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Present Tense Perfection

by Norman P. Grubb

Look for a moment at James. I suppose I won’t have time to say much more. You get that problem in James very clearly, I think. James is troubled with double attitudes. When I first read James that puzzled me. You see he speaks again and again of the “double.” The first chapter speaks of the “double mind” in prayer, James 1:8, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” Chapter 2 speaks of a “double” in our attitude to our brethren, partiality, James 2:4, “Are ye not then partial in yourselves . . . ?” That’s double, of course, in our attitude toward different classes of people in The Lord’s Body. Chapter 3 talks about “doubleness of the tongue,” James 3:9, “Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men . . . .” A double tongue. Chapter 4 talks about “double motives”. James 4:3, “Ye ask amiss that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” James 4:8, “Purify your hearts, ye double minded.”

So you see it bothers him by the Spirit. Doubleness. I don’t know whether any of you have seen it like this but I couldn’t see through James while I regarded myself as double. That puzzled me—double, double, double? I couldn’t get light and liberty when I took it—double. But when I saw this—no, no, no, you’re single, but the point is: you mustn’t let the double in. If you’re a sanctified person, you are not double, you’re single. You’re the single heart and a single tongue and a single purpose and a single attitude. That’s the blessing of this life, where the old independent “I” is crucified, the heart is purified and Christ is in the heart, and Christ is single. No, you’re single. But always the problem is the double shooting in. That’s the thing. It’s becoming double. We who are The Lord’s holy people are not double, we’re single. But the double is always shooting into us and the point is to learn to recognize it and put it out.

Now you take that first one in James. You pray, but you don’t pray deliberately double— you pray single; you ask in faith. Verse 5—you ask wisdom in your trial. When you ask, you ask sincerely; you mean it; it’s not double. Verse 6—you ask in faith. All right. Now then, it goes on to say, “But he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea. Don’t let that man think he will receive anything.” A double-minded man is not stable. What’s happened? On the top of your act of faith has shot in a double thought. The devil’s put it in. You see, you pray, you ask, you believe, and you come out from your prayer and at once say, “Mm, I don’t know that it will really come to pass.” You have let the double in. Now what we have learn to do is keep the double out, you see, keep it out. You are single. Walk in your singleness of heart and the moment you are conscious that that unbelieving thing is coming in, take it out. If it has come in, confess it, and say, “Lord, I have let that in. I take it to Your Precious Blood and confess it.” I had no business to let that in.” And it goes! Or, if you are quick enough, put up the shield of faith and say, “Clear out! In the name of The Lord Jesus, I won’t take you,” as we said yesterday. See what I mean?

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