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 shared many revelations of spiritual truth with me, and I want to share them with you. In today’’s broadcast we discuss the multifaceted salvation of Father’’s love.
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The Salvation of the Father’’s Love
Jesus said, "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day." John, Chapter 6, Verses 37-39
Brothers and sisters, most of the time, when we think about salvation, we think only in terms of being resurrected from the dead. But there is more to salvation than that. Even though it is not fully appreciated and recognized, we can experience salvation prior to mortal death. This is because our souls are slowing gearing up to experience the full impact of eternal life even as our material bodies are slowly disintegrating. By entering the kingdom of heaven, our spirit-born souls acquire the capacity to experience truth. Jesus said that he is the truth, the way, and the life; that his Spirit of Truth would lead us into all truth. By this he meant that as we gained capacity in our souls and minds, his Spirit of Truth would increasingly reveal the meanings and values associated with divine sonship. There are seven dimensions of salvation. We shall list them and explore their meanings.
First there is the salvation from material status. This dimension of salvation is the one that most of us are familiar with and the one that looms large in our minds and hearts, for we realize that we are mortal and have an intense desire to survive this life. This dimension of salvation is given to us by the Father, who creates our soul and thus allows us to escape mortal death. This recreation by the heavenly Father makes us his sons and daughters and ensures that we will survive to find him one day. This salvation is offered through his Son, Jesus. Jesus said, "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And give unto 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 the Father are one." This soul has such potential that it eventually ascends to spirit levels.
Next, there is salvation from intellectual bondage. While we live in the flesh, our minds are often handicapped by ignorance and superstition. By accepting salvation, our minds become liberated, and we become free to explore the universe and discover what a wonderful universe we live in. Salvation equips our minds to know and recognize truth, and this sets us free. We no longer are the bond slaves of ignorance and superstition. We shall know the truth of our relationship with the heavenly Father, and this truth destroys fear of him and replaces it with love for him. The heavenly Father loves us with an infinite and eternal affection.
Then does salvation free us from spiritual blindness. By accepting salvation, we realize that since God is the Father of all of us, then we must all be brothers and sisters. And if we are brothers and sisters, we should love each other as the Father loves us. Jesus said if we love one another as he loves us, then all men will know that we are his disciples. We should serve one another, for it is through loving service that we discover spiritual reality, that we are endowed with the vision of the spirit, where we see the wonderful world of divine values, values of truth, beauty, and goodness.
Much of our sorrow and disappointment grows out of incomplete status. Salvation from this empowers us to obey the Father’’s eternal command: Be perfect even as the heavenly Father is perfect. By achieving spiritual levels, we ascend in the universe, where we find perfection and find the Father on Paradise. "And there shall be no more sleep. The presence of God and his Son are before you, and you are eternally his servants; you have seen his face, and his name is your spirit. There shall be no night there; and they need no light of the sun, for the Great Source and Center gives them light; they shall live forever and ever. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things have passed away."
During our incomplete status, prior to achieving divine perfection, we are limited to self-consciousness, but our salvation liberates us from relaying solely on self. After we are perfected, we have access to the Supreme Mind of God, which allows us to escape the bounds of pure self-consciousness. No longer must we live isolated in consciousness from our brothers and sisters but find ourselves in constant contact with.
During our imperfect existence, we are beholden to time, with its delays. After we become perfected, we no longer are slaves of time but mature so that we escape from time altogether and enjoy the timelessness of eternity. We become free to enjoy the pursuit of endless and infinite values and meanings of the heavenly Father. This is the pursuit of ever-increasing recognition and finding the heavenly Father, who is infinite and eternal.
Finally, for what seems like an endless age, we eventually are liberated from being finite. By the constant pursuit of the Father’’s will, we truly become more than we are. We attain the ultimate in creature status, where we gain capacity to recognize God the Father on a higher level, the ultimate level. This is the level that comes after the finite level. So we see that salvation is more than just escaping from the mortal arms of death; it is something that has far reaching consequences. We are to have an amazing career of spiritual achievement and God finding. Though we start with humble beginnings, we eventually reach the heights of glory, where we take our true places in the scheme of things, perfected sons and daughters of the heavenly Father.
This concludes today's message on understanding the meaning of the salvation of the Father’’s 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.