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by Norman P. Grubb

You see, honestly, I say that I’m dead to sin but in five minutes time I’m irritable again. Now how can I say I’m dead to sin when in shoots irritation again? Or pride or any other sin? I may say it, but it really doesn’t work.” I want you to see this. There’s a difference between the quantity—I don’t say “quality”—but between the quantity of our death and His death. If we see that, we see the solution to our problem. What I mean is this: Jesus’ death and resurrection are so complete, physically and spiritually, that He is utterly out of the realm of the world, the flesh, and the devil that they can’t touch Him. He’s not within hearing distance. He is untemptable now. His death is more complete than ours. Ours is an incomplete death, because so far it is only spiritual. It is not yet physical and so we are still within the realm in which we can be called upon by these things. Now the proof of that you’ll find in Romans 6 where the resurrection is put in the future. In Romans 6:5 it says, “If we be planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also”—now we are—“we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection.” Look at verse 8, “Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him.” “Shall” not “are”. Shall live with Him. We carry that over into Romans 8 where you come into triumphant life. We have not discussed that yet. We are brought right into the middle of the triumphant life. He says, “Oh, its not complete yet.” Look at Romans 8:23, “Not only they but ourselves also which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope.” And so on. “We with patience wait for it.” In other words, we must recognize that we have an incomplete redemption. It’s going to be complete when our bodies are resurrected. Then we become untemptable with Jesus.

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