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 seek to understand the unity of God.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Unity of God
"Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord, and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all
thine heart, and all they souls and with all thy might." Deuteronomy, Chapter 6, Verses 4 and
Brothers and sisters, God is love, and God is law; but God is always one. The laws that govern the
universe, such as gravity and the principles of math and physics, is a revelation of God in the non-
personal arena just as love is a revelation of God in the personal arena.
To understand how this can be, let us consider the human example. A human being can be a lawyer
and a father at the same time. And even though he is both of these things he still remains one single
person. And just as the function of father and lawyer are unified in the human being, so are the
functions of love and law unified in God. When we think of our personal relationship with God, we
think of him as love (a Father); when we think of His non-personal function, we think of him as law-
-the trinity concept of God. And though the law of God and the love of God are different, they are
one in Him. And since we are affected by both the love and law of God, our task is to unify them
both within ourselves so that we can render to God the things of God and to Caesar the things of
Caesar. In order for us to function properly, we must know the difference and act accordingly.
Divine love is unselfish regard for another, the desire to do good to others. Divine law is the actual
habit of God that creates harmony rather than disharmony, order rather than chaos. Love without law
is nonexistent on spiritual levels. To see how this principle partially operates, lets examine the family
unit, which embraces parents and children. The parents inherently understand the necessity for order
so that love can manifest itself. Being immature, the child perceives love as unfettered free will of
action. But when love is not balanced by law, the very things that love fosters are destroyed. The
child whose range of free will choices is not restricted will invariably choose that which is outside
In time, law and love are unified by the function of wisdom. Love desires the individual to actualize
all the potentials concealed within the individual, but the individual does not live and act within a
vacuum. Always does he interact with others, thus affecting others by his decisions. The interactions
and interdependencies upon others call for mutual cooperation as well as mutual respect. Thus, love
must abide by the laws of personal and group interactions.
Each moral and spiritual decision we make must be wed with wisdom. Wisdom seeks to answer the
question concerning the past effects and future prospects that such a decision will have on the
present. What effects did a similar decision have on the past, and how will this decision affect the
future? Will this decision actually achieve what is desired? How will it contribute to or diminish the
harmony of the group? Wisdom compares the effects of a given decision against the standards of
absolute law. Without law, love cannot manifest itself, and without wisdom, there is no basis to unify
love and law.
In time, there is always the potential to choose that which represents error, evil, and even sin.
Therefore some mechanism must exist for correcting those who err and for separating those who sin.
If this were not the case, then would imperfect decisions destroy the slowly accumulating righteous
decisions. This mechanism creates those who are charged with the responsibility of administering
justice. Justice is the balance between right and wrong. It determines the degree of deviation from
absolute law; it determines the motive, that is whether the motive is erroneous or sinful. Justice
corrects the erroneous content of decisions and even offers mercy to those that willfully and
consciously, with deliberate forethought and intent depart from the ways of righteousness.
Goodness is that quality that makes it possible for the error choosing individual to see the error of
its ways and repent. Repentance is an attitude that recognizes the wrongness of an act and succumbs
to the lure of love. Mercy is that quality that embraces a repentant attitude and makes it right. That
which remains outside of mercy, also remains outside of the true, the beautiful, and the good, and
thus remains unreal in the eternal and spiritual sense. From this viewpoint, it appears that justice
destroys that which remains outside of mercy, but from the eternal point of view, that which remains
outside of love and mercy does not exist.
Always must we reckon with the views of the complete and the incomplete, the eternal and the
temporal. In time, law is actual and love is potential. From the temporal point of view, we view law
and faith-realize love. And this is because there is such divergence from what is right and what is
actually done, the consequences of such mis-choosing so painful and agonizing that law is apparent.
There is such deviation from the spiritual and eternal that it requires faith to capture the divine love.
There is such disharmony even within ourselves that we become a revelation of law.
In eternity love is actual and law is potential there being no need for the latter. From the eternal point
of view, we view love and faith-realize law. And this is so because in eternity our choices are so
perfect, our wisdom so supreme, even absolute in certain phases, that harmony prevails. In eternity
there is nothing to contrast good and evil, therefore we view love and faith-realize law. In eternity
love and law are one, as they must be unified in God. And they are so unified that they cannot be
distinguished the one from the other. We are a revelation of love, are saturated with and by love, are
actually created out of love, and we realize this love as we share it with others.
This concludes today's message on the understanding of the unity of God. 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.