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by Norman P. Grubb

Now we turn to the Gospel Age. First of all, let me point out to you the gracious approach of God to us. Yet at the same time you can see quite clearly from it the difference between infancy and adolescence, between the elementary and the mature. The true lesson, what God is really after, you can see in Romans. Now you notice this fact; that God’s first approach to fallen humanity is almost purely external not internal because they couldn’t take the internal. Almost purely external, almost purely objective. You see, in our fallen condition we start as extroverts. So God necessarily reveals Himself to us at first through the external. We try to remain people who don’t care about what goes on inside. We don’t want to look too much in there. We try to dance our way through life, to pleasure our way through life. We try not to look inside; we try to remain on the extrovert side of life.

When God begins His external processes of conviction and grace in us over a good many years, we become introverts and a great deal of our life may have to be spent searching into ourselves and learning all sorts of things. But we must not remain there. If you remain an introvert, you haven’t reached there yet. You just come out an extrovert on the other side again. But now that you are a father you have forgotten yourself in God and concern yourself with other peoples’ needs. So extrovert, introvert, extrovert is the way of the Spirit. But we’ve got to go through the introversion stage and usually it takes some time to go through. That is the purgation, illumination, and the union of the old mystics—the same thing. But when you come out in the union, you have forgotten yourself and get on with the job because you have al1 you need now.

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