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Accept Ourselves

by Norman P. Grubb

So, Paul moves on with his exclamation of delighted thanks in Romans 7:25Thanks be to God--through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. To his total statement of Who he now is with no further condemnation, but set free and knowing he is set free by the law (the fixed principle) of the Spirit of life by Christ in him from that former law (fixed principle) of sin and death, that lie of independent self—relying self. Now it is Christ dwelling in him Romans 8:8 Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. 9You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ, where it had been sin dwelling in him.

The whole key to this lies in the understanding that we humans never had a self—operating, self—relying nature, but were solely created to express God in His nature. But we only became con¬scious functioning humanity when we were voluntarily, though deceivingly, taken captive by that spirit of error, so that we each were Satan—I. Then, through our Last Adam and His Calvary death and resurrection, we change back to our True Owner—Creator and are Christ—I.

Many believers know and claim the reality of Christ in you, as in Ephesians 3:17;

Ephesians 3:17So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love.

But because we never knew the basic reality of formerly being Satan—sin dwelling in us, and mistak¬enly living in the deceit of a self— acting self, we have been falsely taught that we have a deposit of sin in our human selves (soul and body) and must therefore have some continual forms of warfare for the rest of our lives.

Yet the glory of the revelation is that there never was or has been anything wrong with our human selves (spirit, soul, and body), which God created as “very good”.

All that happened to our selves was the misuse of self by the Satan—god, and now right use by our true Christ—Indweller. This means that we can boldly accept ourselves as right selves with nothing wrong with us, and that we have always been right selves with nothing wrong with us, and that we have always been right selves in wrong hands, but now in right hands.

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