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by Norman P. Grubb

We say, “I’ve a Saviour.” We don’t say, “I believe I have a Saviour.” And we say, “I have a Sanctifier,” not, “I believe I’ve a Sanctifier.”

“I have a heart which has been purified by faith.” Not, “I believe I have.” That little element of saying, “I believe,” which is really an element of doubt, has gone out. The faith has become sight. The faith has become realization. Substance, that’s faith.

So let us notice these two observations: first of all, that faith is not faith until it produces its substance. I must produce a reality, an experience, a witness, an evidence; and second, learn to discern between a climbing faith and a Mt. Everest summit faith when you’ve reached there. The other is a climbing faith and hasn’t reached there yet. You haven’t got there. Well don’t mistake the two. When you’ve reached there you’ve got the thing. You have it in your spirit; have it in the inner fact. Have it in the inner spiritual fact and later on it comes out in the physical and material fact, maybe in the change of life, maybe in this, maybe in that.

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