Principle 59

This entry is part 56 of 98 in the series Principles

The Linking Principle

The true beginning of the mission of Jesus as Messiah was at his baptism. At this event something very unusual and wonderful happened which was anticipated by John. He was told to look for something specific as a sign of the appearance of the Christ. God told him that, “Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.” John 1:31

Then, at the baptism of Jesus John saw the spirit of a Holy One descend as a dove and enter into the body of Jesus and remained with him.

Jesus called this presence his Father. Here is an example:

HE THAT HATH SEEN ME HATH SEEN THE FATHER; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: But THE FATHER THAT DWELLETH IN ME, HE DOTH THE WORKS.” (John 14:7-10)

Here are two more:

“Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go. Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: FOR I AM NOT ALONE, BUT I AND THE FATHER THAT SENT ME. It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. I am one that beareth witness of myself, AND the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.” (John 8:14-18)

Later they asked him again: “Who art thou?” and he told them: “I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me IS WITH ME: THE FATHER HATH NOT LEFT ME ALONE… I speak that which I have seen with my Father…” (John 8:25, 28-29 & 38).

Jesus indeed applied the linking principle in that he was linked with one greater than himself with more power and knowledge than he alone possessed. He freely admitted, “my Father is greater than I.’ John 14:28

This linking with the great entity who is Christ is promised to all the faithful:

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Rev 3:20

Now this event may seem like a far away dream to many seekers, but even though one may not be called to save the world as a messiah he can still apply The Linking Principle. In fact we are directed to do such a thing. We are to take upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ. This involves more than merely being called a CHRISTian as indicated by Paul;

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” Gal 3:26-27

In the Greek the name Jesus Christ means “anointed to deliver.” Thus the job of the disciple following the example of his master is to link himself with one behind him on the path and lend a helping hand to deliver him or bring him up to where he is. Then the pilgrim looks onward and finds another further along with a hand outstretched to himself who will help him move forward on his journey. Thus those who take upon themselves the name of Jesus Christ are linked in an eternal chain that moves onward in the Purpose of God to new heights of joy and achievement.

Aside from this great spiritual linking The Linking Principle is essential in our individual regular lives.

If you have learned a trade you have probably linked yourself to a teacher (or teachers) who knows much more about the subject than yourself. It may be possible for you to build a house with no one to teach you, but it would probably be a disaster. You are much better off to link yourself with someone who knows the building trade and learn to do it right and avoid all the pitfalls. To make a living most have to link themselves with some company where the worker helps the company and the company helps the worker. In turn the company is linked to its customers.

Marriage is a linking process and works as long as the principle of Christ is applied and the two seek to help each other and not just themselves. Then they have children and are linked to them and their children.

We also link ourselves to organizations, churches, government and country. The giving and receiving process continues.

Many take pride in being independent and not needing help, but those who distance themselves from others who can help them as well as not helping others themselves will soon find their progression coming to a standstill.

These wise words are indeed worthy of consideration:

No man is an island, entire of itself. Every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main… any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls it tolls for thee.

John Donne, Devotions XVII

The most important life in which the disciple must link is the Holy Spirit through the magical power of the soul. Once this is established all other links fall into their correct place.

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