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by Norman P. Grubb

The lesson we have to learn is—this utter helplessness of self. Romans 8 is the empowered self. We have the three there. Romans 6 is the freed self, but that’s not enough; Romans 7 is the helpless self—you have to make that discovery. Romans 8 is the empowered self.

What is the power? Very simple. We get back now to the resurrection. I think it’s important to notice this. How did Jesus rise from the dead? Did He rise by Himself? No, by the glory and grace of God! Jesus became a totally dead, inanimate body for our sakes, and it was a real death. His blood really went out of His body, and they really took Him down as a corpse, and they really laid Him in the tomb as a corpse. He hadn’t one scrap of life in Him. And He didn’t rise by Himself; He did not rise by Himself. Look! Romans 8:11, “If the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead . . . .” He was raised up by another coming into Him. Now, there’s the resurrection. So this One Who was our Substitute, Who died in our place, went through all this for us. He did not rise by Himself because we cannot rise by ourselves. He rose by another coming into Him and raising Him from the dead; and we rise by Another coming within us.

Now you’ve got it. There is Christ in us. Christ in us, first of all on the basis of liberation from sin on the Cross; then a recognition of our helplessness even in our freed condition; and then the Indwelling Person who joins Himself to us and lives within us—in Romans 8. And so in Romans 8 we have, “if Christ be in you” repeated several times—“if Christ be in you,” “if so be the Spirit of God dwell in you,” “now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ,” and so on, half a dozen times over. We all know that. We have the whole pattern. Now we get the light.

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