February 11th, 1917
Received by James Padgett.
I am here, John.
I come tonight to tell you that your condition of soul is very
much better than it has been for some time, and you are more in
unison with the Father's Love than you have been for some time and
you realize that this Love is working in your soul and making you
I have been with you a great deal today as you copied the messages
and saw that you enjoyed the truths that they contained. The message
describing the progress of the soul is one that contains the truth
of how the soul finds the true way to the Love of the Father and
to progress to the Celestial Spheres. It is a very clear and convincing
portrayal of the necessary course that every soul must pursue, which
comes into the spirit world devoid of the Divine Love. There is
no other way in which that soul can find its true development, and
the message is one that will appeal to the honest seeker after salvation
and the happiness which only a perfect atonement with the Father
can give. (Mr. Riddle on the Progress of the Soul.)
I also see that you have been thinking a great deal about your
future on earth in carrying forward the work that you have been
selected to do, and I am glad that the great work is becoming to
you a matter of such importance and seriousness; for important it
is, not only to the world but to you; and this you will realize
when you consider what was told you a few nights ago - that there
is no one else in all the world at this time who is fitted to do
the work which you are now doing and which you must continue to
do during the whole time of your stay on earth.
As you progress in this work and as these truths come to you and
your soul becomes more filled with this Love, you will to a greater
and greater degree realize and understand the wonderful importance
of the work; and you should now bend all your energies to developing
your soul, and its perceptions and to carrying forward the work.
We understand as well as you the disadvantages under which you
are now laboring and the necessity for getting into that position
with the harmonious surroundings that will enable you to give your
whole time to the work, and we are endeavoring to bring about these
necessary conditions and will succeed in our efforts, and you must
have faith; for faith will help you very much to work in conjunction
with us and so cause the consummation of our desires and plans much
To us the accomplishing of this work is infinitely of more importance
than to you, because we realize as you cannot, what a failure to
have these truths made known to men would mean to them in the way
of depriving them of opportunities that are so requisite to their
future salvation, both on earth and in the spirit world.
So I say, let not yourself become discouraged, but believe, and
you will find that our promises will be fulfilled, and the work
will go on, and the truths be made known to humanity.
I am with you a great deal, trying to develop your spiritual nature,
and by this I mean your soul, for as this develops the better able
you will be to receive our truths and properly transmit them to
the waiting world, so that men may readily see and understand the
truths of God and the only way to His kingdom of Love and immortality.
Doubts as to the teachings of the churches are now penetrating and
permeating the minds of many, very many of those who are nominally
Christians, and the perception of God is almost blunted, and they
attend worship only because of a kind of feeling of duty and impression
that it is right for them to do so. They know nothing of the Divine
Love of the Father's nature and of the plan for their salvation.
Their prayers and worship are only those which come from the lips
or a kind of blind intellectual belief. Their soul longings do not
enter into their prayers and as a consequence, their petitions for
God's Love and mercy go no higher than their heads, as has been
said. This condition of men is very injurious to their future welfare
and cannot possibly lead them to the Father, and so long as it exists
men can never become in an at-onement with Him. Only the inflowing
of this Love can reconcile men with God in the higher and desirable
sense. Of course they may become in harmony with
Him by a purification of their natural love, but that is the harmony
only that existed between Him and the first parents before their
fall, and is not the harmony which Jesus taught and which was the
object of his mission to teach. When he said "I
and my Father are one", he did not refer to the atonement
between the mere image and the substance, but to the at-onement
which gives to the souls of men the very substance of Father.
I should like to write more tonight, but you are tired and should
not further be drawn on as it will make you feel bad physically. So I will say good night and stop.
Your brother in Christ,
This message is a composite of two, being published
in Volume I on page 306 and Volume III on page 328. For more details
see this page.