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II.  SECTION 10.  What is the Last Judgment?

Lesson 318 In me salvation’s means and ends are one.

  1. In me, God’s holy Son, are reconciled all parts of Heaven’s plan to save the world.  What could conflict, when all the parts have but one purpose and one aim?  How could there be a single part that stands alone, or one of more or less importance, than the rest?  I am the means by which God’s Son is saved, because salvation’s purpose is to find the sinlessness that God has placed in me.  I was created as the thing I seek.  I am the goal the world is searching for.  I am God’s Son, His one eternal Love.  I am salvations’ means and end as well.
  2. Let me today, my Father, take the role You offer me in Your request that I accept Atonement for myself.  For thus does what is thereby reconciled in me become as surely reconciled to You. [1]
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In each and every one of us are the means and end of salvation made one.  Think about what our lesson is telling us today – there is no conflict because all parts have one purpose and one aim.  No part is going to stand alone and be the big cheese that saves the world.  There is no elect of God who get to ride the glory train while others are left behind screaming in horror at the gaping hole of eternal torment.  I am the means, you are the means, Christ has come again and set up His kingdom within us.  Salvation through Christ has found our purity, our innocence, our holiness – and this is what we offer our brothers, this is how the world is saved.  We lay down our petty judgment and condemnation. We let our brothers do their part; and we do ours.

We were created as the thing we seek.  We are Son’s of God and until we realize this we will search and not find; we will look but life’s meaning will be hidden from us; we will adjust our glorious Selves to the ego, thus denying ourselves the joy and bliss that we are designed for and thrive upon.  The Sonship of God is the heart’s cry and yearning that ego-world cannot fulfill.  We are God’s Son; His Eternal Love.  We are salvation’s means and end as well.

In our prayer today we ask our Father to let us fulfill our role that has been given us.  To accept Atonement for ourselves, to become Christ and let Christ become us so that we may extend salvation to our brothers.  All of us have a role to fulfill and none is more important than another. 

This is not a call to grab your Bible and a handful of Christian tracts and go out to spread the gospel.  This is a call that reconciles, within you and me, all parts of Heaven’s plan to save the world.  We do not get caught up in church dogma.  There are no worries about what constitutes the Holy Trinity, or if babies must be dunked or just sprinkled on the head during baptism.  We do not seek answers from the pope, our minister, the president, or anybody who would set themselves up as our intermediary.  There is no money involved; no real effort on our part, no anxiety or hurry, worry or fret.  We have perfect confidence in the Kingdom within us where Christ has become us, and we have become Him.

The text of our Course tells us that we may wonder how we can be at peace and have no concerns when on every side the world grows more insane each passing moment.  It may seem impossible to us, Jesus says, but the Holy Spirit is sent to go before us, making the way straight, leaving no obstacles to trip us up or bar our way.  Everything we need will be provided; hardships will melt away, and we need not take thought for a thing, except the function God calls each of us to fulfill.[2]  Only in time can anything be lost, and never lost forever!  So do the parts of God’s Son gradually join in time, and with each joining is the end of time brought nearer.[3]  In us, salvation’s means and ends are one!

[1] A Course In Miracles, Workbook for Students, 318.  In me salvation’s…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 459

[2] A Course in Miracles, Chapter 20, IV:8, Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 434.

[3] A Course in Miracles, Chapter 20, V:1,2 Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 434