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by Norman P. Grubb

I pointed out to you yesterday Scriptures which showed that it is very difficult to know which is “I” and which is Christ in the union. We are to know that it is our privilege, position, and experience by grace now. He in me and I in Him, living in each other, part of each other, inter-penetrating each other. One! And last night we touched on all that flows from that. But in the heart of that truth of all history we must see something else essential which is; exactly what is my place in the union and what is His place? How much of me and how much of Him? And we came to see that the purpose for which we were created is for us to be as near as possible to zero, and He to be as near as possible to one hundred per cent. I don’t suppose we can say in human language that He is 100 per cent and we are nothing. Otherwise we disappear. And I don’t wish to disappear. I don’t know about you.

So I suppose the nearest we can say, if God can deeply deal with us enough, is that He becomes the 99.99 and we become the .01, per cent—something near that. As near as possible I must be the nothing and He is the everything; certainly, I the nobody. He is the Somebody. Joined and cooperating, moving out together, so that I’m conscious that I’m an I and He’s a He, and yet,—which is which in the blessed relationship?

Karuizawa Japan Conference of 1954
Topic: “The Liberated Self”