We owe each other love, not human love that is conditional and very limited, but divine Love that embraces both the just and the unjust. Human love is much divided; she sees prostitution in a person, but not in ‘me’. She labels a person a thief, but not ‘my children’. She gives herself where a similar gesture will be reciprocated. In other words, human love gives because she seeks a reward in return. However, divine Love looks at the facets of human love and says, ‘‘No! I am undivided. I see myself everywhere; where the prisoner stands, I am there; I am there where the prostitute in the brothel stands; I am there in the prison where the robber stands to eyesight”. Divine Love, Christ Jesus made visible, is never divided from Himself, the one infinite presence, permeating the infinite universe…
For you who are on the path of regeneration, who has resolved to seek only the Mind that was in Christ Jesus as your only goal, leaving all else, the degree of offsetting your indebtedness to your neighbor is in proportion to how you have lifted all men in consciousness ‘in oneness‘ to God. If there is anywhere in the infinite universe you have left off just one person, then to that degree, you are indebted to the child of God, regardless of how debased he might appear to eyesight. The will of God is that you lift all men in righteousness to Him – the Holy One of Israel – that you love your neighbor as yourself. And to love your neighbor is to lift him in God; to know your neighbor as Spirit. As you do this and are faithful to it, you will notice a strange feeling of detachment from the body concept and you begin to experience your spiritual body as the temple of the Holy Ghost. Then the question might arise, ‘who is my neighbor?’ Your neighbor constitutes every man, woman, and child in the infinite universe; and indeed every of God’s creation.
Conversely, it is not the will of God that you identify a man by race, color, tribe, nationality or religion but by the child of God, that man is. Again you are indebted to any man you have identified other than the child of God. You deny your sonship until you have paid the last penny, by identifying Jesus Christ in man; by presenting every man perfect in Christ Jesus (Colossians 1:28), which is the sole purpose of the gospel. To know a man as Spirit is the fulfillment of your debt to man and God.
Under the law, before Jesus Christ appeared on earth, we could have prayed to God to avenge our death or the death of loved ones, and gone free with it, but under grace, we are forbidden to do so. We must do what Christ is always doing, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34), or even agree with brother Stephen in his prayer as he was been stoned to death, ‘Lord lay not this sin to their charge’ (Acts 7:60). You will have an enemy and be in debt so long as you believe you are a human being, flesh and blood or that your neighbor is not a spiritual being, the offspring of God. As a human being, you are influenced by selfishness and the quest for personal gratification; you worry about the imitation life that ends in the grave, and you try to preserve it. However, as Spirit you are the Life of God, which is immortal that needs no defense. There is no enemy in Spirit, and the child of God is spirit. You are a spiritual being. It might take you months or even years to catch a glimpse of this startling Truth that you are not a human being and that there are no mortals anywhere but Christ Jesus, as the world has made us believe.
Furthermore, to clarify the purpose of the gospel, Paul remarks, ‘to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen, everyone still asleep to Omnipresence – immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood , as soon as you come to the realization that you and your neighbor are Spirit. This awareness that you are a spiritual being, one with Christ Jesus and that every man, woman, and child is spirit is to preach the gospel of Christ Jesus and the garment you must put on every day, without which you are necked. This awareness must precede any conversational discourse of Christ Jesus with anybody, else the person will be digging a pit for himself into which he falls. ‘First take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye’, warns Christ. It is when the Son of God has been revealed in you do you realize the capacity to preach the gospel of Christ Jesus. The ministry of brother Paul did not start until the encounter at Damascus, until he saw Christ Jesus enthroned at the center of his being; neither did the Apostles begin their ministry until after Pentecost. Until you are aware that Jesus Christ constitutes the being of your neighbor, whether a prostitute or a robber, it will be meaningless to preach the gospel to her or him. The awareness that your neighbor is spirit is to pay your debt to your neighbor.
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