Many of us have heard the words "Divine Love" but what does it really mean? There is something very special about this Love and there is only one place where you can find this Love. Two simple words - find the true meaning of Divine Love and you will find the answers to your prayers and your dreams.
|God's Divine Love is the one thing that will transform God's children into Divine Angels.|
I AM HERE. Jesus.
You are in a better condition tonight and I will continue my messages.
God is a God of Love, and no man can come to Him unless he receives the Love of the Father in his soul. As men are inclined to sin and error and the violation of God's Laws, they can be redeemed from sin by obtaining this Love; and that can be obtained only through prayer and faith in the willingness of God to bestow this Love upon whosoever may ask for It. I do not mean that there must be formal prayers or compliance with any church creeds or dogmas. The prayer that is efficacious is that which emanates from the soul and earnest aspirations of a man. So, let men know that, unless they have the real soul longings for this Love, It will not be given to them. No mere intellectual desires will suffice. The intellect is not that faculty in man that unites him to God. Only the soul is made in the likeness of the Father. And unless this likeness is perfected by a filling of the soul with the Divine Love of the Father, the likeness is never complete.
LOVE IS THE ONE GREAT THING IN GOD'S ECONOMY OF REAL EXISTENCE. WITHOUT IT, ALL WOULD BE CHAOS AND UNHAPPINESS; BUT WHERE IT EXISTS, HARMONY AND HAPPINESS ALSO EXIST. I SAY THIS BECAUSE I KNOW FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE THAT IT IS TRUE. LET NOT MEN THINK THAT GOD IS A GOD WHO WANTS THE WORSHIP OF MEN WITH THE MERE INTELLECTUAL FACULTIES; THAT IS NOT TRUE. HIS LOVE IS THE ONE THING THAT CAN POSSIBLY UNITE HIM AND THEM. THIS LOVE IS NOT THE LOVE THAT IS A PART OF MAN'S NATURAL EXISTENCE. THE LOVE THAT MEN HAVE, WHO HAVE NOT RECEIVED A PART OF THE DIVINE LOVE, IS NOT SUFFICIENT TO MAKE THEM ONE WITH THE FATHER. NOR IS THAT LOVE THE KIND THAT WILL ENABLE THEM TO ENTER THE CELESTIAL SPHERES AND BECOME AS THE ANGELS WHO ARE FILLED WITH THIS DIVINE LOVE AND WHO ALWAYS DO THE WILL OF THE FATHER. THIS LOVE IS FOUND ONLY IN THE SOULS OF THOSE WHO HAVE RECEIVED IT THROUGH THE MINISTRATIONS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT-THE ONLY INSTRUMENT OF GOD'S WORKINGS THAT IS USED IN BRINGING ABOUT THE SALVATION OF MEN.
I have seen the operations of the Spirit upon the souls of men, and know what I tell you to be true. No man must rest in the assurance that any instrumentality or medium other than the Holy Spirit will enable him to obtain this Love. He must not rest in the thought that he can become a part of God's Kingdom without this, for no love but this Divine Love can entitle and qualify him to enter that Kingdom.
When on earth, I taught the doctrine of salvation only through the workings of the Holy Spirit in fulfilling the Commandments of the Father. Mere belief in me or in my name without this Love will never enable any man to become the possessor of this Love. Hence, the saying that all sins against me, or even against God's Commandments, may be forgiven men, "...but the sin against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven them, neither while on earth nor when in the spirit world." This means that, so long as a man rejects the influences of the Spirit, he sins against It; and such sin prevents him from receiving this Divine Love. Hence, in that state, he cannot possibly be forgiven and be permitted to enter into the Celestial Kingdom of the Father.
GOD'S LOVE IS NOT THAT WHICH NEEDS THE LOVE OF MAN TO GIVE IT A DIVINE ESSENCE. BUT, ON THE CONTRARY, THE LOVE OF MAN MUST BE COMPLETELY ENVELOPED IN, OR ABSORBED BY, THE DIVINE LOVE OF THE FATHER IN ORDER TO BECOME DIVINE IN ITS NATURE. SO, LET MAN KNOW THAT HIS LOVE IS BUT THE MERE SHADOW OF WHAT THE FATHER'S LOVE IS, AND THAT, SO LONG AS HE REFUSES TO RECEIVE THIS LOVE OF THE FATHER, HE WILL BE COMPELLED TO REMAIN APART FROM THE FATHER AND ENJOY ONLY THE HAPPINESS WHICH HIS NATURAL LOVE AFFORDS HIM.
I am so certain that all men may receive this Love, if they will only seek for It in the true Way and with earnest desire and faith, that I know it is possible for all men to be saved. But men have the great gift of free will, and the exercise of that gift towards the seeking and finding of this Love seems to be a difficulty that will prevent a large majority of the human race from receiving this great redemptive boon.
MY FATHER IS NOT DESIROUS THAT ANY MAN SHOULD LIVE THROUGH ALL ETERNITY WITHOUT THIS LOVE. BUT THE TIME WILL COME, AND VERY SOON, WHEN THE PRIVILEGE OF OBTAINING THIS LOVE WILL BE WITHDRAWN FROM MANKIND. MEN MAY THINK THAT THIS TIME OF SEPARATION WILL NEVER COME, BUT IN THAT THEY ARE MISTAKEN; AND, WHEN TOO LATE, THEY WILL REALIZE IT.
THE HARMONY OF MY FATHER'S UNIVERSE IS NOT DEPENDENT UPON ALL MEN RECEIVING THIS DIVINE LOVE BECAUSE, IN THE WORKINGS OF GOD'S LAWS OF HARMONY ON MEN'S SOULS, ALL SIN AND ERROR WILL BE ERADICATED AND ONLY TRUTH WILL REMAIN. BUT THE MERE ABSENCE OF SIN DOES NOT MEAN THAT ALL PARTS OF GOD'S CREATION WILL BE PEOPLED BY SPIRITS AND MEN WHO ARE EQUALLY HAPPY OR WHO ARE FILLED WITH THE SAME KIND OF LOVE. THE MAN WHO IS FREE FROM SIN AND HAS ONLY HIS NATURAL LOVE WILL BE IN PERFECT HARMONY WITH OTHER MEN POSSESSING THE SAME KIND OF LOVE. BUT HE WILL NOT BE IN HARMONY WITH THOSE SPIRITS WHO HAVE THIS DIVINE LOVE AND THE SUPREME HAPPINESS WHICH IT GIVES. AND, YET, SUCH DIFFERENCES IN LOVE AND HAPPINESS WILL NOT CREATE DISCORD OR WANT OF HARMONY IN THE UNIVERSE.
Adam and Eve, or whom they personify, had not this Celestial Love-only the natural love that belonged to their creation as human beings; and, yet, they were comparatively happy. But their happiness was not like that of the angels who live in the Celestial Heavens where only this Divine Love of God exists. They were mortals and, when temptation came to them, the love that they possessed was not able to resist it and they succumbed. So, even though man may hereafter live forever and be free from sin and error, yet, he will always be subject to temptations which this natural love may not be able to resist. I mean that his nature will be merely the nature that Adam and Eve had-nothing greater or less.
Even in that condition, he may be able to resist all temptations that may assail him; yet he will always be subject to fall from his state of happiness and, so, become more or less unhappy. This is the future of men who have not received the Divine Love.
BUT THE SPIRIT WHO HAS THIS DIVINE LOVE BECOMES, AS IT WERE, A PART OF DIVINITY ITSELF, AND WILL NEVER BE SUBJECT TO TEMPTATION OR UNHAPPINESS. HE WILL BE FREE FROM ALL POWERS THAT MAY POSSIBLY EXIST FOR LEADING HIM TO UNHAPPINESS-AS IF HE WERE A VERY GOD. I MEAN THAT HIS DIVINITY CANNOT POSSIBLY BE TAKEN FROM HIM BY ANY POWER OR INFLUENCE OR INSTRUMENTALITY IN ALL THE UNIVERSE OF GOD.
THIS LOVE MAKES A MORTAL AND SINFUL MAN AN IMMORTAL AND SINLESS SPIRIT, DESTINED TO LIVE THROUGH ALL ETERNITY IN THE PRESENCE OF, AND AT-ONE WITH, THE FATHER.
SO, IF MEN WOULD ONLY THINK AND REALIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF OBTAINING THIS DIVINE LOVE, THEY WOULD NOT BE SO CARELESS IN THEIR THOUGHTS AND ASPIRATIONS CONCERNING THOSE THINGS WHICH WILL DETERMINE THEIR FUTURE STATE THROUGH ALL ETERNITY.
The importance of these Truths cannot be too forcibly placed before men for their consideration. When the time comes for them to pass over, the more they have pondered on and obtained a knowledge of these Truths, the better their condition in the spirit world will be. The spirit world will not help them so very much to obtain a more enlightened insight into these spiritual matters because men differ and have their opinions in this world just as on earth.
Of course, they have not all the temptations to indulge their passions and appetites which they had when in the flesh. But, as regards their opinion of spiritual things, the opportunities are not very much greater, except in this: that because of the freedom from the passions and influences of the flesh, they may sooner turn their thoughts to higher things and, in this way, sooner realize that only this New Birth in the Love of the Divine can save them entirely from the natural results that follow from the possession of only the natural love.
A spirit is only a man without an earthly body and the cares that necessarily belong to the obligations of earth ties. Even as a spirit, some retain these cares for a long time after coming over, and then are relieved of them by paying the penalties of a violated law.
Well, I have written long and must stop. So, with my blessings and love, I will say good night.
Your fellow spirit,
|Angelic Messages of Divine Truth, Vol. I, Page 128|
|Helen, James Padgett's wife, is supremely happy now that she has found the Divine Love as taught by Jesus.|
I AM HERE. Helen. (Mrs. James E. Padgett, Celestial spirit)
Well, was not that a wonderful message of the Master? It was so full of things that should make men think and work to get this Divine Love that he spoke of. I am happy to say that I have It now to a considerable degree; and the more I get of It, the happier I am. I thought that I was happy when I entered the Third Sphere, and more so in the Fifth, and then supremely so in the Seventh, but, really, I did not know what happiness was until I got into my present home in the Celestial Heavens. And I suppose, as I go higher, the happiness of each succeeding progressive sphere will be so much greater than that from which I progressed.
But, of course, the Master has been the great teacher whose love and power have helped me more than all the others. He is so wonderful in love and wisdom that I almost adore him, although he says that I must worship only God, and I follow his directions.
My experiences here are so wonderful that I hardly realize what it all means. My time in the spirit world has been so short, and, yet, the wonderful knowledge of spiritual Truths and the great happiness that I have received cause me to wonder in amazement that such things could be.
You have had a long writing tonight, and I think I had better stop.
So, good night.
Your loving wife,
|Angelic Revelations of Divine Truth, Vol. I, Page 131|
|How the soul of a mortal receives the Divine Love, and what Its Effect is.|
I AM HERE. Jesus.
I come tonight to tell you that you are in a better condition than you were last night and, in fact, have been for some nights past. I desire to write to you a message on the question of: "How the Soul of a Mortal Receives the Divine Love, and What Its Effect Is, Even Though the Mind May Indulge Subsequently in Those Beliefs That May Tend to Prevent the Growth of the Soul. Also, What Is a Lost Soul?"
AS YOU KNOW, THE INFLOWING OF THIS LOVE IS CAUSED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT'S BESTOWAL IN RESPONSE TO SINCERE PRAYER AND LONGINGS. I MEAN PRAYER AND LONGINGS FOR THE LOVE ITSELF, AND NOT PRAYERS FOR THE MATERIAL BENEFITS THAT MEN MORE OFTEN AND MORE NATURALLY ASK FOR AND DESIRE. THE PRAYERS OF MORTALS FOR THOSE THINGS THAT MAY TEND TO MAKE THEM SUCCESSFUL AND HAPPY IN THEIR NATURAL LOVE ARE ANSWERED ALSO, IF IT IS BEST THAT THEY SHOULD BE. BUT THESE ARE NOT THE PRAYERS THAT BRING THE DIVINE LOVE OR CAUSE THE HOLY SPIRIT TO WORK WITH MEN.
AS THE PRAYERS OF THE SINCERE, EARNEST SOUL ASCEND TO THE FATHER, THAT SOUL BECOMES OPENED UP TO THE INFLOWING OF THIS LOVE. THE SOUL'S PERCEPTIONS THEN ENLARGE AND COME MORE IN RAPPORT WITH THE CONDITIONS OR INFLUENCE THAT ALWAYS ACCOMPANIES THE PRESENCE OF THIS LOVE. ACCORDINGLY, ITS ENTRANCE INTO THE SOUL BECOMES EASIER AND, IN ITS RECEPTION, MORE PERCEPTIBLE TO THE SOUL SENSE. THE MORE EARNEST THE PRAYER AND SINCERE THE LONGINGS, THE SOONER FAITH COMES. AND WITH THIS FAITH COMES THE REALIZATION THAT THE DIVINE LOVE IS PERMEATING THE SOUL.
WHEN THE DIVINE LOVE ONCE FINDS A LODGMENT IN THE SOUL, IT BECOMES, AS IT WERE, A CHANGED SUBSTANCE TO THE EXTENT THAT IT RECEIVES THE LOVE AND PARTAKES OF THE ESSENCE OF THAT LOVE. AND AS WATER MAY BECOME COLORED BY AN INGREDIENT FOREIGN TO ITSELF, WHICH CHANGES NOT ONLY ITS APPEARANCE BUT ALSO ITS QUALITIES, SO THIS DIVINE LOVE CHANGES THE APPEARANCE AND QUALITIES OF THE SOUL. AND THIS CHANGE OF QUALITIES CONTINUES EVER THEREAFTER. THE NATURAL QUALITIES OF THE SOUL AND THE ESSENCE OF THE LOVE BECOME ONE AND UNITED, AND THE SOUL IS MADE ALTOGETHER DIFFERENT IN ITS CONSTITUENCY FROM WHAT IT WAS BEFORE THE INFLOWING OF THE LOVE-BUT THIS ONLY TO THE EXTENT OF THE LOVE RECEIVED.
AS THIS LOVE INCREASES IN QUANTITY, THE CHANGE AND TRANSFORMATION BECOME CORRESPONDINGLY GREATER. FINALLY, THE TRANSFORMATION MAY AND WILL BECOME SO GREAT THAT THE WHOLE SOUL BECOMES A THING OF THIS DIVINE ESSENCE AND PARTAKES OF ITS VERY NATURE AND SUBSTANCE-A BEING OF DIVINITY.
WHEN THIS LOVE ONCE ENTERS AND TRULY POSSESSES THE SOUL AND WORKS THE CHANGE MENTIONED, IT, THE LOVE, NEVER LEAVES NOR DISASSOCIATES ITSELF FROM THE SOUL. ITS CHARACTER OF DIVINE ESSENCE NEVER CHANGES BACK TO THAT OF THE MERE NATURAL LOVE. AND TO THE EXTENT THAT IT IS PRESENT, SIN AND ERROR HAVE NO EXISTENCE. THIS IS SO BECAUSE IT IS JUST AS IMPOSSIBLE FOR THIS ESSENCE AND SIN AND ERROR TO OCCUPY THE SAME PARTS OF THE SOUL AT THE SAME TIME AS IT IS FOR TWO MATERIAL OBJECTS TO OCCUPY THE SAME SPACE AT THE SAME TIME, AS YOUR PHILOSOPHERS SAY.
DIVINITY NEVER GIVES PLACE TO THAT WHICH IS NOT OF THE DIVINE. MAN IS WORKING TOWARDS THE ATTAINMENT OF THE DIVINE WHEN HE PURSUES THE WAY PROVIDED FOR OBTAINING THE DIVINE NATURE. AND AS HE ADVANCES AND OBTAINS A PORTION OF THIS DIVINE, NO MATTER HOW SMALL, HE CAN NEVER RETRACE HIS STEPS TO THE EXTENT OF RIDDING HIMSELF OF THE PRESENCE OF THIS TRANSFORMING ESSENCE.
BUT THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT A MAN MAY NOT LOSE THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE EXISTENCE OF THIS ESSENCE WITHIN HIS SOUL, FOR HE FREQUENTLY DOES. THE INDULGENCE OF HIS CARNAL APPETITES AND EVIL DESIRES WILL PLACE HIM IN A CONDITION WHERE HE MAY CEASE TO HAVE A CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE EXISTENCE OF THE DIVINE LOVE IN HIS SOUL. AND, TO HIMSELF, HE WILL BE AS IF HE HAD NEVER HAD ANY EXPERIENCE OF THE CHANGE THAT I SPEAK OF.
AND WHILE THIS LOVE CAN NEVER BE ERADICATED BY THE EVILS THAT MAN MAY INDULGE IN, OR BY THE MENTAL BELIEFS THAT HE MAY ACQUIRE, YET THE PROGRESS OF THIS LOVE IN HIS SOUL MAY BE CHECKED AND BECOME STAGNANT AS IF IT NO LONGER EXISTED. AND SIN AND ERROR MAY APPEAR AGAIN TO BE THE ONLY DOMINANT ELEMENTS OF HIS LIFE AND BEING. BUT, YET, WHEN ONCE POSSESSED, THE LOVE CANNOT BE CROWDED OUT OF HIS SOUL BY SIN AND ERROR, NO MATTER HOW DEEP AND INTENSE THESE TWO MAY BE. I KNOW THAT THIS MAY SEEM STRANGE AND IMPOSSIBLE TO MAN'S INTELLECTUAL THINKING, AND THAT IT IS NOT IN ACCORDANCE WITH WHAT HAS BEEN ATTRIBUTED TO ME IN MY TEACHING THAT A SOUL MAY BE LOST. NEVERTHELESS, A SOUL THAT HAS ONCE RECEIVED THIS DIVINE ESSENCE CANNOT BE LOST, EVEN THOUGH ITS AWAKENING FROM ITS DORMANT CONDITION AND ITS REALIZATION OF THE PRESENCE AND LIFE OF THIS LOVE MAY BE GREATLY DELAYED BY SIN AND ERROR AND MISDIRECTED BELIEFS. AND MUCH SUFFERING AND DARKNESS MAY HAVE TO BE ENDURED BY THE SOUL THAT IS PLAGUED BY SUCH CONDITIONS.
BUT I MUST NOT BE UNDERSTOOD TO MEAN BY THIS THAT A SOUL CANNOT BE LOST, FOR IT CAN. MANY SOULS HAVE BEEN AND WILL BE LOST, AND MANY WILL REALIZE THIS FACT WHEN IT IS TOO LATE.
NOW, WHAT IS A LOST SOUL? IT IS NOT ONE THAT A MAN MAY ACTUALLY LOSE IN THE SENSE OF BEING DEPRIVED OF IT OR BEING SEPARATED FROM IT, OR ITS EVEN BEING LOST AS REGARDS HIS POSSIBLE LOST CONSCIOUSNESS OF IT. FOR WHILE HE MAY BELIEVE THAT HE HAS LOST HIS SOUL AT TIMES, IN THE SENSE OF NOT HAVING ANY, YET HE IS MISTAKEN IN SUCH A BELIEF. THE SOUL, WHICH IS THE MAN, CAN NEVER BE SEPARATED FROM HIMSELF. AND AS LONG AS HE LIVES IN THE PHYSICAL BODY OR IN THE SPIRITUAL BODY, HIS SOUL WILL BE WITH HIM.
AND, YET, HE MAY HAVE A SOUL, CONSCIOUSLY OR NOT, AND, AT THE SAME TIME, HE MAY HAVE LOST IT. THIS MAY SEEM TO BE A PARADOX TO THE MORTAL INTELLECT OR TO THE INTELLECT OF A SPIRIT, BUT IT IS TRUE.
THEN, WHAT IS A LOST SOUL? WHEN GOD GAVE TO MAN A SOUL, THAT SOUL WAS MADE IN THE IMAGE, BUT NOT IN THE SUBSTANCE, OF ITS MAKER. AND, AT THE SAME TIME, THERE WAS BESTOWED ON HIM THE PRIVILEGE OF HAVING THAT SOUL BECOME OF THE SUBSTANCE OF THE FATHER AND, TO AN EXTENT, DIVINE AND ENTITLED TO, AND CAPABLE OF, LIVING IN THE CELESTIAL KINGDOM OF THE FATHER, WHERE EVERYTHING IS OF HIS DIVINE ESSENCE AND NATURE.
WHEN THE FIRST PARENTS FORFEITED THAT PRIVILEGE BY THEIR ACT OF DISOBEDIENCE, THEIR SOULS LOST THE POSSIBILITY OF BECOMING OF THE DIVINE NATURE AND AT-ONE WITH THE FATHER IN HIS KINGDOM. THEY LOST NOT THE NATURAL SOUL THEREBY, WHICH WAS A PART OF THEIR CREATION, BUT THAT PART OF THEIR SOUL HAVING THE POSSIBILITY OF OBTAINING THE ESSENCE OF DIVINITY AND IMMORTALITY THAT THE FATHER HAS.
AS I HAVE SAID HERETOFORE, THIS GREAT PRIVILEGE WAS RESTORED TO MANKIND
WITH MY COMING, AND THE LOST SOUL BECAME AGAIN THE OBJECT OF MAN'S RECOVERY.
AND NOW HE HAS THAT PRIVILEGE THAT THE FIRST PARENTS HAD BEFORE THEIR
FALL. BUT MEN MAY ALSO LOSE IT AS THEY DID. AS THE FIRST PARENTS' SOULS
WERE LOST UNTIL THEY RECEIVED THE DIVINE ESSENCE OF THE FATHER INTO THEM,
SO WITH MEN NOW. THEIR SOULS ARE LOST UNTIL AND UNLESS THEY RECEIVE THIS
DIVINE ESSENCE THEREIN. AND AS THE FIRST PARENTS FORFEITED THEIR PRIVILEGE
OF HAVING THEIR SOULS BECOME A LIVING, DIVINE SUBSTANCE BY THEIR DISOBEDIENCE
AND REFUSAL, SO NOW WILL MEN FORFEIT THEIR PRIVILEGE TO SAVE THEIR SOULS
FROM SEPARATION FROM THE DIVINE UNITY WITH THE FATHER BY THE SAME DISOBEDIENCE
MEN MAY BELIEVE AND TEACH THAT THERE IS A PART OF THE DIVINE WITHIN THEM THAT WILL CAUSE THEIR SOULS TO PROGRESS AND DEVELOP UNTIL THEY REACH THE CONDITION OF DIVINITY THAT WILL MAKE THEM A PART OF THE DIVINITY OF THE FATHER. BUT THEY ARE ALL WRONG IN SUCH THINKING. FOR WHILE MAN WAS THE HIGHEST CREATION OF GOD, THE MOST PERFECT, AND MADE IN HIS IMAGE, YET THERE IS NO PART OF THE DIVINE IN MAN. AND HAVING NO PART OF THE DIVINE, IT IS WHOLLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR HIM TO PROGRESS TO A POSSESSION OF THE DIVINE. HE, OF HIMSELF, NO MATTER WHAT HIS DEVELOPMENT MAY BE, CAN NEVER BECOME GREATER OR MORE PERFECT, OR OF A HIGHER NATURE, THAN HE WAS AT HIS CREATION.
THE DIVINE COMES FROM ABOVE. AND WHEN ONCE PLANTED IN A MAN'S SOUL, THERE CAN BE NO LIMIT TO ITS EXPANSION AND DEVELOPMENT, EVEN IN THE CELESTIAL HEAVENS. LET ALL MEN SEEK THIS LOVE AND THERE WILL BE NO LOST SOULS. BUT, ALAS, MANY WILL NOT DO SO, AND THE SPIRITUAL HEAVENS WILL BE FILLED WITH LOST SOULS WHO LACK THE DIVINE ESSENCE OF THE FATHER.
I HAVE WRITTEN ENOUGH FOR TONIGHT, AND I AM PLEASED AT THE WAY IN WHICH YOU RECEIVED MY MESSAGE. CONTINUE TO PRAY TO THE FATHER FOR MORE AND MORE OF HIS DIVINE LOVE AND YOUR PRAYERS WILL BE ANSWERED. YOU WILL SOON REALIZE, WITH THE CERTAINTY THAT COMES FROM THE CONSCIOUS POSSESSION OF THE DIVINE ESSENCE, THAT YOUR SOUL IS NOT LOST AND NEVER WILL BE.
So, with my love and blessings, I will say good night and God bless you.
Your brother and friend,
|Angelic Revelations of Divine Truth, Vol. I, Page 132|
|The Divine Love: What is It and what is It nor, and how It can be obtained.|
I AM HERE. John, apostle of Jesus.
I come tonight to say only a few words, and these in reference to Love-the Divine Love of the Father which He rebestowed upon mankind at the coming of the Master.
This Love is the greatest thing in all the world, and the only thing that can make man at-one with the Father and change the soul of man, as it has existed since his creation, into a Divine Substance filled with the Essence of the Father. There is nothing else in all the Universe of God that can cause man to become a new creature and an inhabitant of the Father's Kingdom. And when men possess this Love, they possess everything then that will make them not only the perfect man but also the divine angel.
Men will understand the moral precepts of brotherly love then, and also the Father's Oneness; and they will not have to seek for other help in order to bring those Qualities into the life of the human race that will bring peace and good will to it.
Then will each man know that every other man is his brother; and he will be able to do unto each as he would have the other do unto him, and this without effort or sacrifice on his part. For Love worketh Its own fulfillment, and all Its beneficence floweth towards the fellowman as falls the dews from heaven. Envy and hatred and strife and jealousy, and all the other evil qualities of man, will disappear, and only peace and joy and happiness will remain.
THE DIVINE LOVE IS SO ABUNDANT THAT IT MAY BE POSSESSED BY ALL MEN BY THE MERE SEEKING AND THE SINCERE LONGING FOR ITS INFLOWING. BUT MAN MUST UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS NOT HIS BY MATTER OF RIGHT, NOR IS IT EVER FORCED UPON HIM, BUT COMES ONLY IN RESPONSE TO THE SINCERE, EARNEST PRAYER OF A SOUL THAT IS FILLED WITH LONGINGS FOR ITS COMING.
This Love comes not with observation of the mere moral rules, or with good deeds and the exercise of the natural love of a man towards his fellows, because no man can possibly merit It by any deeds or acts or kindness of heart that he may have.
All these things are desirable and they work out their own rewards, and they bring the happiness and peace that result from good thoughts and kind deeds; but all these do not bring this Great Love into the soul of man. The Father, Alone, brings this Love. And only when the soul is opened up to Its reception can this Love possibly find Its home in that soul.
It is greater than faith or hope because It is the real Substance of the Father, while faith and hope are the qualities which a man may possess by his own efforts, and which are given to him that he may realize the possibility of obtaining this Love. However, they are merely means-It (the Divine Love) is the end and fulness of their exercise.
But men must not believe that all love is the Divine Love, for It is
very different in Its Substance and Qualities from all other loves.
But this Divine Love is not a part of man's nature, nor can he obtain or possess It except he seek for It. It comes from without and is not developed from within.
IT IS THE RESULT OF INDIVIDUAL ACQUIREMENT, AND NOT THE OBJECT OF UNIVERSAL POSSESSION. IT MAY BE POSSESSED BY ALL; IT CAN BE POSSESSED BY ONLY A FEW; AND EACH MAN MUST DETERMINE FOR HIMSELF WHETHER OR NOT IT SHALL BE HIS. WITH GOD, THERE IS NO RESPECT OF PERSONS; NEITHER IS THERE ANY ROYAL ROAD TO THE OBTAINING OF THIS LOVE. ALL MUST PURSUE THE SAME WAY, AND THAT WAY IS THE ONE THAT JESUS TAUGHT: THE OPENING UP OF THE SOUL SO THAT THIS LOVE MAY FIND A LODGMENT THEREIN, WHICH CAN BE BROUGHT ABOUT ONLY BY SINCERE PRAYER AND LONGING FOR ITS INFLOWING.
THIS LOVE IS THE LIFE OF THE CELESTIAL HEAVENS AND THE ONLY KEY THAT WILL UNLOCK THE GATES; AND, WHEN THE MORTAL ENTERS THEREIN, ALL OTHER LOVE IS ABSORBED BY IT. IT HAS NO SUBSTITUTE, AND IS, OF ITSELF, A THING APART. IT IS OF THE ESSENCE OF THE DIVINE, AND THE SPIRIT WHICH POSSESSES IT IS DIVINE, HIMSELF. IT MAY BE YOURS; IT MAY BE ALL MEN'S, AND IT MAY NOT. YOU MUST DECIDE THAT QUESTION FOR YOURSELF. NOT EVEN THE FATHER CAN MAKE THE DECISION FOR YOU.
IN CLOSING, LET ME REPEAT THAT IT IS THE GREATEST THING IN ALL GOD'S UNIVERSE; AND NOT ONLY THE GREATEST BUT ALSO THE SUM OF ALL THINGS. FOR FROM IT FLOWS EVERY OTHER THING THAT BRINGS PEACE AND HAPPINESS.
I will not write more tonight and, with my love to you and the Blessings of the Father, will say good night.
Your brother in Christ,
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|Solomon of the Old Testament - "What is the greatest thing in all the world?"|
I AM HERE. Solomon of the Old Testament.
I come only to say that, very soon, I would like to write you another message conveying some great Truth of the Father. I will not write more now, but will come soon.
(What is the greatest thing in all the world?)
PRAYER AND FAITH ON THE PART OF MORTALS; AND LOVE-THE DIVINE LOVE-ON THE PART OF GOD. THE LATTER IS WAITING, AND THE FORMER CAUSES IT TO ENTER INTO THE SOULS OF MEN.
NO OTHER TRUTHS ARE SO GREAT AND MOMENTOUS TO MEN.
LET WHAT I SAY SINK DEEP INTO YOUR MEMORY, AND TRY THE EXPERIMENT. I KNOW YOU DO TRY; BUT TRY, AND THEN TRY, AND NEVER CEASE TRYING. LOVE WILL COME TO YOU AND, WITH IT, FAITH...AND THEN KNOWLEDGE...AND THEN OWNERSHIP.
I could write for a long time yet. But I must not, as you are tired.
So, with my love and blessings, I will say good night, and may the Father's Love take possession of you.
Your brother in Christ,
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|What does it mean to have "Christ in you?"|
I AM HERE. Jesus.
I desire tonight to write you in reference to the way in which, as the preacher advises, "Christ may be in you."
I know that it is almost universal among preachers of the orthodox church to teach their hearers that the way to salvation is to get Christ in them and thereby they will be enabled to come into unity with the Father, and cease to remain subject to the effects of sin and evil. Well this teaching is the true foundation of salvation for the Celestial Heavens, provided it be understood by the preachers and the people what the true meaning of "Christ in you" is, and unless this meaning is comprehended the fact that preacher or people may believe that they have Christ in them will not work the results that they may suppose or desire.
Many, and I may say most, of these professing Christians, have ideas of what this expression means in order to become effective, that are not in accord with the true meaning of this condition of the soul. They believe that all that is necessary is to believe in Jesus as their savior by his sacrifice and death and that in so believing they have Christ in them, and that nothing else is required. They have no conception of the distinction between Jesus, the man, and Christ, the spirit of truth, or more correctly, the spirit that manifests the existence of the Divine Love in the soul. Christ is not a man in the sense that he is Jesus the son of the Father, but Christ is that part of Jesus, or rather quality that came to him after he fully received into his soul the Divine Love, and was transformed into the very Essence of the Father in His Love. Christ is thus, not a man but is the manifestation of this Love as bestowed upon Jesus, and made part of his very existence. And when men use the expression, having Christ in you, if they could correctly understand the true purport of the same, they would know that it, the expression, means only that the Divine Love of the Father is in their souls.
The indiscriminate use of the words, "Jesus and Christ," is the cause of much misunderstanding among these Christians as to a number of the sayings of the Bible.
Jesus became the Christ only because he was the first to receive into his soul this Divine Love and to manifest its existence, and this Christ principle is one that all men may possess, with the result that they will become at one with the Father in His substance of Love and Immortality.
It would be impossible for Jesus, the man, to get into or become a part of any mortal, and it would be equally as impossible for Christ, as the man Jesus, even though perfect and free from sin, to become a part of anyone.
No, the meaning of having Christ in you is to have this Love of the Father in your soul, which can only be obtained through the working of the Holy Spirit as the instrument of the Father in bringing this Love into the soul.
To many who hear the preachers' exhortations in this particular, the expression is only a mystery, which they accept merely intellectually, and feel that by such acceptance they have the possession of this Christ, which is the only evidence of the truth of the Father's love.
Your friend and brother,
|True Gospel Revealed Anew By Jesus, Vol. I, Page 70|
|Faith and how it can be obtained.|
I AM HERE. Jesus.
I came tonight to tell you that you are nearer the Kingdom than you have been for a long time. If you pray to the Father in more earnestness, you will soon realize the inflowing of the Divine Love. This will make you free, indeed, and fit you to enjoy that close communion with the Father that will enable you to forget all your worries and disappointments, and to see the great Truths with your soul perceptions which I and my followers may endeavor to teach you.
I know that, at times, it seems difficult to grasp the full meaning of faith in the Father and His Love. But if you will earnestly seek for His Love, you will find that there will come to you such a belief in His Wonderful Love, and in the nearness of His Presence, that you will be free from all doubt.
YOU HAVE ASKED ME, "WHAT IS FAITH?", AND I WILL ANSWER: FAITH IS THAT WHICH, WHEN POSSESSED IN ITS REAL AND TRUE MEANING, MAKES THE ASPIRATIONS AND LONGINGS OF THE SOUL A REAL, LIVING EXISTENCE, AND ONE SO CERTAIN AND PALPABLE THAT NO DOUBT WILL ARISE AS TO ITS REALITY.
THIS FAITH IS NOT THE BELIEF THAT ARISES FROM THE MERE OPERATION OF THE MIND, BUT THAT WHICH COMES FROM THE OPENING OF THE PERCEPTIONS OF THE SOUL, AND WHICH ENABLES ITS POSSESSOR TO SEE GOD IN ALL HIS BEAUTY AND LOVE. I DO NOT MEAN THAT THE POSSESSOR OF THIS FAITH WILL ACTUALLY SEE GOD IN FORM OR FEATURE, FOR HE HAS NONE SUCH, BUT HIS SOUL PERCEPTIONS WILL BE IN SUCH CONDITION THAT ALL THE ATTRIBUTES OF THE FATHER WILL APPEAR SO PLAINLY TO HIM THAT THEY WILL BE AS REAL AS ANYTHING THAT HE CAN SEE WITH THE EYES OF THE SPIRIT FORM. SUCH FAITH COMES ONLY WITH CONSTANT PRAYER AND THE RECEPTION OF THE DIVINE LOVE INTO THE SOUL.
NO MAN CAN BE SAID TO HAVE FAITH WHO HAS NOT THIS DIVINE LOVE. OF COURSE, FAITH IS A PROGRESSIVE QUALITY, OR ESSENCE, OF THE SOUL, AND IT INCREASES AS POSSESSION OF THIS DIVINE LOVE INCREASES. IT IS NOT DEPENDENT ON ANYTHING ELSE. YOUR PRAYERS CALL FROM THE FATHER A RESPONSE THAT BRINGS WITH IT FAITH. AND WITH THIS FAITH COMES A KNOWLEDGE OF THE EXISTENCE OF THIS LOVE IN YOUR OWN SOUL.
MANY PERSONS, I KNOW, UNDERSTAND THIS FAITH TO BE A MERE BELIEF, BUT IT IS GREATER THAN BELIEF, AND EXISTS, IN ITS TRUE SENSE, ONLY IN THE SOUL. BELIEF MAY ARISE FROM A CONVICTION OF THE MIND, BUT FAITH NEVER CAN. ITS PLACE OF BEING IS IN THE SOUL. AND NO ONE CAN POSSESS IT UNLESS HIS SOUL IS AWAKENED BY THE INFLOWING OF THIS LOVE.
SO, WHEN WE PRAY TO THE FATHER TO INCREASE OUR FAITH, IT IS A PRAYER FOR THE INCREASE OF LOVE. FAITH IS BASED ON THE POSSESSION OF THIS LOVE. THERE CAN BE NO FAITH WITHOUT IT BECAUSE IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE SOUL TO EXERCISE ITS FUNCTION WHEN LOVE IS ABSENT FROM IT.
Sometime, as you progress in these writings, you will be in a soul condition to understand just what faith is; but, until that time, your faith will be limited by your possession of this Love.
Well, in my healing of the sick and the blind and the others of earth who needed a cure, when I said: "As your faith, so be it unto you," I meant that they must believe that the Father had Power to bring about the cure. I did not mean that if their minds merely had the belief that I might cure them that then they would be cured. Belief was not sufficient of itself; faith was required.
Faith is not a thing that can be obtained by a mere exercise of the mind, but has to be sought for with the soul perceptions. And, when obtained, it will be enjoyed by the soul perceptions.
I am with you in all my love and power. I love you, as I told you, and
I desire that you shall become free and happy so that you can do my work.
Your brother and friend,
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