a prophet speaks out with a voice
prophets speak out, as the army draws near.
us, beside us, the dead prophets lie,
All because some
don’t yet know that
(written by Jan R. Johnston, circa 1980’s)
Many years have passed since I wrote that poem; yet, it’s surprising how relevant it still seems to be. Throughout time, truth always prevails. Despite all efforts to thwart it, truth eventually asserts itself in a way that heals all the inhumanities and conflicts we, as the human race, still indulge. Whoever wars against what is divinely right and true is living in a temporary state of self-deception. But that doesn’t matter; for the end of every falsity eventually presents itself in a way that cannot be overturned. And although brotherly and sisterly good-will toward others are more like faded memories of days gone by, the truth, when finally obeyed, is still the ultimate healer of all wrongs for those who follow it.
That’s why it is so wonderful that there is a place to go when the world outside our door (and inside our television sets) depresses both our spirits and natural tendencies toward good. It is a place that shuts out the outer world of form, in favor of the higher elevation of the divine Spirit, in which we really live, move, and have the very essence of our being.
Spiritual reality is our real Home, or environment, and it cannot be touched by the material senses of whatever chaos is going on ‘out there’ in the universe of finite form. All negative human activity is capable of changing in an eye-blink for the simple reason that Divine Truth is invisibly present wherever we are, despite the material scene. This Truth, (God’s Truth) is capable of adjusting, for the better, all things in the outer world of form. Our protection exists for anyone who seeks this healing, harmonious truth and ventures toward it. This protective place of truth is found in the ever-lasting, ever-present, ever-harmonious Kingdom of God.
We don’t have to hunt for this place, or this kingdom; but there is a secret connected to it, which the material senses of perception do not perceive. And we only begin to perceive this secret, ourselves, when we open out mental door to it. For, this incredible secret is that we already exist in this spiritual kingdom of God, and we’ve never, really, existed anywhere else…we just believe we have.
Spiritual prophets, from almost all religions, have tried to tell humanity of our true home in God, Spirit; but because Spirit’s realm is not detected by our five, limited material senses, we often think it is non-existent, or at least out of our reach. Yet, no one and nothing exists outside of God. “For we in Him we live, and move, and have our being,” as the Bible says (see Acts 17:28, New King James Bible (NKJV). This place of all divine Intelligence, all substance, and all life is the all-inclusive realm of the Almighty. And we are already there…we just don’t recognize the place because it is hiding beneath finite, material form.
Now, whatever is hidden still must be known. This is why Christ Jesus stressed the importance of knowing the truth of things. One account in the Bible says: “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” They answered him: “We are Abrahams’ descendants and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?”
Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. (John 8: 31-36; (NKJV).
In these words, I think Jesus was saying that we are all, really, the spiritual sons and daughters (children) of the infinite Spirit we call, God. So, when we mentally realize (know) this, and understand that we are each the Son or Daughter (off-spring) of God, and that we live in the very essence of this infinite Spirit, we are free of any temporary, material identity we formerly believed ourselves to be. Christ Jesus is telling us to put on our own Christ-identity, just as he, as our example, did when he spiritually transferred into the Christ (the spiritual identity) and left the temporary, earthly Jesus identity behind.
In this human experience, where we seem to be made of both spirit and matter, we live with a false sense of dualism. We sometimes think of ourselves as fleshly, finite creatures, and other times recognize that we are spiritual creatures. But Jesus was showing us the Christ…the spiritual identity right where a temporary, material identity seems to be, but is not. We’ve always been immortal, spiritual identities, even when believing that we are mortal, material beings. So we must awaken from this dualism and realize our true, spiritual selfhood. This awakening to our real, sinless selfhood, is a process…not done in a minute or two. That’s what Christ Jesus came into this collective dream of materiality to show us; for he knew that the only permanent way out of this finite, human experience is our spiritual awakening. We must mentally grow out of the false sense of fleshly being into our spiritual birthright, which awaits us all.
Paul the Apostle wrote in his letter to the Corinthians about Jesus:
“He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2nd Corinthians 5: 15-17; (NKJV).
So, what do we do with the world ‘out there’ in the material scene, as we’re mentally ‘putting on’ the Christ identity? Well, we won’t ascend as Jesus did until we are fully, spiritually awake. In the meantime, we do as much good as we can to take away whatever ‘bad’ threatens us or anyone else we can help. If some good is in our hands to do, and we do it, we have just changed a tiny piece of the ignorance, fear, and conflicts ‘out there’ in the human scene, making the whole human theatre a touch more harmonious. And we have inched our way a bit more into the truth of being.
Realize that no one person is guilty of our false sense of being. The collective beliefs of the carnal mind have deceived humanity throughout eons of time. The carnal mentality is the only creator of the evils we seem to believe in. And these evils can be overcome when we mentally turn, within, and allow the harmony of that invisible Spirit, we call God, to take over.
Christ Jesus came into the dream of material existence to show us the way out. While in this human experience, we are to ‘clean up our act’ the best we can. We are to follow his example (way) and put on our own sinless, loving, spiritual identity…our own Christ identity. A tall order, but it must be possible.
The full-awakening of Christ Jesus was complete, and it was demonstrated by his awakening from his physical death experience. This showed that he had transitioned without remaining physically dead. Nothing in him believed himself to be finite or material, anymore; so his true, ever-lasting spiritual identity took its own spiritual form again, just before he ascended out of physical view.
We need not worry about this world’s ignorance of spiritual truths or our own place in God’s ever-lasting kingdom. We’ve all been taught that we are material creatures separated from our God-Source, which is infinite Spirit. But material existence is a temporary, collective dream-state from which we will all awaken, even after the belief called ‘death’ has claimed us. Physical death is just part of the temporary illusion of material being.
We awaken from the fleshly sense of death to discover that there is no death, and that we have always existed within divine Spirit’s harmonious substance and realm (called Heaven). Nothing can ever destroy that which God has created. And the truth of that will never be altered. For, like each facet of a diamond reflects the light from a different angle, each identity of God’s children reflects a face (identity) of God from a uniquely, different perspective. We are all part of the infinite One.
That truth being recognized, our life and identity have always been spiritual, not material. Our true substance, mind and soul (our essence and consciousness) forever exist in God. As for death: We can never actually die out of material being because we were never, really, born into a material body or mind, to begin with. Our spiritual body cannot be contained in a finite shell.
Human existence has been a temporary sojourn of our souls’ journey and possibly has its importance somewhere; but we know not yet its purpose, under heaven. For as Paul the Apostle said in his letter to the Corinthians: “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” (1st Corinthians 13:12; King James Bible Version (KJV).
Let’s remember then, in part, what we do know: We know that we are God’s forever children, in body, soul, and mind; therefore, our souls’ spiritual substance and life are, and always will be, everlasting. We ‘live, and move, and have our being’ in God’s spiritual realm and allness, even while still seeming to be material, finite, mortals.Remembering spiritual Truths, such as these, has an awakening effect that will one day transform all of humanity. One day, perhaps way beyond our own individual time here in this earthly experience, the last Truth will be revealed. When that occurs, all falsities, misperceptions, lies, destructive actions, and all other manifestations of evil thoughts will fall before the throne of Truth and divine Love; for the last soul will have awakened from the materialistic dream. Then it will be seen, universally throughout creation, that spiritual Truth had been there, all along, just waiting for all its children to awaken. Throughout all time, no spiritual Truth had ever died, at all.