While preparing some steak and sweet-potato hash for breakfast this morning, I heard “RE-HASH” in Spirit. So, that’s what I’m doing here – re-hashing some things with you about THE LAWS OF THE SPIRIT WORLD. — D
Most of you have heard me say that the world in which we now live is the most material of worlds, and that it is the furthest removed from perfection. This is why this world is used as a filter or distiller for spirits, the difficulties of this world serving to give OPPORTUNITY for the rapid advancement of spirit beings.
Of course, nothing is impossible in Christ, but for the most part, humans cannot attain to perfection in a single lifetime, and for this reason it is given for spirits to continually undergo THE TRIAL OF A NEW EXISTENCE – them not just experiencing the transformation that is available to them in various dimensions of the spirit world, but them REPEATEDLY experiencing the trial of new physical existences in the(a) material world.
This must be so for spirits, for it is the will of the Father for all of His children to progress unto the WISDOM and the KNOWLEDGE and the MORALITY of the full stature of Christ, and this state of BE-ing is so EXALTED that progress unto it can seem almost infinite. The many successive physical existences of spirits also must be so if our God be perfectly just (and He is). Let me explain…
Consider that our Father’s affection for us is so great that He always leaves a door of repentance open for us. He does not inflict eternal privation and unhappiness on those who fail or who have not had the opportunity to fully attain perfection. Now also consider that all spirits are created with a tendency towards perfection, but all do not greatly advance in a single lifetime. They are all furnished by God with the means of advancement through the trials of the corporeal life, but advancement in one lifetime can be quite limited, and so, spirits are compelled by divine justice to accomplish IN NEW EXISTENCES that which they had not been able to do (or complete) in previous trials (and lives).
It would not be consistent with the justice of God nor with His goodness to sentence to eternal suffering (or even to eternally place) those who may have encountered obstacles to their improvement independent of their own will, and this because of things which were the results of the very nature of the conditions in which these people found themselves placed. If the fate of mankind were irrevocably fixed after a single lifetime, then God would not have weighed the actions of all men in the same scales, and He would not have treated them all with impartiality.
So, MANY successive existences are required to satisfy divine justice, this especially because people are often placed in circumstances over which they have no control and in conditions unfavorable to their advancement in wisdom, knowledge and morality. This can explain a whole lot of things with regard to the Father’s ways and with regard to why He allows what He allows, and it can also give us a sound basis for our hopes, that because Christ was slain (in the eternal moment) before the foundation of the world, mankind (everywhere) is given the means of redeeming all of their errors through new trials – man is given the ability of being fully conformed into the likeness and image of God Himself – sanctified by fire.. until the job is done.
Beloved, DIVINE JUSTICE does not place someone in a position in the spirit world (at once and for all eternity) based on their failures or their successes of a single lifetime. If man had but a single physical existence, and if, after this existence, his future state were fixed for all eternity, by what standard of merit could eternal bliss be adjudged to that half of the human race that dies in childhood, and by what just rule would the spirits of these children be exonerated from the normal conditions of spiritual progress, often so painful, and imposed on the other half of humankind? Such an ordering could not be reconciled with the justice of God.
Through the reincarnation of spirits the most absolute justice is equally meted out to all beings. The possibilities of the future are open to all, without exception, and without favor to any. Those who are the last to arrive have only themselves to blame for the delay. Each man must merit advancement by way of his own right action and by his diligence in pressing for the mark of the high calling of God, and he justly has to bear the consequences of his choices and his own wrong-doing. Justice also does not place someone who squandered their opportunities to advance toward perfection on a level with those who made much better use of their lives, though, by the knowledge that failures even unto the end of physical life will not exclude anyone forever from supreme peace and happiness in communion with God and the saints in light, and by the knowledge that all moral failures will be able to be conquered through new efforts and God-given opportunities, man can revive his courage and sustain his energy to PRESS ON.
Even those who do fairly well in life tend to regret at the end of their life that the experience and knowledge and wisdom acquired came too late to allow the turning of it all to useful account. This tardily acquired experience will not be lost for these people though. They WILL profit by it, in a new corporeal (material) life. Of course, this is also just.
To shift into a slightly different gear here; let it be known with all of this that all spirits are CREATED EQUAL, but they have not all been created AT THE SAME TIME, so spirit beings are in many and various stages of development toward the perfection that the Father intends for them all.
With regard to spirits who have reached the HIGHEST DEGREES of perfection (some of you might call these “angels”), these have ALL passed up through ALL of the degrees of purification as ordained by God, some of these spirits advancing rather quickly through the process because of them accepting their mission and their trials without murmuring and complaining (not resisting the work), while others reaching the same goal by way of having EONS AND EONS of time in which to do it.
With regard to the expiations of the physical world in contrast to the sanctification of the non-material realms; all spirits are created simple and ignorant but gain tremendous experience and instruction in the struggles and the tribulations of the material, corporeal life. It is not that a spirit cannot progress in a non-material realm, but (as far as I understand it) a spirit will eventually reach a stationary place where reincarnating is required in order for the spirit to go forward (move higher). For some (most) spirits they are sent back as an expiation; for others it can be A MISSION which must be undertaken by them for their benefit and/or for the benefits of others.
This all said, let me just add here that the state of “perfection” for which we all long to know is WAY FAR BEYOND what any of us can even think of or imagine, and in order to attain to this state it is necessary for us to undergo all the vicissitudes (every possible combination of circumstances and fortune) of material existence. It is THE EXPERIENCE acquired by expiation in the material world that constitutes its great usefulness for spirits. Incarnation also has another aim though, and this is of fitting the spirit to perform its share in the work of God’s creation; of it being made to assume a material vessel that is in harmony with the material state of the world into which it is sent in order to accomplish the special work of which it has been enabled (by God’s grace) to accomplish. In this way a spirit is made to contribute its portion towards the general well-being of the world, while at the same time it achieving its own spiritual advancement.
That’s all for now.