by Norman P. Grubb
There we have the third phase: Service, or intercession, intercessorship, priesthood, or whatever you like to call it. Little children, “reveal His Son in me.” Young men, “Christ liveth in me.” Fathers, “mighty in me towards the Gentiles.” Coupled with that you get the same statement which is interesting, and takes you a little farther in the 4th chapter. |
Now I like this because once again it shows where Paul’s aim was set in his converts. It’s the same thing, exactly the same thing. He has given these three flashes of testimony concerning himself. Now he gives a flash of testimony concerning his heart about others. We know it. Galatians 4:19: “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you.” In other words, you’ve got an embryo Christ inside you—like a little embryo inside you. Now, I’m going to travail in birth until you have a formed Christ, a full man, Christ inside you, Who acts like a man, like the God He is—a formed Christ inside you, Who can speak His mature thoughts, love with His love, that incomparable love flowing through us. A formed Christ. You can only have a formed Christ when you are out of it, of course, a Liberated Christ in a liberated personality. Christ will be formed in you.
Karuizawa Japan Conference of 1954
Topic: “Union – Central Secret of the Universe”