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 meaning of doing the Father's will.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Doing of the Father's Will
Jesus said, "You therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect." Matthew,
Chapter 5, Verse 48.
Brothers and sisters, the command to be perfect even as the heavenly Father is perfect was brought
to earth by Jesus, the Son of God, who incarnated in the likeness of mortal flesh as the son of man
two thousand years ago. The righteousness and justice of this command was demonstrated by the
Son of God as the Son of Man, Jesus. He came into this world as an helpless infant in the same way
and manner as we all do. His life demonstrated the righteousness and justice of this command be
demonstrating that it was possible to achieve perfection of character from the very beginning of a
human life to the very end. And we know he did this as a human being without any prior knowledge
of who he was prior to coming to earth, for we are told "... that we have not a high priest which can
not be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet
without sin, who in the days of his flesh when he had offered up prayer and supplications with strong
crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he believed."
At the beginning of all things, the Father proposed, in Genesis 1:26, to the Son and the Spirit, "Let
us make man in our image, after our likeness." The Father is spiritual and perfect. Therefore to make
us in the image of God is to make us spiritual and perfect. But this proposal was made in eternity--in
the absence of time and on Paradise--in the absence of space. Had we been created in eternity and
on Paradise we would have been created instantly-a perfect spiritual being. But the heavenly Father
wanted us to participate in our own creation and wanted to participate along with us. He therefore
created us in time and space, which allows us to become perfect even as He is perfect. This is done
by the technique of doing the Father's will. And now before we proceed further, let us digress for a
moment to secure some essential understanding.
Isaiah 57:15 "speaking of the heavenly Father, he says, 'I am the lofty one who inhabits eternity.'"
The Father is infinite, eternal, and absolute. Everything that has ever existed, exists, or will exist,
exists within Him now, this very instant. Such is the nature of an infinite, eternal and absolute being.
Neither space nor time can contain Him. Indeed, He is the very source of time and space. It is the
Father's will to experience all of this eternity in time and space, through the mechanism of time and
space, even though it will take an eternity of infinity to do so. Time is not eternal and neither is space
absolute. The stream of time is the fragment of eternity and space is a localized phenomenon within
infinity. The phenomenon of time and space creates the concept of duration and distance within
infinity, thus allowing for growth and development. This allows for all the intermediate products to
be experienced by us and God from man the savage to man the perfected spirit. It also allows God
to appear in time and space where we all work together to make all things in time and space perfect.
But how do we do the Father's will? We do the Father's will by actualizing those spiritual potentials
of character that are concealed within our souls. Thus, the doing of the Father's will takes place on
the inside and is expressed on the outside. The Father provides the spiritual ideal, and this ideal is
demonstrated to our souls by the Spirit of Truth, the spirit of Jesus. As our souls worship, they
gradually copy and become like the spiritual ideal. As we pray, we actualize this potential which
allows us to develop the perfected spiritual character. As we gradually become godlike, like Jesus,
we naturally serve others. The area that our souls choose to serve is dependent upon our desires, our
talents, and the opportunity for expressing these talents and desires.
It is the function of the Spirit as manifested not only by our creative imagination and inspiration, but
also by our spirit helpers (angels and others) who so skillfully manipulate the moral, social and
physical environments to stimulate our moral and spiritual choices. And as we favorably choose
amid the ever increasingly difficult moral and spiritual situations, moral and spiritual growth are the
results. Each moral and spiritual decision actualizes the potentials within ourselves just a little bit
more. To the degree we achieve godlikeness and carry out our responsibilities in whatever
circumstance we find ourselves in, this is the same degree that we do the Father's will. Finally, in
doing the Father's will, the kind of character that we develop determines the quality of the decisions
that we make. When asking the Father what he wants us to do, the Father always replies, "I want you
to be like my Son, Jesus."
It is the nature of these moral and spiritual interactions that reveals the Father's spiritual character.
Such souls are exquisitely aware that in their moral and spiritual reactions they are revealing the
Father's character. So magnificent is their display of the Father's character as revealed in His Son,
Jesus, that when asked by someone to show him Jesus, they will reply as Jesus did to Phillip who
asked to be shown the Father: "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; and how sayest thou then, show us the Father?"
They respond this way because long since have they learned to be one with Jesus even as he is one
with the Father. They positively know that in every moral reaction they are revealing the Father. And
such knowledge fills the heart and mind of such souls with unspeakable joy and unshakeable peace.
They have reached the apex of the spiritual life while living in the flesh. And they positively know
that the qualities emanating from them are the fruits of the spirit, the revelation of the Father's
character. For the fruits of the spirit are love, faith, goodness, gentleness, temperance, meekness,
long suffering, peace, and joy.
This concludes today's message on understanding meaning of doing the Father's will. 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.