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The True and Only Real Liberty
by Fred Pruitt

Someone wrote concerned that we might be confusing ourselves with God. But in right understanding of what we have been given to say, there can be no confusion between the Lamb of God and those of us who are His in union with Him. We continually say that we live only "by the Life of Another!" That is our continuous theme, now and forever! Consider this word of Paul's from Philippians:

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,
who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, {and} being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Phil 2:5-8 NASB

The only way we come to know Him as ourselves, is by that same emptying described in that Philippian passage. Yes, there are those who say they are Christ, and take that in a completely wrong direction. Christ is servant; Christ dies for others; whatever Christ does, there is essentially nothing in it for Himself; He has nowhere to lay His head. That's the Christ we are referring to when we say He has come to be in us as one person with us. But I have known people who have thought it meant others should serve them, others should obey them, others should come and worship at their fount, rather than lead others to the fount IN THEM.

And we also must be emptied of our false consciousness of our own deity, which all of us are born with. This is the "vanity" the scriptures speak of, which we sometimes call "independent self." Whether in fear or pride, we worship ourselves and are our own fountain of life, until the True Light is revealed. So that is the deity WE must be emptied of, which is not, of course, the same deity the Son had to be emptied of -- though in a sense, it is tantamount to the same thing. What I mean is this. Though Jesus truly was the Son, He had to come in the humility, weakness and limitations of a man. Therefore He had to really BE that, not just pretend. So divinity had to go. For the Second Adam to overcome, He had to walk the way of the First Adam and redeem him in his humanity.

We have a false sense of deity from the lie of the devil, which of course Jesus did not, but He had the same temptation to that false sense of deity that Adam had, and just as Adam, had to walk it and overcome it as a man. Because it is MAN (because God did not make man to be a separate creature apart from Him, but to be His actual Life expressed in the world -- that's why He breathed His breath into man) that God is after, to bring Him into equality with God, not only as God's servant, but as His friend. One is not equal with his servants, but one cannot be unequal with his friends. Or they are not friends. Jesus said we are His friends, and even more than that, that we are "one" in the same oneness of the Godhead, which has always been the original intent of the Godhead since before the Garden. (John 17:11; 20-22)
That's a big pill to swallow, but it is the truth.

Of course, only those who have died utterly to the false vanity are safe to live in that friendship. Otherwise, it goes to our head, you might say, and you end up with those who have grasped this concept only intellectually, "in the flesh," we might say, but not by the Spirit, who in our emptiness (humility, contriteness of heart, poverty of spirit, weakness, etc.) causes us to walk simultaneously in human weakness portraying in it the power of God.

Now, the truth is out there for all, and it can either be rightly used or misused. It is God who put the truth out there, knowing the danger. "With the pure thou wilt show thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt show thyself froward." (Ps 18:26)
We can only testify to the truth as we have been given to see it, and let the chips fall. In order to walk in the truth, we must die to our false selves and anything of ourselves, and take up His cross and walk in it. However, it is possible to take the same truth, that God is in us all, and retain ourselves and refuse His cross, and therefore misuse it according to the pride of the flesh which is really the devil in disguise. And it is God who has determined it to be this way. He understands the dangers and the glories obviously far better than we do. But the dangers have to be confronted and discarded, to get to the prize. And the prize is Him and Him only, and what He is after -- to bring "many sons to glory" by US!
There is no way formulate a workable (so much of me, so much of him) equation with "as He is, so are we in this world." (1 Jn 4:17). We cannot "figure it out" on that level. It is not a mathematical formula, where x + y = z. It IS literally true and we can take that word as such, but it is walking by faith and not by sight. Still, however, that does not mean that it is true in the spiritual unseen world but not true in the temporal visible world. As one walks it, we realize the "oneness" is the temporal (visible) world as much as it is the spiritual (invisible) world. One doesn't figure it out, but plunges in by faith, and the Spirit teaches us as we go.
It is again, not an exercise of the intellectual understanding, to "see God in everything." That is an impossibility. This is not a palpable, sensible (of the senses) sight. Just as God is not palpable to the senses, and His truth is the same as He. Not of the "senses." People talk sometimes of "feeling God," getting goosebumps, etc., and I have had that happen to me, as well. That is a wonderful thing when the Spirit touches us in our human senses. But most of life is not that way. Yet the Truth is always the truth. We walk in Him whether we feel anything or not.

But if it is truth, it is true in the same way, as God is true and truth. When we judge as a man sees, by the "outward appearance," that becomes an exclusive sight. The outward appearance is everything to us, only the outside shell of things, and we judge everything by it, even the so-called "spiritual." Our eyes are closed to seeing through in EVERYTHING to its source, which is ALWAYS ultimately God, once one gets past the layers of appearances.

But when our eyes see the truth that God is All in all, we "see" that the outward and the inward exist in the same oneness in God, that He fills it all with Himself and that everything accomplishes His will and purpose. So, when we are enlightened by the Spirit on this, we see no essential difference between inner and outer, invisible and visible, for it is all One in God, and we are One in Him also.
The only way to open our understanding is to plunge into God's truth (as He has shown us in some way) by faith, i.e., as a reality to be received and lived, rather than acquired and applied.

This may be a little obscure -- I assure you I am not meaning to be -- but it is for me a better answer than to try to get across whether this or that affects the temporal or denies it or whatever. Fodder for the mind, but best discarded for the walk of faith. The understanding will come, because we learn He Himself IS our understanding.
Therefore take this as your liberty and independence from the slavery of sin and self-absorption, which is the only true freedom. Whatever freedom there may be in nations in the world, is a dim reflection of this ultimate liberty in sonship to God. As Paul wrote to the Galatians:

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew [American] nor Greek [English], there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. (Gal 3:26-28) [Fill in any nationalities you wish to -- our liberty is for all!]