Five Basic Principles for a Spiritual Life

Published August 12, 2014 by

Christ in You, the Hope of Glorychrist

What’s in a name?  Historically, family names were passed down through generations to keep the names of ancestors, if not the actual individuals, alive in memory.  Some believed that there was meaning and power vested in a name and carefully chose the names for their children.  The different names for God in Genesis alone continues to be debated among students of the Bible.

Yahweh is used wherever the Bible stresses God’s personal relationship with his people and the ethical aspect of his nature.  Elohim, on the other hand, refers to God as the Creator of the whole universe of people and things, and especially of the material world: he was the ruler of nature, the source of all life.*

The quote above is the most succinct of many on the subject and adds clarity to our discussion of Jesus** as the Christ.  The idea of seeing Jesus Christ as a part of the allegorical Creation story in Genesis helps us to better understand the two separate creation stories in Genesis 1 and 2. The name for God used in Genesis 1 is Elohim; in Genesis 2 it is Yahweh.  Elohim is the creative principle, the source of all that is, while Yahweh produces or manifests the actual creation.

Why should we see Jesus as active in creation? First, because of the link between His Hebrew name, Yeshua, and Yahweh and the parallel in the description of Yahweh’s purpose and that of Jesus.  Second, Jesus was with God from the beginning by His own statements:

Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”***

How do we define the ‘difference’ in meaning between the name or title of Jesus and the Christ?  Jesus is the human being, while the Christ is the spiritual being.  Jesus is the son of man, while Christ is the Son of God.  Jesus is in the process of becoming or fulfilling His divine potential, while the Christ is the fully realized divine potential.  Jesus the man is set in time and can die, while the Christ is eternal.

Why are these distinctions important to us?  Jesus came to teach us how to live in accord with God’s law and how to fulfill our divine potential and purpose in being.  Because He taught us human to human, He demonstrated that there is no reason for us to settle for less.  He said:

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.***

God says in Genesis 1: Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;  In Matthew 5, Jesus says: Be thou made perfect even as your Father in heaven is perfect.  Spiritual man is made in the image of God and Jesus is telling the natural man to be perfect like God.  In this context, perfect means whole or complete.  Is Jesus telling us to do something which is impossible for us to do or is He nudging us toward fulfilling our divine potential as the sons and daughters of God?

Jesus taught that His mission was to establish the kingdom of heaven on earth.  The first step in His great work was the awakening of men to certain fundamental truths of being.  He taught the power of mind, thoughts and words.  He cast out demons (error thoughts) and healed the sick with a word. He planted the seed thoughts in our minds that will grow into the kingdom of the heavens here on earth.****

It is important to keep in mind that while fulfilling our divine potential is our goal, this is a journey, a process of transformation.  Each step we take toward realizing our divine potential as spiritual beings is just as important as ultimate final goal.  John the Baptist expressed it by saying that he, the natural man, must decrease even as Jesus, the spiritual man, increased.  And so it is a matter of degree for each of us.

Our humanity is but the degree to which we have given expression to our divinity.  We are human in expression, but divine in creation and limitless potential.*****

 Rev. Claudia Naylor

Walter C. Kaiser Jr.*

Yeshua or Yahweh, by J. Dulle**

John 8:58; 14:12***

Jesus Christ Heals, by Fillmore****

Discover the Power within You, by Butterworth*****

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