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The Why of Temptation – Part Three

by Norman P. Grubb

Regenerated but Temptable

Now through our great second Adam, the last Adam, the Pioneer of our Salvation, the Captain of our Salvation, there is cut open a new way for us, the way out of that kingdom, translating us into the Kingdom of His dear Son. By His Cross, by His resurrection, by His ascension, by Pentecost, He has cut that broad road for us. And we have followed along that road and have been taken out in heart—taken clean out in heart and spirit from that old realm and we’ve been identified with Him in heart and spirit. So once again our desires in heart and spirit are redirected and we’re here as wholehearted lovers of the Lord Jesus, lovers of God, lovers of our brethren by the Spirit Who lives in us. But, as I’ve stressed these days, in another sense that deliverance, that re-fixing of us in that for which we were originally created, is only partial because we’re still left in a corrupt body—in the Bible our body is called mortal and corrupt. “Then shall the corruptible become incorruptible.” I Cor. 15:53.

We’re dwelling in a totally corrupt world—“The whole world lies in wickedness.” We’re dwelling in a personal clothing which has an element of corruption even though it is the temple of the Holy Ghost. Even though its members are instruments of righteousness unto God, it has the elements of corruption in it and it dwells in an environment which is totally corrupt. One reason is that in the total darkness we may shine as lights in the world, that in total corruption we are the salt of the earth. That’s our great privilege—that we may be the lights of the world. We are the preachers of the Gospel to every creature.

Karuizawa Japan Conference of 1954
Topic: “Temptation”