September 24th, 1916
Received by:James Padgett
I am here, Jesus.
I have been with you a great deal to-day, and know just what have
been the workings of your mind, and tried to influence you as to
some of your thoughts. I was with you at church in the morning and
heard the minister's sermon and saw that he did not rightly comprehend
the meaning of the words of the text. "Verily,
verily, I say unto you. He that believeth on me, the works that
I do shall he do also: and greater works than these shall he do;
because I go unto my Father." "If
ye shall ask anything in my name I will do it."
His explanation of what was meant by "greater works than I do,"
was not in accord with what I meant, or with the meaning that I
intended to convey; for when I referred to works I meant those works
which the world considered as miracles. I intended to assure my
disciples that they would have power to do similar works or perform
similar miracles to a greater extent than I had performed them.
"Greater" referred to quantity and not to quality.
But this power or the successful exercise of it was not dependent
upon belief in my name, but upon their faith in the Power of the
Father and in the fact that He would confer upon them that Power.
There was no virtue in my name or in me, as the individual, Jesus,
but all virtue rested in the faith that they might have in the Father.
I never performed any of the so-called miracles of my own self,
but they were all performed by the Father, working through me; and
just as He worked through me He would work through my disciples
who should acquire the necessary faith.
As I have told you before, all acts that are apparently miracles
are controlled by law just as are those things which you call the
workings of nature, controlled by law, and when sufficient faith
is acquired there comes to its possessor a knowledge of these laws;
it may not be, as you would say, a knowledge, or consciousness that
is perceptible to the ordinary senses of man, but perceptible to
that inner sense, which is the one that enables men to comprehend
the things of the spirit. And having this knowledge of the inner
sense men may so control these laws that they will work those effects
which seem to be contrary to the accustomed workings of the laws
of nature. Until my disciples had acquired this faith that brought
to their inner sense this knowledge, they could perform no miracle
and do no work of phenomenon that other men could not do.
The Bible expression, that belief in my name is
sufficient to cause the workings of miracles is all wrong, and I
never said that such belief was what was required, neither did I
say, "that whatsoever should
be asked of the Father in my name would be given to men."
I was not a part of the Godhead and I had not of myself any power,
and neither did my name have any miraculous influence with the Father.
I was a man as other men are men, only I had become filled with
the Divine Love of the Father, which made me at one with Him, and,
consequently, had that knowledge of His Love and laws that enabled
me to bring into operation those laws that would cause the desired
effects to appear as realities.
But belief in my name caused no working of these laws, or the response
of the Father to any supplications. Prayer must be made to the Father
in the name of Truth, and to His Love and Mercy. Every individual
is dear to Him, and He is ready to bestow this Love upon every one
who asks in faith and pure desire. And in response to the earnest
prayer will come Love, and with it knowledge of things spiritual,
and with this, power that may be used for the good of mankind.
My name is not a mediator between God and man, and neither is belief
in one, the Jesus, a means to reach the responsive Soul of the Father.
If men will understand my teachings of truth, and when they ask
in my name mean that they ask in the name of these truths, then
such askings will have its results - but so few men, when they pray
to the Father in my name, have such intention or understanding.
Only a knowledge of the Truth of the Plan for men's salvation will
enable them to seek in the right way to obtain the Gift of the Father
- and when I say knowledge of the Truth of the Plan, I do not mean
that men shall understand all the minutiae of this Plan, and how
one element or part of it may operate upon another, and what results
may flow therefrom. But that knowledge must be sufficient in the
beginning which shows to man that the Father is a God of Love, and
that this Love may be obtained by man through earnest prayer for
Its bestowal. This is all that is necessary, for the response that
will follow will cause the New Birth, which when experienced by
a man will place him in that unison with the Father, that will lead
to a knowledge of the other Truths that form a part of the Plan
There is nothing else that will bring about this knowledge of that
inner sense of which I write. A knowledge of the mind, except in
conjunction with this inner knowledge can never bring about this
necessary at-onement with the Father. It often exists that a man
will have this inner knowledge and at the same time have a knowledge
of the mind which is wholly at variance with the truths of the plan
for his salvation. And the mind of man, being a thing of wonderful
power, can for a time retard the growth of the knowledge of the
inner sense, or, as I will say, the soul sense. But only for a time,
for at some time the soul sense will progress to that knowledge
of the truth, so that the erroneous mind knowledge, will entirely
disappear, and man will possess only the truth.
Of this erroneous mind knowledge, or, perhaps rather, conviction,
is the belief that in my name, that is supplications made in my
name, will bring about the realization of the desires of the supplicant.
Also that in my blood, or in the power of the cross, or in my alleged
vicarious atonement, the salvation of men can be obtained. If any
name must be used in man's supplication then use only the name of
the Father, for His is a name high over all, and the only name in
heaven or earth that can bring to man salvation and at-onement with
And what I have said applies to many other declarations
contained in the Bible, such as "he
that believeth on the Lord Jesus Christ shall be saved."
"There is no other name under
heaven whereby men can be saved" etc. This is the enunciation
of a false doctrine and misleading to the great majority of mankind
for they accept the declarations as literally true. Of course if
it be interpreted as meaning that he that believeth on the truths
that I teach, then the objection is not so great, but even then
the declarations do not go far enough, for men may believe in these
truths, and that belief may be a mere mental one, acquiesced in
merely by the mind's faculties, without any exercise at all of the
soul sense. If to all these declarations shall be added the vital
Truth, that "except
a man be born again, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of Heaven,"
and to this mental belief be added the soul's faith, then the
doctrines will be truly stated and men will understand what is necessary
Belief and faith are not the same; one is of the mind, the other
of the soul - one can and does change as phenomena and apparent
facts change, the other when truly possessed, never changes, for
faith possessed by a soul causes all the longings and aspirations
of that soul to become things of real existence - which like the
house that is built upon the solid rock can never be shaken or destroyed.
I write thus tonight to show that the preacher in his sermon did
not explain the true meaning of the text, and did not comprehend
the truths that were intended to be conveyed of which the text was
susceptible, though it did not set forth my expressions or in its
literal interpretation declare the truth. I will not write more
now except to say, that I love you with a great love, and pray to
the Father to bless you. Believe in the Father and trust me for
you will not be disappointed, and pray that this Divine Love of
the Father shall come into your soul so that you shall know that
you are an accepted son of the Father. Keep up your courage and
have faith that whatsoever things you shall ask the Father in the
name of His Love and Truth shall be given to you. I am with you
in all my love and care and you will not be forsaken.
So my dear brother, rest assured that I am
Your brother and friend,