ACIM – CLARIFICATION OF TERMS 5. Jesus-Christ

ACIM CLARIFICATION OF TERMS 5.

1. There is no need for help to enter Heaven for you have never left. But there is need for help beyond yourself as you are circumscribed by false beliefs of your Identity, Which God alone established in reality. Helpers are given you in many forms, although upon the altar they are one. Beyond each one there is a Thought of God, and this will never change. But they have names which differ for a time, for time needs symbols, being itself unreal. Their names are legion, but we will not go beyond the names the course itself employs. God does not help because He knows no need. But he creates all Helpers of His Son while he believes his fantasies are true. Thank God for them for they will lead you home.

2.  The name of Jesus is the name of one who was a man but saw the face of Christ in all his brothers and remembered God. So he became identified with Christ, a man no longer, but at one with God. The man was an illusion, for he seemed to be a separate being, walking by himself, within a body that appeared to hold his self from Self, as all illusions do. Yet who can save unless he sees illusions and then identifies them as what they are? Jesus remains a Savior because he saw the false without accepting it as true. And Christ needed his form that He might appear to men and save them from their own illusions.

3. In his complete identification with the Christ—the perfect Son of God, His one creation and His happiness, forever like Himself and one with Him—Jesus became what all of you must be. He led the way for you to follow him. He leads you back to God because he saw the road before him, and he followed it. He made a clear distinction, still obscure to you, between the false and true. He offered you a final demonstration that it is impossible to kill God’s Son; nor can his life in any way be changed by sin and evil, malice, fear, or death.

4. And therefore all your sins have been forgiven because they carried no effects at all. And so they were but dreams. Arise with him who showed you this because you owe him this who shared your dreams that they might be dispelled. And shares them still, to be at one with you.

5. Is he the Christ? O yes, along with you. His little life on earth was not enough to teach the mighty lesson that he learned for all of you. He will remain with you to lead you from the hell you made to God. And when you join your will with his, your sight will be his vision, for the eyes of Christ are shared. Walking with him is just as natural as walking with a brother whom you knew since you were born, for such indeed he is. Some bitter idols have been made of him who would be only brother to the world. Forgive him your illusions and behold how dear a brother he would be to you. For he will set your mind at rest at last and carry it with you unto your God.

6. Is he God’s only Helper? No, indeed. For Christ takes many forms with different names until their oneness can be recognized. But Jesus is for you the bearer of Christ’s single message of the Love of God. You need no other. It is possible to read his words and benefit from them without accepting him into your life. Yet he would help you yet a little more if you will share your pains and joys with him and leave them both to find the peace of God. Yet still it is his lesson most of all that he would have you learn, and it is this:

There is no death because the Son of God is like his Father. Nothing you can do can change the Eternal Love. Forget your dreams of sin and guilt and come with me instead to share the resurrection of God’s Son. And bring with you all those whom He has sent to you to care for as I care for you.[1]

Jesus in the flesh took on the male form of humanity – being male when Jesus walked the earth he had a penis, he had testicles, he had vestigial nipples. He had arms and legs and intestines. When he looked out of his human eyes he beheld the same sort of scenes that we behold. The main difference between Jesus and us is that Jesus remembered who and what he really was. He did not forget his divinity; he did not forget the Christ within, and because he did not forget it, he was able to distinguish the illusion from reality.

While Jesus the man seemed to begin at birth and die after being crucified; the Christ within Jesus, the Christ of Sonship, proved to us that we do not begin at birth, nor do we die at the demise of our earthly form. We are created to be like our Father – and there is no way we can change our true identity. No illusion, no dream, no egotistical system of belief that would oppose the truth of God can change God’s eternal love and devotion for His Son. 

We share in the resurrection of Jesus because Jesus the man became what all of us are called to be. We are the saviors of each other, we are here to save the world from the illusion of separateness, from the illusion of sin and shame, God’s wrath and anger, His vengeance and condemnation. We are here to teach the Eternal Love of God for His Son and the love of the Son for His Father and each other.

We show our love for the Father by our willingness to see past the humanity to the divine in each other. We show our love for the Father by caring for the ones He sends us; by following Jesus in reaching past the temporary forms of gender, race, ethnicity and all other divisions of time and space to the Christ within. We cannot return to Spirit without each other because we are one. This is our reality; this is our divinity; this is our salvation.

When we speak of Jesus, we speak of the human form—the man who became the Son of God; when we speak of Christ, we speak of the Sonship which is our oneness, our true identity in spirit and in truth. Jesus and Christ became one because Jesus reached for this; Jesus did not get caught up in the world and its illusions; Jesus did not succumb.  Do not resist Jesus but accept Him for He is our holy brother, our Savior, the one who understands, who shares the pains and joys of our humanity and leads us to the peace of God. Do not join others who mock Jesus, who fail to understand his role in salvation, who mistake him for the bitter idols and the false doctrines that have been made of him – Jesus is our brother, our Teacher, and our Savior. Accepting Jesus means accepting our Christhood, recognizing and remembering Who and What we really are, sharing in the resurrection of God’s Son, and bringing all whom He has sent to us along with us, leaving nobody and nothing behind. 


[1] A Course in Miracles. Clarification of terms. 5. Jesus—Christ. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).

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My love for God, home and hearth, my husband and family fueled my decision to devote the rest of my life only to pursuits which brought love, joy, peace, and purpose. I am a writer, seeker, student, and teacher with experience professional and otherwise from waitressing to teaching the English language in China, Taiwan, and Singapore. I hold a BA in Psychology from Bloomsburg University, which took nearly 30 years to attain while I squeezed courses in between raising my children, journaling, relationships, work, and an assortment of escapades, some of which I would rather forget! An ongoing passion for reading, writing, adventure, food, and fun, eventually led me to the love of my life, James, whom I met in 1996 and married in 1997. Our life together has been an exciting journey of work and travel, spiritual awakening, and domestic bliss ever since. Although we have experienced the tragic loss of family members and friends through death and estrangement, we have managed to turn our special relationship into a holy one by the grace of God and an acute and growing awareness of “there must be a better way!” In 2006, I published my first novel, Luella’s Calling, and am currently working on my second, Grover Good and the Stone Chateau. From 2013 through 2018, I worked as a Prevention Education Specialist for Transitions, a local domestic violence sexual abuse victim’s service agency. My work there, fueled by a lifelong enthusiasm for teaching, led me to obtain an MS in Education from Scranton University. In 2018, I resigned to accompany James on his work travels while focusing on my calling to study and teach A Course in Miracles. To that end, I dedicate the rest of my days to writing, sharing, and teaching the message of salvation found within the Course pages. Thank you for your interest in this blog. As I do not respond to comments on the posts, if you care to contact me, please email me at eckief@yahoo.com.

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