February 13th, 1917.
Received by James Padgett.
I am here, Jesus.
Well, I come tonight and desire to write on the subject of the
soul but when I consider your condition, which is much better than
it has been, I desire (think) it best to wait a while longer. As
I have told you, it is necessary for you to get in the best possible
receptive condition in order that you may receive my message just
as I deliver it.
I know that you are anxious to receive this discourse and expect
that it will contain a disclosure of mysteries that the world has
so long had hidden from it. And such will be the contents of the
message but as a fact there are no mysteries connected with this
subject for the soul is a creature of God, just as is the body and
spirit. The only reason that mankind has (not) known of the nature
and constituency of the soul, is that their soul perceptions have
never been developed so that they could comprehend the qualities
that pertain to the soul. They have studied and conceived of the
nature of the body and have assumed at some knowledge of its wonderful
construction and functions and the purposes of its existence and
so they have some idea of what the spirit is which is really a manifestation
of the workings of the soul. And as I have before told you, the
active energies of the soul and even as to the spirit while they
see its manifestations yet they have but a slight apprehension of
what it really is. Yet they necessarily have some knowledge of its
workings, for the results of its activities are manifested even
to their physical senses. But as to the soul they have but a very
indefinite comprehension of what it really is and frequently in
their conception of its qualities and functions and existence, confuse
it with the mind or with the spirit and hold them to be synonymous.
They know nothing of its origin and of its great possibilities and
of the fact that it is the only part of man that lives forever and
can become a part of the very Substance of the Father himself and
hence become immortal.
That it is that which gives to man a creation and existence above
the brute creation of earth and that it determines the great distinction
between man and the brute creation and not reason is this determiner
as men so frequently assert. Reason is merely a faculty of the mind
which in the event of the soul taking on the divine substance, becomes,
as it were, a thing of non-existence for the faculties of the soul
supplants reason. That is the reason that so distinguishes man,
as mere man, and which will continue in this spirit life to distinguish
him as God's highest creation, so long as man remains mere man even
though he becomes the perfect man. But I will not write more on
I am your friend and brother,
Note. From the summary of this message
in the Tablet, it is apparent that a considerable amount of personal
comment by Jesus has been edited out of this message. The original
also has impossibly long sentences, and evidence of poor rapport.