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Expanded Understandings

by Norman P. Grubb

We need expanded understand¬ings of the completeness of Christ being expressed by our humanity, with a growth, as in 1 Peter 3:18, For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit and an ever-expanding conformity to His likeness expressed in our humanity 2 Corinthians 4:18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal and Romans 8:29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

We thus have rescued and regained our human selves from any blame in themselves and those false condemnations we lived in while in a Romans 7—deceived consciousness of our guilt.



We walk blameless and sanctified as Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We regain our human selves, mortal in the physical and thus remaining in our world to be a light in it, but holy in our spirit—selves expressed in our souls and bodies Hebrews 10:13 Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool.

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