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No Independent Self

by Norman P. Grubb


Here also we see this great funda¬mental truth that there is no such thing as an independent self, for there is only One Self in the Universe; but Lucifer, now called Satan, was self—deceived into imagining he was independent. In actual fact, he forever remains God’s convenient agent, fixed in his negativeness. Therefore, cast out of heaven, God uses him in His vitally necessary preparation of what He had planned from before the world’s foundation —— to have a vast company of sons, created persons like Himself, by whom He would manage and develop by inheri¬tance, the Universe, together with His Son.

Hebrews 1:2 But in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.

Romans 8:14 Because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

These sons must come to their consciousness of being persons by being confronted with these same necessary opposites. So, while given all God’s riches of good¬ness in the Garden, there was one tree they must not touch or they would die to their created privileges as His sons. God intended and purposed, by the fact of the presence of this cast— out devil in the form of a wily ser¬pent, to entice these first two, Adam and Eve, to choose Satan’s self—for—self way and take what Eve was deceived into thinking would be beneficial to herself, though against the word of her Creator. By this means, the human family would learn to its depths the oppo¬site nature, not ours, but the nature of the “god of this world”. This happened to them by receiving and eating that false fruit, just as it was said that to partake of the other Tree of Life and eat its fruit would mean receiving eternal life.

Genesis 3:22 And the LORD God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever."

Showing that fruit to be symbolic of receiving Christ, our eternal life. Eating the false fruit meant receiving this opposite form of life which is really death, the nature of self—for—self; and Paul describes in the scripture below how that becomes a fact of us fallen humans, expressing, not a nature of our own of which there is no such thing, but the nature of our false father, expressing his lusts.

Ephesians 2:1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.

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