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 insights of love.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Insights of Divine Love
"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, in today’’s broadcast, we share some further insights into divine love. We want to explore the degree to which messages purported to have been received from the heavenly Father passes on to someone else. We are told to try the spirits, for if we don’’t, then how are we to know that a genuine message of truth has been received? How are we to know that the message of truth was indeed for us? "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they be of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God." And since Jesus has left behind his Spirit of Truth, we can compare what is being said with his Spirit of Truth. If it agrees, the message is truthful; if not, the message must be rejected.
We know that the heavenly Father indwells all of his children. Other than the Spirit of Truth--who is the revelation of the Father--there are no intermediators between the Father and His children. Even in our human relationships, if the earthly father has something to say to one of his children, he normally says it so the child in question, unless perchance some circumstance exists that prevents this. (Even so, when that happens, the child in question always has the prerogatives of verifying whatever the father is supposed to have said.) With the heavenly Father and His relationships with His children, there can be no circumstance where the Father cannot communicate directly with his children, unless they refuse to hear.
Let us consider the question of salvation. It is true that the Father wants all of His children to be saved. And this message was propagated by all of His disciples to the ends of the earth. This was a general message of truth and it applied to everyone. Always does the spirit bear witness to the truth of a spiritual message. And this confirmation occurs because the Spirit of Truth lives within us, verifying the truth of spiritual realities.
But does the Father ever give specific information to one individual to be passed on to another without giving both the same message? If so, how is the individual to recognize the validity of the message, especially when the message is of a material nature? The Father is spiritual and therefore He does not give material messages to His children. The Father is not communicating with His children in this way. While we are at liberty to share our particular revelation of truth with each other, it is error to claim to have specific information for another individual from God. Any specific messages received by an individual applies to that individual himself; but often by self-deception, the individual ducks the message of truth that is intended for him.
The relationship we have with the spirit Father is based on the Father-child relationship. The communications between them are personal and individual. And while at times we may have similar spiritual experiences, that is not the same thing as one individual transferring his spiritual experiences to another.
"When one mortal is in full agreement with the religious philosophy of a fellow mortal, that phenomenon indicates that these two beings have had a similar religious experience touching the matters concerned in their similarity of philosophic religious interpretation." One of the reasons that Jesus came to earth was to establish personal relationships with each individual, not with the group. But we see that this has been unwittingly interfered with by well-meaning early believers who failed to grasp this concept of the Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. Salvation is a personal issue, and each individual must work out his own salvation with God. The group has no power to do this.
But there may be a great truth concealed in this discussion. We are told not to judge, for the same judgment will be applied to us. This means that we all have faults, and no fault is greater than another. And if we apply this truth to the law of mercy, we have a different case altogether. If we show love, we receive love. If we show mercy, we receive mercy. If we show patience, we receive patience. In short, whatever spiritual quality we apply to others, we apply it to ourselves first. And this happens because a spiritual quality cannot pass through us without it first being applied to us.
This concludes today's message on understanding the insights of divine love. 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.