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 spiritual purpose of human existence.
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The Spiritual Purpose of Human Existence
Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead yet shall he live and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die." John 11, Verses 25-26
Brothers and sisters, in today’’s broadcast we want to examine the spiritual purpose of human existence. Jesus invites us to become one with him as he is one with the Father. He says that he is the vine and with are the branches. Many of us know Jesus as our Lord and Savior, but how many of us know that Jesus is the personal revelation of the Father and desires to reveal the Father through us?
Jesus tells us that he and the Father live in us, provided we keep his commandment. And His commandment is that we love one another as he loves us.
How do we attune to the spirit of Jesus and the spirit of the Father that lives in our souls and minds? This is the great goal of human existence: to attune to the divinity of the Father’’s spirit through the Spirit of Truth. The great achievement of mortal life is to reach a true understanding of and consecration to what it means to be a branch on the vine of living love.
When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior we have taken the first step, for by taking that step we gain eternal life. Having gained eternal life, we must understand its purpose. This understanding begins while we are still in the flesh.
For the purpose of this broadcast, it has not been revealed to us just what the eternal life entails beyond mortal life, but there are some clues and hints. The Apostle Paul says that he knew a man who was caught up to the third heaven and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. He said "eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which god hath prepared for them that love him.”” And Jesus tells us that he goes to prepare a place for us so that we may be where he is. How do we grasp the great truth that the supreme purpose for living should be spiritual rather than material?
We live in a world where we are beholden to the material realities of life, with its struggle for survival and when often more times than not it appears that the deck of the cards of life is stacked against us.
There is a way that seems right to man, but the way thereof is eternal damnation. It is a fact that sole preoccupation with material realities to the exclusion of spiritual reality leads to eternal death. There are forces within and around us that cater to our supreme material desire, which is to somehow, someway survive this mortal life. And this desire continues to exist despite the fact that we continually see our human brothers and sisters fall from among us. Within our minds are certain spiritual urges that exists beside the material urges. Now it would appear that there is a conflict between these urges. Some of these urges are purely selfish and others are unselfish. Our purely human response in the face of the fact of our mortal situation urges us to be concerned only with that which is in our immediate interest. "Only the strong survive" is the cry of the purely material consciousness. We all recognize these urges, though we explain them in varied ways.
For example, evolutionary biologists not willing to account for anything within the human mind by some outside influence have come up with elaborate theories explaining how this altruistic impulse is a mechanism that increases the survival of the group (but not of individuals). And they use insect models as evidence for their theory. But we think that, prior to Jesus coming to earth, these urges of love and mercy for one another were absent in the hearts of man. So if Jesus brought these urges to earth, they must be divine.
These divine urges exist alongside purely human urges. "Man tends to identify the urge to be self-serving with his ego--himself. In contrast he is inclined to identify the will to be altruistic with some influence outside himself--God. And indeed is such a judgment right, for all such unselfish desires actually have their origin in the leadings of the Father’’s spirit." The urge that we feel in our minds and souls to love one another as Jesus loves us is the divine urge, the urge of eternity. When we act upon this urge we verify that we believe in Jesus and have accepted the eternal life that he offers us while we still live the live in the flesh.
But how do we overcome selfish impulses? How do we subordinate purely selfish interests to our higher nature, our spiritual nature? In order to submit our lower natures to the higher nature, we must be born again. We must submit our will to the Father’’s will. By doing this, we enter the kingdom of heaven and enjoy the eternal life even as we live the material life. The heavenly life is one dominated by love and mercy; therefore, Jesus admonishes us to love one another as he loves us so that our joy may be complete.
We must set a spiritual goal. We must attune our wills to the will of the divine spirit. We now have been given the power to do this by the spirit of the victorious Jesus--the Spirit of Truth. Jesus taught us that by the technique of submitting our wills to the Father’’s will, we gain the divinity of our heavenly Father. When we make a decision to submit our will to the Father’’s will, we have in fact attuned our will to the Father’’s will, have in fact become one with him. This is the great goal of human existence, and we achieve it by submitting our wills to the Father’’s will.
Having aligned our will with Father’’s will, we have opened our end of the spiritual channel, and the Father’’s waters of truth and righteousness begin to flow through us. The Father, having given us free will, cannot arbitrarily flow through us unless we allow him to. When we submit our wills to His will, we are providing an eternal channel for Him to be manifested to and through us. And the fruits of this magnificent spiritual submission shines brightly in our spiritual characters. While we may have many material functions, we have only one spiritual purpose while we live our lives in the flesh. That purpose is to allow the fruits of the spirit to flow through us, to love one another as Jesus loves us. And this is eternal life.
This concludes today's message on understanding the meaning of the spiritual purpose of human existence. 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.