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by Norman P. Grubb

Now you take the Saviour and ourselves. The Saviour is dead now to sinóAdam was dead to God. Now, if Jesus on the Cross died to sin, it couldnít touch Him. He died to the world, died to the flesh, and rose again. They canít reach Him. Heís where He cannot be tempted. His whole body, His whole being has gone right in. Heís the Man in the Glory. He has the complete redemption and nothing can ever touch Him again. Weíve not reached that place yet. We have it yes, in the Spirit. So itís a real death. Now somehow I must get it over that it is a real death, a real cutting off, a public burial. The burial is the public notification of a death isnít it? You bury a body and so the whole world can see that the person is finished. Now thatís what we must have. You and I must have a death which is public to everybody, which is a publicly settled thing. Iíve died with Jesus and Iím cut off from sin, cut off from the world, cut off from the flesh. But Iím not out of their reach yet. Jesus is out of their reach, but Iím not. Iím in a body which is still corruptible. Iím in the world but not of it. Iím not of the world but Iím in it. Sin can reach me. So my death is one which still leaves me within hearing distance of the things which Iíve left behind and they call mighty much at me. Do you see the difference?

Now when you see that difference, you see how you can take the position that youíre really dead and yet can still have a response. Youíre still in the surroundings, in the environment which can call to you. You have the same thought again in Romans 6:16, on the servant question. ďKnow ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death or of obedience unto righteousness?Ē Now there weíre given the picture of a change of service. What has been described as death in the previous verses is now spoken of as a change of service. You see the same thought there.

Suppose Iím employed by a steel firm. Iím joined to that firm. Iím alive to that firm. They pay me. I work for them. I belong to them. Now supposing I get fed up with the steel firm and decide that the hosiery firm is better. Theyíll give me better wages. Now I die to the steel firm. Iím cut off there. I donít take its wages; I donít obey its orders; and I donít do its work. I turn my back. Iím separated, as it were, by death. Now I join the hosiery firm. Iím alive now to the hosiery firm. I do its work, receive its wages, and so on. But the steel firm can send its agent over and say, ďHere, donít be a fool. Iíll do better for you.Ē Our problem is that, like fools, we listen to him, go back, and then have to crawl back in humiliation. You see what I mean? You see, the change of service doesnít mean that weíre out of reach and call of the old service. But it means weíve cut ourselves off. We belong to the new service, the new realm, but weíre still within reach of the other.

Karuizawa Japan Conference of 1954
Topic: ďThe Liberated SelfĒ