PART II. SECTION 6: WHAT IS THE CHRIST?
- Christ is God’s Son as He created Him. He is the Self we share, uniting us with one another, and with God as well. He is the Thought Which still abides within the Mind that is His Source. He has not left His holy home, nor lost the innocence in which He was created. He abides unchanged forever in the Mind of God.
- Christ is the link that keeps you one with God and guarantees that separation is no more than an illusion of despair, for hope forever will abide in Him. Your mind is part of His, and His of yours. He is the part in which God’s Answer lies; where all decisions are already made, and dreams are over. He remains untouched by anything the body’s eyes perceive. For though in Him His Father placed the means for your salvation, yet does he remain the Self, Who, like His Father, knows no sin.
- Home of the Holy Spirit, and at home in God alone, does Christ remain at peace within the Heaven of your holy mind. This is the only part of you that has reality in truth. The rest is dreams. Yet will these dreams be given unto Christ, to face before His glory and reveal your holy Self, the Christ, to you at last.
- The Holy Spirit reaches from the Christ in you to all your dreams, and bids them come to Him, to be translated into truth. He will exchange them for the final dream which God appointed as the end of dreams. For when forgiveness rests upon the world and peace has come to every Son of God, what could there be to keep things separate, for what remains to see except Christ’s face?
- And how long will this holy face be seen, when it is but the symbol that the time for learning now is over, and the goal of the Atonement has been reached at last? So therefore let us seek to find Christ’s face and look on nothing else. As we behold His glory, will we know we have no need of learning or perception or of time, or anything except the holy Self, the Christ Whom God created as His Son.
Notes and Personal Application So far in Part II of our Course we have learned the meaning of the following subjects: Forgiveness, Salvation, the World, Sin, the Body, and now we learn of the Christ. Who and what is Christ and what does He stand for in our life? The introduction to section six of Part II tells us that Christ is the perfect son of God. He is still as God created Him. He did not wish to separate from God. He did not wish to come and make a body for Himself and live in an indeterminate state of illusions. Christ was not interested in physicality and the sense of darkness, decay, and death that accompany the temptations of ego.
Today we are introduced to the idea that Christ is who we identify with as Sons of God. He did not come here because He wished to leave God’s perfect kingdom. He came to save us because He is one with us. He came to the dream and was crucified in the dream but let us not for one moment make the mistake that this has changed His perfection, His wholeness, His innocence. As He came here to dream the dream of death, so do we come to dream the dream of death. As He awoke to His eternal home in the mind of God, so we awake in the eternal home of the mind of God. Just as we are not complete without Him, Christ is not complete without the Sonship. His wholeness and our wholeness are one and the same.
Christ is the One Who reminds us of our eternal connection to God. Christ is the One Who sees beyond this world of clamor, opposites, and vanity. Nothing in this world matters to Him for He knows what is real and what is not. In the eyes of Christ, the world is already over, a thing of the past, a distant blip in the eternal calm and certainty of God.
Christ is the only aspect of our lives in the world that is real about us. Christ is the only aspect of our lives in the world that has any eternal meaning. As we shed our egos and all of its symbols, we find our home in Him, our holy and forever Selves as one with Him. Because of Christ, who lives in God and is home to Holy Spirit, we who are in the body can claim all that Christ has and is and forever will be – for we are one in Him.
In paragraph four, Jesus tells us that Christ sends Holy Spirit to this dream we have of separation. Holy Spirit translates the nothingness of this world into truth. He exchanges every single separate dream for the final dream which God appointed as the end of dreams when all truth will be revealed. When we have forgiven it all, when we stop pointing fingers at each other and recognize our state of being for what it is, when peace comes to each of us, we see the face of Christ in one another.
And when we see the face of Christ in all we will know that our time of learning is over. We have reached our goal. Atonement has been realized by you and by me and by all of the world. When we are no longer content to look upon anything that keeps us apart, when we see the world as the illusion it is, we behold His glory – our sojourn in time has come to an end. We no longer perceive – we know. We no longer learn because we have become. We are like Him and there is nothing withheld from us, for we are one with our holy Self, our Savior, our Friend, the holy Son of God.
In the next ten lessons, ask God to reveal the meaning of the Face of Christ to you. Do not take my word for it! In your daily devotional practice, ask God to show you the truth about the world. Take notes of the discourse in which God speaks to your heart and mind each day. Listen for the still, quiet voice of the Holy Spirit who will guide you out of the illusion and into the truth. Find someone with whom to share your holy insights in a way that feels comfortable, natural, and welcome. Be humble and willing to learn from those whom your ego may tempt you to resist. Refrain from becoming preachy, acting the spiritual know-it-all, and judging others for their more traditional interpretations and beliefs. We are all in this together – learning, forgiving, and answering the call of Christ upon our lives and hearts and minds.
 A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Part II: 5 What is the Christ. Foundation for Inner Peace (Second Edition). p. 431.
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