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 how we penetrate the mystery of the Father in the Son.
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The Mystery of the Father in the Son
"No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” John, Chapter 1, Verse 18.
Brothers and sisters, in today’s broadcast, we show how we penetrate the mystery of the Father in the Son. In the kingdom of heaven is to be found the heavenly Father. Jesus revealed the heavenly Father to all mankind. To penetrate the mystery, of the Father being in the Son, all we need do is enter the kingdom of heaven, were we become born again, and begin to strive to acquire a character like Jesus who is the revelation of the Father. Jesus offers this new birth to all of his children, for he has said, “Behold I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” When we begin to “sup” with Jesus, we undergo a spiritual transformation, a transformation that will allow us to recognize the Father when beholding His Son. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by him. Jesus and the Father are one.
The degree of our discovery of the heavenly Father is the degree of our becoming like Jesus. The Father is love, and Jesus is a personal revelation of that love. The search to penetrate the mystery of the Father in his Son is no more than the search to find divine love, and the degree to which we find this divine love is no more than the degree to which we unselfishly love our brothers and sisters. Yes, it is indeed mystery how the Father can be in the Son. But just as the Son shares all of our sorrows, our pains, and all of our disappointments, so does the Father share all the ups and downs as our life’s struggle waxes and wanes.
And here we are searching for the Father amidst the pain, sorrow, and disappointment with all our might, all our mind, and all our soul, longing to find him. But not recognizing him in the Son, we become so overwhelmed by the struggle that we makes a dash in the opposite direction only to find ourselves stuck in an even greater quagmire of moral difficulties. There is safety in staying with Jesus, for he has said, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by me“ And he has said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father which gave them to me is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.” Often times forgetting these great truths, we sometimes becomes so wrapped up in fear and anxiety that we can not find our way out of our selves. The Father is only one faith desire away.
Without recognizing the Father in the Son, we struggle to overcome the effects of sorrow, pain, and disappointment. We resolve within our selves not to make the same mistakes again, but we are dismayed when in spite of our best efforts, our path leads right back to the same place. And we hapless say, “ Have I not been here before?”
Changes in our characters can not be made by sheer force of will alone. Denial and suppression only increase the desire for that which is denied and suppressed. If we would seek to change one set of behavior for another set of supposed superior behavior, we must come to recognize the superior behavior of the spiritual realm, and arrive at that decision to pursue the Father’s will which is revealed in the Son. This decision brings lasting behavior changes.
And then there are those continuous losses running through our lives like a bad penny. They keep turning up. We weep and we wail; we moan and we groan. We are filled with despair, and we wonders numbly why and how. Why is life this way, and how can one overcome all this suffering? Caught between the rock of sorrow and disappointment, and the hard place of pain, we desperately try to figure it out.
Missing the losses of the past that have been projected into the future, effectively shackled by the chains of pain in the sorrow dungeons of the present, we must begin the mighty spiritual striving that eventuates in the consciousness of the reality that nothing of true value is ever lost. Through tear stained eyes and heavy hearts, we learn how to pray. Then the love of the Father begins to fill our souls with ever increasing revelations of truth, beauty, and goodness. How can we find the source of love? We wonder where to go or what to do; we wonder what to say, but soon discovers that it is not so much where to go or what to do, or what to say as it is what to be.
We must turn to Jesus for guidance who is the revelation of the Father. We must penetrate the mystery of the Father in the Son, and we do this with our faith. We eventually realize that no mere human being could possibly be so unselfishly loving, so kindly merciful, so just and fair, so patient and forgiving. And we discovered this great truth by our inability to change our moral characters by ourselves. We finally recognize that it is the Father who does the work. “ The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. We finally penetrate the mystery of the Father in the Son. We recognize the Father in Son. We finally realize that when we behold the Son, we behold the Father.
The concludes today’s message on understanding how we penetrate the mystery of the Father in the Son. We hope you find something in this message to ponder and pray about.
Until next time, this is Dr. James Perry.