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 guidance of truth
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Guidance of Truth
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,
but by me. " John, Chapter 14, Verse 6.
Brothers and sisters, when Jesus lived on earth, he lived a perfected life. He revealed the Father and
the way of truth in perfection. His teachings were superb and matchless, even as his life was a perfect
revelation of his teachings. But even though all of this was true, some who heard and saw him were
not able to grasp his revelation of the Father's love in perfection. Some were unable to walk in the
way of truth in perfection that he so magnificently illuminated. This was and continues to be so
because our personal grasp of truth was and is limited by our desire and capacity for truth.
Even so, Jesus was still limited by the inability to be in more than one place at a time. He was also
forced to rely upon the spreading of his teaching by others--those who were less than divinely
perfect. This meant that his teachings would become distorted and thus only relatively true. This also
meant that his teachings would be limited by the preconceived ideas and bias of the minds and the
souls of others. Often this meant rejecting truth even before it was considered.
But after having lived the perfected life in the flesh, Jesus is now able to send his spirit, the Spirit
of Truth, via the Holy Spirit into the souls of his sons and daughters. With this Spirit of Truth
working on the inside, Jesus is able to guide our souls into all truth at all times and places, thereby
overcoming many of the limitations of the life in the flesh. This is so, even though imperfect souls
are still handicapped in their perception of truth by their desire for truth and their capacity for truth.
Jesus gradually leads our souls into truth. Truth is the opposite of error. There is exactly 180 degrees
separating them. Thus it is seen if we progress in error we can never reach the truth unless we do a
complete turn in the opposite direction. Anything short of a 180-degree turn is still error. The only
way we can break with error is to repent, to turn away from the motives and attitudes that caused the
error in the first place, and to turn towards the motive and attitude of truth. This is to whole heartedly
embrace the Father's will as revealed by the Spirit of Truth.
Truth is a spiritual experience of our souls and is not directly related to the material sequences that
we are forced to live because of the principles of cause and effect. Truth transcends cause and effect.
No matter the material situation, truth in our souls and minds can still be experienced. All moral
activities have divine meanings and spiritual values concealed within them. In fact, truth is the
meaning of values, the value of meanings.
It is the purpose of this Spirit of Truth to guide us into these divine meanings and spiritual values.
It is indeed liberating to our minds and souls to perceive the real meanings and values of routine and
monotonous tasks. The truth sets us free. Material meanings and material values can never give
lasting satisfaction because they are temporal; only the spiritual values and meanings which are
eternal achieves that. The single focus on material meanings and values lead to frustration, and
frustration is the mother of desperation, while desperation is the father of tragedy.
The guidance of truth can be likened unto a person who drives an automobile down a long winding
road with dangerous curves, potholes, and slippery surfaces. He must ever be alert least he cause
wreckage of the vehicle. The Spirit of Truth ever guides our souls away from the potholes of evil,
ever saying "this is the way--walk in it." The effects of evil are distressing and painful, so
disappointing, and sorrowful, that it unfailingly increases the desire in our souls for goodness. And
error is so devastating, so enslaving, robbing our souls of joy and happiness that it causes an increase
in the desire for truth, and all such desires unfailingly increase the capacity to perceive truth. In this
way all things works together for good in our souls. Always does this Spirit of Truth guide our souls
into higher and higher meanings of truth, and consequently greater degrees of spiritual freedom,
gradually releasing us from the slavery of selfishness. And all this guidance is made available to our
souls, by the sincere desire to do our Father's will.
This concludes today's message on understanding the guidance of truth. 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