As Easter approaches, we celebrate the inconceivable fact that the Son of God came to earth as a Man not only to identify with us in our humanity and demonstrate who God is, but to bodily lay down His life to save us. Our lead article, From Spirit Action to Body Action, taken from Norman Grubbs last full book Yes, I Am, delves into the mystery of bodily intercession. From the takeover in our spirit by the God of other-love at our new birth and the refining and through progressive stages of faith, Gods purpose is that we bodily become the localized individual means by which the Spirit reaches out through us.
Daniel, excerpted from Doris Ruscoes Intercession in Action, is an excellent biblical case study in intercession. Rees Howells presents each of the phases in Daniels long life that brought him into his position as an intercessor for the deliverance of the entire Jewish nation out of captivity.
God Does Nothing by Halves, taken from The Spontaneous You, also discusses the deeper implications of the Resurrection. The love purpose of God, writes Norman, is to regain His stolen property (fallen humanity). In addressing the second half of Gods solution, Norman deals with the source of selfcenteredness and the complete solution found in our union with Christ at His death and resurrection.
On a more personal vein, Kari Maces Train Up a Child is a delightfully personal account of her involvement in the daily lives of the teens she has committed to disciple.
In a truly penetrating and perceptive Bible study, Brett Burrowes tackles the doctrine of Choice. This study, reprinted from the November/December 1993 Intercessor, explores the necessity, purpose, and scope of the choices we face. And on a practical level, Jon Langleys delightful account Christ in the Drivers Seat demonstrates the importance of his choice to believe, against appearances and feelings, that Christ is truly in control of all circumstances. Jons vignette gives a common example of the obstacles we face in daily living that tempt us into unbeliefthat get us lostliterally!
Two articles by Page Prewitt shed light on the vital issue of our human makeup and how we function as spirit- indwelt beings. In the second part of Body, Soul & Spirit, Page explores the difference between soul and spirit, the enticement of believing that what we feel is who we are, and the way out of this dangerous sin trap of unbelief. Pages second article, Where Lives are Changed presents help for those who know Galatians 2:20 truth, but fail to live it out. For more on this topic, Irene Gilsenans review of Norman Grubbs booklet No Independent Self provides an excellent taste of Normans teaching on that vital aspect of our basic makeup and relationship with God.
Thank God for the LawThe Guide to our Manhood in Christ is Normans thorough study of the purpose and function of the Law. This article is a must read for anyone wanting an accurate understanding of the necessity of the law to bring us into full, victorious living.
This issue features C.T. Studds booklet, The Chocolate Soldier Heroism the Lost Chord of Christianity, a colorful and penetrating perspective on the high calling of the Christian. In Part 1, C.T. challenges men and women to take up the challenge of living entirely and only for Christ and His kingdomas a soldier, braver than the bravest.
As we peek into this issues Letter from Norman, we find him discussing the absurdity of faiththat faith resides in another realm and cannot be proven in this realm. And as always, he does not hesitate to go to the heart of the need by addressing specific concerns with insightful, personal counsel.
Finally, dont miss this issues Tape Talk in which Janie Prewitt provides a taste of an exciting new addition to our audio offerings, Norman Grubb on The Ways of God.
More Articles from The Intercessor, Vol 22 No 1
- From Spirit Action to Body Action
- Editors Note
- The Chocolate Soldier Part One
- Bible Study: Choice
- Thank GOD For The LawThe Guide to Our Manhood in Christ
- Tape Talk
- Where Lives Are Changed
- God Does Nothing by Halves
- Train Up A Child
- The Intercession of Rees Howells – Daniel
- A look At A Book
- Letters from Norman
- Christ in the Drivers Seat
- Words to Live By
- Body, Soul, and Spirit Part Two