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No Independent Self

by Norman P. Grubb

Jesus turned the spotlight on that fact when He told the self—righteous Pharisees (of whom we all were in our Satan—in—dwelt days), ye are of your father the devil and the lusts of your father ye will do.”

John 8:44You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies

No Independent Self

Thus, Jesus exposed once for all that we humans by our fac¬ulties and appetites never have had a nature of our own, but either “take their nature from God and are His children,” or “take their nature from the devil and are his children”. 1 John 3:10 Amplified).

Therefore we were expressing Satan’s lust nature in all its forms (the works of the flesh), which were not ours but his. In our fallen days we readily cooperated (“the lusts of your father ye WILL do”). He, Satan, is the sinner, but we are wholly accessory to the fact and have a like destiny.

But here we see the subtle deceit of the devil, which is our vital spot in our coming to a final understanding of who we really are. Satan deceived us into thinking that we are independent selves, even as he deceivedly thinks he himself is. `

Revelation 12:9 The great dragon was hurled down--that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

This is a key Scripture on that where Satan’s chief opera¬tion was deceiving the whole world, making us think we are who we are not. So we think we are committing those sins, being possessed by those lusts and negative responses, and we are de¬ceived. They are his expressed by us. He imparts that deceit into us as if it is us, but it is he masquerading AS us. God’s sole purpose is to expose the lie of independent self. Because we are God’s Sons and His means of expressing Himself in the Universe, we have to learn and drink to its bitter depths that great lie of the independent self ——that lie of the author of lies with which he himself is self—deceived. The fact is we can always transmit what we are or think we are, and so Satan did that transmitting to us, his fellow— creatures, and we all normally think we just run ourselves, do our own things.

Isaiah 53:6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Make up our own minds, and ‘naturally’ operate as self—relying. THE LIE.

We have to learn and ex¬perience it as THE LIE, so that once really seen as THE LIE and the remedy in Christ, we shan’t be fooled again. We may slip by temptation (we speak later of this), but we know our slip and how to return. We thus become not only saved, but SAFE sons. Once bit, twice shy!

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