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 will ponder our lives as we seek to understand the reason why Jesus the Son is the One who reveals the Father to us..
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Why Jesus the Son is the One
Jesus said, “ No man can come to me except the Father hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, and they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. Not that any man hath seen the Father save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father. John, Chapter 6, Verses 44 and 45.
Brothers and sisters, in today’s broadcast, we discuss and tell why Jesus is the One who reveals the Father to us, and why no one comes to the Father except by him. God the Father is infinite and eternal. No mortal could ever conceive the Father's character or the Father's love except as they are revealed in the Son, Jesus. Because of human limitations, and the conceptional inability to grasp the Infinite, God reveals himself in His Son, who incarnates as man and reveals the Father to us. Remember God is more than personal; he is even more than super personal. God is force, energy, spirit, and gravity and infinitely more. He is the source that all exists, that ever could exists. All of these things are bound up in his unfathomable nature. God is more than we could ever conceive him to be. He is infinite, and infinity is a concept that lies far far outside of our limited minds.
But by divesting himself of his personal nature which is his Son, it becomes possible to reveal the personal aspects of himself to his children. This Son, then incarnates as man and reveals the Father to us. He lives the full and complete human life from birth to death. He is subject to the full range of human ups and downs, to the full impact of life as it is lived on the worlds of time and space. He is truly tried and tested on every point, even as we must be tried and tested on every point.
After He has lived the fullness of life in the human form and has laid down his life for the uplift of the humans of the world, he proceeds to the right hand of the Father where all power in heaven and earth is placed in his hands. He then sends his Spirit of Truth to live in the heart of man. Among other things this Spirit of the Son, Jesus makes the love of the Father real and personal in our lives.
As we yield to the teaching of this spirit, we are led into ever progressive spiritual reality, for this spirit is the Spirit of Truth, the way, the truth , and the life. The discovery of spiritual reality can only be realized through unselfish loving service to our brothers and sisters, just such service as Jesus demonstrated when he walked in the shoes of the flesh. Thus this spirit constantly urges us serve one another in love. This spirit also restates the meaning of the life of Jesus as it relates to each of us in any given experience. Ponder this quote: “ Howbeit when he, the Spirit of Truth is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak..”
This Spirit of Truth is always with us, and the presence of this spirit insures that we shall always have guidance when it comes to making difficult moral and spiritual decisions, though we seem to forget this during the moral and spiritual storms of life, and thus rob ourselves of our ever present spiritual comfort. How often have we agonized in turmoil and confusion? How many times with heavy hearts and weary feet have we struggled with some agonizing moral decision? How many times have we searched far and wide, even the seven seas for that wisdom that would make the decision right as well as wise? The source of all wisdom lives within our very hearts. We have to go no further than our inner life to commune with this spirit to find the solution to our moral and spiritual problems. "Seek and you shall find;" "knock and the door shall be opened."
If we seek, we shall find; if we knock the door shall be opened. We must avoid the sad predicament of knocking on a door that is already opened. Most often when we are frustrated in our prayer life, it is because we seek an answer in accordance with our own desires, our own will. But of course the answer that the spirit gives is according to the Father's will as expressed in the Son's desire. And the Father's will is always the way of love, patience, mercy, and forgiveness.
We must also remember that the answer to prayer can never disrupt or alter the sequences of reality. The sequences of reality are fixed by causes and effects though our reactions to them are not. The moral decision that we make determines the next sequence of moral reality that we will experience as well as the capacity to discern the spiritual meanings of such a decision, thus the incentive to choose good over evil. And never can the answer to prayer violate the free will choice of other free will brothers and sisters. The Father never shows favoritism. He loves all of his children equally and individually. But in spite of this, we should remember that the Father’s will always prevails.
The spirit operates in the spiritual realm-in the contest between good and evil, the right way and the wrong way. The Father's will is always victorious because he is the source of all that is good. He is the source of the real. Pursuit of the unreal-evil makes one increasingly unreal while the pursuit of the real-good makes one increasingly real. This is a timed process, and therefore requires patience. It requires time for the evil doer to evaluate his past experiences, and to choose future experiences. We can not stop this process.
And while we are exercising patience until our erring brother or sister has made their final decision, there are several ways that by which we can influence the decision of our erring brother or sister. We can show unselfish love. It is difficult for an evildoer to continue in the wrong direction when he realizes that someone truly loves him. Nothing can compare with the experience of being truly loved. After we have shown patience, when the evildoer is finally bruised and cuts to shreds by the rocks and knives of evil, we can show mercy by bandaging the rebel's moral wounds. And finally when the rebel comes to the end of the line, we can show forgiveness by erasing from our consciousness the wrongdoer's ill will against us, and reinstate him into our fellowship, even as the Father reinstates him back into his good graces. All of this necessary power to perform at these high moral and spiritual level resides in the mighty Spirit of Truth, and that is just why Jesus is the One- the way, the truth, and the life.
This concludes today's message on understanding the reasons why Jesus the Son is the One. 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.