II.  SECTION 10.  What is the Last Judgment?

Lesson 318 In me salvation’s means and end 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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Today’s lesson teaches that each part of separation represents the whole of it.  What takes place in my little shard of separateness that is called Eckie, can then symbolize the world.  When God’s plan of salvation is resolved within me, it is resolved for the world for in God’s Kingdom we are one.  If I wake up, you wake up, the world wakes up.  This is the means of salvation and the end of the need for salvation.  In time awakening seems to be a long, gradual, and sometimes painful process.  In reality, it happens in an instant.  The dream is gone when it serves no more purpose.  It has taught us what we need to know about nothingness.  When we have not the slightest interest in it anymore, we are saved from its cycles of decay and death. 

In illusion world we are plagued by a sense of differences.  We meet the nicest people but then we find out upon closer examination that they may lean left while we lean right; they are for while we are against; they may pray to a different concept of God than we do or come from a different social strata that either makes them seem inferior or superior to us but never our equal.  But in today’s lesson, Jesus goes straight to the heart of the matter.  Beyond all those seeming differences, He informs us – each of us have only one purpose and one aim.  We are searching for that which we were created by and for – we are searching for God’s Love.  When our Holy Selves are awakened within us, we stand with Christ, we are one with Christ, we are God’s Love. 

That is why we can say, In me salvation’s means and end are one.  In the time you devote to God today, ask Him to reveal this truth to you.  Accepting Atonement for yourself, means that you have awakened and thus forgiven your dream of sin.  You cherish it no longer.  As we reconcile ourselves with our Holy Self, we are reconciled with God for we are one in Him.  We recognize our oneness with all of Creation and with Christ Who redeems all.  It is a beautiful plan, and one of love, of mercy, and gentle forgiveness.  

We who thought we were split apart and asunder, lonely and adrift, are together and as one.  We are back in the arms of God; we take our place at His table.  In our oneness with Christ – we are the means and the end of salvation.  Let love lead the way! 

[1] A Course In Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 318.  In me salvation’s…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 459.

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