you not believe that I am in my Father and my Father in me? The words
which I am speaking, I am not speaking from myself, but my Father who
dwells within me, he does these works."
14:10, Aramaic Bible in Plain English
All that the Master Mind
Jesus was teaching is both universal and changeless, for all of us and
for all time. "My Father in me" tells us that He is
referring to that "image and likeness" of G-d within all of us
and to a certain degree, every living thing. It is a part of our
Creator that has been imparted to each of us. "That I am in
my Father" brings us to a greater understanding of being in the
Spirit and in this we know that the revelation that "in Him we live
and move and have our being" is restating the same truth.
Most of all what we want to take from these teachings of Jesus is that
there is no morbidity in our eternal and changeless relationship with
G-d. There is nothing to fear in G-d for the love of G-d for each
of us is eternally woven through the Spirit that is within us and is
always available to us.
For many people, religious miss-interpretation
of the teachings of Jesus have caused them to believe that Jesus was
referring to Himself alone when He spoke, when in truth He was always
speaking about the relationship that all of us have in G-d. He
said, "I am the light of the world" and then because the
people did not fully understand the "I am" inclusiveness of
His words, He stated "you are the light of the world" ... and
in this we know that He was referring to that spark of the Divine within
each of us; that is, our Divine Potential.
Studying the teachings of Jesus we can easily
find that He never said that any of us must follow "religion"
but instead, must follow His teachings that tell us to look to G-d for
everything ... both the "indwelling G-d" and Omnipresent
Spirit of G-d that is always present and available to us. In the
teachings of Jesus we find that "G-d is a verb" and to
"pray in my name" means to pray with the same understanding
and awareness of G-d's relationship to us. And that is, that G-d
is always seeking to expand Its Love through us to heal us, to prosper
us and to bless us. All things that a "good father"
would desire for his off-spring. The Master Mind Jesus taught that
we are living in a spiritual universe filled with G-d and that it is
through our "intelligence" that we commune with the Living
G-d; the Father of us all. G-d is not just a "Deity"
that is everywhere but a "fatherly" Spirit that is everywhere
... Infinite Presence, infinitely present ... whether recognized or not.
"If you love me,
keep my commandments" and in this, once again we gain
insight into Jesus' belief and awareness that we are ALL of ONE FATHER
for the commandments to "Love G-d with all our heart, with all our
mind and with all our soul and to love our neighbor as our self" is
based on the truth that G-d indwells us all and to love thy neighbor is
in truth to love G-d expressing life as our neighbor. These
commandments are truly "not of this world" that Jesus was
referring to for the world has yet to fully embrace these two
commandments which are in reality, one, an instruction to love above all
"And I will ask of
my Father, and he will give you another Comforter, to be with you for
ever, Even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because
it has not seen him and does not know him; but you know him because he
abides with you and is in you." -These
are Jesus' words from the Gospel of John in which He attempts to
reinforce through a re-statement of His previous words in order to get
the people to realize the awareness of the All-ness of G-d. In
truth, these are some of the most important words that He revealed to
us. As we look at these words and realize that the words "I
Am" is referring to each of us, our spiritual awareness will be
immediately expanded: "I
Am the true vine, and my Father is the laborer. Every branch in me
that does not bear fruit, he cuts off; and the one which bears fruit, he
prunes so that it may bring forth more fruit. You have already
been pruned because of the word which I have spoken to you."
And in this we realize that every time we replace a false belief or idea
with the truth, we are being healed, prospered and blessed by G-d.
And only G-d can heal us, prosper us and bless us.
Every day we have the opportunity to
realize the Presence of that which is "unseen by us" but
intuitively "felt" by us, if we consciously recognize Its
presence. And just like a good father in the
physical world, this Great Un-Seen "fatherly love" seeks to
provide for us, at our moment of acceptance ... every good thing
that we desire to experience. But, our prayers must contain the
"conscious awareness" that "my Father is the
laborer" and we must let G-d be G-d in all things that concern us.
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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