By Fred Pruitt
I wrote back:
Where this “twoness” you describe is all going to wind up, is that you are going to quit speaking of yourself as if divided, an inner you and an outer you, the human you and the divine you, and realize that what you are calling the outer, human you, which you are in this time believing is somehow deficient, is in fact the exact perfect expression of the divine, inner you — different in function and consciousness perhaps, but one expressing the other. It is actually that way now, but in your consciousness of yourself you still see that you are divided. You are not really divided. There is a difference between soul and spirit, but that is not two “yous.” Spirit within is invariable; soul without is variable, but we cannot divide ourselves.
You are judging yourself, believing no doubt (which we all do at one time or another) that this so-called outer, human you, which still seems to have these foibles, fears, concerns, worries, questionable habits, crazy thoughts, unexplainable emotions, is some separate, wayward “you,” which one day the Lord is going to fix up and get under control.
What you do not realize is that, even with all that above-mentioned stuff, it is all still under the domain of the Spirit, who has taken up residence in the whole of you, and is only waiting for you to recognize that BY FAITH.
What do you think you are going to become? Mr. Super-Spiritual-Man? No, you must remain human — with all that previously mentioned so-called “baggage,” in order to bear about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus would be manifest in your mortal flesh. Christ is magnified IN YOUR BODY!
How is Christ magnified in your body, i.e. “manifest in your mortal flesh” (2 Cor 4:5-12 KJV)? By you finally getting a handle on all that stuff you think you don’t have a handle on?
No, He already has a handle on it. When Christ moved in, He moved into all of you.. He knows what He is doing. Quit judging yourself. Quit condemning yourself. He sees you whole and complete (Col 2:10). He sees you perfect (Col 4:12; Mat 5:48; John 17:23; 1 Cor 2:6; 2 Cor 12:9; 2 Cor 13:11; Eph 4:13 KJV). He sees you without spot or blemish (Eph 5:27). He sees you accepted in the beloved (Eph 1:6). He sees you washed clean forever in the Blood of the Lamb (Rev 7:14). He sees you righteous (2 Cor 5:21). So if He sees you that way, and scripture after scripture after scripture says He does, then by whose sight are you seeing all this other stuff?????? WHO TOLD YOU YOU WERE NAKED????Judge righteous judgment my friend, and NOT according to appearance. (John 7:24).
God looks at you and says, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.” You may think, how so? Because He sees you in THE SON, who is now your real identity. You have become mixed, one, with Him, and thus with all the Trinity. Do you remember my talk on Esau and Jacob? Isaac said, “It is the hands of Esau, but the voice of Jacob.” And Isaac gave Jacob the blessing in Esau’s garb.
Same with us, my friend. Jacob — Christ — comes to the Father for His blessing, wearing our skin, the rough hide of the man of the earth. He has become us, and presents us in Himself to the Father. The Father may feel rough hide of the earth and smell the dew and dust of the ground on us, but God hears only the Voice of the Son in us, and that is who you are. “It is the hands of Esau, but the Voice of Jacob!” And thus in Jacob we, who are all Esau, i.e. the fallen first Adam, are blessed and restored in the Last Adam. The Father receives us AS the Son!
You have accepted Christ. He has accepted YOU! NOW YOU ACCEPT YOU!
You are no longer a divided being, one good, one not so good. What you are confessing, the “holy” inner you, and the “unholy” outer you, is a subtle form of gnosticism, which says that flesh is bad and spirit is good. No, my friend, now, in Christ, flesh is in right use, and is “good.” It had been formerly misused by the old master, but now it has a NEW MASTER, and it has been made clean and He rightly uses it. I mean your humanity, your outer you, is the expression of the inner you, because no “independent” being controls it or tells it what to do, nor does it have a mind of its own. God through the Spirit now walks AS YOU, spirit, soul AND body.
To see this, my friend, is to enter His rest.