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Independent Self

by Norman P. Grubb

We see that that Self of all selves, that Great I Am, cannot be Himself fully within me if there is a rival other self. If there is an independent human self which counters His claim to do exactly what He likes in and by me, He cannot be free. And that is exactly what has happened, first of all through Lucifer and all those terrible hosts of fallen angels with him, and then imparted into man and in fallen humanity. A rival self has entered to rival The Self within, and that rival self is our problem, what we shall call the independent self. Yet so perfectly does God’s Word rightly divide things for us that He makes things perfectly clear, that it doesn’t mean that we lose ourselves; rather, we become our rightful selves. It’s the wrongful self we lose; the rightful self then becomes itself.

So it is not losing self. It is losing the wrong form of self that the rightful form of self may coexist with that other Self. But the rightful form of self is that which becomes very small and as near a cipher as it can become; and it recognizes its own weakness.

Karuizawa Japan Conference of 1954
Topic: “The Obedience of Faith”