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by Norman P. Grubb

So is your “self” finished on the Cross of Jesus. Your independent self is finished on the Cross of Jesus. The same as your sins are finished in the Blood of Jesus, your self also was finished. And we waste our breath and our time and our agony when we ever allow ourselves to say, “Oh, I wish I could be crucified!” It is an illusion. A wish to be crucified is sanctification by works just as a wish that your sins could be atoned for would be salvation by works. I have met many like that. But some souls have been gloriously and graciously liberated by a flash of light.

There is only one Cross, a glorious historic Cross; only one Christ, an historic Christ; only one death, an historic death which He accomplished for me. But being my substitute, in fact, if I am a believer, it was I there on the Cross. So I lean back on an accomplished fact. I reckon on the fact of my co-crucifixion and co-resurrection with my Lord Jesus Christ. The co-resurrection, of course, being by Another. The resurrection wasn’t by the ability of Christ to rise from the dead; because in infinite grace, taking our place as a man, He gave up His right to rise. He was a dead body. Another raised Him from the dead, as Another comes and raises us from the dead; that indwelling Person of Romans 8. Thus we enter into Galatians 2:20. Now I am a crucified person so far as that independent ego is concerned. I am alive, so far as that little bit of an ego in which I was created is concerned. Inside that lives The Ego, the Self of all selves—Christ within. Now I live my life.

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