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Present Tense Perfection

by Norman P. Grubb

It has been finished 2000 years. Just accept it. And so praise The Lord straight away. That’s why I loved those Africans—because they are praising people. They don’t live groaning and murmuring in the flesh; they clear out of the flesh as quick as they can when they get into it. They say, “Praise The Lord. I was caught out, but praise The Lord, the Precious Blood has reached me.” On they go again—so simple, so happy, so praising—that’s the life. But they always recognize the sin. Oh my, they are sensitive on it.

In I John it says three times over that we wriggle out of light if we can—we wriggle out if we can, we avoid it, we sidestep it if we can. But then there is no deliverance. If you sidestep it by excuses there is no deliverance. You remain bound and you can’t be in the fullness of that light with the presence of Jesus in you. Oh no, you can’t deceive that One. And so it says in verse 6, “If we say we have fellowship and walk in darkness, we lie.” We often do that. We are hold-our-own-ers—of course, we are in fellowship with God; why, aren’t we missionaries? We lie very often because we are really in our hearts walking in darkness. We lie. No half measures in this writer, are there? Look at verse 8, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves.” Or verse 10, “If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar.” That’s expressing our controversial viewpoint, our self-defensive viewpoint, because we don’t want to break about it and confess it.

Of course the explanation of verse 7 is verse 9. Verse 7 says that we are to walk in the light for “if we walk in the light the Blood cleanses sin;” verse 9 says that walking in the light means we confess our sins. The word “confess” as you know, in its original, is the same word as “say” with the preposition “con” added. I say that I’ve no sin—that’s my opinion. I say that I’ve not sinned—that’s my opinion; I’m trying to defend myself. Confess says, “Wait, somebody else has said something. God has said something.” I say with Him—“con” is “with”—I say with Him. I cease to say my false word; I now say with God what He says in the light. That’s confession. He says it is sin; I say it is sin. Immediately when I do that “He is faithful and just to forgive my sin and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness.” So that’s the simple way.

If we briefly glance for a moment at a sin or two, at those subtle things, it might help us.

Karuizawa Japan Conference of 1954
Topic: “Daily Walk in the Spirit”