"God's Invisible Nearnress in Our Everlasting Lives"


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“The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.   Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all.” (Psalm 34: 18-19; New King James Bible (NKJV).

 “The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.  Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south.  They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.  He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,” (Psalm 126: 3-6; (KJV).

“The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”  (Jeremiah 31:3; (KJV).

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16; NKJV).   


         When we are young, the world can often seem like a shiny new toy, promising one exciting adventure after another.  As we become more aware of our own ‘place’ in the world, however, our fascination with daily life isn’t always so great.  Some days are good, some days are bad; so, an early lesson for living in this vast, material experience is that material life isn’t always good or fair. 

         For example, many fortunate individuals experience a healthy body throughout most of their years, while others may struggle with chronic ill-health from birth.  Many other individuals are born into a life of financial abundance, while at the same time, poverty afflicts their neighbors.  Yet, as time goes on in one’s life, almost no one has a perfect human experience; for there is plenty of lack, sickness and grief to go around in this physical world.  Sooner or later, we all experience the ‘bad’ side of being a finite, physical mortal. 

          Still, the questions arise: ‘Why do some fortunate individuals among us seem to experience more harmony and good in their daily lives?  Why are they so blessed, while the rest of humanity struggles just to stay alive?  Why do these fortunate ones have their daily needs met without struggle, or experience a healthy body through most of their earthly existence, while others suffer discord and unharmonious situations throughout much of their lives? 

         One possibility comes to mind: Maybe the material sense of relating to this temporary, earthly experience isn’t the be-all and end-all reality of what our earthly days, here, are meant to accomplish.   Maybe our time here isn’t our ultimate reality of existence.  Perhaps settling for material conditions, and assuming that this earthly experience is all there is to life, is a belief we are here to outgrow.  Why do I say this?  I say this because nothing material ever lasts. 

         Everything about our earthly life experience is temporary.  So, perhaps, nothing material was ever meant to last.  Maybe material objects, and material bodies, were meant to serve us temporarily; but they were never anything we were meant to keep.  Ultimately, even our physical bodies disintegrate into dust when our spirit leaves them.  Why? because there was never any lasting substance in them!

         After spending more than half a century delving into this realization, here’s my own conclusion of the matter: I think our days here in this material sense of existence is like a temporary, spiritual ‘school’ which we have each entered, for awhile, in order to ‘graduate’ out of the false sense of existence in finite matter, which we believe to be our identities, but are not our true identities. 

         I believe that, in reality, we are everlasting spiritual beings, rather than finite, born-to-die material beings.  I think we have a whole other destiny in store, once our temporary human life-experience is over; for our true destiny is not hidden in our future, but rather hidden in our past, long before we fell asleep in the collective dream of finite, material being that we are now experiencing. 

         Everything in this collective, material dream-state is temporary.  Also, this finite, material dream-state does not perceive the importance which Christ Jesus plays in this false sense of reality.  Christ Jesus was, and still is, the key to our individual, spiritual awakening process.  Each individual who is awakening to the divine, ever-present spiritual kingdom of God, must seek out the spiritual truths; yet showing humanity that God’s spiritual creation is ever-present, does us little good if we don’t perceive it.  When the external, material sense of things hides from us the spiritual facts of being, we cannot perceive the spiritual truths we need in order to find our true Reality, which is entirely spiritual.

         Spiritual truth and the immortality of each of us depends upon our search for divine Truth.  Without our awakening to spiritual Truth, the kingdom of God stays hidden to our perception, because the five, physical senses do not perceive spiritual truth.  We need to awaken to spiritual truth, for there is no other, real, form of truth.  For, we are like one who, sleeping in a night-dream, does not perceive anything ‘outside’ of the dream.   For, when we are sleeping in a dream, our consciousness is lower, and we don’t perceive anything ‘outside’ of the confines, or boundaries, of that dream.  So, the reality of the dream, alone, seems to be real.  And we continue to sleep in it.

         Thus, Christ Jesus entered this material realm of thought to be our guide, showing sleeping humanity our way out of the false sense of existence.  The realm of God, divine Spirit, is our spiritual Home.  Spiritual awakening alone must be the path out of materialism, so that we can follow him out of the dream-state of materiality.  Knowing of our divine, spiritual Sonship and Daughtership (our Christ Selves) saves us from the endless sleep of finite materiality.

         The New Testament in the Bible, and especially the four gospels, tell the stories of Christ Jesus’s life and teaching ministry. The New Testament is the best place to read and ‘soak in’ not just ancient history, but spiritual principles.  It also ‘speaks’ on several issues, such as spiritual healing, the childhood of Jesus, the first disciples, raising of the dead (like Lazarus) and especially, realizing that the kingdom of Heaven, our eternal Home, is always invisibly present (although we don’t perceive it with our five, physical senses).  We have always been Home, in the ever-present, harmonious, spiritual kingdom of God.  We need only realize this, even though our five material senses bear no witness of spiritual reality.

         Jesus and his disciples walked many places throughout the ancient world, spreading the message of God’s invisible kingdom on Earth.  While living and moving about in a temporary, physical form, he was known as ‘Jesus.’  But once he had gone through his material death experience, and came back into life, (showing us all that physical death is not permanent) he was no longer to be called, or labeled as a material mortal, born to die.  Instead, his spiritual identity was to be referred to as ‘the Christ’, because once he had ascended, he was no longer playing the part of a material mortal.  His spiritual identity demonstrated that all God’s children are really, and forever, spiritual beings, beneath all their material appearances.  After his resurrection, Christ Jesus was showing the world his real identity, and in so doing, he was revealing to finite, mortals the hidden immortality of themselves…our spiritual Selves.

         Christ Jesus’s material death on the cross, and his spiritual resurrection, were the parts of his divine mission that he suffered for all humanity.  His great gift to us was to show us that we are spiritual, not material beings.  And the sting of death leaves us, when we perceive the fact that physical death never had any power in the kingdom of God, for God’s children were never born to die.

         Christ Jesus was the Savior because he was awakening us to spiritual reality.  He showed humanity that no one ever really has a material identity, in the first place, to die out of a material identity, in the second place…we just believe we were fleshly mortals, born to die.  Our temporary, material name, was never meant to be our spiritual name; for once the material dream is broken, we awaken to who we really are, and remember.

          After the ascension of Jesus, St. Paul told the followers of Jesus not to call him ‘Jesus’ anymore…for he was now, ‘the Christ’…a spiritual, not material identity.  In 2nd Corinthians 5:16-17, King James Bible Version we read,  “Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

         Underneath our fleshly form, we’ve always been a spiritual being; for a material identity means mortality; and none of God’s off-spring have ever really been a material mortal…we just believed that we had.  That’s why we will not come back to playing the part of a material being, unless there is a spiritual reason to do so. 

         In spiritual reality, we were never a mortal in the first place.  Rather, we are each ever-lasting, spiritual beings, living within the infinite Spirit we call God.  And even those of us who are still here, sleeping in the mortal, Adam dream of existence, are still God’s immortal children.  So, I repeat:  we are in the harmonious kingdom of God, right now, even though we’re not perceiving it with our material senses.  We’re in the heavenly realm of the Almighty, for there is no other place to be.  God’s spiritual kingdom includes all creation.

         The Master left the shared name of ‘the Christ’, for all his followers to bear, or hold in their thoughts…like ‘Tom, the Christ’;  ‘Betty, the Christ,’ etc….not as an individual name, but as a label, or collective name, as a symbol of God’s own spiritual children.  We are each meant to bear this universal symbol.  We ‘put on’ this universal Christ label, showing ourselves secretly, or openly, to be a child of God, and no other. 

         So, ‘Jesus, the Christ’ told his disciples, and everyone on Earth, to also claim ‘the Christ’ identity.  It is a universal term…not an individual name.  When seen in the finite, fleshly form, he was known as ‘Jesus.’;  but in his true and everlasting spiritual form (after he ascended from the material death experience) Jesus became the ‘Christ’ (the spiritually, immortal one).  He was never, really, the earthly identity; he was always the spiritual identity.  He merely took a finite, human form in order to communicate with those of us still in this physical, false mental sense of being.

         So, in those days when he walked the Earth, Christ Jesus, like ourselves, seemed to have a finite, physical form.  But his ministry was always trying to show us our higher selves…our own Christly Selves.  His death on the cross was to show that no one, and nothing, can destroy whomever God has created.  We will all ‘get up’ one day, when we spiritually awaken from our belief in materiality.  Our fleshly form is never, and was never, our true identities.  Our true identities are our spiritual identities, having no fleshly substance.  When we awaken from the ‘sleep’ of life and death in matter, (as Jesus did) we’ll remember our true, Christly (spiritual) identities.  We’ll also remember our own, true, spiritual names…for each of us has one.

         Do you doubt that we are God’s own spiritual children?  Then read again the biblical voice of John:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16; NKJV).    

         Notice just one more thing here: John referred to Jesus as God’s ‘only begotten Son’.  This word “begotten’ means that the birth of Jesus came about without any physical male taking part in the conception of Jesus.  Jesus was the only individual that was brought forth into the material scene without the natural conception-use of the male seed.  For this spiritual fact alone, Christ Jesus was, and still is, above all humanity’s spiritual knowledge known to mankind.  In other words, he is the One we are told to follow for our own spiritual awakening; for his spiritual knowledge is above all the material beliefs of this earthly experience.

         So, concerning the wants and woes of the inhabitants of Earth, it is good to know that all the bad things we suffer have never really touched our true, spiritual Selves, at all, even when we believed that we ‘felt’ the sensation of the flesh.  (Even material scientists know that pain is something controlled by consciousness, not the flesh.)  Material sickness, wars, poverty, discords and physical death never touch our true, spiritual being. 

           For, the Christ Mind within us always knows of our ever-lasting wholeness; and, eventually, all will awaken to our spiritual identities, not of the flesh.  The flesh, good or bad, never belonged to us, at any time in our eternal lives.  Our spiritual bodies remain forever-untouched, by anything in this false, material sense of life.  Instead, we’ve been safe and sound in the forever-Love of God.  In spiritual Reality, no one has ever, really, died.







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