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by Norman P. Grubb

So I just stress that again and again. Faith is action. When God has shown that to you, the fun of life begins, the adventure of faith, because you have begun to find that you have a human capacity. It isn’t of course you. That is what we are talking about in Galatians 2:20. It is not you at all. It is the Divine Believer inside you. It is the believing of the Holy Ghost in this wonderful cooperation that appears to be Union, and you enjoy life as He enjoys it. We enjoy it together and you have the sense, “Come on, we are going into this thing. We can do these things.” That’s that Union in the Scriptures. I often quote, and doubtless you have, that grand word of Caleb, “Let us go up at once, for we are well able to overcome.” So says this cheeky man. There he was, this one man, and all the spies said, “You can’t go up. There are giants in the land and they will eat us up.” Old Caleb stuck out his stout chest and said, “Let us go up. We are well able to overcome it. They’ll be bread for us and we will chew them good and hard.”

There it is: “we,” “we,” “WE the Union” . . . the UNION . . . the UNION . . . . “We.” Yes I can do it, praise God, I have Somebody inside me Who is Life. I have Somebody inside me Who is the Power. Yes, we’ll go. We’ll knock you out, Devil. You’ll see. That is the stuff of life. That is where you get it yourself. But there is human action in it. Thank God, we don’t become automats. We don’t become jelly fish. We become human beings plus, plus, plus. “Plus” when we have that One inside us. So that is faith in action.

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