Voice in the wilderness

Dwelling in the Rock

Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount, “If thine eye be single, then thy whole body shall be full of light.” The “single eye,” as we are meaning it, is joining by faith in the vision of God by His Spirit within us, so that in our vision we penetrate all things, seeing only One God at the bottom, at the top, in and through all things. We look in any direction, inward, outward, upward or downward and, as did the prophet Isaiah, we see only One — there is no other. “Hear O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one.” (Deu 6:4 NASB)

We call this a single-eye Bible study because of the fact that we do not approach the Scriptures, as some of us have in the past, as merely a text book or a manual, which we can dissect and make fit into some sort of infallible system of truth. What we seek in Scripture is that same One Person, who has, through Jesus Christ, brought us back into intimate fellowship within His bosom. It is His speaking that we heed and by His speaking we are sustained and fed.

So, in these passages and comments on Scripture that we offer below, we give what is to us the “word of God,” as testified to by the words of Scripture. What we will discover, as the Spirit opens the Scriptures in our understanding more and more, is that we find Christ and the story of Christ in some sense in every passage. The Bible is a book with one purpose — to reveal Christ, first to and for us, secondly in us, and then finally, as us. Once having seen “Christ in us” in the very person that we are, by the revelation of the Holy Spirit, the context of all scripture changes to that new inner orientation. Our studies will reflect this reorientation that happens to us when we discover for ourselves Galatians 2:20 – “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”

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    • Hi Mike,
      Your question is exactly what this blog is all about. While I could give you a stock answer, it would be better if you tell me where you are at the moment, spiritually speaking. I might give you a more exact answer to your question if I know where you are coming from.

      • Hello Fred,

        Thanks for all you do.
        I wonder if you could answer this “snag”
        I keep hitting. I have been reading NG for years.
        If there is no independent self- who made the choice to eat from the forbidden tree?
        I have been reading NG for years but I struggle and hit a snag on this point.
        Did God as Eve eat from the tree He said
        not to? Was Satan masquerading as Eve and eat from the tree for God’s purpose of illustrating a point? Both conclusions seem absurd to me and so I always come back to
        independent self Eve made her own choice
        to disobey. I just can not see thru.
        What would your thoughts be on this?
        Thank you. Lynne
        What would you say? Thank you.

      • Hi Lynne,
        Thanks for writing and your questions. I am running around doing Thanksgiving things today so I can’t get right with you, but in the meantime let me point you to an article I wrote a while back, which was answering basically the same thing, alluded to in the beginning. The article went farther than I had thought in the beginning, but you may be able to get some light from it. After you chew on that a bit, if you like, we could continue a dialogue. One thing that does immediately occur to me, though, is that it seems you are seeking to satisfy yourself on this matter intellectually, like solving a math problem or something, something that makes sense and is not absurd. But everything about the mystery of the gospel is absurd to the intellect, simply because we cannot find the answer in the intellect until we have first realized our true answer that is already in us, and perhaps that is what this article I am referring to may lend a hand in that regard. Anyway, get back to me with questions etc., and we’ll go from there. Here is the link: https://thesingleeye.wordpress.com/2010/07/22/consciousness-of-christ-the-why-of-everything/

  1. Hi, Mr. Pruitt,
    I have been reading all your posts, and they are absolutely wonderful! Sometimes I find myself having to read over them a couple times to truly grasp what it is you are saying. I am twenty-two years old, and I have been struggling with an eating disorder (binge eating), a habit that I cannot seem to shake. I have read your article, “What if deliverance never comes,” and it brought me some nuggets of revelation. The problem is, is I wake up and look at myself and still see the same old overweight person. It really crushes my heart. I have brought this issue to the Lord many times. I just feel helpless, and sometimes I just feel I can’t go on.

    • Hi Erin, I’ve been away from the blog for a while, and am just now seeing yours. I will answer you soon. But in the meantime know that you are perfect in Christ, and that His “outer form” expression of Himself as you, despite your self-condemning thoughts to the opposite, is exactly how He intends it in this current moment, perfect in His sight having no spot or blemish, someone about whom He says, ‘This is my beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased.” And that is you, the Son Who is the object of the totality of the Father’s Love, and as such is a re-expressor of it in and as you.

    • Hi Erin, I’ve been away from the blog for a while, and am just now seeing yours. I will answer you soon. But in the meantime know that you are perfect in Christ, and that His “outer form” expression of Himself as you, despite your self-condemning thoughts to the opposite, is exactly how He intends it in this current moment, perfect in His sight having no spot or blemish, someone about whom He says, ‘This is my beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased.” And that is you, the Son Who is the object of the totality of the Father’s Love, and as such is a re-expressor of it in and as you.

      • Hi, Fred,
        Thank you so much for replying thus far. I will be awaiting more of your answer. I really appreciate it.

  2. Hi Fred ! Can I translate your wonderfu youtube presentation Galatians 2:20 to my native language Swedish? I want to put it in my blog kristusfokus.wordpress.com
    Jan Peter

    • Jan, is that your name? My wife is Janis, often called Jan, but of course the pronunciation is different! I am glad to meet you and thank you for your compliments! Yes, of course you may translate into Swedish and post it. And anything written also, use freely as led. I don’t know Swedish so I would not be able to understand it, but my good friend, Ole Henrik Skjelstad, who lives next door to you in Norway, can help me out. I’m delighted you want to do this!
      Blessings of Christ!

  3. Thanks Fred !! Yes I have corresponded a little with Ole Henrik. I very much appreciate his blog and writings. Yes Jan is my name, it is pronounced like Hahn with a long a-sound, like in english Bath. I have already translated the first part, ending with the fall and the eating of the false god. Sooo good ! I take away some redundant words to make it more readable.

    Bless !
    Jan Peter

  4. Hello, Fred! I read your post about independent self being the problem? Is independent self really the problem? I’ve looked at it thoroughly, and I’m pretty sure the world runs on walking independent to be able to survive…because I can’t really rely on my parents all the time and have to be able to support myself, and that’s one thing I’m struggling with right now. I trust in God, sure, but there are things I have to decide and do on my own too, right?

    Thanks. -Kaylan K.

    • Hi Kaylan,

      Thank you for writing me. I went and looked a little at your blog. First, Kaylan, I suppose you are new to my writings so you have taken my term “independent self” to have an entirely different meaning than what it is about. This is not the same thing as when we are growing up in our natural (human) lives, and are going through the period when we become independent from our parents. This has nothing to do about that.

      Actually, Kaylan, what I am describing is a spiritual thing, and ultimately, it is somewhat the source and cause for all the unrest in the world, starting with you and me. People are in all these kinds of inner torments, loving and hating themselves at the same time, but also at the same time wanting completion and rest from all the unrest in our inner selves.

      Kaylan, it is not what people say and do to us from the outside that produces these things. They are in everyone of us, and nothing takes care of it except the one only remedy, which is that the spirit of independence (selfish-will opposed to God) is cast out of us in the birth of Jesus Christ in the depths of our own spirits and souls. Your anguish you are feeling is what we all feel, but it does not have to continue or to eat us up.

      I do not know if you already know this, but there is no greater answer.

      This is what Jesus said: “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

      Jesus is true to His Word, Kaylan. I met Him 42 years ago when I was 21, and He has only proven His faithfulness in loving and upholding me the whole time, and I have no regrets. He has never left me nor deserted me, even when others have.

      I hope you know this life, Kaylan, but if not, it is available to you just as it is for anyone else, all we have to do is ask! “For whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” This is a truth which I hope you already know or will find out.

      Many blessings to you, Kaylan. God desires nothing but to show you His love, regardless of your current circumstances.

      Love in Christ,

      • Thank you, Fred. Yes, I’ve known this truth for a few years now. It’s something I’ve been really thankful for, but in a few instances get confused and frustrated about. I just want to try to understand it all, and make sure I’m grounded on truth..

        Is the anguish that I feel really felt by everyone? Can we really speak for all of humanity having the same feelings? I know those guys who seem to be so confident & independent, and they’ve encouraged a lot of people to do the same and succeeded. They’ve achieved and proven all sorts of things. They do so well in keeping themselves together, but I can’t. I don’t know where I’ll fit in a world that requires that, and where Jesus fits in that kind of world.

        Thank you. -Kaylan K.

      • Hi Kaylan, haven’t forgotten about you. I’ll get to you soon. Keep reading the blog — there’s some stuff I believe can help you.


    • Hi Ron, thanks for sharing your website. I am not unfamiliar with or in disagreement (that I am aware of) with what you call “trinitarian theology.” I have come from a different viewpoint for over 33 years, that our life in Christ is not “relational,” but “union,” and that changes absolutely everything. That is, I do not live “with” Jesus or as if He is sitting across from me knee to knee with me, but that we live in the same oneness with the Father in which He lived, and for which He prayed in His last prayers in John 17:11, 20-23, so that like Jesus, we say, “I and my Father are One,” and “when you see me, you see the the Father,” as Paul described our oneness of spirit in 1 Cor 6:17 (oddly, a passage about becoming “one flesh” in fornication but exactly portrays spiritual union, with either the spirit of error or Spirit of Christ). It is continually so that “I am crucified with Christ, so that I no longer live, but Christ lives in me, and the life I now live is the Life of the Son by His faith” and on and on and on, up to Paul’s description of his own commission in Col 1:27 and 28, “Christ in you, the hope of glory …. that I may present every man perfect.” Everyone of the now 451 blog posts on this blog are all in that light, though they are about many other subjects found within that one central truth which is the central personal truth of everyone in Christ, the same spirit dividing to every man severally as He will, so that it is the Same Spirit, Same Person, operating in different gifts, understandings, personalities, etc., but the SAME ONE PERSON, operating ONE BODY, each of us particular perfect members (by His Word and not by our attainment), doing that which we have been individually called to do, which makes the perfect working of the One Whole Perfect Man expressed in many members, as numerous as the sands of the sea or the stars in the sky!
      Thanks for commenting, Ron!
      All blessings!

  5. Thank you, thank you for your article – What if Deliverance Never Comes as he is now committed to alcoholism and yet, he says, he believes. I am certain as we sit down and study the scriptures you have offered, God will take hold of him and restore his to righteousness.

    How about adding me to your mail list – sherwood8028@hotmail.com

  6. God is a good God. I read some articles you and others wrote. God created every person unique and has plans for us. Due to several reasons we are not perfect. Once we are born again then we are on a course to personal growth for His glory. The wonder of it all is that God respect our choices. We are in Christ, but are not to my believe spiritual mindless robotic slaves. My choie is have a relationship with God. This to me is the centre of christianity. To me Christianity is not to be marionettes but children of God. We are sometimes out of line and then our Heavenly Father is reprimanding us as we do with our children. But never as father I will not take over their lives. I will give them guidance but it is still their decision.

    • Dear Martin, If I was saying what you seem to believe we are saying, I would think it incorrect also. However, you need to dig a little deeper. That LAST thing I am saying is that we are robotic automatons of the Father. I am saying when we find we can do nothing of ourselves, and that the Father Who dwells within me does the works, even as Christ said, and we are participators of that same Life, (John 17:11;20-23), we find our true FULL SELVES in Christ Jesus, just as Paul said in Col 3:3 and many others, and we live as Christ-expressers, but it is we ourselves, so that just as Jesus was the Father in Son form, so also are we only in Him. I only say what He said, “The Son can do nothing of Himself, for what He sees the Father doing, the same does the Son,” John 5:19 as well as “The Father that dwells within Me, He does the works.” John 14:10. That’s the Life of the Son, and the Life of the Son in all of us! Blessings,
      Fred Pruitt

  7. Good morning Fred,

    ‘It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.’

    God Himself, that indeed for us humans is where it’s all about. But can you explain where (and if) in your teaching comes in, the necessary for the individual of baptising with the Holy Spirit?
    Kind regards,
    Frits Roos
    The Netherlands

    • Frits, thank you for writing. My reply to you about the baptism of the Holy Spirit is simply to say, when one finds oneself “one” with God as Jesus repeatedly said of Himself and also of us in several places, especially John 17, we “are” and/or “have” everything necessary to meet all things, because we are filled with the Spirit of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. When I walk around in the world it is He walking, He talking, and it TAKES the Holy Spirit to understand and live such a life, since we hold a “Treasure” in an earthen vessel and bear about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that Christ might be manifest in our mortal flesh.
      Now, what of that could happen if the Holy Spirit was not the one doing it? Same thing with the gifts as outlined in 1 Cor 12 and 14 and other places. It is the same Holy Spirit Who operates all the gifts and produces all the fruit, up to and including the fulfillment of Ezekiel 36:26-27. We walk Holy Spirit lives from the moment of Divine conception onward, because we cannot be Christians at all unless the Spirit lives in us to will and to do of His good pleasure. “No man can say Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.” (1 Cor 12:3).
      And if you are wondering about “tongues,” I see that as “a” gift, not given to everyone, and by no means to be the one and only “proof” of Holy Spirit baptism. I don’t center on that issue, Frits, even though I spent my first 7 years in Christ in a Pentecostal church, because once we perceive and walk in the fulness of “Christ formed in us,” (Gal 4:19), there is nothing lacking. “He that believeth out of his inner self shall flow rivers of Living Water.” (John 7:38). What would those rivers be? Holy Spirit! The prerequisite in nothing but and only faith.
      Well, that’s about it, Frits. I hope that answers your question.

  8. “..because we are filled with the Spirit of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”
    Is everybody automatically filled with the Holy Spirit? Is there no special need for the sinner first to repent from his sins to Jezus Christ, then be baptized fully in water, so finally one can receive the promisse of the Holy Gost? The book of Acts discribes this order to lay hand on the Holy Gost. ‘Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.’ (Act.2:38)
    At the end you used, “Christ formed in us” (past perfect tense), but in my Bible it says: ‘..until Christ be formed in you’ (unfinished future) (Gal.4:19 KJV)
    I am not familiar with the translation you use, therefore it’s hard for me to indicate “He that believeth out of his inner self shall flow rivers of Living Water.” In my good old KJV there are some additional words: ‘He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.’ (Joh.7:38)
    Fred, can you explain this?
    Kind regards,

    • Hi Frits, yes I can. However, I’m an old man and I quit arguing over the meaning of scripture 25+ years ago. I am SO weary of it. I am WEARY of people who want to argue and correct each other on the meaning of scripture. So, no, I won’t explain things further. Go find somebody who will argue with you back. It is not me. Go in peace.
      fred pruitt

  9. Hi Fred, can’t find your email anymore. Hey Freday I will die in 2 years if I don’t have a new valve put in my heart. I am 55. I have been standing in him, and on psalm 61. Am booked in for heart surgery June 12.

  10. The Contextual Meaning of As A Man Thinketh by Fred Pruitt
    I read this on the internet it was very insightful. I would like permission to share this teaching in a group session. If I’m allowed, are there any stipulations? Thank you so much for taking time out to read this request.

    • Thank you, Theresa. Sure, you can use any of my material to share. No problem. If you have any questions or those to whom you share have any, I’m glad to comment as I can.

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