From – God the Substance of All Form
By Joel Goldsmith
The Last Enemy – Part 5 of 5
Chap 7 – Resurrection and Ascension
In the consciousness of God, there is no death. God cannot die. God is eternal life, and infinite Consciousness cannot die or become unconscious. God, the divine Consciousness, is forever unfolding, disclosing, revealing, manifesting, and expressing Itself as individual consciousness. God is your individual consciousness, and that consciousness cannot die. If God could die or become unconscious, then, and only then, could you die, or pass on. Since God is individual life, your life, can that life die? And can that life appearing as your form or body disappear from the earth? No, it can only rise through the process of ascension out of sight of mortality.
When we, ourselves, lift up consciousness from the belief that life is in the body and that the body controls life, we experience resurrection; we gain the realization Jesus had when he said, “Destroy this temple [body], and in three days I will raise it up.” When we are imbued with the understanding that the divine Consciousness, which is individual consciousness, governs and controls our body, and as we individually perceive the truth that our own consciousness is the power of resurrection, of rebuilding, that becomes our experience of resurrection. Then comes the ascension.
The ascension comes with the realization that God is forever revealing Itself as our individual being, and because Spirit must appear or manifest as form, then this body is as spiritual and immortal and eternal as the Spirit-substance of which it is formed. With the light of this realization comes our ascension.
There is a spiritual meaning brought out for us in the birth, crucifixion, and ascension of the Master: If there is a progressive unfoldment of consciousness until the birth and the crucifixion have been fulfilled in us and we come to the ascension, no longer in the body but a law unto the body, we shall never again have to go back to those experiences. The ascension is that state of consciousness, which knows that the body does not control life, but that life controls the body. The Master proved that he had achieved that state of consciousness when, in referring to his body, he said, “I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again,” and also, “Destroy this temple [body], and in three days I will raise it up”; or in other words, “I, Consciousness controls body by letting the Consciousness of the I Am form Itself into the wonders and beauties which we call here and now.
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