I AM HERE. Jesus.
I was with you tonight and heard the speaker’s discourse on: “The Drama of St.
Well, it was very interesting and, in some places, impressive; and it should
produce a great effect upon the hearers. Many things that the speaker recited
were true and occurred substantially as he related them, but some were not
matters of actual occurrence. Paul never had all the experiences that he spoke
of, but these were of minor importance and did not affect the truth of the
narrative as a whole.
Of course, the whole discourse was taken from the Bible; and, as I have told you
before, there are many things in the Bible which are not true. His description
of Paul’s experience on the way to Damascus is partly true and partly not.
(Can you tell me what actually occurred?)
Well, I spoke to him. And when he was felled to the ground by the brightness of
the great light that shone about him, Paul heard what I said and answered me. He
went into the town, but he was not blind nor did the prophet Ananias do anything
to him in the way of curing any physical blindness. He only helped to open the
spiritual blindness of Paul, and to show him the Way to the Father’s Love and
Paul, as you know, was a very learned man among the Jews, and was a strict
believer and follower of the Pharisees’ doctrines. But, as to knowing anything
about the Divine Love, he had never experienced It, nor did he even know what It
My summons to him was not only for the purpose of stopping the persecution of my
people but also for the further purpose of enlisting him in my cause, as not
many of my followers were educated or learned men. And I realized that my
doctrines and Truths must be preached among not only the learned Jews but also
among the Gentile philosophers. And as the first requisite in such cases is to
hold and, in a way, convince the intellect, I saw that I must have a disciple
who would have the mental qualifications to present my Truths to these learned
men in a convincing way, and who would be able to withstand the logic and
reasoning of these Gentile philosophers.
John was filled with Love. And wherever he could come in close communion with
the common people, by the great power and influence of that Love, he could
persuade these people to embrace and receive my Truths, and, as a consequence,
feel the inflowing of the Holy Spirit.
But Paul had not this Love to that degree as to be enabled, by virtue of Its
power or influence, to convince and compel his hearers to receive my Truths, and
to embrace that faith in my teachings as would cause them to seek the Love of
the Father. Hence, his mission was the more intended to be the teaching of my
Truths to the intellect and mental perceptions of a large number of persons of
greater intellectual development than those with whom John and the other
disciples would come in contact.
Of course, Paul acquired this Love to a very large degree, but not sufficiently
in his early ministry to prevent him from doubting my calling him to do this
work at times. And, as he has told you, this doubt was the “besetting sin” or
“thorn in the flesh” from which he suffered. Had he had the fulness of the Love
that John and some of the others had, he would never have had the doubts of
which he speaks.
But, nevertheless, he became a wonderful power in spreading my Truths, in
convincing men that the Love of the Father was the one great possession to be
obtained, and in causing them to believe in me as the son of the Father and His
messenger to declare the great Plan of man’s salvation to the world.
Paul finally became a man filled with this Love, as far as his nature was
capable of receiving It, and wonderful exhortations to his hearers to seek for
It will be found in his gospel. But he was not the disciple of Love, but,
rather, of the intellectual parts of my Truths. And, when he taught, his
teachings were intended to appeal more to the mental perceptions than to the
He never taught that I was God, nor did he believe that I was. And whenever it
is set forth that what he did say, or what the Bible says, is to be interpreted
to mean that I am God, that interpretation is erroneous.
I will not write more on Paul tonight, but will tell you of some things of more
importance to mankind. I AM NOW WORKING AS I DID ON EARTH, THOUGH IN A LITTLE
DIFFERENT WAY, TO SHOW MEN THE WAY TO GOD’S LOVE AND ETERNAL LIFE, AND TO ASSURE
THEM THAT THE GREAT DIVINE LOVE OF THE FATHER IS WAITING FOR THEM TO HAVE IT
FLOW INTO THEIR SOULS AND MAKE THEM AT-ONE WITH HIM.
MEN ARE NOW IN A CONDITION THAT CAUSES THEM TO LONG FOR THIS GREAT LOVE, AND THE
PEACE AND HAPPINESS WHICH IT BRINGS, WITHOUT REALLY KNOWING WHAT IT IS THAT THEY
DESIRE. AND WHEN MY TRUTHS ARE PLACED BEFORE THEM, AND THEY ARE TOLD OF THE
WONDERFUL BLESSINGS THAT MAY BE THEIRS BY MERELY SEEKING FOR IT IN EARNEST AND
HONEST PRAYER, THEY WILL TURN THEIR THOUGHTS AND LONGINGS TO GOD AND HIS LOVE,
AND THEY WILL FIND THE HAPPINESS AND PEACE WHICH THEY SO MUCH REALIZE THE WANT
I have many things to write to you, and I hope that we may soon have the rapport
that will enable me to do so.
(Yes, so do I. And I only hope you realize how much I too desire to establish
the best rapport possible for your messages.)
Well, I see how you feel, and I am so glad that you do. And I must tell you that
the Father’s Love is working in your soul, and will result in your becoming my
true and earnest disciple. I will be with you in all my power and influence so
that nothing will prevent the doing of the great work which I have selected you
to do. You must pray to the Father for His Love, and for faith, and they will
come to you. For the Father desires to answer and grant such prayers.
And, besides, as I pray to Him and all my followers pray, we will ask the Father
to give you this Great Love and faith and power to do the work, and to sustain
you through all the years that may be yours on earth; for the work must be done.
You have written long tonight and I think it best that I stop. But, before doing
so, let me say again that you are the special object of my care and love. I will
be with you in all your worries and conflicts, and will help you to overcome
them all and to get in that position that will give you the freedom that is so
With all my love and blessings, and the Love and Blessings of the Father, I will
say good night.
Your brother and friend,
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About James E. Padgett
Born August 25, 1852, Mr. James Edward Padgett
practiced law in Washington, D.C. Subsequent to his wife's, Helen,
passing in February, 1914, James learned from a psychic that he had
the gift of automatic writing. Based on the promptings of the
psychic and with a desire to reach his dearly departed Helen, he
commenced take messages from the spirits in the spirit world. At
first, James denounced the messages as merely coming from his mind,
driven by a strong desire to reach his departed wife. Eventually,
however, James could not deny the fact that information he was
receiving could not have possibly come from his own mind - for the
content of the messages surpassed his own education and knowledge.
Before his passing in March, 1923, James had accumulated hundreds of
messages from spirits and celestials in the spirit world.