Saturday 24 April 2010

Hudson Taylor's Holy Spirit lineage-Part Four : Norman Grubb's last stand

So I was writing to evangelist Steve Cattell not to get too bogged down with how the church looks on the surface, but rather to take note of how genuine ministers sow the Word into people which then multiplies in number, quality and maturity from generation to generation.

This series is NOT intended to imply a fleshly regard for one strand of Holy Spirit lineage, rather in the manner that followers of William Branham seem to imply about him. Can I insert into this series some of the other contemporary strands that were occurring at this point which also have to do with Norman Grubb.

Most are aware of Evan Roberts being used as the main instrument in the Welsh Revival. He became increasingly connected with Jessie Penn Lewis. Penn Lewis was an early Pentecostal Pioneer in the area of spiritual warfare writing both an account of the Welsh Revival from its roots, and also the important book " War on the Saints". Now Norman returned from the Congo(1920s) rather deflated as to his own spiritual ability, and met up with Jessie. Jessie's agenda was to see Norman "baptised in the Spirit". What actually happened probably has greater importance for the future of the church in the Earth. Somehow in those few hours, Penn Lewis seemed to transfer to Norman the fact that she had died with Christ, and that it was Christ now alive in her.And Norman caught it. Big time. And for the rest of his life devoted himself to increasing clarity of explanation of how Christianity works and what the apostle Paul was really preaching and writing in the New Testament.

It is worth reminding ourselves also that Norman was so impressed by the life story of his friend Rees Howells , he wrote his biography on the steps God used to train Howells in intercession, leading to his ultimate stand of faith.....the Great Dictators of Europe in the Second World War.
Rees established a Bible Training School. And two young men shared a room there under Howell's son who became principal after Rees's death. Those two men alone were none other than Bryn Jones and Rheinhard Bonnke.

Bonnke himself left the college after his studies and took time around London on his way back to Germany. He found himself outside the house of early Pentecostal Pioneer George Jeffrey, who had moved alongside others such as Smith Wigglesworth. Bonnke had no idea that Jeffrey was still alive, so asked if he would pray with him. The two prayed together, and it sounds as though Bonnke got a lot of Holy Spirit zapping. Within hours, after Bonnke's return home, he learned Jeffrey was dead. It seems the Lord had kept him for that moment of transference of anointing and power.

So these then are some examples of the two streams of life and power that get transferred from generation to generation, and are both God! Word and Spirit.

Before reviewing the last commission Norman Grubb received from God, for those who query its validity....let's look briefly at his earlier commissions and see that really, although his final one is a great commission that is still coming to is not random. It sits directly in context of other more "acceptable" commissions.
He began his Christian life leading men to the Lord in the 1st World war trenches.
He led Cambridge students to the Lord while there.
He established CICCU which went on to replicate as the Christian Union infrastructure in Universities today.
He established Inter Varsity Press and later
Christian Literature Crusade.
With CT Studd (father-in -law) he began WEC
He wrote Rees Howells Intercessor
He wrote biographies on CT Studd
He spent his last years writing books on the operation of faith and
how the Christian life works in a believer.
His last book "Yes I am" which can be downloaded from the link on this blog page is arguably
to date the most accurate description of the human condition and God's means of salvation ever penned. It will change forever how you do your Christianity and how you do your church. It IS the bottom line.....the fine print....of the New Covenant, which hardly anyone had the anointing or insight to spell out until Norman felt called ( as a Spirit inspired Cambridge intellect) to work a whole lifetime on it. If it was just the theories of a man, like all philosophy we would soon discard it and move on. But many of us, myself included, had crashed and burned through the charismatic movement in the best part of 20 years, with songs published in songbooks in different discover in our own experience much the same things.

But more importantly, thousands now around the world are discovering these are the very missing keys which St Paul wanted everyone to know , that actually turn the lock that start to make Romans 8 happen in us, through us and around us. You cannot manipulate Romans 8, since a lot of it is external to us. It is a mirror , an outflow of the Christ Life released within believers. It either IS or it ISN'T. There's no middle ground about it.
My challenge has been to show none of this negates any of the previous charismatic territory covered from 1970-90, but it balances it. (Not a human balance. A paralysing controlling balance) It fulfils and fills out what has previously been learned in the Spirit. If anybody wrongly discards what God has been sowing into the Earth through Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movement, then they are missing the point of how God has been building. But all that said, once Einstein came up with the mathematical punchline e=mc2, Newton's findings had to be reworked, confined to their new context. Similarly if the people of God now suddenly see that
"they have in fact died"
a lot of the now meaningless struggle in Christianity immediately dies with it.
And this has spinoffs. The way we do meetings are different. The way we do conferences is different.
The way we do leadership is different. The way we pay for leadership may be different.
The speed with which we advance will be different as we "cut to the chase" with people.
Much of the caterpillar slowness of operation, the almost at the moment dire "pupae" stage, largely unrecognised, will be accelerated to a point where like Jesus, we are producing ministries under the Holy Spirit's exact instructions again in about 3 years. And no, the current 1 year or 3 years in Bible seminaries is not even on the same planet as what was going on with the 12 disciples to turn them into apostles. And , no Morris Cerullo, 5 day schools of ministry which zap people with the Holy Spirit are not the same thing either. They represent only week one of Jesus 3 year course with Peter, James,John,Matthew and everyone else. The same must be spelled out to Youth With A Mission too.
What follows is one of the last things Norman wrote to us at the time. He had by this time stopped travelling, not surprisingly. Although as late as his early nineties he was regularly flying, though he needed a wheelchair to get around. The US authorities then thought it was so suspicious that he should be doing this that they started peering under his rug to see if it wasn't some drug peddling scam under the cover of a 90 year old missionary preacher!!!

Which actually, if you think about it ,just about describes all the problems with the third level.
It is the life of Christ. As us. In our natural - as you find us-forms. But because that's too innocent and spiritual an explanation people look for sin. Which is why both WEC and CLC , the very vehicles founded through Norman, kind of edged him and his writings out.

This is just the same in a whole history of reaction as God does new things in the Church, the last wave ofcourse being what most of us lived through in the early the rest of the church tried its best to remain in denial as to what had happened to us in the Baptism in the Spirit.


Intercession Being Gained in Worldwide, Churchwide Commission
My Fifth and Last Commission

by Norman Grubb

Page Prewitt prefaces the article as it appeared in this month's Intercessor:This issue would not be complete without including Norman's last worldwide, Churchwide commission: boldly proclaiming the revelation of Colossians 1:28: "a total present Christ in you.... He is the perfection in us, and we in Him are His human manifesters. " This is the commission we in Zerubbabel have likewise been commissioned to carry on—and the culmination of our spiritual heritage.
I have this last intercession to share; and probably I can say it is the last, now being 95 years of age. Yet this is the mightiest, because it is the first streams of what is to become a world flood. It was as simple in its beginnings as all the others. Once again, it all stemmed from the originality of the Spirit, totally unplanned and unpremeditated by me or any.
Having handed on the general secretaryship of the WEC (Worldwide Evangelization Crusade) to a younger man just suited for it, I was now free to pour myself into my main absorption—the sharing with my fellow believers of Paul's (and my!) revelation of that mystery once hidden "but now made manifest to his saints" (Col. 1:26). That revelation is of a total present "Christ in you, the hope of [the total coming] glory" (1:27). He is the perfection in us, and we in Him are His human manifesters.
The radicalness of what a number of us call our Total Truth Message to the Whole Church in the Whole World is not in what Paul called his once hidden, now manifest "mystery." That tremendous reality is becoming more commonly known by faith by us the redeemed. We do say with Paul in his Galatians 2:20, "Yet not I, but Christ liveth in me." But where we have been held up, and I for long, is with the previous statement of "I am crucified with Christ."
What is that "I" (or "me")? That is the point. Is it just an inconsistent, Satan-and-sin-influenced "me"? And what does it mean when I say "I am crucified"? For evidently the "I" continues in living existence when Paul goes on to say, "Yet not I, but Christ liveth in me." There is the "me" back again! So what was crucified? And in what sense am I a "crucified me," who now comes back as a "resurrected me"? I was not clear about that for a long time.

Romans Makes It Clear
But at last I saw the truth about our selves through Paul's Roman letter. He constantly underlines that our human "I" is nothing but a vessel that contains, a branch producing its vine's fruit, a servant (slave) working only at the beck and call of his owner, a wife reproducing the seed of her husband, a temple indwelt by its god. Our human selves never were self-operating or self-relying, but only express and reproduce the products of our owner.
I saw that my "I" that was crucified with Christ was an "I" that was expressing its owner and operator. My "I" had been the expresser of that false "god of this world" and "spirit of error," which works in all the children of disobedience (all of us while unsaved). So when Paul says that I am crucified with Christ, he means that my "I" went into death and resurrection with my Intercessor Savior, who was "made sin" as me on Calvary (2 Cor. 5:21). In His death I am freed forever from the false spirit of error indweller; and by His resurrection I am now occupied, when I have responding faith, by the Spirit ofTruth as fixed, eternal, total Indweller.
What is so radical, and meets with so much questioning and opposition as even heretical, is that my crucified "I" is the very same "I" that now lives. The difference is not and never was in the human "I" container, but wholly in the deity-spirit in possession of my 'I" But that is hard to recognize and accept because of the false concept of my "I" being independent and self-operating.
Really, we have been run since the Fall by that false Satan-deity (Rev. 12:9). That includes much of the lives of us newborn ones, until through sheer desperation we have moved in by faith from our first saved and justified relationship to our real reality of now being indwelt vessels by our Christ-Indweller. Only by His body-death did He cast out forever the false indweller. So it never was a change in our beautiful God-created "I" with its great potential, but only an exchange of who is operating our "I."
We Have Never Been Self-Operating
This then brings me to the problem of resistance from my fellow believers, who have known themselves as Satan-stained by their sins.

While caught in this lie of a seemingly self-acting self which they think can pray more, resolve more, try more, be better, etc., they are horrified and regard as dangerous heresy the total giving up of their "duties" in self-activity.

But at last they must come to what Paul did by much travail: the plain given fact of the human self never having been self-operating. And then they can realize that human self-relying activity through past years actually has been the "error spirit," with his nature of self-for-self appearing as them.
When I am at last exhausted enough by the failure of my self-effort, as was Paul in Romans 7, I am ready and conditioned to recognize with great relief and daring faith that I have "died" to this long-accepted concept of being self-operating. By faith I see that my false owner and Satan-Sin-operator, with his nature of self-for-self, has been replaced forever by my True Owner, with His nature of self-for-others.
As in Romans 8:1-2, I can now accept myself with all my human faculties as permanently operated by, expressing and manifesting my Christ Indweller in His self-for-others nature. I go free. Then delightedly I find myself a willing slave-servant to Him who gets

By faith I see that my false owner and Satan-Sin-operator, with his nature of self-for-self, has been replaced forever by my True Owner, with His nature of self-for-others.

busy giving me my intercessory life's opportunities of being Himself-for-others by me. All who will receive can find and know that they too are Christ-I in place of Satan-I, and never were the delusion of being just an I-I!
The Radical Core
In a real sense, there is not a new word in what we are saying —not a sentence for which we cannot present Bible authority and not a thing new to take to any born-again believer. All we do is tell our fellow redeemed who they really are and already are!
When any say, "So you think you are holier than we [really than we believe ourselves to be] or regard yourselves as The Elite," we say, "Yes, but that is just what you are also!" Can you be more holy than a walking Christ in your human form, which you are when you recognize who you are by the obedience of faith in His declared word? Can you be more elite than "now are we the sons of God" (1 John 3:2)?
Our one reason for existence as Total Truth witnesses and being so bold about it is that though it is nothing but unrecognized truth about who every redeemed person really is, we have very regretfully to say that, whether in victorious life books or evangelical pulpit preaching, we do not find the total truth often given.

Wherever we see even a glimpse of it, we jump to acclaim it. The last thing we wish to be is sole purveyors of it.
But what is the radical spot which causes us to talk of "total truth"? Simply put, it is that there is no such thing as independent self in the universe. There is only One: "I am the Lord; and there is none else" (Is. 45:18). All creation is derivative, operating by God's creative life in some basic form in it. And so all men, made in His image, naturally (except as hindered by unbelief) express by their created selfhood Him, their Creator.
We humans have our wonderful being as selves "in Him" (Acts 17:28); but the nature that is being expressed is His, not ours (2 Pet. 1:4). But because consciousness necessarily comes through the fact and knowledge of opposites, the one utilizing the other to express itself (like light "swallowing up" dark), so there came into existence this false "god" with the opposite nature to the One Living God, and having the deceived imagination that he is an independent self. That is what sin is (1 John 3:4).
This was also that we might know the false opposite, since through the Fall we have been deceived by Satan as if we were independent selves, having received his spirit of error into ourselves to express his self-for-self nature as us. The Last Adam —God's own Son taking flesh as us—removed that spirit of error from us by His death and resurrection as us (2 Cor. 5:14, 21; Rom. 6:19), so that the deceiving spirit is replaced by the Spirit of Truth expressing His other-love nature as us.
The snag and snare is that by Satan's deceit we humans think we are independent selves with a self-operating nature of our own. This has to be, so we learn once for all that lying deceit of being independent. The reason Romans 7 appears to be such a difficult chapter is that the final depth of this revelation is found there.
Through conditioning we have to become desperate enough to see through and discard the one thing we humans cling to: that deceived idea that we have a nature of our own and run our own lives. Only then can we settle into the wonder of the old Satan-nature which he expressed as us (Rom. 6:21; 7:5) being now replaced forever by the glory of Christ, our "True Vine" expressing His True Vine nature by us, the branches (Rom. 6:22). Thus we move fixedly into the glory of the affirmation of Romans 8:2 and its spontaneous consequences in verses 14 through 16 and onward through the whole chapter.

But the Truth Is Resisted
So it is the fact of our having no human nature, but self only being an expresser of the deity-spirit nature (formerly the false one and now the true one) and our claiming this to be biblically true, that makes our "total truth" so radical. It leaves no more room for human self-activity, except as expression of a deity.
Here is where we have to ask where are the preachers or the writers of spiritual books who make this radical fact the fact, and thus give no more room for exhortations to self-betterment? Actually, all the commands of the Scripture have become automatic action: "Of course that is how we live, because it is He fulfilling 'the righteousness of the Law' in us!" "Oh, how I love thy Law!" (Rom. 8:4; Ps. 119:97).
Why can few pastors accept this

So it is the fact of our having no human nature, but self only being an expresser of the deity-spirit nature (formerly the false one and now the true one) and our claiming this to be biblically true, that makes our "total truth" so radical.

truth in its reality? Because it exchanges pastoral management of the flock for direct management by the Chief Shepherd, and the pastors leading the sheep to His direct leadership. Why will all believers start by opposing and resenting this radical reality? It is because we live under the delusion of being self-operating selves merely helped by the Spirit, until that final delusion is exposed in Romans 7 and replaced in Romans 8.
How truly that great George Muller, the father of all present-day faith movements, once said, "There was a day on which I died!" And there's no other way but that such a day comes in all our lives. But we fight and resist until at last we "see" it.

God's Restored Truth for Our Generation
Though our Total Truth reality is radical at its core, we see it as God's restored truth for our generation. We have nothing less than a worldwide, churchwide commission to every believer. And in each issue of our Intercessor magazine we make that plain statement. The Intercessor continually puts this Total Truth in all its articles. Such books as Yes, I Am and other publications and tapes listed in the magazine also offer the truth. In increasing numbers—by literature, by personal visits, by weekend fellowships —we are a "rising army" of co-knowers, witnesses and teacher-sharers, until that great day when "the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea" (Is. 11:9).
But right now we are relatively few, although regretfully so and quickly embracing any who show signs of being co-knowers. Of course, the great mystics of the centuries "knew" by the Spirit and gloriously said so.
There are thousands, including increasing numbers today, who do "know" much, and often live the liberated lives of the "knowers." Still, our calling is, like Paul, to present what we see to be the full Bible-revealed basis to a total knowing—the truth of Christ in and as us.
Others Have Seen and Said It
John in his First Epistle repeated it over and over again. We walk in the light. as He is in the light (1:7). We walk as He walked (2:6). We know as He know (2:27). We live holy lives, as He lives(3:7). We love as He loves (4:16). We have a faith that becomes inner knowing as He has (5:4-5, 18-20). And summed up, "As He is, so are we in this world" (4:17), for the very same Spirit who caused Jesus to know and say who He was (John 14:9) now causes us to know who we are (Rom. 8:11; John 16:7)
Inner truth was always known through the centuries (read such a book as The Pilgrim Church by E. H. Broadbent), but these true ones were consistently martyred by the external church. They were intercessors for us and did the dying. Now in our generation it is not physical martyrdom and cutting off of heads for most of us, but plenty of cutting off of our reputations as sound or sensible Christians. So we are left physically free to go to the whole Church in the whole world.
My Summit, My Hope, Glory and Ostracism
Now I reach my summit—at least I suppose so, at 95 years —and a last glorious participation in an "intercession in action." Certainly it is the greatest for me because God, and only God, has brought this worldwide, churchwide commission into being without my having given one thought or plan for it. And as I go to my Lord, I leave behind nothing less than the first sproutings—precious believers knowing who they already are —of a worldwide harvest.
My one hope is that we who are linked in this co-knowing remain as structureless as possible. Being joined to One Body only, the precious redeemed Body of Christ, we have no need for membership, joining or official subscribing. We know only one truth: Christ Himself now living His own life in millions of bodies by the Spirit, until"we all come in the unity of the faith," in understanding as well as a present Spirit-oneness, to that Perfect Man of Ephesians 4:13.
This last intercession is glorious indeed, but it also includes its very present dying that others may live. There is ostracism and opposition by many, even of the precious people of God, who remain in this confusion of and clinging to the false independent self. The Spirit has to make us ready for that final and highly dangerous looking death, where it remains only He as us.
That unpredictable Wind "blows

Inwardly we will "see" our wonderful God-made human selves as solely expressers of His Spirit of Truth in place of that false spirit of error. And we will settle into our true God-ordained condition, as out from us flows the river of the Spirit, as in John 7:37, 38.

where it lists"(wills) in our newborn lives, as I can plainly see in the marvelous unplanned events of just my own life. You may also see where the Spirit has already gained intercessions by you in your own experiences; and you will thus be alive to the glory of such further intercessions, with their commission, cost and completion.
The death-resurrection principle of intercession (see John 12:24) as the highest of our earthly callings is still known and entered into by only a few of the redeemed members of the Body of Christ. Plainly enough, though, Paul gave us his own experience in Romans 6-8. As he found so painfully and with difficulty in his Romans 7 travail, the "death" of that lie of our being independent selves comes to those of us who will stop at nothing in going what he called that perfect way of Christ as us.
But as we move in by the bold choice of faith (as by the affirmation of Galatians 2:20), the Spirit will bring us that same light of revelation which Paul had. Inwardly we will "see" our wonderful God-made human selves as solely expressers of His Spirit of Truth in place of that false spirit of error. And we will settle into our true God-ordained condition, as out from us flows the river of the Spirit, as in John 7:37, 38. Nothing then can stop us from joining what Peter calls "the royal priesthood" of intercessors with, as Paul said, "death working in us, but life in you."

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