Divine Love Compared with Natural Love
In this mediated message, the Divine Love is compared with natural love. The latter, humans are born with, whereas the former has to be desired and asked for from God. John also explains how Jesus rules in the Celestial Kingdom by love. For related information, go to this page.
John Explains What the Divine Love Is, and How It Must Not Be Confounded with the Natural Love
I AM HERE. John, the Apostle.
I felt your call and came. I will tell you of love, as that is what you called me for.
The “love” that I taught when on earth is the Love that the Father has prepared for all His children who might seek It. All that is required is that they seek with earnestness and faith, and they will receive It. I know that this Love is frequently confounded with the natural love that God gave to man at his creation, but the two are different and distinct. Every man has this natural love to a more or less extent, and it is a great gift that makes man what he is. But not so many have this other Love because it is bestowed only in answer to prayer and the real longings of the heart and soul. This is the Divine Love, and this is the Love that makes man a part of the Divinity of the Father, and, consequently, immortal.
God is Love—and this is the Great Truth of His Being. But His Love, while free for all, is not bestowed without the desire of the mortal to receive It. I wish that I had time tonight to more fully explain this Great Love, but I have not; and I came to you only because you called me.
(Do you have any time tonight to discuss your book, “Revelation,” or some of the laws that obtain in the spirit world?)
No, not tonight, but I will come sometime and write you a long letter on these subjects. (What is your state of existence, and what is it that you specifically do as part of your work?)
I am supremely happy and am working for humanity, and so directly does the Master. I do more for the advancement of the spirits after they have commenced to enjoy the Love of the Father in their souls.
(Who rules in your Kingdom?)
WELL, JESUS IS THE RULING SPIRIT IN OUR KINGDOM AND HIS POWER IS SUPREME. IT IS, OF COURSE, THE KINGDOM OF GOD. BUT THIS KINGDOM IS BEING FORMED BY THE MASTER, AND THE SUPREME RULING POWER IS GIVEN TO HIM, AND WE ARE ALL HIS FOLLOWERS. HE RULES BY LOVE AND MINISTRATIONS, AND NOT BY THE HARD LINES OF FORCE AND COERCION.
(Does he rule over many?)
Yes, he has many with him in the Celestial Spheres, and they are all subordinate to and obey him. But it is hard to make you understand this. This obedience is the result of love, but the word “obedience” does not convey the exact meaning intended.
(On earth, did not the disciples wish to rule with the Master?)
Well, that was a request made by us in our desire to become of importance, but we did not then understand what his Kingdom would be. We are equal here, provided we have the same amount of Love—the Divine Love. That alone determines our place and position.
JESUS IS THE GREATEST OF ALL BECAUSE HE HAS MORE OF THIS LOVE THAN ANY OTHER SPIRIT, AND BECAUSE HE IS NEARER THE FATHER AND KNOWS MORE OF HIM AND OF HIS ATTRIBUTES. NO DISTINCTION IS MADE IN THIS KINGDOM BECAUSE OF ANY RELATIONSHIP OR PERSONAL GREATNESS, BUT ONLY BECAUSE OF MORE OR LESS DIVINE LOVE IN THE SOUL OF THE SPIRIT.
I will come to you at times and write to you of my knowledge of the Truths of the Father, and I hope that they may do you and the world some good.
(Were you an educated man when you lived on earth?)
I was not an educated man at that time, when on earth, and never was so far as languages are concerned. I had no knowledge of the philosophy of the great thinkers and writers of that time. All the knowledge I possessed of spiritual matters came to me from the teachings of Jesus and the promptings of the Holy Spirit. I was not a learned man in the earthly sense.
You have my blessings and my love, and I hope that the Holy Spirit may soon fill your soul with the Love of the Father in greater abundance and keep you in Its care and keeping.
I will say good night. JOHN.
John Explains the Difference Between the Natural Love and the Divine Love
I AM HERE. John.
Let me say just a word. I was with you today when you were talking to your friend,* and heard your conversation, and saw the utter want of comprehension on the part of your friend as to the Truths of the spirit world, and especially of the laws that divide the mere perfect man from the divine man or spirit. He is so engulfed in the conceptions that he has of these loves, arising from his experience in life, that he can only see the existence of one love, the natural, and his mind is not capable of seeing the other Love. And, of course, his soul has not that development which would as- sure him of the reality of the Divine Love. The mind, itself, is capable of informing him of the existence and working of the natural love. But as this is the only means that he possesses of understanding what love is, he cannot possibly understand the Divine Love and that soul developed to a degree by the very Love Itself. He may argue to the extent of the capacity of his mind, and he will never be able to comprehend the Love that requires a perception of the soul. He may remain satisfied and convince himself that the natural love is the only love, and that, when it becomes developed to a certain degree, it becomes the Divine Love. But he will then find that he is far away from the Truth!
He must know, and I mean it is necessary for him to know, that only those who have the Divine Love to some degree are capable of knowing that the Divine is a thing of Itself, and not the development of the natural love; nor does It have the qualities of the natural love in It. The one is of God—that is, partakes of His Very Nature—while the other is also of God, but does not partake of His Nature. It is only a creation intended to make man happy and perfect in his condition of the mere man—the merely created existence.
I thought that I would give you these short comments on your conversation in order to show the grave and important mistake under which your friend is laboring. He will not easily believe these things of Truth while in the flesh; and, when he comes to spirit life, the difficulties will be just as great. And it may be that he will always be content to remain the possessor of this natural love only. I wish that it might be otherwise, and that he might let go of his intellectual belief and harken to the call of the soul, which, when not trammeled by these beliefs, is continually longing for this Greater Love.
Believe that I am your friend and interested in you to an extent that you cannot now comprehend, but which you will understand someday and wonder that such a thing could have been. Good night.
Your brother in Christ, JOHN.
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