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 with me, and I want to share them with you. In today’’s broadcast, we discuss the life of the divine spirit as it is associated with our souls in this life.
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The Life of the Divine Spirit
Jesus said, "If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, make our abode with him." John, Chapter 14, Verse 23
Brothers and sisters, we are told that the divine spirit lives and works in our minds and souls and that he also works through us and as us. With the assistance of our spirit helpers we shall detail these functions.
But to begin this discussion, we must temporarily revert back to the eternal past when the Father proposed to the Son to create mortal man in their image.
On absolute levels, there is no difference between potentials and actuals; however, on finite, temporal levels, potentials are slowly becoming actualized. When mortal man was created in the image of the Father and projected onto a finite temporal level, man became subject to the delays of time and the handicaps of space. In short, man became subject to the process of growth.
This constituted man an incomplete creature, one who was not fully unified. The divine spirit was dispatched from the absolute and eternal level to indwell our minds and souls, there to complete the unification process subject to the delays of time and the handicaps of space.
Arrival of Divine Spirit
Mortal man is conceived when a female egg and a male sperm unite, which sets into motion the growth of a human being. The growth process begins in the embryo stage and advances to the fetus stage, where growth is completed. At birth the newly created human being (the infant) begins life as an independent entity. The infant then begins its own growth process, until his mind develops a moral nature, usually about 6 years of age. When this mind makes its first moral decision, choosing good over evil, right over wrong, the divine spirit arrives in the mind. This contact with the moral mind begins the process of evolving a soul, the future life vehicle of the mortal. The soul survives death and allows the process to unfold of man being created in the Father’’s image. The Father’’s spirit provides nourishment for the developing soul in the form of spiritual food. This food is given in response to the hunger for truth and thirst for righteousness.
The Divine Spirit begins the implementation of the divine plan for this mortal life. This plan was designed prior to the divine spirit entering the mind of the mortal. This plan is based upon the intellectual and spiritual potentials of the mortal in this life. This plan is perfect and is designed to unify the mortal. This plan also has features that allow for substitution due to lack of cooperation and other unusual thing occurring on the evolutionary worlds.
As the mortal is confronted with moral situations in his social environment, he chooses the values selected out by the divine spirit. And as he chooses, he grows and becomes increasingly unified. Indispensable to this process is the guardian angels who work on the outside, manipulating the social and ethical environments, even the physical environment under certain circumstances. They are the reason why the soul is confronted with increasingly difficult moral and ethical situations.
During this stage of unification, the divine spirit increasingly changes purely selfish thoughts to unselfish thoughts. "Moral choosing is usually accompanied by more or less moral conflict. And this very first conflict in the child mind is between the urges of egoism and the impulses of altruism. The [divine spirit] does not disregard the personality values of the egoistic motive but does operate to place a slight preference upon the altruistic impulse as leading to the goal of human happiness and to the joys of the kingdom of heaven." During this phase the divine spirit is known as thought changers. As this process of unification continues, the divine spirit increasingly is able to function in the mind of the mortal. As the mortal gains mastery over his environment, the divine spirit also begins gaining mastery over the spiritual potential resident in the soul. The divine spirit also begins rehearsal for the next stage of life on the next level. Each stage of life prepares the soul for the next level of existence.
As the unification process continues, and the mortal gains intellectual mastery, the divine spirit shifts his function from thought changer to thought adjuster. During this process the divine spirit is able to take this fund of unselfish thoughts and increasingly elevate them to progressively divine and spiritual levels. The divine spirit not only lives in the soul of the mortal but also functions through him as the mortal increasingly submits his will to the Father’’s will, that is as the soul becomes increasingly like the Father as revealed in his Son, Jesus. Here the mortal is increasingly able to reveal the love of the Father and the mercy of the Son. This allows the divine spirit to manifest itself on this level of the temporal and the finite.
As the unification process continues, and the soul is able to cooperate more fully with the divine spirit and the guardian angels, the divine spirit completes its task of elevating the thoughts of the mortal to divine levels. The thoughts having been elevated to divine levels now remains at this level and now is ready for the sealing truth of the Spirit of Truth. The divine spirit during this spirit functions as a thought controller. The growth of the soul and the willingness of the soul to abide by the Father’’s will allows the personality to become unified. The soul is now unified with the divine spirit and now begins that process of effecting a more unified working agreement between the soul and the divine spirit. During this phase prior to liberation from the flesh, the divine spirit functions as us.
We become the finite perfected expression of the Father through his Son, Jesus. We have become unified with the Father, and no way can be found to tell where the boundary between the Father and our soul begins so perfectly are the two unified. The soul has received the divine nature because of the will to believe; it has become like the divine nature because it believes, and finally has become the divine nature because it has become a revelation of the Father. We speak for and as the Father on all spiritual levels. We become the true sons of the Father. As material creatures, we still respond to the material aspects of our existence, the material mind responding to the material aspects of life while our soul-spirit responds to the spiritual aspect of our life.
This concludes today's message on the life of the spirit in our souls. 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