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by Norman P. Grubb


All the Universe, from God Himself down through all His manifestations, only operates as pairs of opposites, and the one expresses itself by util¬izing the other to manifest itself e.g.

2 Corinthians 5:4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.

And there is no consciousness except by opposites. Light can only be seen by “swallowing up” dark; sweet/bitter; heat/cold; yes/no; hard/soft, and so ad infinitum. In an armchair, the soft must utilize the hard framework to make a comfortable chair. So too in a bed. A cook can only make a dish sweet by the sweetness overcoming the non sweetness. Our decisive “Yes” only has its strength by swallowing up the alternative “No”. Electricity only functions by the interaction of positive and negative; the atom by the combination of proton and electron. And so, in our personal consciousness, we cannot let an infant go near a hot stove or he will burn himself, or near a pool of water, when he doesn’t yet know the difference between water and dry ground.

But as this is so on every level of our material world, it is equally and fundamentally true of our inner selves. We are only conscious of ourselves when we have discovered we are either expressers of a self—getting nature (Satan), or a self—giving nature (Christ). Our human “being”, with all its potential, can only express in its quantity the quality of the spirit— nature which indwells it, either that of ‘the spirit of error” or alterna¬tively “the Spirit of Truth”.

1 John 4:6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.

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