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Completed Spirit -Self

by Norman P. Grubb

2 Corinthians 6:8 through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors;
9known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; 10sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

This is the top level completed Spirit—self.

For Paul, in Philippians 3:7—11, that meant that after the joy of his salvation (“. . .what things were gain to me those I counted loss for Christ”), he then gladly counted all things as loss compared to finding his own completion as Christ in human form in the young man state, “ . . .the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord”. This, he said, meant that he “suffered the loss of all things”, and that plainly hurt him in the young man stage. But now as the apostle in the royal priest stage, it was actually re¬pulsive to him to think of retaining what it had then cost him to give up, “do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.”

Total reversal, not of attachment to the bad things of life, but the good things to be absorbed in the best, the only true things.

These were to ‘win’ the privilege of equality in co-saviourhood with Christ, way beyond the stages of relying on Christ for his personal needs; now it was to be absorbed with Him in paying the necessary price for the fulfillment of a world’s need and that meant being one with Him on that co-saviourhood, fatherhood level, sharing in manifestations of His power by faith action (“the power of the resurrection”).

It also meant sharing in the suf¬fering and death experiences of a priest—intercessor (“the fellowship of His suffering and conformity to His death”), from which would then come the co—resurrection of many from the dead——the intercessor’s gain.

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