by Fred Pruitt
(In the following I have combined two previous writings, because in re-reading them tonight, especially in light of the trip John and I are on at the moment, as well as current events shaping up in our world, it came to me by the Spirit that I HAD to re-post these again, and to put them together.)
I. How Do We Set People Free?
By Fred Pruitt
How do we set people free, when we seem to ourselves so beset with weakness and contradiction? The answer is that we are only allowed to view those “self” things, in order that we might know by contrast as negative to positive, that the Life in us is only Christ.
That is the message of the “truth will out.” It “outs” in us. What a thing is, it will be shown to be. So we do not have to worry about our “self” issues. Setting people free flows naturally our of our own freedom and life. We simply come to know that as we are led and free even so are they, and as we have heard the Spirit so will they, and they “hear” what the Spirit is saying in them, even as we have. We have come to thoroughly know it is not about discipling “men” to ourselves but to Christ and the Spirit. They (as we do also) belong to Him. Our hearts are His. Our motivations are His. We are not persons concerned about our public persona, but just simply living Christ in all we do, sometimes in what looks like trial and error, but sometimes also wisdom is proved by trial and error. We are then free of those continually recurring self-thoughts, even as we desire others to be free of them, too. We can be free because we ARE free! We are the Blessed and the Blessers!
We transmit to others our own reality, i.e., “Christ in His own freedom as me.” We don’t “teach” freedom as a concept (what is allowable, what is not allowable), because it immediately falls into the legal realm, where we still want to find the edges of this freedom, some borders, some rules we must keep somewhere in the forefront for self’s-security’s-sake, so often we invent phrases like, “Of course whatever you hear from the Inner Word will line up with the Written Word,” and others similar. (I do not deny that “lining up” will be the case, but the “lining up” is the Spirit’s lining up, and out of the mind of God and not of the flesh, ad therefore not available except to those who “lean not unto [their] own understanding.” We cling to those “safety” places, as I see it, less out of conviction, but more so out of having a safe “place” to anchor this freedom.
But true freedom defies all that and doesn’t live in that rational level. It does not answer those questions. “The wind blows … so IS everyone who is born of the Spirit.” People ask sometimes, what does this union life look like? Or what would this love look like expressed? Give me a picture, a model.
We give them the one they may not expect, in that we ourselves are the picture, the model. The answer is, it looks like the “whoever” it is, in which the Life is showing up! That is why Paul told the Corinthians that they were the letter he had written. Paul didn’t tell them to go study more, get with it, dig into the torah — though they may have done all of that — but simply told them that the Life was now showing up in them as them. “You are now the life,” he was telling them. “You’re the same letter I am.” Yes, definitely an earthen vessel, and in that earthen vessel the weakness shows up and never leaves, for the weakness is the function of the earthen vessel. But then we are not just an earthen vessel alone, but a vessel filled with the Divine Treasure, that shines by the contrast of the vessel, “that the Excellency of the power may be of God,” as brother Paul has told us.
Consider this Divine Treasure. Do we understand the implications of this? It is only what we have always said. This is all the riches and treasures and pure clear gold, the consummation of all things — I AM —
Hear O Israel!
(Rev 1:4) John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne …
(Rev 1:8) I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
(Rev 4:8-11) And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,
The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
Hear O Israel —
Your Day has come!
In whatever form or by whatever means or by whenever time, comes the end of this age for the outer world and the temporal heavens and earth (visible universe) —
Let us know this:
The words and scenes depicted in the passages above from The Revelation of Jesus Christ, are the true inward words and scenes that are current and fulfilled in this present moment in all who are in Christ. We are each as present there in spirit as we are present in the body in the temporal world. The body world is following a time-line. The inner true eternal world has no beginning and no end other than Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the true inner eternal world in which we dwell in this present moment, there is no separation of night and day; there is no outer sun or moon or any other outer source of light, because the Lamb is the Light of it; there is no temple there, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
It is out of THIS, that the waters flow. It is out of THIS, that life pours out. It is out of THIS, comes great boldness. It is out of THIS, that all the nations of the earth are blessed. For THIS, is the blessing of Abraham in its fulfillment, “Look at the stars, and see if you can number them … so shall thy seed be!” It is out of THIS, that we rise to possess that by which we have been possessed!
Hear, O Israel!
There is great anticipation worldwide in this present time regarding possibly impending apocalyptic events. I have no certain knowledge of that one way or the other. I DO, however, believe in prophecy. As Abraham’s blessing was fulfilled, as Isaiah’s and David’s prophecies were fulfilled, as well as countless others with the coming of the Lamb into time and space as Son of Man, so that He appeared at a time and place in this current history, so shall all the things prophesied regarding this current world be fulfilled IN this current world, even as they already are IN us.
Like Martin Luther King, Jr., “I’ve been to the mountain top; I looked over into the other side, I’ve SEEN the Promised Land … and I thank God Almighty, I’m free at last, free at last … for we as a people shall SEE the Promised Land!
I tell you this. If this is the time of these things, then this is the truth that upholds the very elect. It is the time for deeds of valor. It is the time that the image of gold, silver, brass, iron and clay, is broken in pieces, so that the stone which broke them becomes a mountain that fills the whole earth. This has happened in us! (Selah!)* And because it has happened in us, we transmit the same so that in each the same stone becomes a great mountain that fills the whole earth. Like Job, “Yet in my flesh I shall see God!”
Why is this so important? How else will the world be watered? How else will the world receive life? I have seen with my eyes the collapse of the house of sand, and many houses are collapsing in this present time. They collapse that the Rock might be exposed underneath, and all whose houses have collapsed will be wondering, “How shall I then build my house?” and we shall be their answer.
For we have found and stand upon the Rock, and are as great trees which nourish the whole earth. We are branches of the Divine Tree, and as we graft other wild branches in, through our branch are many other branches made, and they, too, are branches of the Divine Tree, and through their branches are many other branches made, into uncounted numbers. Divine Life and Divine Sustenance flows through all the branches equally, and this continues eternally without beginning and end.
This is what Paul was telling those early believers in Corinth.
“Now,” he tells them, “Your stony hearts have been reborn, and have become hearts of flesh.” Ah, is this not the purpose of God? Hearts of flesh feel everything, experience everything , apprehend everything, behold everything as taken into them, seeing no separation in what is outside and what is inside. (Ez 11:19,20; 36:25-27)
I maybe should not get carried away, and just conclude with this. We live a Spirit freedom and an Unbounded Love. That freedom and love is who and what we are, and we cannot help but to be it. And it is catching. A contagion of Life! That is who you are, and undoubtedly you are flowing out as He is continually flowing in!
Arise, Shine, Thy Light IS Come!
*FYI: In case “selah” causes some puzzlement, it is a Hebrew expression that means, “pause and consider.”
II. “What’s The Best Book On Grace You’ve Ever Read?”
Someone on Facebook asked me the above question in a survey. This is my reply:
Hi, thanks again for another question. Folks have put me in the “Grace message” basket I suppose, but I really didn’t know there was such a message or movement until a few years ago when I couldn’t help but notice it on Facebook. Of course I had heard of Steve McVey, Paul Anderson-Walsh, and many of the others who are now called “grace” teachers.
But I have come in from a different direction, in that I have been sharing “Union” with Christ for the past 30 years, which I will have to say can fit with the “grace” message, since “grace” living and “union” living can be described in pretty much the same terms, though there are some differences.
To answer your book question, I have only read a smattering of the books that people normally associate with the grace message. In my earlier “searching” days I read every book I could get my hands on. But I hardly read any books these days, or very few. People are always wanting me to read this or that book, many of which I am sure are very good, but for me, once the Lord had given me my marching orders, and I have come to know and be fixed in that, I quit looking around for answers in other things or movements, and that cuts down quite a lot on the reading, and gives me time to write and give what I have been given.
It’s kind of like getting married. When I was single, I could date different girls. However, being married, of course I am with only one woman. Same with our callings or emphases the Lord gives us. I faltered around here and there for quite a while in my earlier years in Christ, trying out this and that. But right at about 30 years ago, the Lord opened me up to knowing an inner awareness or consciousness of 1 Cor 6:17 (“he that is joined to the Lord is one spirit …”), Gal 2:20, (“I live yet not I but Christ liveth …”), and John 15:1 (“I am the vine, you are the branch”). It is wrapped up in completion in John 17:11; 21-23, which is Jesus praying to the Father that we would walk in the same oneness He had with the Father, and that we would be given the same glory, SAME GLORY, that He had with the Father before the world began.
Jesus’ oneness was expressed in Jesus’ words such as, “I am my Father are one,” “When you see me you see the Father,” “The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father doing, the Son likewise does the same,” and “The Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works.”
It overtook me completely that this was and IS the truth about Him in me, and me in Him. So I took that wife to marry, so to speak, and have sought no other since, having been completely satisfied through the fixing of the Spirit in me. I have learned that it is HE (as me), walking out on a daily basis in normal human living, God’s perfect expression of Himself in the world, according to that great word in 1 John 4:17, “As He is, so are you in this world.” And so many many many more scriptures that say this, confirmed by the Spirit in every experience and circumstance of life since He first brought me to this (through great weakness and failure on my part) astounding revelation, by the Spirit, of “Who” I am.
Therefore, I continue to pray for and bless my brothers and sisters in the “Grace movement,” as well as for all who seek Christ in sincerity. In addition, as it has fallen to me, I continue to press and believe that many will continue into a total oneness with Christ in consciousness and experience. This comes about as we realize in the innermost depths of our being, that we do not live a message, teaching or a doctrine, but we live as expressions of a Person, the Divine Person, not from some quality He has or some gift He gives us, but He-Himself, living as me-myself, which is quite a different ballgame.
We then come to the place where we no more go in and out, no more tossed to and fro by the latest new message, movement, book or doctrine. We find a complete inner satisfaction, through knowing that we are now fixed in the Head, Jesus Christ. And from that point, we now find ourselves both constrained and privileged to share with all our brethren the truth that we are each Christ formed in us. This has come by no effort or technique, no teaching or “application of kingdom principles” or some other self-effort technique of man, but through the revelation that we are instead walking in a Living Person, Who lives in us “both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” (Phil 2:13).
Finally, we find there is no “method” of entry, except that we, by faith and revelation of the Spirit, simply receive as a gift what God has done universally in the Cross and Resurrection, made particular in each of us by a simple word of agreement with what God has declared, even as Mary the mother of Jesus said to Gabriel, “Be it unto me according to thy word.”
Like Gabriel said to Mary, the Spirit says the Christ is born in us! Let this word of Mary, the mother of Jesus, be ours as well. “Be it unto me according to thy Word!”
It is just that simple. Speak the word. God does the rest.