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PART II.  SECTION 4:  WHAT IS SIN?

Lesson 252 The Son of God Is My Identity

  1. My Self is holy beyond all the thoughts of holiness of which I now conceive.  Its shimmering and perfect purity is far more brilliant than is any light that I have ever looked upon.  Its love is limitless with an intensity that holds all things within it, in the calm of quiet certainty.  Its strength comes not from burning impulses which move the world, but from the boundless Love of God Himself.  How far beyond this world my Self must be, and yet how near to me and close to God!
  2. Father, You know my true Identity.  Reveal It now to me who am Your Son, that I may waken to the truth in You, and know that Heaven is restored to me.[1] 
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Notes and Personal Application Our Father knows us as He created us.  When we return to Him, we return to our true identity as His Son.  We do not recognize ourselves at first.  Gone are all thoughts of sin and shame, sorrow and grief, disenchantment and depression.  We are no longer defined by our mistakes, our failures, or our fumbling awkwardness and unease in the world of egos.  We are His, like Him – restored to our heavenly home. 

On a daily basis, I do not feel particularly holy.  I tend to be grumpy in the morning before I have my coffee.  While I know better than to harbor mean thoughts toward others, revisit old grudges, or build cases against others in my mind, there are times when I still identify more with the ego than the holy Son of God. 

And yet today Jesus reminds us of our holiness in Him.  He shares His Identity with each one of us.  Full of light and love beyond our ability to imagine, we are as constant and certain as God.  We are beyond the world and yet still of the world.  Our human experience is literally transformed by simply accepting our identity in Christ.  We accept Jesus to stand with Him and to be like Him, to be Him – for we are one.  

This is the message that saves the world.  This is the message that is as certain and constant as God.  It resolves every wrong; it forgives every mistake; it overlooks all crime, injustice, and ill-gotten gains.  We are God’s Son.  We have squandered our identity on that which brings decay, disease, and death, and yet God takes our humanity and restores our divinity because His love for us has no end. 

Today we thank Him.  We thank Him for not abandoning us to our own devices.  We thank Him for waking us from the nightmare of sin and restoring us to our heavenly home.  Today we praise Him for we are reminded of our ancient love for Him, Who deserves our devotion even as He is devoted to us.   

Join with me today in thanking God for our salvation from the pit of humanity and restoring us to who and what we really are in Him. 

Dear Lord, Let us never forget who we are in Christ who came for us, who suffered humanity, humiliation, and death in order to set us free.  Let us know Him, let us love Him, let us stand with Him and do our part in salvation’s plan.   In the name of Jesus with whom we are one.  Amen.   


[1] A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 252. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).

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