“I [Jesus] have said that contrast is a favored teaching device of the Holy Spirit. But I have not yet said that the time of the Holy Spirit is ending even though I have stated that the time of the second coming of Christ is here. (Treatises of A Course of Love: Treatise on the Art of Thought, 7.4)”
Affirmation: “I welcome the time of the second coming of Christ.”
1 – Guidance in a New Era
This passage will be of especial interest to students of A Course in Miracles, for ACIM was focused on following the Holy Spirit for guidance, very specific guidance in daily life. The Holy Spirit was defined as the Universal Inspiration (from ACIM). How do we get guidance in this new era?
2 – Holy Spirit
I think that we look to the Christ within, the Self/Christ that is one with God. This Self can be misunderstood by our personal (or “little”) self, but if we are vigilant, we will choose aright when we look within. If we listen to our hearts and minds in merger for wholeheartedness, we will not feel bereft to hear that the time of the Holy Spirit is ending. He was with us for 2,000 years, beginning with Pentecost (described in the New Testament). His role, Jesus seems to be saying, is ending because we have moved beyond Him.
3 – Second Coming of Christ
When the second coming of Christ is upon us, we will see and know much that we only dimly recognize now. We will be able to contrast the past with the present, and we will welcome a future that is better in all respects to what preceded it. We will love with a greater love, and we will respond from a full heart. Our brothers and sisters will truly be soul mates–all of us (an interpretation, not stated in ACOL).
4 – A Welcome
Let us welcome the time of the second coming of Christ, even though, of course, we do not as yet fully understand what such a time can bring us. The contrast between the old and the new will be instructive to us.
5 – Better World
And we will live in a better world. A heaven on earth.
Thank You for the assurance that the time of the Second Coming of Christ is upon us, though nowhere does Jesus promise that this means a physical return. He is silent on that question. And so we must wonder: Will the Second Coming be metaphorical, or will it be a fleshly being?
I do not have to torture myself with these questions. The Answer will be as right as the question.
May all of us come to understand, as time goes by, what the Second Coming really means, and may we thank You for that understanding.