Message 23

How The Soul Of A Mortal Receives The Divine Love And What Its Effect Is Even Though Subsequently His Mind May Indulge In Those Beliefs That May Tend To Prevent The Growth Of The Soul
What Is A Lost Soul?

    I am here, Jesus;     
    I desire to write you a message on the question of: 'How the soul of a mortal receives the divine love and what its effect is, even though subsequently his mind may indulge in those beliefs that may tend to prevent the growth of the soul.'
    As you know, the inflowing of this love is caused by its bestowal by the Holy Spirit in response to sincere prayer and longings. I mean prayer and longings for the love itself, and not prayers in general for the material benefits that men more often and more naturally ask for and desire. The prayers of mortals for these things that may tend to make them successful and happy in their natural love are answered also if it be best that they should be, but these are not the prayers that bring the divine love or cause the Holy Spirit to work with men. 
    As the prayers of the sincere, earnest soul ascend to the Father, that soul becomes opened up to the inflowing of this love, and the soul's perceptions enlarge and come more in rapport with the conditions or influence that always accompanies the presence of this love, and consequently its entrance into the soul becomes easier and its reception more perceptible to the soul sense. The more earnest the prayer and sincere the longings, the sooner faith comes and with this faith, the realization that the divine love is permeating the soul.
    When once the divine love finds a lodgment in the soul, it, to the extent that it receives the love, becomes as it were, a changed substance, partaking of the essence of the love. And as water may become colored by an ingredient foreign to itself and which changes not only its appearance but its qualities, so this divine love changes the appearance and qualities of the soul, and this change of qualities continues ever thereafter. The natural qualities of the soul and the essence of the love become One and united, and the soul is made altogether different in its constituency from what it was before the inflowing of the love, but this only to the extent of the love received. 
    As this love increases in quantity, the change and transformation becomes correspondingly greater until at last the transformation may and will become so great that the whole soul becomes a thing of this divine essence and partakes of its very nature and substance, a being of Divinity.
    When once this love enters and truly possesses the soul and works the change mentioned, it, the love, never leaves nor disassociates itself from the soul. Its character of divine essence never changes to that of the mere natural love, and so far as it is present sin and error have no existence because it is just as impossible for this essence and sin and error to occupy the same parts of the soul at the same time as it is for two material objects to occupy the same space at the same time, as your philosophers say.
    Divinity never gives place to that which is not of the divine. Man is working towards the attainment of the divine when he pursues the way provided for obtaining the divine nature. And as he advances and obtains a portion of this Divinity, no matter how small, he can never retrace his steps to the extent of ridding himself of this transforming essence and again become without its presence.
    But this does not mean that a man may not lose the consciousness of the existence of this essence within his soul, for he frequently does. The indulgence of his carnal appetites and evil desires will place him in the condition that he may cease to have a consciousness of the existence of the divine love in his soul, and to himself he will be as if he had never had any experience of the change that I speak of.
    And while this love can never be eradicated by the evils that man may indulge in or by the mental beliefs that he may acquire, yet the progress of this love in his soul may be checked and become stagnant as if the love were not, and sin and error may appear to be the only dominant elements of his life and being. But yet when once possessed, the love cannot be crowded out of his soul by sin and error, no matter how deep and intense they may be. I know that this may seem strange and impossible to man's intellectual thinking, and that it is not in accordance with what has been attributed to me as teaching that a soul may be lost. Nevertheless, a soul that has once received this divine essence cannot be lost, though its want of realization of the presence of this love and its awakening from its dormant condition caused by sin and error and its misdirected beliefs may delay its manifestation of life and existence for a long time, and much suffering and darkness may have to be endured by the soul that is in such a condition. 
    And it must not be understood by this as meaning that a soul cannot be lost, for it can, and many have been and will be. And many will realize the fact when too late.
    Now, what is a lost soul? Not one that a man may actually lose in the sense of being deprived of it - separated from it actually, or even as regards his consciousness of not having a soul - for while at times he may believe that he has lost his soul in the sense of not having any, yet he is mistaken, for the soul, which is the man, can never be separated from himself, and as long as he lives in the physical body or in the spiritual body his soul will be with him.
    And yet he may have a soul, consciously or not, and at the same time have lost it. This may seem a paradox to the mortal intellect or to the intellect of spirit, but it is true. 
    Then what is a lost soul? When God gave to man a soul, that soul was made in the image but not the substance of its Maker, and at the same time there was bestowed on him the privilege of having that soul become of the substance of the Father and to an extent divine and entitled to and capable of living in the celestial kingdom of the Father where everything is of the divine essence and nature. When the first parents by their act of disobedience forfeited that privilege, their souls lost the possibility of being of the divine nature and at-One with the Father in His kingdom, and they thereby lost not the natural soul, which was a part of their creation, but the soul having the possibility of obtaining the essence of Divinity and immortality as the Father has immortality. 
    As I have said heretofore, with my coming this great privilege was restored to mankind and the lost soul became again the object of man's recovery. And now he has that privilege as did the first parents before the fall, but also men may lose it as did they. As with the first parents, their souls were lost until they received into it the divine essence of the Father, so with men now, their souls are lost until and unless they receive this divine essence therein. As the first parents by their disobedience and refusal forfeited their privilege of having their souls become a living, divine substance, so now men by their disobedience and refusal will forfeit their privilege to save their souls from separation from the divine unity with the Father.
    The lost soul is as real as the verities of the Father's immutable laws, and only by the operation of the divine love can the soul lost become the soul found. 
    Men may believe and teach that within them is a part of the divine that will cause their souls to progress and develop until it reaches the condition of Divinity that will make it a part of the Divinity of the Father, but in this they are all wrong, for while man was the highest creation of God, and the most perfect and made in His image, yet in man is no part of the divine, and having no part of the divine it is wholly impossible for him to progress to the possession of the divine. He, of himself, no matter what his development may be, can never become greater or more perfect or of a higher nature than he was at his creation.
    The divine comes from above, and when once planted in a man's soul there can be no limit to its expansion and development, even in the celestial heavens. Let all men seek this love and there will be no lost souls not having the divine essence of the Father. 
    I have written enough for tonight and I am pleased at the way in which you received my message. Continue to pray to the Father for more and more of His divine love and your prayers will be answered and you will realize with the certainty of conscious possession of the divine essence that your soul is not lost and never will be. So with my love and blessings I will say good night and God bless you. 
    Your brother and friend, Jesus