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Only One Person

by Norman P. Grubb


Here is the outpouring in a kind of resume form of what I daringly call (to me) Total Truth. I gave it in more detail in my recent book YES I AM.

The main point is that the heart of revelation is that there is Only One Person in the Universe manifesting Himself in infinite variety of visible forms. Therefore the human self, His highest form of manifesting Himself created in His own image, is basically nothing but a vessel, branch, temple, body—member, slave, with its perfection of created being and potential - Acts 17:28'For in him we live and move and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.' but with no nature of its own by which it expresses itself. Much like our modern day computer with its great potential, but only reproducing the input of its programmer, our only reason for existence, glorious as that is, is to express God in His nature, and reproduce Him in all His forms of sacrificial love—activity so that we are He in our forms.

But because nothing in the Universe, from God Himself through all His creation, can operate except by interaction with its opposite, and the one utilizing the other for its manifestation, so we, in ourselves as His high¬est form of creation, can only know ourselves and operate as selves by being confronted with the opposite. Created to manifest God in His nature of Self—giving Love, we were confronted with and caught up by that false “god” of self—loving self and were then de¬ceived to the point of thinking it was ourselves operating ourselves, instead of the true fact that it was that evil one expressing his nature by us. It is a ridiculous and total impossibility for humans to be self—operating selves. There is no such thing in the Universe.

Our Last Adam then, our Lord Jesus Christ, representing us, voluntarily accepted His Calvary death in our place and as us. Thus “made sin as us, by His death He died to sin”, that sin— spirit which occupied us, and by His resurrection His Spirit of Self—giving Love replaced that false spirit of er¬ror. This then is the fact in us when in our freedom as persons, by the grace operation on us first by the law and then of the Spirit, we come to recog¬nize Who we now are: formerly Satan—I, now Christ—I, as in Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.