Truth of Ourselves
by Norman P. Grubb
Once we know the total truth of ourselves, we shall not revert to the falsity of independent self any more than a saved sinner reverts to his sin¬ful condition.
1 John 3:9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.
We can be caught up again in a particular sin, but never again into occupation by that sin nature of Satan, the difference be¬tween sins and sin. We must get this clear.
Therefore, it has been of necessity that we humans, if we are for eternity to be spontaneous expressers of the God of Self—giving Love in His nature, must first have tasted to its roots the deceiving nature of the god of self—getting love, that god of de¬ceived independent self.
Isaiah 53:6 “every man turned to his own way”
And, at all cost, have sought deliverance from it (that “hunger and thirst after righteousness” of Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Even the perfect human, Jesus, the Son of God, called the “second man” as the ideal of humanity, was confronted for forty days with the spirit of error, being “driven” to that confrontation by the Spirit of Truth just entered Him.
Mark 1:12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the desert,
And it took Him that long time, of such intensity that He didn’t even miss food Matthew 4:2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. (only, . . . “after”, was He hungered).
To be confronted and finished with these temptations to be self—sufficient and self—acting. Even He had to “taste” that deceitfulness of sin, which we humans swallowed.
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