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 ponder our lives as seek to understand the impossibility of becoming God, but the possibility of becoming Godlike
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The Impossibility of Becoming God, but the Possibility of Becoming Godlike.
Jesus said,“The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough that the disciple be as his master, and the servant as his lord." Matthew, Chapter 10, Verses 24 and 25.
Brothers and sisters, in today’s broadcast we explore the impossibility of becoming God but the possibility of becoming God like. Over two thousand years ago God incarnated in the form of His Son. This son was born into the world just as all other humans. As far as he could tell, he was just another human being with a human mother and father. But this human, Jesus of Nazareth, was the Son of God. He had a prior existence, but this fact was not evidenced at first. As he began to grow and developed materially, morally and spiritually, he began to have thoughts about being in the world for some special purpose. He begin to feel within himself that he has some world wide mission to perform. And as we view the religious landscape today, we see that there are many who feel or have felt the same way. Some have gone so far as to claim that they are Jesus returned to the flesh.
But there is a vital difference, Jesus of Nazareth was the real deal. He was the actual Son of God and had been with the Father even before the foundation of this world was laid. As time passed, while still being fully conscious that he was a human being of flesh and blood, he begin to slowly realize that he was more than a human being. He was the same person, but much more than the limitations of a human being. He was God and man, but it took time for him to realize this, and when he did fully realize his divine nature, he was still human as well as divine.
God is our Father; we are his mortal sons. And while we can self deceive ourselves into thinking we are somebody else, the fact of self consciousness tells us who we are. We are aware of self as well as aware of other selves. The recognition of other selves indicates the distinctness, the individuality of our being separate beings. The highest recognition of other selves lies in the recognition of God. The recognition of God automatically and inherently creates the impossibility of being God since He already exists.
Now let us consider the possibility of becoming God-like. Is it possible for us to become like another individual? Yes, we can become like another individual. We accomplish this through the process of identification. The process of identification is composed of three parts: recognition, internalization, and display. As has already been stated, we cannot become another person, but we can become like another person. Especially is this true, when the other person is God.
Recognition can be conscious or unconscious, but basically it is the process where by the value that makes up a given characteristic is noticed. In the unconscious phase of recognition, the conscious mind is not aware of this process, but becomes aware when it is revealed. In the unconscious state, the rate of value acquisition is relativity slow when compared with the conscious acquisition of values. In the conscious state values are actively pursued with all the power of the self, and this is the reason for the increased rate of acquisition.
The process of internalization or assimilation is the process whereby the values identified are actually made apart of the self. This is a spiritual transaction, and actually involves the transfer of values from a potential state to an actual state. All values that are not apart of the self at any given instant are potential in actuality. The force of desire, and faith make them actual when acted on by will. Internalization is basically an unconscious process. These transactions take place beyond the conscious mind. They take place within the soul. The soul is a growing synthesization of values. This growing value is the joint creation of the Father's spirit, and the moral will.
When the moral will makes a moral choice, in effect chooses good over evil, it displays values. The display of values is an unconscious process. It represents the completed transfer of a given value from a potential state to an actual state.
It is possible for us to become like God because God is the source of all values, even the supreme value, ultimate, and absolute, even eternal and infinite value, and who has actually commanded us to become a completed value, to be perfect even as he is perfect. Thus it is seen that our souls are in reality, in the process of being created. God serves as the model or pattern character while the soul copies what it sees. By the technique of doing God's will, becoming perfect even as the Father is perfect, we gradually acquire completion though the process is delayed by time and handicapped by space.
This concludes today’s message on the impossibility of becoming God, but the possibility of becoming Godlike. We hope you find something in this message to ponder and pray about while you go about your day.
Until next time, this is Dr. James Perry.