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 what it means to faith realize God consciousness.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
Faith Realization of God Consciousness
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory of the
only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." John, Chapter 1, Verse 14.
Brothers and sisters, just what was it that Jesus' disciples beheld when they saw him? What was the
nature of their consciousness? Was their consciousness of Jesus the same as that of God? Using the
aide of faith, under the direction of the Spirit of Truth, we shall explore the nature of God
God is revealed to the universe as love. God is love, and this love is personalized in his divine Son,
Jesus, and revealed to us through the Spirit of Truth. The divine values and meanings of truth, beauty
and goodness are all derived from divine love. When we comprehend these values, we are actually
comprehending the heavenly Father, who is love.
Doing the Father's will is no more or less than allowing these divine values and meanings to be
presented to our souls and minds and then revealed to our brothers and sisters. The consistent and
persistent flow of these divine values and meanings through our souls and minds moves us from the
imperfect state to the perfected state. The perfected state is tantamount to us becoming like God the
Father. Thus, deciding to do the Father's will is deciding to become like God, to become perfect as
He is perfect.
Faith is the mechanism whereby the content of the divine spirit becomes available to the conscious
mind. Faith drives the mechanism where values are transmuted into the spiritual meanings (ideas)
of the mind. It is the mechanism whereby all divine values (ideals) are grasped. Since the
consciousness of divine values and divine meanings is the consciousness of God, faith becomes the
mechanism by which we realize God consciousness. That which our souls have experienced first we
later become conscious of in our minds.
Brothers and sisters, it is the nature of life that values are experienced first, and only later are the
meanings of such values made available to the conscious mind. Life is the self interacting with
outward or inner reality. Always do we react first and later think about that reaction, reflect on the
meaning of the reaction, which in turn modifies future reactions. There is a give and take in spiritual
reactions. As values move through our souls and meanings are grasped by our minds, our minds are
modified. That our minds are modified is of great value to the Father because it moves us one step
closer to divine perfection. More and more do we think and react like the Father.
The values of the truth, beauty, and goodness of the Father's love, when and as they become the
spiritual standards for living, are actualized as the fruits of the spirit: love, faith, goodness,
gentleness, temperance, meekness, long suffering, peace, and joy. The unification of these fruits is
the glory of God, the observation of His character. When the disciples beheld the glory of the Son
of God, Jesus, they beheld these qualities unified and manifested in absolute perfection in the life
of a human being. How did the disciples of Jesus recognize Him as the Divine One? How did they
come to that point in their perceptions where they were able to recognize Him without mistake or
reservation? How did they overcome the doubt, the tendency to disbelieve? How did they know that
they knew? The solution to this problem may be compared to the analogy of a lock and key.
In John 5:44-45, Jesus states, "No man can come to me except the Father draw him . . . It is written
in the prophets, that they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that had heard, and hath the
Father, cometh unto Me." There is only one key that will unlock a particular lock. Jesus is the
personal revelation of God the Father. If Jesus is the lock, the spirit of God living within our minds
must be the key. The spirit key must unlock the spirit lock. The spirit within the human mind must
instruct the soul so that it recognizes Jesus as the personal revelation of God the Father. Unless the
Father instructs the soul, it cannot recognize Jesus as such. The disciples recognized Jesus as God
not because of the so-called miracles that He performed, but because the spirit revealed Him to them.
It is significant that never before or since has a human being appeared on earth that people
recognized as the Son of God, one who lives in the very heart of God. As Jesus says in John 5:46,
"Not that any man has seen the Father save He which is of God, he hath seen the Father." There have
been many who have claimed to be messengers of God before and after the incarnation of Jesus, but
none have dared to declare as Jesus did in John 8:58: "Verily verily, I say to you, before Abraham
was, I AM." The Father always identifies His Son. When we ask to see the Father, to in fact
comprehend the Father, we will always be shown the Son, who is the personal revelation of the
Father to all. As Jesus said to Phillip in John 14:9: "Have I been so long a time with you, and yet hast
thou not known me, Phillip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father." But to comprehend the
Father through His Son, Jesus, we must approach in faith and in truth and spirit.
The nature of the consciousness that is conscious of Jesus as the Son of God, the personal revelation
of the Father, is a consciousness that has the spirit of God dwelling within it, instructing and
convicting the soul, that Jesus is indeed the divine One. Today, the revelation of God, the mechanism
for recognizing Jesus as the Son of God, remains the same. Today as yesterday and as tomorrow, the
spirit of God must teach the soul and direct it to Jesus. The proof of the reality of Jesus being the Son
of God is an inner proof of fellowship and an outward proof of loving service to our brothers and
sisters. A life dominated by loving service on the outside and illuminated by worship on the inside
is not only conscious of God, but is also a revelation of the Father as revealed in His Son, Jesus.
Such a one has only to faith acknowledge and faith grasp what he has already experienced.
The faith consciousness of such a one in the Son and the Son in the Father has only to faith accept
that his life dedicated to doing the Father's will is in reality the realest of all known reality. At the
center of it is the source of all reality, God. The embrace of faith in validating this consciousness of
the Divine is not only the surest way of achieving divine realization, it is the only way of doing so.
This concludes today's message on understanding the faith realization of God consciousness. 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 Perry