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 shared many revelations of spiritual truth to me, and I want to share them with you. In today’’s broadcast, we explore some additional insights into divine reality.
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More on Divine Reality
Jesus said, "Howbeit when he the Spirit of Truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak." John, Chapter 16, Verses 13
Brothers and sisters, we shall compare divine reality to temporal reality. Man has been given free will, and because of this free will he can create a temporal reality, but only those realities that become eternalized are eternal.
There are many kinds of realities that are associated with man while he lives his life in the flesh. Being a material creature, he enjoys material realities. A bicycle, for example, is a material and temporal reality. It has material value and material meanings. A bicycle is a machine that can transport us from point A to point B. It therefore has value. When we look at a bicycle, we can immediately discern what it means and what its value is to us. Being material, we can interact with it. But a bicycle being a temporal and material reality does not survive. In time, the bicycle will return revert to the basic elements from which it emerged.
As another example, we are familiar with emotional realities. These are the feelings associated with certain events in our lives. As these events are transient, so are the feelings associated with them. They can range from grief and depression to ecstatic highs seen in joyous states. We only have to experience these feelings to understand their meanings. Their value lies in the fact that they provide us with a sense of reality towards our lives. They keep us on a level playing field. They unfailingly cause us to take note of the kind of experience we are having at a given moment. These emotional realities are also temporal. They reach their peak rather quickly and then gradually diminish. Sometimes these emotions can become exaggerated and persist long after they have served their purpose.
Then we have intellectual realities. These are the realities of facts and their meanings. These are the realities that allow us to discover the concept of a bicycle and then build it. The intellectual realities have really transformed our world from a very primitive society to a highly complex one. But these intellectual realities that allow us to explore the far borders of discovery, when not associated with wisdom, can lead to disaster. When they are not spirit-associated, they are doomed to perish as they too are temporal.
Associated with mind realities are moral realities. In this arena, man truly exercises his fee will. Unlike the animals, man has been given a moral nature. This nature allows him to understand the relationship and responsibility he has towards another. This is the concept of duty and involves the choosing of the right conduct in a given situation. The moral nature of man allows him to choose between relative right and wrong. These two dual phases in his mind can be best understood when contrasted with an animal that has no moral nature. If we met a hungry tiger in the jungle, there is no way we could reason with him as to why he should not eat us. The tiger does not reflect on values and differential avenues of conduct. He has no moral nature. Thus, the moral nature involves reflection and reasoning; based on these, a choice is made as to the proper conduct that should be pursued in any given situation.
These moral values are progressive and are selected by the divine spirit that lives in the mind of man. A man’’s soul is created when he chooses his first moral value and grows as he continues to choose moral values.
Man also has a spiritual nature. He has the capacity to choose God; he can choose to do the Father’’s will. He has the capacity to discern truth, beauty, and goodness, even divine love. These values emerge from his soul into his mind. When he chooses these spiritual values, choose truth over error, good over evil, love over hate, his soul becomes spiritualized. The spiritual nature of man allows him to survive this life in his soul. The experience of truth, beauty, and goodness, and divine love is the experience of divine reality. These divine realities are eternal and when embraced makes us eternal as well. This is how the temporal and the finite are integrated into the eternal and the infinite.
This concludes today's message on understanding more on the nature of divine reality. 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