Greetings, 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 relationship between the Father and His Son.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Father and His Son
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The
same was in the beginning with God, and all things were made by him; and without him was
not anything made that was made." John, Chapter 1, Verses 1 through 3.
Brothers and sisters, the Father and His Son are one. Neither time nor space can separate them, the
one from the other. Whosoever has seen the Son has seen the Father. The Father is absolutely
conscious of His Son, and the Son is absolutely conscious of His Father. This Son is the absolute
personal expression of His Father, the Word of God. In fact the Son can be nothing else. The Father
and the Son share the same consciousness. No son can be conscious that he is a son without at the
same time being conscious of his father. In a similar sense no father can be conscious of being a
father without being conscious of his son.
An animal can be conscious of and respond to his outer environment. But to be conscious of what
sort of animal he is requires self consciousness. To be self conscious of being a son requires the self
consciousness of having a Father, but the very concept of sonship makes consciousness of
Fatherhood a fact. No son can exist without a Father, and no Father can exist without a son.
A human being is born into the world. Initially his budding consciousness is not aware of his outer
environment, but gradually the child becomes more conscious. This process continues through the
life span. But shortly after objective consciousness has begun, subjective consciousness begins to
develop as well. The subjective conscious becomes aware not only of the self but of the Heavenly
Father--the Divine Self. It becomes moral. This is displayed by the recognition of relative right and
wrong and choosing them. The emergence of unselfish interest in others, concepts of fairness, and
urges to worship all bespeak of this moral consciousness.
The impulse to worship manifests itself in ever-increasing channels of adoration, constantly seeking
and searching to find the true Father. The urge of perfection manifests itself as the never ending
search to do things the better way. These activities represent the imperfect or incomplete
manifestation of the Father in His mortal son. The moral life grows out of the recognition of
interdependence of Father and Son, consequently the recognition of other sons, in reality the
recognition of brotherhood. The attitudinal recognition of others as brothers and sisters is a reflection
of the recognition of God as Father.
On the world that we live, these relationships are not completely recognized, as yet. It is the purpose
of the life experience to foster the realization of these relationships. The technique whereby these
relationships may be realized is the technique of doing the Father's will. To do the Father's will is
to wholeheartedly decide to be a true son and complete expression of the Father, the very same
relationship that exists in eternity. And though time may delay and space may handicap this
achievement, time and space make it actual. This is so because all the potentials of growth are
revealed in time and concealed in space.
The response of the Father to His self-conscious son for knowledge of Him is faith, and the response
of the son to the Father's faith is trust. It is through the avenue of faith that the qualities or
characteristics of the Father become real. It is through trust that the son realizes them. Always will
the son know the Father because he trusts Him. It requires the exercise of faith to know that the
Father loves the son. It requires faith to know that truth, beauty, and goodness are a revelation of the
Father's love. It requires trust over time and space experiences to realize that concerning His sons,
the Father is true, beautiful, and good.
All the experiences of life are designed to develop these qualities of relationship between the Father
and His sons. Another way of looking at faith and trust is to look at the analogy of power. In order
to undertake a certain task, one must assume that the power for performing a task actually exists
(faith) and that the power can actually be used to accomplish the task (trust). What good is power
if it cannot be used wisely in some form or degree? The Father is the power and the Son is the
expression of that power. The true son cannot do anything but express the power of the Father. "The
Son only does that which he sees the Father do."
By the power of will, the Father is able to express His thought into His Word-His expression, His
Son. And likewise may the mortal son by the power of his will find the Thought-Father of which he
is the expression of--the son. Through utilizing the Father's faith and exercising the son's trust, time
will reveal and space will uncover the supreme realization of the Father and, consequently, the son.
This concludes today's message on understanding the relationship between the Father and His Son.
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.