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 meaning of the realization of divinity.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Realization of Divinity
"And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are
one: I in them, and thou in me that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may
know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou has loved me." John, Chapter 17,
The divine Son, Jesus, having taken on the form of a human being and mastered the human
experience, through his Spirit of Truth now envelops us so that our souls can function divinely. The
Spirit of Truth perfectly interprets the leading of the Father's spirit for us. That we can function
divinely means we accept sonship, or salvation, and this acceptance occurs while we are still in the
flesh. (By divine we mean the coordinating quality of God's goodness that makes all aspects of His
manifestation work together.) And when we do function in this way, the fruits of the spirit flow
through us. The Spirit of Truth empowers us to produce the fruits of the spirit in response to the
leadings of the Father's spirit. When these fruits are displayed, we know then that our minds and
souls have attuned to the Father's spirit.
But functioning divinely in the flesh is a temporary state; that is, we have the option of not always
thus functioning. At any time prior to making the decision to abide by the Father's will eternally, we
may opt to forsake the divine will. When we make the eternal decision, the soul has eternally
accepted the Father's will, has eternally agreed to be a conduit of the Father's love and mercy and
continuously displays the fruits of the spirit.
How do we realize this divinity? What happens to make us aware that we are functioning divinely?
As indicated, the display of the fruits of the spirit is the display of divinity. From this truth, we shall
proceed to the realization of divinity. For our purposes we shall strictly define functioning divinely
in the human state as the consistent display of the fruits of the spirit as was demonstrated by the
human Jesus. Not always are we aware immediately of events that take place within ourselves or of
changes in status. The mind does not always immediately grasp the meaning of an event. The soul
grasps the value, but it requires time for the mind to grasp the realization of it. For example, there
is a line that separates night from day, but we cannot tell exactly where that line lies. We all realize
when it is night and when it is day. We also realize the transition from day to night and night to day.
When does the change in status occur? It apparently happens before the status change is realized. We
know that by the time the meaning occurs in our minds, the value has already been experienced in
our souls. To realize a change in status, we suggest that it occurs when the mind recognizes the
meaning of the status and takes responsibility for it.
So now we return to the fact of spiritual fruits emanating from the self. These spiritual fruits are in
fact the displays of the Father's character through his Son, Jesus. If the Father's character manifests
itself through us, then have we become divine. The factual display and recognition of the fruits of
the spirit is the event that triggers the realization of divinity in the flesh. It has been said that these
fruits are displayed at all times under all circumstances. This may seem like an impossible task when
viewed from the purely human perspective, but it should be a real comfort and joy for us to realize
that when we allow the fruits of the spirit to flow through us, we are assured that we have indeed
achieved divinity through Jesus. Physical pain, emotional upheavals, depression and other
aberrations of the human state do not determine divine status. The wholehearted desire for divinity,
and thus the choosing of the Father's will, is the only determiner in realizing divinity.
Seeking to know the Father's will is the secret to attaining divinity in the flesh, the secret to
displaying the fruits of the spirit. This is so because every time we seek to know the Father's will,
right then, there occurs a further divine invasion of our souls by the Father's spirit. Thus, to seek to
know the Father is to become like Him. Keep in mind that the Father's spirit is absolute and
functions apart from time and space. This spirit steadily integrates itself into our souls. Therefore it
is no mystery that the greater the degree we know God, the greater the degree that we are like Him,
the greater the degree of integration. And when we supremely know the Father, we will be just like
He is, like his Son, Jesus. The result of this complete knowing, this integration of the divine spirit
with the soul, is the continuous flow of the divine fruits of the spirit from the soul of such a God
knowing person. This is the realization of divinity.
This concludes today's message on understanding the realization of divinity. 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.