Don't identify with flesh

The need to establish an indestructible sense of identity was glimpsed by the Psalmist: "In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me." Ps. 56:4. The deeper meaning of this verse is that we can prove, step by step, the real substance of man's being to be God, Spirit, and therefore incorporeal. Flesh cannot express the selfhood of the man Spirit has created. Flesh is a belief that attempts to deny our Godlike existence. Can matter even hint at our eternal relationship with a creator who is pure Spirit? It really can't. Although one should care for the body properly, true identity must be sought and found outside flesh, or matter.

When we look in the mirror each morning, we may think: "There I am!" But what we see is a matter-based impression made on thought. Flesh no more constitutes our eternal, Godlike identity than the clothing we wear. Matter is not true substance—it is an impression made on the corporeal senses by false suggestion. It does not really exist, since man and the universe are spiritual.

View from Patmos
July 27, 1981

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