Fullness of Life in Christ – Initial Studies

(Providing doctrinal understandings that open the way for fullness of life in Christ)

These studies were originally written in 2002 and still worth reading. 

An updated version in PDF and MP3 began to be provided in 2008 – 2010. 

These are available at http://www.goodnews.org.au/fullness/index-2008.html

 

Introduction

What believer does not want fullness in Jesus Christ? Scriptures make wonderful promises about the fullness that is available to true believers. The subject has been of special interest to me over several years, as I struggled with my understandings of the Word of God on these issues. The Lord led me into studies on prayer, the believer's authority in Christ. During that time the subject of faith itself had an obvious connection with these things. During that time, Norman Grubb's writings came to my notice and my spirit quickened with the excitement of his words about Romans 6-8. I did not understand too much but considered God's Spirit within me a better judge of what may be true and continued to read all his books and allowed his explanations slowly be revealed to me.

Now some years later, there is sufficient obvious truth of basic issues in the rest of his writing that not only makes sense, but excites the spirit in me to a far greater degree than all other explanations of Christian life I have ever read. All Christian writers find their critics, but for me at this stage, Grubb's explanations of the Gospel seem to be more truly scripturally than any other studied so far. Other enquiries about Grubb's life revealed a number of strong believers in USA who knew Grubb personally and have lived out the fullness of life provided by Christ, according to what Grubb taught them from scriptures. Personal experience and knowing those people show them to be the sort of believers I would like to be in fellowship with.   It is now 2008 and all these things are even more obvious to me

These original writings on this page put together in 2003 are from more than one source. Some are written by Dan Stone, Linda Bunting and by Norman Grubb himself, who sought and found fullness of life in Christ during their lifetimes. Others are written by Ken Walker. There are also links to other major websites constructed by people who really know their Bible and the truths it contains.


DoubleCross by Dan Stone - with his permission for this article to appear here on Good News Australia. Our suggestion is to make this article the first one you read as it tells what is wrong with much of current evangelical Christianity and proposes a biblical answer.

One Plus One Equals One by Dan Stone. This is Dan Stone's incredible summing up of everything that is on this site - in just four pages. Christ is our life.

The Testimony of One Woman by Linda Bunting with her permission for this article to appear here on Good News Australia.  It is her personal testimony of coming into the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The New Covenant Defined  by Jimmy Stewart.  These pages outline how Fullness of Life in Christ grows out of the New Covenant. Jimmy Stewart writes in everyday understandable terms about how we might live the life of Christ.

Searching for the Fullness of God (without appendicies) By Ken Walker. These pages outline how a correct understanding of Romans 7 opens one of the doorways into fullness of life through Christ. It is taken purely from scripture and from good commentaries, coupled with my developing understanding of the Gospel in all its fullness

Searching for the Fullness of God (with appendicies) - five pages more. by Ken Walker.

Biblical Stages of the Christian Life by Ken Walker.

Sin and the Christian - Does the person who is born of the Spirit of God commit sin? by Ken Walker.

The Phantom of Romans 7 - an examination of the "I" in Romans 7:14-24 by Ken Walker

Romans 7 - another look by Ken Walker. If ever there was a segment of scripture that confused, Romans 7:14-24 could well take the prize. For it seems to say we will have an endless battle which will perhaps prevent us living in the fullness of life that Paul otherwise asserts is his life style. So is there a conflict here between what Paul says in Romans 7 and what he describes elsewhere in his writings?This is a simplied look at the correct interpretation, mostly using just two verses of scripture, one from Romans 7 and one from Romans 8.

The Mystery of Life revealed  A new hymn expressing the truths of Colossians 1:26-29, 2:2-3, 3:4; Philippians 1:21.

Not I but Christ  A new hymn expressing the truths of Galations 2:20, Colossians 1:27; 3:4, Romans 5:1,5 ; 6:6-11 ;7:6

Proclaiming The Gospel of Jesus Christ (Of both blood and body aspects) Part 2 - Complementary Issues Ken Walker September 2002 This is not the main study of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but does include many important complementary aspects of the basic study. What was done in the first part of the study (see next link below) completed the basic teaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, covering both blood and body effects resulting from the death and resurrection of Christ. In that study we have already covered how our sins are forgiven and how sin is defeated so that we may reign in life. However, there are a significant number of related issues that are now addressed, in order to extend and complement the whole study. I realized that it would be necessary to explain some of these, because in part they underpin the understanding of the Gospel itself. Perhaps this document should even be read first. This study will be written in a question and answer format. Please note that most of these explanations are brief, and are not meant to be comprehensive or complete in nature, only addressing the central issues of each question. However, further references will be given in either books or Internet addresses where readers wish to pursue a greater understanding on a particular issue.

Proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ - both blood and body aspects. By Ken Walker. The gospel of Jesus Christ has both a blood and body aspect, which together make possible forgiveness, regeneration leading to eternal life after death, and fullness of life on earth due to freedom from sin and law. The first aspect brings the new believer into permanent relationship to God and the second provides the freedom from sin and law , along with many other benefits which are needed to have the power to live the life on earth. How would I compare it with traditional descriptions and teachings of the Gospel? Traditional descriptions and teachings of the gospel normally only include the blood aspect of the cross dealing with forgiveness of sin, regeneration and receiving eternal life. The body aspect of the cross, which provides for freedom from sin and law is not normally taught as a part of the gospel and is mostly relegated to being just another bit of doctrine. Consequently, many, if not most believers, do not have the power to live the life as God intended, simply because they do not know the full effect of Christ's death and resurrection, nor how to have it implemented in their life.

Two Vital Aspects of the Christian Life. by Ken Walker. In this study, the operation of the Holy Spirit and faith in the life of a believer are seen as the two vital aspects of the Christian life. The study contends that they should be taught first in the context of the whole Gospel of Jesus Christ - as explained elsewhere on this page. If not, then believers can attempt to live out the commands and instructions of the New Testament out of their own strength, instead of through faith and in the power of the Spirit. The study further contends that yielded-ness and humility are basic requirements before the Spirit will provide His ultimate fullness. The study then compares the use of the written word and the Word of the Spirit. This study complements The Proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, also accessible from this page.

Is your life as God intended it to be?  By Ken Walker   Do you think your life is as God intended it to be? Have you ever pondered that question in the light of how our lives actually seem to be?  How did God really intend our lives to be?  One person describes it this way. We were made to contain the very life of Jesus.  He means to live out the reality of who He is right here within the reality of who we are.  He means to be our lives - the thoughts in our heads (we have the mind of Christ scripture says), the creativity in our work, the love in our hearts.  He means to take on the stress and unravel the complications, so that we can move through our lives just as He did, in gentleness, simplicity and harmony.

Where has all the agape gone?   By Ken Walker  This short writing examines the Christian life in the light of Romans 5:5, which says that the love of God has been poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. The article suggests some of the reasons why this may not operate in all believers.

(are you) Getting through the strife of life   by Ken Walker.   Scripture says we are equipped, so how do we manage life? The sovereignty of God ought to indicate to believing man that God is in control of all things at all times.  Further, that if believing man has faith in God that His will is applied to his life in every circumstance of life by God, then believing man should have no anxiety and little concern about his life.  It could or perhaps should be as simple as that.  But this is certainly not so in most men and women today as they struggle with life, almost as if God was not there at all, as though they had to do something to keep their life on even keel, whilst hoping that God might do a bit for them now and then.   A 12 page NEW STUDY

 

The Adversities of Life   By Ken Walker - How do you see and handle the adversities that come to you in your life?   Most of us consider them a nuisance, something that shouldn’t have happened to us.   Common adversities include ill-health, financial loss, violence of both physical and verbal types, loss of loved ones, unemployment, disunity and various traumas such as accidents or just plain misfortune.  We almost never see such things as positive, but always as something bad, calling it a set back, bad luck, misfortune, or if they the adversity is really difficult we would call it a disaster, calamity of catastrophe, as indeed they can be.   So why are adversities such a common occurrence in life?   Why do they happen and how should we view them for both believers and unbelievers? 

The Parable of the Unknowing Boy - by Ken Walker. This is a parable written to demonstrate how the world is for unbelievers in what God has done through Jesus Christ. It shows how they are ignorant of their position adequately described by St. Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:4. It also demonstrates scriptural principles about salvation and the writings of Norman Grubb as they pertain to fullness of life in Christ.:

Links to other sites on the same subject.

Fullness of Life in Christ at www.goodnews.org.au/fullness contains later writings in MP3 and PDF formats

Christ as us. A link hosted by Linda Bunting and others on the writings of Norman Grubb and other current writers.

The Liberating Secret. This is a web site hosted by Sylvia Pearce. It has lots of writings concerning these issues.

The Norman Grubb Web Site This is a new web site hosted by Dee Dee Winter about Norman Grubb, his life and his wonderful writings. See at bottom of this list for direct links to some articles on that site.

Christ in you. This is a web site hosted by Jim Fowler. It has wonderful writings about the life of Christ within us believers.

The Grace Project.  This is another site with great writings.  It is by Paul Anderson-Walsh in the UK.  He has a great ability to write short pithy challenging articles right on the point.  When you get to the site, click on INTERACTIVE, to find these writings.

Links to other resources written by Norman Grubb.

The Key to Everything by Norman Grubb. This book is listed at  http://www.normangrubb.com/Books.htm  This provides a good basic introduction into the subject.   If not found then email me please.

The Key to the Liberated Life by Norman Grubb. This is the first of Grubb's articles I ever read. He shows how a proper understanding of Romans Chapters 6,7 and 8 are fundamental to being able to receive the fullness of The Gospel of Jesus Christ. Grubb wrote his less than 10 years before he died.

Yes I Am by Norman Grubb.    http://www.unionlife.org/yesIam   In my opinion this is Norman Grubb's best work - it is his last book written in 1984 - It is a book of about 250 pages. As it is still in print, I am surprised to see it published on the web by Union Life. They must be seeing it as a ministry to a needy Christian world. It is a book of 250 pages and summarizes all his best work. Grubb's books tend to be cumulative in nature, as he developed his ideas over about 60 years, starting with his time in the Congo as a missionary.

Christ is in you – A two minute humorous presentation on U Tube about the presence of the Life of Christ within us.

http://www.thephilfiles.com/2008/10/21/is-it-in-you/