Greetings and good morning brothers and sisters. This is Dr. James Perry continuing with our series where we seek to explore the deeper meanings of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Over the years, the heavenly Father has revealed many revelations of spiritual truth to me, and I want to share them with you. This morning we seek to understand the nature of divine associations.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
Jesus said, "... in the resurrection they (men and women) neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven." Matthew, Chapter 22, Verse 30.
Brothers and sisters, in today’s broadcast, we discuss the nature of divine associations and show how they differ from human associations. Divine associations are fraternal associations. Human associations are basically family associations. But human associations must give way to divine associations. We are born into a family where we learn the relationships of the family, and the moral obligations inherent in such an association. The concept of family is essential to our developing sense of the Fatherhood of God, for it is as a Father that we experiences God. The family is where we first learn to love.
Human associations have value, but their value is of temporary significance since they do not survive death, merely serving as a stepping stone to higher associations. Humans have a right to enjoy temporary associations, but these imperfect associations should stimulate the desire for the more perfecting associations on high. Humans have a right to love their fathers and mothers, their husbands and wives, and their children, but should remember that the essence of the relationship is the love between the personalities, and not the temporary roles that these personalities play, for the personalities are changeless, while the roles they play are nothing but change. The constant changing roles of the personalities as they unfold on different levels of universe reality make it essential for the perceiving personality to view the nature of personal reality truthfully. The Failure to do this results in endless disappointments, and the persistence of this attitude leads to everlasting death.
As we think and reflect, we are aware that we are not immune to human tragedy. As we reflect on the environment that we live in, we see people dying. We see innocent children being killed, starved to death, or caught in the grip of some deadly disease. We see people killed in earthquakes, hurricanes, flood, and wars. These are the accidents of time. Further reflection reveals the arbitrariness of these random events, and we realize that but for circumstance there go I.
The Father loves all of his children and he loves each of his children. No amount of praying can cause the Father to change. He is changeless. But prayer does change us. prayers help us to accept unyielding fact. It helps us to look beyond the temporal specter of loss and to grasp the eternal viewpoint.
The important thing for us to remember is that no matter what kind of experience that may befall us, no matter what kind of experience we choose, if we trust the Father, our souls are indestructible. And when we are no longer able to function through the human form, he gives us a better and higher form to function on a higher level of universe reality. The human body is a temporary form, and is doomed to destruction, and as Paul says, “It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.”
Though we are born into the world by our biologic father and mother, and thus have natural relations with them. As long as we live in the flesh, they will always be our mothers and fathers; and thus we have family relationships. But the technique of survival does not involve family relationships. As each individual makes their first moral decision, their minds in conjunction with the Father’s spirit recreates them. This recreation of us is the soul. And as we can see, no other human being takes part in this creation. Thus the Father is the creator of all of his spiritual children, and their supreme loyalty is only to him. In the after life we are not directly related to each other; only through our relationship with the Father are we connected to each other. And since God is the Father of each soul, having a common Father, we thereby become spiritual brothers and sister.
This concludes our message on the nature of divine associations. We hope you find something in this message to ponder and pray about as you go about your day.
Until next time, this is Dr. James