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No Independent Self

by Norman P. Grubb

We are liberated to recognize that there never was anything basically evil in our human selves, any more than there was anything basically good Romans 7:16And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.

But as formerly sin—expressers through Satan in his sin form indwell¬ing us, now we are God—expressers through Christ in His holiness nature indwelling us. So we boldly now accept ourselves and be ourselves with no con¬demnation, with no change necessary in our human selves created in His image, but the radical change is in the One expressing Himself in His nature as us; not change of human self (which had no nature) but of Deity owner and indwell¬er expressing His nature by us. We are free to be —— kept by our Keeper.

Living in this present Satan— infected world, as lights in a dark place, we are continually assaulted by every kind of enticement to respond to that tempter around us. But we have learned not to take condemnation for temptation, but to recognize and ac¬cept it as living always within range, even as Jesus was tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin.

Thus recognizing the subtle temptation to respond to the lie of the independent self and taking no condemnation for the pulls of Satan by temptation, we are equally free to recognize Who we really are, the Spirit of holiness in us/as us, and we expressing Him in whatever replacement meets the temptation: hate by love, fear by faith, lust by self—giving love and so on.

Finally, free from pressures concerning our human selves, we are captured by the pressures of self-giving love, God in His lamb nature, and lay down our lives as intercessors that others may find their secret of life, “death in us, and life in you”. This is finally total fulfillment in present-day world living. Paul – Colossians 1:28, “presenting every man perfect in Christ Jesus”.

Amen and Amen

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