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Indwelling Christ

by Norman P. Grubb

So our problem is, having recognized that the only purpose for which we are created and the only way in which humanity can function is by a liberated God within us, perfectly free to be God within us, to be Himself within us; having realized then that that cannot be under existing circumstances until this false god has been removed (the false god is the independent self, the devil behind it), we have had to seek the remedy—the removal of the independent self that the dependent self may remain with The Self within it, the Self of all selves within it, the I AM within. Thus, as I said before, I think we have the perfect analysis of the human-divine relationship in Galatians 2:20 where “I,” the independent Paul, has got out, gone right out, right out, crucified with Christ. “I” the dependent Paul will live—“nevertheless I live,” but that’s not really I at all, “not I, but Christ lives in me.” And now I am living, oh yes, I have a mind, and a heart, and a will, and I am a full man—I am not a full man until I am a dependent man. In His service is perfect freedom. I am a full man in the full vigor of my humanity. So I live now my daily life in the dusty paths of life, the life which I now live in the flesh. Oh, but I am not living it—I am living it by derived faith. I am living it by an unceasing tide of faith within me—the faith of the Son of God, which is an unceasing well of love within me, an unceasing well of purity within, an unceasing output of power within me—the Living Christ. So I live by the faith of Another, by the power of Another, by the beauty of Another, by the faith of the Son of God Who loved me and gave Himself for me.

That is, so far as I can see, the perfect Biblical analysis of the true divine-human relationship for which we were created, and then, having lost it, re-created by the blessed Grace in Christ. We saw then, blessed be God, that He has given a complete remedy for the removal of that independent ego, not for the removal of the ego, but for the removal of the independent ego—a complete method for its removal, as complete as the death of Christ is complete. Because that is the remedy. So we saw that fact.

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