March 3rd, 1918
Received by: James Padgett.
I am here, Jesus.
I desire tonight to write you in reference to the way in which,
as the preacher advises, "Christ may be in you."
I know that it is almost universal among preachers of the orthodox
church to teach their hearers that the way to salvation is to get
Christ in them and thereby they will be enabled to come into unity
with the Father, and cease to remain subject to the effects of sin
and evil. Well this teaching is the true foundation of salvation
for the Celestial Heavens, provided it be understood by the preachers
and the people what the true meaning of "Christ in you" is, and
unless this meaning be comprehended the fact that preacher or people
may believe that they have Christ in them will not work the results
that they may suppose or desire.
Many, and l may say the most, of these professing Christians, have
ideas of what this expression means in order to become effective,
that are not in accord with the true meaning of this condition of
the soul. They believe that all that is necessary is to believe
on Jesus as their saviour by his sacrifice and death and that in
so believing they have Christ in them, and that nothing else is
required. They have no conception of the distinction between Jesus,
the man, and Christ, the spirit of truth, or more correctly, the
spirit that manifests the existence of the Divine Love in the soul.
Christ is not a man in the sense that he is Jesus the son of the
Father, but Christ is that part of Jesus, or rather quality that
came to him after he fully received into his soul the Divine Love,
and was transformed into the very Essence of the Father in His Love.
Christ is thus, not a man but is the manifestation of this Love
as bestowed upon Jesus, and made part of his very existence. And
when men use the expression, having Christ in you, if they could
correctly understand the true purport of the same, they would know
that it, the expression, means only that the Divine Love of the
Father is in their souls.
The indiscriminate use of the words, "Jesus and Christ," is the
cause of much misunderstanding among these Christians as to a number
of the sayings of the Bible. Jesus became the Christ only because
he was the first to receive into his soul this Divine Love and to
manifest its existence, and this Christ principle is one that all
men may possess, with the result that they will become at one with
the Father in His substance of Love and Immortality.
It would be impossible for Jesus, the man, to get into or become
a part of any mortal, and it would be equally as impossible for
Christ, as the man Jesus, even though perfect and free from sin,
to become a part of anyone. No, the meaning of having Christ in
you is to have this Love of the Father in your soul, which can only
be obtained through the working of the Holy Spirit as the instrument
of the Father in bringing this Love into the soul.
To many who hear the preachers' exhortations in this particular,
the expression is only a mystery, which they accept merely intellectually,
and feel that by such acceptance they have the possession of this
Christ, which is the only evidence of the truth of the Father's
love. Good night.
Your friend and brother,
A message from Helen on this date indicates that rapport was lost, and the message is incomplete.