prayer he prayed. That wasn’t the first prayer he prayed. That was the final prayer he prayed. He prayed the highest things he could pray in Ephesians because he talked the highest language

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