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Union

by Norman P. Grubb

I was struck by this, Galatians 2:8—now he’s just discussing incidentally about the ministry concerning Peter, and so on—“For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was [or “is”, the same thing] mighty in me toward the Gentiles.” Isn’t that a striking sentence? Not that He has made me mighty—do you see the difference? He hasn’t made me mighty. He is the mighty One, and He is so mighty in me He gets out through me and the others get it. In Galatians 2:20 He is the wonderful Person in me, and He is so holy in me, He imparts His holiness into my faculties. He’s the meek Person in me, and I become meek along with Him; and He’s the Loving Person in me, and I become loving along with Him. But here is more—it comes out through me here. And here is the standard for missionary work: that same Person is mighty in me, and He comes, but through me, to others. It’s nothing to do with my mightiness—it’s His mightiness in me which comes out and gets the Gentiles.

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