Lessons In Truth - Lesson 12 - Annotation 10
What is "your Lord's" whole business?
"I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee."
This "spirit in man" is each man's own Lord, his Father who abides within. Other terms used for this first phase of our threefold being are: I AM, the life principle, the divine center of light, the inner reality, the law of our being These lessons have referred a number of times to Paul's name for this "spirit in man" as "Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Col. 1:27).
When we consider the growth of a seed to the flower or fruit-bearing plant or tree, we know that within it is the life principle that is responsible for the full-grown plant or tree according to its particular species. Everything concerning the growth of the tree (or plant) lies within itself and does not rely on the life principle of the tree (or plant) growing beside it; yet both use the same life. So with us. The whole business of the Lord indwelling is to help us to grow and unfold as the son of God we were created to be. We may look at our outer circumstances and wonder why this does not seem to have been done when we judge by the undesirable conditions that we may be experiencing. The reason for this, our text tells, is "Because you do not recognize His indwelling and His power" (Emilie Cady Lessons In Truth 12:37).
Lesson Five on "Affirmations" showed us the necessity of affirming that which we want to see manifested. As we earnestly and lovingly recognize the Lord within and affirm His presence and power, we begin to manifest the help and the good we long to have in our life in this way, we not only experience the "unity of the Spirit" of our own being -- spirlt, soul, body -- but we are brought together in the "unity of the Spirit" in thought, purpose, and understanding with the whole world.
Could we but see the pattern of our days
We should discern how devious were the ways
By which we came to this, the present time,
This place in life, and we should, see the climb
Our soul has made up through the years.
We should forget the hurts, the wanderings, the fears,
The wastelands of our life, and know
That we could come no other way or grow
Into our good without these steps our feet
Found hard to take, our faith found hard to meet
The road of life winds on and we like travelers go
From turn to turn until we come to know
The truth that life is endless and that we
Forever are inhabitants of all eternity.
-- Martha Smock
Preceding Entry: Where does God ever live and where is He accessible to man? What does a knowledge of this truth do for us? Can we depend on the Christ in others to guide them into Truth?
Following Entry: Is Christ lost? Why do we speak of "finding" the Christ in ourselves?