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Biblical Teaching

by Norman P. Grubb

Now what I’m getting at is, if God is Spirit, He’s not body. Of course, we all know that. If He’s Spirit, He hasn’t got the outer clothing of body. What does that mean? It means the Spirit is the personality, because if ever there is a personality it is God. Isn’t that so? If there ever is a Self, it’s God. God is the Self of all selves. He’s Spirit. Therefore, the essential self is spirit because God is a Spirit, and He is the essential Self. The essential ego is spirit. Now that’s important. I’ll show you why. Now link that up with that remarkable little phrase which falls out again quite incidentally in Hebrews 12 where Paul . . . oh, I don’t believe Paul did write it, I think Apollos wrote it! Apollos said in Hebrews 12:9, where he’s contrasting fathers of the flesh. What did he say? “Shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits . . . ?” Therefore, that which God really fathered when He fathered humanity was spirits. The rest was only clothing. Spirits, because the spirit is the essential ego, the essential.

I’ll give a little more proof of that. Look in the same Hebrews 12 and in verse 23 when man loses his body for a time. We come to that wonderful Mt. Zion and get a vision of it, “. . . and to the spirits of just men made perfect.” Well, they haven’t lost their personality, they’re justified men stripped of outer clothing.

So the essential in man is a spirit, you see. The spirit of a just man, a justified spirit. Or look back to I Cor. 2. There you’ve got an interesting touch. In I Cor. 2:11, “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.” In other words, the knower is the spirit, so of course he is the inner ego.

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