True Gospel Revealed Anew, Messages From Jesus and Celestial Spirits


MESSAGES FROM JESUS
Through Mr. James E. Padgett
True Gospel Revealed Anew From Jesus
NEW BIBLE
Edited with Introduction by L. R. Stone, Dr.

 

Vol. I
INTRODUCTION

Mr. James E. Padgett was the instrument used by Jesus, and many spirits of the Celestial Heavens to receive their messages of spiritual truths that they are anxious should be made known to all mankind. Mr. Padgett was at one time Assistant District Attorney, Washington, D. C., an able lawyer with a high standing at the bar. He practiced law in the District of Columbia for more than 40 years. He was born August 25, 1852, in Washington, D. C., and passed into the spirit world March 17, 1923.

He obtained these authorative messages from many spirits of the Celestial Heavens from 1914 to 1923, who all corroborated that Jesus wrote through him by controlling his brain and hand. I was closely associated with Mr. Padgett from the time he started to receive the messages from the high spirits up to the time of his passing over into the spirit world.

He was directed by Jesus and many celestial spirits to pray with all the earnest sincere longings of his soul to the Father, for the inflowing into his soul of the DIVINE LOVE that comes from God by His Holy Spirit, and was told that when he should obtain this love in sufficient abundance, it would then change the quality of his brain into the necessary spiritual condition, and high quality, so that it would be possible for Jesus and the Celestial Spirits to make that close rapport with him, so that these high truths could be written through him.

He took the advice of these high spirits, and prayed with all the earnest sincere longings of his soul to the Father for the Divine Love. After awhile, he obtained a sufficiency of this Love, and then, that close rapport that Jesus and the Celestial Spirits desired was made. Mr. Padgett was then successful in receiving communications that have never been communicated to a mortal since Jesus taught them on earth. After his early followers died, many of the great and most important truths that he taught, and which are the fundamental and basic truths of Christianity, have been lost to mankind. Jesus in one of his messages wrote—He will never come again in the flesh, yet, he has come again in the form of these revelations, through Mr. Padgett, which he taught on earth nearly two thousand years ago, and which he is still teaching in the spirit world and so are his followers. Referring to his mission when on earth, he wrote—that after his early followers died, the great truth of the New Birth was not understood, and only a small minority have obtained this transformation of their souls by the inflowing of the Divine Love.

The great majority who think they are Christians have never received it, for they have never sought for it in the only way it can be obtained. Many humans are depending upon their beliefs in the creeds and dogmas, and following moral precepts to enable them to enter the Celestial Heavens, instead of seeking for and obtaining the New Birth, which is so wonderfully explained in the message: "The Way to the Celestial Kingdom" by Jesus.
The reasons given by Jesus why He has not communicated these truths before, is explained in His message, "Why He Selected Mr. Padgett for the Work.."

Mr. Padgett has received many messages from Jesus and these high Celestial Spirits that are not contained in this first volume, and will be published in the near future. I was often present with Mr. Padgett in his room when he was receiving the messages from the celestial spirits. And I now want to say, with all the emphasis of my soul and being—that I have a firm conviction in the genuineness of the same. And I know that if any man could have felt the wonderful love, and power that Mr. Padgett and myself often spoke of and experienced, during the time the truths were being revealed, and when we discussed them, they would never have a doubt, that Jesus and the Celestial Spirits were actually present, and were the high spirits who have communicated.

Mr. Eugene Morgan, lawyer of Washington, D. C, born 1857 in St. Mary's County, Md., was a friend of Mr. J. E. Padgett for many years.
During the time Mr. Padgett was obtaining the messages from the high spirits, Mr. Morgan was often present, and in the year 1915 received a communication through Mr. Padgett from Jesus any many Celestial Spirits informing Mr. Morgan that he also had the wonderful gift of receiving writings from high spirits. Mr. Morgan took the advice given him and made the attempt to obtain writings from the spirits, and after a few weeks was successful.
He not only obtained writings from Celestial Spirits, but was instrumental in helping many undeveloped spirits in their progress to the Celestial Heavens from the lower spheres.

The messages that Jesus and the Celestial spirits wrote through Mr. Padgett, were used by Mr. Morgan for the purpose of giving instructions in the knowledge of the truths. Mr. Morgan continued in his great work up to within a few days before his passing into the spirit world, on February 10, 1937. Mr. Morgan and Mr. Padgett received many affirmations from Jesus and the Celestial Spirits of their wonderful work in helping many, who have found their way to the Celestial Heavens.

DR. LESLIE R. STONE,
Washington, D. C. Subscribed and sworn to before me this 19th day of May, 1941. Howard W. More, Notary Public.
TESTIMONY
I am glad to say that I was well acquainted with Mr. James E. Padgett, of Washington, D. C., from the year 1915 to 1923. I knew him to be a man of a very lovable and kindly disposition, as well as an able and conscientious lawyer, with a high reputation at the bar, having been acquainted with some of his associates, and often heard them speak of him with the highest esteem as a lawyer and a man.
I was present with Mr. Padgett in his room on some occasions when he was receiving messages, which he explained to me were communications from the spirit world, and which were received by him without any interposition of his own mind. He also told me that while he was receiving the writings, he did not know in advance, what the next words or sentence written would be, and when receiving these writings, that he was instructed by spirits, that a necessary acquirement on his part was, that his mind must be kept in a passive and inactive state, so that his own thoughts would not interfere with the messages transmitted through him, and then they would be able to write the exact words and sentences, that they were anxious to be made known to mankind.

DR. FRANCIS A. GOERGER,
Washington,, D. C. Subscribed and sworn to before me this 19th day of May, 1941. Howard W. More, Notary Public.

Mr. Morgan received many communications from spirits in darkness and suffering giving their experience in the hells. Mr. Morgan would then cause these spirits to visualize the bright spirits belonging to his band who would help them to progress.

FOREWORD
JESUS, THE CHRIST, THE INCOMPARABLE LEADER AND TEACHER AND SAVIOUR, CAME TO THIS WORLD NEARLY TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO AND PROCLAIMED AND MANIFESTED IN HIS OWN LIFE, THE GREATEST TRUTHS THAT HAVE EVER BEEN REVEALED TO MANKIND.
HE INDEED, WAS THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE, AS NO OTHER MAN BEFORE HIM WAS.
HE WAS THE FIRST ONE TO OBTAIN THE NEW BIRTH BY SEEKING FOR THE INFLOWING INTO HIS SOUL OF THE DIVINE LOVE THAT TRANSFORMED HIS SOUL INTO THE DIVINE NATURE AND AT-ONEMENT WITH THE FATHER.
IN THIS WAY JESUS BECAME THE SAVIOUR, BY SHOWING THE WAY WHEREBY MEN CAN BE SAVED AND REDEEMED, BY THE NEW BIRTH, WHICH IS NECESSARY FOR MAN TO OBTAIN, SO THAT HE MAY HAVE THE CERTAINTY OF IMMORTALITY IN THE CELESTIAL HEAVENS.
"I, JESUS, AS THE SON OF MAN OR OF GOD, DO NOT SAVE ANY MAN FROM HIS SINS AND MAKE HIM AT-ONE WITH THE FATHER, BUT THE TRUTHS THAT I TAUGHT, AND WHICH WERE TAUGHT ME FROM THE FATHER, ARE THINGS THAT SAVE.."

ST. JOHN, APOSTLE OF JESUS, WRITES  AND JESUS WAS THE MEDIATOR, NOT ONLY IN DECLARING TO MAN THE REBESTOWAL OF THIS GREAT GIFT OF THE DIVINE LOVE AND IMMORTALITY, BUT, ALSO IN SHOWING THE WAY BY WHICH MEN COULD, AND MUST SEEK FOR THAT GIFT IN ORDER TO POSSESS IT. "AND THUS JESUS BECAME THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE, AND BROUGHT IMMORTALITY TO LIGHT. HOW MUCH GREATER A SAVIOUR IS HE IN THIS WAY THAN BY PAYING A SUPPOSED DEBT BY HIS DEATH AND BLOOD. "NO, HE IS THE SAVIOUR OF MAN BY HIS LIVING AND HIS TEACHINGS, FOR HE WAS THE FIRST TO RECEIVE THIS DIVINE LOVE AND TO BECOME DIVINE HIMSELF, AND THE FIRST FRUITS OF THE RESURRECTION."
The resurrection just referred to by St. John is the TRUE RESURRECTION, and not merely the change that takes place when men leave their earth life, and continue to live in the spirit world. This survival, is common to all men be they saint or sinner.

ST. PAUL WRITES:
SO, THE RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD THAT THE MASTER TAUGHT, AND WHICH IS THE ONE FOUNDATION OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH, ARISE FROM THE FACT THAT GOD REBESTOWED UPON MANKIND THE PRIVILEGE OF SEEKING FOR, AND RECEIVING HIS DIVINE LOVE WHICH WOULD MAKE THE MORTAL ONE, WITH HIM AND IMMORTAL; AND UPON THE FURTHER FACT THAT MAN MUST, IN ORDER TO OBTAIN THIS RESURRECTION, SEEK AND FIND THIS DIVINE LOVE AND THEREBY BECOME A CHILD OF THE TRUE RESURRECTION—RESURRECTION THAT WAS NEVER KNOWN TO PROPHETS OR SEERS OR REFORMERS, OR THE TEACHERS OF FAITHS, NO MATTER HOW EXCELLENT THEIR MORAL TEACHINGS AND PRIVATE LIVES MAY HAVE BEEN, BEFORE THE COMING OF JESUS.
TRULY HE WAS THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE, AND I PAUL, WHO AM THE RECEPIENT OF THIS RESURRECTION AND KNOW WHEREOF I SPEAK, AND HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF THE FACT THAT THOSE INHABITANTS OF THE SPIRIT WORLD WHO HAVE NEVER RECEIVED THIS RESURRECTION ARE STILL IN A CONDITION OF DEATH, SO FAR AS OBTAINING THE DIVINE LOVE OF THE FATHER AND THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF IMMORTALITY ARE CONCERNED, AND SO DECLARE UNTO YOU WHAT I HAVE ATTEMPTED TO DESCRIBE AS THE RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD IS THE TRUE RESURRECTION.

JESUS WRITES:
THE ONE GREAT TRUTH THAT IS THE FOUNDATION OF MEN'S SALVATION IS THE NEW BIRTH, AND THE FACT THAT THE DIVINE LOVE OF THE FATHER IS WAITING FOR EVERY MAN TO LET IT ENTER INTO HIS SOUL AND MAKE HIM AT-ONE WITH THE FATHER."

ST. JOHN, APOSTLE OF JESUS, WRITES:
"AS I, AND OTHERS HAVE WRITTEN YOU, THE ONLY WAY IN WHICH MAN CAN BE SAVED FROM HIS SINS AND BECOME IN AT-ONE-MENT WITH THE FATHER, IS BY THE NEW BIRTH, WHICH THE MASTER HAS DESCRIBED TO YOU AS BEING THE RESULT OF THE FLOWING INTO THE SOUL OF MAN, OF THE DIVINE LOVE OF THE FATHER, AND RESULTING IN THE DISAPPEARING OF EVERYTHING THAT TENDS TO SIN AND ERROR. AS THIS LOVE FLOWS INTO A MAN'S SOUL IT PERMEATES THAT SOUL, AS DOES LEAVEN IN THE BATCH OF DOUGH, THEN THAT SOUL PARTAKES OF THIS DIVINE LOVE AND THEREBY BECOMES LIKE THE FATHER IN HIS DIVINE NATURE, AND FITTED TO INHABIT HIS KINGDOM.

These Divine Revelations show that man, himself, has created evil, which are creations of his own will, and are no part of his true nature as he was created by the Father, and pronounced good. Therefore man, himself, must destroy these evils that are the perversions of his natural love, by seeking the help of the Father, who is always ready to assist man to free himself from those things that degrade, and make him inharmonious and out of harmony with His will and laws.

Never in the history of the world have men's souls been so hungry, and now are longing and waiting for that which will satisfy the natural cravings of their souls. And that GREAT SOMETHING for man to obtain is the possession and ownership of the Divine Love in such abundance into his soul, so that selfishness, war and strife and all the other evils from which man is suffering will cease to exist. When a sufficient number obtain this Love of God or His Divine Essence, then Christianity will be established on a firm foundation. If men think they can establish a Kingdom of God on earth by merely trying to get rid of the impurities or the perversions of their natural love, by good deeds, or good thoughts, or following moral precepts, and trying to  love those who despitefully use then, then, that Kingdom is still a long way off.

Message from Jesus:
"I SEE THAT MANY CENTURIES MAY PASS BEFORE MAN WILL ATTAIN TO THIS STATE OF PURIFICATION OF HIS NATURAL LOVE, THAT WILL ENABLE HIM TO SAY THAT BECAUSE OF HIS LOVE, WARS CANNOT COME AGAIN AND PEACE MUST REIGN: AND HENCE, THE GREAT NECESSITY FOR HIM TO KNOW THAT ONLY WITH THE COMING OF THE DIVINE LOVE, WILL COME THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF WAR AND STRIFE—INDIVIDUALLY AND NATIONALLY."

Jesus says, "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you." That means you must seek for the inflowing into the soul of the Divine Love of God that comes direct from the Father through the operation of His Holy Spirit.
When this becomes an accomplished fact, then will man love his fellowmen as himself, and that peace that passeth all understanding will be his, and war and strife and inharmony will vanish from the face of the earth, so that good deeds, kind thoughts and love to God and his fellowman, will come as naturally as falls the dew from heaven, without effort or sacrifices on his part.
Therefore, it is very important that man obtain peace within himself before he can have peace without, so that this Kingdom can be established.

The peace that passeth all understanding comes only with the possession of the Divine Love, which is the Father's greatest attribute, a part of His very Essence. It comes from God by His Holy Spirit, which is that part of the active energy of the Soul of God, most Sacred, Holy and Merciful, because it is the instrument that carries and conveys His greatest attribute, the Divine Essence of Love into the receptive soul. Only as man obtains this Divine Love or Essence in sufficient abundance so as to transform the soul from the human into the Divine, so that there will be no room for sin and error, can such soul enter the Celestial Heavens, and have the consciousness and certainty of immortality.

This Divine Love does not come into the soul merely by following moral precepts or good deeds or kind thoughts, as no man can merit it by any goodness of heart that he may have. These things bring their own happiness and rewards, but do not bring into the soul the Divine Love.
All these things, can be done by following these moral precepts, etc., and they are in harmony with the Father's will and lead to that purification of the soul, that makes a perfect natural man like the first parents before the Fall.

They were created with the natural loves, in a pure state and had the privilege of obtaining in their souls the Divine Love, but refused to exercise their privilege and after their disobedience, lost it.
With the coming of Jesus that privilege was rebestowed upon all souls alike, all that have ever lived, both mortals and spirits right back to the time of the first parents. As the first parents lost their privilege of partaking of the Divine Love, so men now by their refusal to seek for the Love, are allowing their souls to be lost to the Celestial Heavens, which is a far greater and more beautiful Kingdom, than the Kingdom of the perfect natural man.
DIVINE LOVE COMES FROM WITHOUT AND IS NOT WITHIN. IT MAY BE WITHIN AND IT MAY NOT.
THE LEAVEN IS NOT IN THE DOUGH UNTIL IT IS PUT IN, AND NEITHER IS THIS DIVINE LOVE IN THE SOUL UNTIL THE FATHER PLACES IT THERE. JESUS WROTE IN HIS MESSAGE: WHY HE SELECTED MR. PADGETT TO DO THE WORK.
"THAT THE TRUE, EARNEST, SINCERE SOUL LONGING MAY BE AS RAPID AS UNFORMED THOUGHTS, AND THE ANSWER TO THE SAME WILL COME WITH AS MUCH CERTAINTY AND LOVE, AS IF YOU WERE TO PUT THE LONGING INTO THE MOST EXACT FORM."

Not prayers in general or repetition of formulas, or mere lip service can bring this Divine Love into the soul. The soul has to be filled, therefore, the soul energies must become so active in its longings to the Father, for the Love, that causes the Father to open the soul so it may find lodgement therein, and transform the soul from the human into the Divine, a new creature, recreated, with the soul changed in its quality and constituency.
It then becomes a different soul from what it was at his creation.

This transformation takes place depending on the degree it partakes of this Divine Essence, until the whole soul partakes of it, in such abundance that there will be no room for sin and error or of those things not in harmony with the Father's will. Not until this Divine Love comes into the soul, will the soul be born again, born from above, born in to the Divine Reality of God. This is the New Birth that Jesus taught, when he said—"EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN AGAIN HE CANNOT SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD."

This Kingdom of God, or Celestial Heavens is now open for all mortals and spirits that have ever lived, even those in the hells of darkness and suffering. The Father's love is so great and broad and deep, it reaches down into the lowest hells, as well as in the highest heavens, and no mortal or spirit will be deprived of this Love and Kingdom, if he will only seek for it in the way the Father has planned, and which Jesus taught on earth, and is still teaching in the spirit world, and so are his followers.

"Seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you." In the light of these truths set forth by Jesus in this 'TRUE GOSPEL TO MANKIND," how important it is that all religious organizations should recognize, and emphasize the importance of teaching their followers the way to obtain the "New Birth" as revealed by Jesus, by praying for the inflowing into souls of the Divine Love that comes from God by His Holy Spirit. When man obtains this Love of God in his soul, then he will become truly at-one with the Father and will become a Christian in very truth and not merely in name only. As the Love increases in greater abundance in the soul so much greater becomes the at-onement with the Father.

In the New Testament, Romans, Chapter 5, Verse 5, Paul stated:—"And hope maketh not ashamed because the Love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost, which is given unto us."
Then it will readily be understood, that those who have obtained this Love of God in their hearts and souls have partaken of the Christ, and have become Christians in truth and not merely in name only. It also follows that those who have obtained this transformation and have become new creatures, are born again, born from above, and to the degree this Love fills the soul, to that degree have they become true Christians, whatever denomination they may belong to. Therefore it is useless to believe that one is a Christian unless he becomes possessor and has ownership of the Divine Love which is necessary to obtain, to qualify the soul to enable it to enter the Christian Heavens. And therefore all souls living in the flesh, who have obtained this Love, and are born again, have become true followers of Jesus and belong to the true Christian Church.

Although man possesses the privilege of making his progress from the hells of darkness and suffering into the highest heaven, and many have made that progress into the Celestial Kingdom, yet, it is very important that man, while in the flesh should make such progress in his soul development, so that when he passes into the spirit world he will be able to escape these hells.
St. Luke wrote a message through Mr. Padgett and stated: "THAT IT IS HARD TO LEARN OF HEAVENLY THINGS IN HELL," AND IF MAN COULD ONLY REALIZE THIS FACT, HE WOULD LEARN OF THESE HEAVENLY THINGS BEFORE HE ENTERED THE SPIRIT WORLD. THE EARTH PLANE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PLACE TO MAKE THE START IN THE SOUL'S PROGRESS.
Man must pray with such faith, causing the earnest sincere longings of the soul to become things of such real living existence and intensity for This Love, that it will cause the soul to open up to its inflowing. When the soul comes into possession and ownership of this Divine Love, it never leaves it no, not in all eternity.
SO IT IS FOR EACH AND EVERY MAN TO CHOOSE AND FIX HIS DESTINY, AND GOD DOES NOT, AND WILL NOT MAKE A DESTINY FOR MAN THAT HIS CONDITION OF SOUL DOES NOT ENTITLE HIM. WILL THAT DESTINY BECOMES THE PERFECT MAN WITH ONLY HIS NATURAL LOVE IN A PURE STATE BY FOLLOWING MORAL PRECEPTS, ETC., OR WILL HE SEEK THE DIVINE HEAVENS OR CELESTIAL KINGDOM THAT ONLY THE POSSESSION AND OWNERSHIP OF THE DIVINE LOVE IN SUFFICIENT ABUNDANCE CAN ENTITLE HIM TO ENTER, AND WHERE STAGNATION IS NOT KNOWN AND WHERE PROGRESS GOES ONWARD AND UPWARD FOR ALL ETERNITY, NEARER AND NEARER TO THE FOUNTAINHEAD OF THE FATHER, INCREASING IN GLORY AND BEAUTY AND JOY AND PEACE AND HAPPINESS, AS THE DIVINE LOVE INCREASES IN GREATER ABUNDANCE IN THE SOUL, IN RESPONSE TO THE EARNEST PRAYER AND SINCERE SOUL LONGINGS FOR MORE AND MORE OF THE LOVE, AND WITH IT, THE CONSCIOUSNESS AND CERTAINTY OF IMMORTALITY. DR. LESLIE R. STONE.

From St. John.
This means, the only way a man can be saved from his sins and become truly at-one with the Father is by obtaining the Divine Love, that will make him a divine child of God, and not that long purifying process that comes by development of his natural love in a pure state, by following moral precepts, etc, for that—merely makes him in at-one-ment and in harmony with God's laws, and perfect like the first parents before their fall. This latter at-one-ment is not the GREAT AT-ONE-MENT that only the New Birth that Jesus taught and manifested in His own life, and without which, "our faith as Christians is in vain." "EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN AGAIN HE CANNOT SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD." John Chapter. 3, Verse 3.

 

The Origin of these Messages


My Testimony

By Dr. Leslie R. Stone,

This testimony is the outgrowth of the many queries that have resulted from the publication of volumes 1 and II of the Messages from Jesus and Celestials; which I first printed in 1940, and which have thereafter gone through three editions. On the publication of this fourth edition of volume I.

I am integrating all those questions from interested readers into a new testimony, which will show how it was that Mr. Padgett was able to perform the work of receiving these remarkable messages. It tells how I met Mr. Padgett and my reasons for believing that he was actually able to receive messages, not merely from the spirit world, but from the greatest spirits of the Celestial Heavens, whose Master is Jesus of Nazareth.

I was born on November 10, 1876, at Aldershot, Hampshire, England, the tenth of thirteen children. I attended the public school there and later completed courses at the Grammar School of Farnham, Surrey, founded by King Edward VI. Thereafter, I worked in the saddlery shop of my father, William Stone, at Aldershot, and later at London. When business slackened, I emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1903. On that occasion, my mother, who was a great believer in prayer, asked the Heavenly Father to let her know what His Will was. His answer was that I should go.

In Toronto, one day, I was attracted to a notice of a Spiritualist meeting. Never having attended one before, I was curious and went. The medium, who was giving messages from the platform, pointed to me and said: "Your father, who says he is William Stone, is here, and is glad that he is able to greet you." The medium then described my father, such as I had known him. He had never been to the New World and had died when I was seven years of age. Under the circumstances, this woman could hardly have been able to give this information without direct contact with the spirit of my father.

After this experience, I began to read many books on Spiritualism, such as Nature's Divine Revelation, by Andrew Jackson Davis, also The Great Harmonia by the same author. These books had a profound effect upon me, for the faith in the religious doctrines which my mother, a strong Baptist, had taught me could no longer interest me as the repositories of the Truths. I believed in the existence of a great spirit world and in the communication of mortals and spirits. At the same time, however, Spiritualism, as it was being taught, did not, I confess, completely satisfy my soul longings. Not until I met Mr. James E. Padgett and read the messages which, I am thoroughly convinced, came from Jesus and the Celestial spirits, was I satisfied that at last I had really come to know the great religious Truths, and that I knew the way to the Father and at-onement with Him.

It took me eleven years after coming to the New World before I met Mr. Padgett. Spirit guides advised my going to Detroit. There, the production of automobiles was such that it was impossible to maintain myself in saddlery work and, again on spiritual advice, I moved to Buffalo. There, I worked and studied in a hospital for seven years and finally became a graduate nurse. This period of my life was, I feel, an important one in that it gave me that interest in healing which later induced me to study chiropractic.

In Buffalo, I continued to be interested in Spiritualism, and received another personal proof of spirit life. At one Spiritualist meeting, I was seated next to a woman who happened to be a medium. She suddenly turned to me and said, "Your mother is here with you." I replied, "You must be mistaken, Madam. I had a letter from my mother quite recently and she is in good health." The medium shrugged and replied, "Your mother never lived in this country. She tells me she lived in England and died a short time ago." She went on to report what my mother presumably had died of, described the funeral, and mentioned the names of those present. She told me that I had a sister Edith, from whom I would receive a letter confirming what she said. The letter arrived just as the woman had predicted, and corroborated her statements. If I ever had doubts then as to the truth of spirit communication, I lost them at that point.

As a matter of fact, I advanced in Spiritualism to the extent of going into trances, wherein I am convinced that I have been able to visit the spirit world. I know I have met my mother there, a sister Kate, and a brother Willie who had passed on in 1908. I knew I was in my spirit body and had left my mortal frame; and, indeed, I had no desire to return to it. But my mother and sister insisted that I had a spiritual work to accomplish in the earth plane, and that I could not come permanently into the spirit world until I had accomplished that task.

I could go on to relate many interesting and curious experiences which I was privileged to have in the spirit world, but this is not the occasion for it, and I shall proceed with the narrative. During my work in the hospital, I had become interested in chiropractic and, on the suggestions of spirits who communicated messages to me through mediums at Lily Dale, New York, I studied at the Palmer Gregory College of Chiropractic in Oklahoma City, and graduated in 1912 after a two year course. Shortly thereafter, I became a licensed practitioner in Washington, D.C. There comes to mind the name of a Mrs. Bartholomew, a trumpet medium, and a Mr. Pierre Keeler, a slate writing medium, whom I consulted while at Lily Dale. It was through this gentleman's brother that I was able to obtain a spirit photograph of my soulmate, Mary Kennedy. I shall refer to this in more detail later.

On graduating, I went to Philadelphia with a view to opening an office, but, on receiving messages from many of my relatives in the spirit world through a medium named Mrs. Bledsoe, I opened an office instead on the boardwalk of Atlantic City. I must say that I was successful and instrumental in restoring many patients to health. I remember distinctly a newsboy of about nine years of age whose name was George Hutton. He suffered from paralysis in the legs due to polio and used crutches to swing his legs. I offered to give this boy treatment without charge, to which his mother consented. The boy was able to walk again without use of his crutches in two treatments, and an osteopath and M.D., Dr. Walton, came to see me about it. "I saw the newsboy today walking without his crutches," he said, "and he told me you had treated him. I came to find out if it is so." Later, George came in and confirmed the healing. I have always felt that this instance of healing, as well as many others that I cannot mention here, was due to spiritual forces operating through me.

Although I was kept busy at my boardwalk practice during the summer months, autumn found business so slack, due to the closing of many hotels and departure of people, that I was compelled to find another location. Again I went to Philadelphia and consulted Mrs. Bledsoe who, through her spirit contacts, advised me to go to Washington, D.C.

I arrived there in November 1912, and opened an office on Fourteenth Street, N.W. There, I fortuitously met a gentleman with whom I had become acquainted at Lily Dale. His name was William Plummer, of Frederick, Maryland. He visited me at my office and told me he was interested in procuring a copy of "Was Abraham Lincoln a Spiritualist?" by Nettle Maynard Colburn. He wanted to find the owner of the copyright, for he wished to have the book reprinted. In his search, he had found the name of a Mr. Rollison Colburn of Takoma Park, but was informed that the latter was not related to the writer. The search, however, had not been entirely futile, for the Rollison Colburns proved to be interested in Spiritualism, and a common interest between them developed into a close friendship.

I became acquainted with the Colburns through Mr. Plummer. I found them very kind and lovable people who were greatly interested in psychic experiences. It was through their son, Arthur Colburn, that I first heard of the messages that were being received by Mr. Padgett. I was introduced to him at his office in the Stewart Building, 6th and D Streets, N.W., where he was practicing law. This was in the early fall of 1914 when everyone was excited about the great conflict that had broken out in Europe. Some people felt the period ushering in the end of the world had come and that Jesus himself would appear at this "end time." For me, it was the end of my travels and spiritual search.

These Messages from Jesus and Celestials, received through the hand of James E. Padgett, are so extraordinary in concept and contents (claiming as they do to bring to mankind the highest spiritual teachings of Jesus as an epoch-making revelation from the spirit world), that it is indispensable that, as the publisher and firm believer in the Truths contained in these messages, I give to interested readers and for future reference some firsthand information regarding the man through whom these messages were received, and how it was that he was enabled and selected to obtain these amazing communications.

At this point, I must state that I was very often in Mr. Padgett's room when he was receiving these writings, and that I am the eyewitness to the formation and development of Mr. Padgett as the medium par excellence through whom the Truths of the Heavenly Father and life in the spirit world have come to mankind.

My first contact with Mr. Padgett was in September 1914. I became interested in him at first because he seemed to be a fine gentleman and, what was also important to me, a genuine medium. We became friendly on the basis of Spiritualism and mediumship, and this became a bond which, in addition to our mutual respect and brotherly love for each other, which grew apace in the course of time, was never broken in this life until his death on March 17, 1923. This bond, I am convinced, continues to exist between us - his soul encased in a spirit body and mine still in mortal trappings.

Mr. Padgett invited me to visit him regularly at his home at 514 E Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., where, in the course of time, I met Eugene Morgan and Dr. Goerger. Padgett told me that the messages he was receiving were from his wife, Helen, who had died early that year. She had written him many things about the spirit life she was living, describing her experiences at the time of her death, the sphere of her spiritual abode, and her love for her husband in the flesh who, she had then discovered, was her soulmate. I was thereafter very often present as he continued to receive these messages. They came in a rapid sweep of connected words that obviously gave no time for thought on the part of the writer, and, in fact, he often insisted that he had no clear idea of what his pencil was writing until he read the messages afterwards. It was in this way, then, that he received from 1914 to 1923 some twenty five hundred messages, many of them coming, I have not the slightest doubt, from those highest spirits whose signatures were testimony to the personalities they represented.

Interested as I had always been in Spiritualism, and in the possibility of man's communicating with departed spirits, I asked Mr. Padgett what were the circumstances leading to this mediumistic activity. The facts, as he related them to me, were as follows: About six months before I had met him, he had attended a seance held by a Mrs. Maltby in Washington, D.C. She informed him that he possessed the psychic power to obtain automatic writings from spirits, and challenged him to make the effort. He did so and found that his pencil moved automatically to produce what he called "fish hooks" and "hangers." When this had continued for a short time, he at length obtained a writing which he could make out as a message signed by his wife, Helen. It was a short, personal note which stated she was often present in spirit with him, and how glad she was to be able to write him in this way. At this point, Mr. Padgett did not believe the evidence of the writings that his dead wife had actually communicated with him. In fact, he wanted to know what proof could she offer, or was there, to show that a spirit was actually writing, and, if so, whether that spirit was actually Helen. The writing that followed provided incidents in their lives that could only have been known to both.

Padgett thought even this could be explained as material coming from his own mind, as well it might, except that the writings came too quickly for his mind to formulate thought, and the messages kept on insisting that it was not his mind but hers that was operating, with emphasis on her love for him and the happiness she could obtain by being with him.

With his interest in Spiritualism greatly aroused by these strange writings, and anxious to set his mind at rest, he began to read books on the subject. I remember his reading J. M. Peeble's Immortality, and his frequent attendance at seances. There, he was given to understand that spirits, if given the opportunity and under right conditions, can communicate with mortals, and that apparently, in his case, the writings he questioned came from his departed wife. He was advised to continue to take messages while learning more about the spirit world. Among those things he learned was that souls have their mates, and that spirit life, contrary to what is taught by orthodox religions, was one of constant progress through the various realms of the spirit universe.

At the end of one of these writings, he asked what plane or sphere she was in. He received the answer that she was living in one of the planes of the Second Sphere, where a certain amount of light and happiness is present, but that she had no desire to make progress to other spheres, because she could at that time make contact quite easily with him on the earth plane and write to him by controlling his brain and hand. Padgett told me he could feel her presence intensely, which produced in him a feeling of happiness that was alien to him, except when she wrote.

Padgett confided to me that he would like to see Helen progress and told her so. He informed her that, through his own spiritual studies, he knew she could make her way to higher spheres and increased happiness as a spirit. Helen replied she would find out from his grandmother, Ann Rollins, who had been a long time in the spirit world, what steps were necessary to make progress to higher and brighter spheres.

I do not know why Helen turned to her husband's grandmother for guidance in the spirit world. Many of Mr. Padgett's early messages were destroyed because they were of such a personal nature that he did not wish others to be acquainted with their contents. But I do know that affinity of spirits in the other world is due to affinity of the soul and not to any relationship one may have in the flesh. And from what Mr. Padgett told me of his grandmother, and from the messages which she subsequently wrote (some of which I have inserted in these volumes), she must have been a very kind and warmhearted woman. At any rate, Helen later wrote about her meeting with Ann Rollins who, she said, was a glorious spirit dwelling in the high Celestial Heavens. Ann Rollins, surprisingly enough for Padgett and those of us who were present at the time, had informed her that spirit progress to the higher Celestial Realms could be obtained only by prayer to the Heavenly Father for His Love through earnest longing of soul. In addition, Padgett's mother, Ann R. Padgett, also in the spirit world, wrote through her son corroborating this information. Both spirits were thus instrumental in giving Padgett (and those like myself who used to be present at these writings) the knowledge that soul progress to the Celestial Heavens was achieved only through prayer to God for His Divine Love.

These sessions, held to obtain writings from Helen, had become a channel through which a deep, religious note had been injected, replacing the personal material. From the scores of messages from Helen written at this time, and which are in my possession, we can follow her rapid progress to the higher spheres. Helen took the advice of these high spirits and prayed, and she found her prayers for the Father's Love were answered, and that It came into her soul in a way that caused a purification of her desires and thoughts, with a corresponding change in her soul and spiritual appearance. She said that her spirit body, reflecting the changing condition of her soul, was becoming etherealized and brighter. She then wrote that she had reached the Third Sphere where happiness was greatly increased.

Shortly thereafter, she suggested that since she had done what Padgett had wished, and had been able to progress to a higher sphere, it was fitting that Padgett should seek to better his soul condition as well. In fact, she suggested that we should all do so. She stated that, since the soul is the same, whether in the flesh or spirit body, it could be transformed by prayer to the Father for His Divine Love - not by ordinary intellectual prayers that came from the head, but from the heart and soul. Padgett refused to lend credence to this information. The spirits insisted that, as inhabitants of the higher realms, they possessed knowledge of this sacred Truth, and that Jesus, himself, ever interested in bringing the Truths to mankind, would come to corroborate their affirmations if Padgett would give him the opportunity.

I do not know exactly when the first message signed "Jesus of the Bible" was received, for as I write this, more than forty years later, I cannot remember the date. Padgett evidently felt it was absurd to believe that Jesus had written him and, alas, threw away the message. As a matter of fact, Mr. Colburn, who up to that time had formed a part of our fellowship, declared he could not be persuaded that Jesus had actually written. However, his friends, Dr. Goerger, Mr. Morgan, and I had an instinctive feeling that Jesus had written a genuine message. The earliest message allegedly from Jesus to Padgett which is in my possession, therefore, is dated September 28, 1914, and refers to an earlier message written a few days before. It is a long message, urging Padgett to pray for the Father's Love, and stating that certain passages in the New Testament, thoroughly believed in by Padgett, were false. The Master went on to say that he was neither God, nor had he been conceived by the Holy Spirit in the way taught by the preachers of the churches. Further, that "...Neither is God Spirit only; a Spirit of Mind. He is a Spirit of everything that belongs to His Being. He is not only Mind, but Heart, Soul, and Love." The message urged Padgett: "...Go to your Father for His Help. Go in prayer, firmly believing, and you will soon feel His Love in your heart."

Padgett was doubtful. Though he was not entirely certain of the genuineness of the family spirits, he felt the need of asking whether Jesus had really written. In volume II, I have published some of the messages which he received from Helen, Ann Rollins, his mother, and his father, John Padgett, all corroborating that Jesus had written. You will also find in this volume II some of the early messages which he received from the Master. They tell Padgett to have faith that he is Jesus, and they encourage him to pray; but they are simply preparatory in nature and do not contain the wonderful contents and information which came when Padgett had achieved that condition of soul which enabled him to obtain them.

At this point, it came forcibly to Mr. Padgett and to me that such messages could not possibly be the brainchild of his own heated imagination. He had been, as I discovered, an orthodox Methodist, and had for many years taught Sunday School in the Trinity Methodist Church (5th Street and Seward Place, N.E.) in Washington, D.C. His conception of religious doctrine was simply that which emanated from this Protestant church. This view of soul progress was contrary to what he had been taught. He had no idea of Divine Love in contrast to the natural love, or what it might be, and realized that such a conception was foreign to his thinking and never could have been a product of his own mind. He therefore felt assured, and I agreed with him, that these writings were actually not only from Helen, Ann Rollins, his mother and departed spirits of mortals, but also from the Master, himself. He decided to follow those instructions which he himself had never entertained, and which by that very fact had to come from outside intelligences which were communicating to him in this way.

He - I should say, we - began to pray for the Divine Love, letting our soul longings go out to the Heavenly Father; and, in time, a feeling came glowing into the region of our hearts. We felt this emotion grow stronger and stronger with continued, fervid prayers; and, as we did so, our faith in God became solidified and absolute. Never before had Padgett, nor I, felt so sure of the real existence of the Father and His Divine Love and Mercy. The cold, intellectual concept which we had entertained of Him had been transformed, through prayers for His Love, into a warm, glowing, living feeling of closeness, of at-onement with the Heavenly Father, Whose Love and Mercy and Goodness we could sense were personal and real.

The change in Padgett's attitude towards the Heavenly Father, through the inflowing of His Love, motivated a message from Ann Rollins. It recognized the effect which this Divine Love was having upon his soul, which was now a receptacle for some Essence of the Father's Divine Nature. It also reported on Helen's progress to higher spheres. Helen, she said in her message, was now a much happier spirit, and her spirit body shone with a radiance produced by the Father's Love in her soul.

Message followed message now from Helen, Ann Rollins, and, above all, from Jesus, encouraging Padgett to keep on praying and to obtain increased portions of the Father's Love. As a medium, he might be used to transmit messages from the highest Celestial spirits. At length, Jesus himself wrote that, since Padgett had the ability to receive writings from spirits, should Padgett's brain be sufficiently transformed through soul development by obtaining more of the Divine Love to a degree where he could receive high quality messages, he and his apostles would come and write through him the Truths of the Father, of his mission on earth, and on the New Testament and Christianity! Only pray, and pray harder for the Father's Love, urged the messages.

The Master wrote on October 5, 1914, stating that he had chosen Padgett to do his work of disseminating the Father's Truths to mankind. I quote the last part:

    ...Go to the Lord in prayer and He will remove from your soul all that tends to defile it and make it alien from Him. He is the One that will cleanse it from sin and error.

Only the teachings that I shall give you will tell the Verities of my Father. Let not your heart be troubled or cast down, for I am with you always and I will help you in every time of need. Only believe that I am Jesus of the Scriptures and that you will not be long out of the Kingdom. You are my chosen one on earth to proclaim my glad tidings of life and love. Be true to yourself and to your God and He will bless you abundantly. Keep His Commandments and you will be very happy, and you will soon receive the contentment that He gives to His true children. Go to Him in all your troubles and you will find rest and peace. You will soon be in condition to let the things of this world alone, as I need you for my service.

    With all my love and blessings, and those of the Holy Spirit, I am,

    Jesus.

 

Padgett was eventually convinced that he was being developed for a task of mediumship whereby great messages of religious Truths would be given to mankind through him. He prayed earnestly and frequently and, for the next three months, not only did Jesus write but also many of the apostles, especially John and James, who kept telling him to keep praying for the Father's Love, but that the time had not yet come for the delivery of the great messages. Padgett's brain, while being changed in quality, had not yet reached that high quality which would permit the passage of communications of the kind they proposed. They continually urged him to seek for more of the Father's Love through prayer to Him. Many times when I met him in his room, he would say to me: "Doctor, I feel the Divine Love in my soul in such intensity that I don't think I can stand it anymore." He would say this experience was always his when he had been praying for the Father's Love prior to obtaining messages from Jesus and the Celestial spirits. And I can in all sincerity state, if only for the purpose of corroborating his experiences, that these feelings were mine as well, if perhaps to a smaller degree.

While receiving these preparatory messages, it occurred to Padgett to ask how it was that Jesus had selected him to do this work, and what power, specifically, was there in the Divine Love which would enable him to succeed. Inevitably, there came the reply - in fact, one from John, the Apostle, and another from Jesus. John's message deals with the laws of report in the spirit world which enable spirits and mortals to communicate, and the workings whereby the brain of the mortal is conditioned to receive various types of messages: intellectual, moral, and soul. It is a message of great importance to those who may be interested in developing mediumship or furthering their mediumistic powers. But Jesus' reply is more direct.

The message is printed in volume I, and so may be read in its entirety. But to summarize briefly here, Jesus wrote that two things are necessary for a genuine medium to receive the messages of the Father's Truths, which were to be given shortly. First, the medium had to have thorough faith that the spirits of the Celestial Heavens, inhabitants of God's Kingdom in Immortality, were actual beings who could, if the medium achieved a certain condition of soul, actually control his brain and write through him. If the medium did not have this faith in his heart, then no contact could be made by the Celestial spirits with him. Secondly, the medium must be willing to submit to the conditions imposed by the spirits: He had to obey the instructions of the spirits and pray to the Father for His Divine Love; for it was this Love alone that had the power to transform the brain of the medium so that it could be attuned to the thoughts of the spirits. And this transformation of the brain could be achieved only through the development of his soul. By prayer, said Jesus, the Father's Love inflowing into the soul transforms the soul from the image of God (with which man was created) into the Essence of God, so that sin and error in the human soul could not exist. And the brain of the mortal, thus purified of material thoughts and manifesting in his thoughts the condition of his transformed soul, could attain that condition which corresponded to the soul condition of the spirits; and it was in that way that he could grasp their thoughts .

That was the importance of the Divine Love. Padgett, in short, had to attain, through prayer to the Father, a soul condition approaching to a degree that of the Celestial spirits in order for his brain to receive their messages. Prayer had to be constant, for, otherwise, renewed earth plane and material thoughts would naturally reimpose their dominance, and the Love and the high soul condition would become inactive. Thus, said Jesus, Padgett had not been selected because of any particular goodness or freedom from sin, as compared to other mortals, for there were many who were in better, and in a higher, spiritual condition than he was, but because of his faith that Jesus could come, and his willingness to obey the spirits and pray for the Divine Love for a transformation of his soul so that the conditions for receiving these messages could be met. Furthermore, declared Jesus, he had tried for many centuries in the past to thus write his messages, and he had found many mediums who were far better gifted than was Padgett. But because they thought Jesus was God, or because they thought it was impossible for Jesus to write, or because of their religious beliefs and dogmas, they had refused to submit to the promptings of the spirits. And since man is endowed by his Creator with a free will, Jesus and the Celestial spirits could not coerce them into submitting to a task to which they were opposed and in whose efficacy they had no conviction. For these reasons, Jesus stated, no other could be chosen except Padgett.

Mr. Padgett was now thoroughly convinced that what he was receiving was not only from the Celestial spirits but also from the Master, himself. I think it is interesting to point out that he not only confided his beliefs to his friends, like myself, Eugene Morgan, and Dr. Goerger, but also wrote boldly about them. I have in my possession a copy of a letter he wrote to a Dr. George H. Gilbert, Ph.D., D.D., who had published an article on religion entitled "Christianizing the Bible," in the November 1915 issue of Biblical World. This article, which I have read, advocated less emphasis on the Old Testament and its emphasis on a stern and punishing Jehovah, and more attention to the teachings of the New Testament and the sayings of Jesus. There was no suggestion of the Divine Love in Dr. Gilbert's article, which anyone who procures a copy from the Library of Congress (or any other library which contains it) can very readily discover. Mr. Padgett's letter explains how, for quite a time, he refused to believe the contents or origin of the handwriting (for, with his legalistic turn of mind, he would accept only the most concrete evidence as proof), but that he was finally and thoroughly convinced of the Truths of the Messages and the source from which they came. Here it is:

 

December 28, 1915
Dr. George H. Gilbert, Ph.D., D.D., Dorset, Vermont.

Dear Sir:

I hope that you will pardon me for writing you as I herein shall, for your evident voluntary interest in a certain subject matter, and my involuntary interest in the same, furnish the only excuse. I have read your article, "Christianizing the Bible," in the November issue of the Biblical World and am much impressed with the same, not only because of its inherent merits but also because its demands and suggestions are very similar to those which have been made through me in a way and manner which I can scarcely expect you to give credence to; nevertheless, I shall submit the matter to you, recognizing your right to consider what it may say unworthy of your serious attention.

First, permit me to state that I am a practical lawyer of 35 years experience and, as such, not inclined to accept allegations of fact as true without evidencing proof. I was born and reared in an orthodox Protestant church and, until quite recently, remained orthodox in my beliefs; that a little more than a year ago, upon the suggestion being made to me that I was a psychic, I commenced to receive messages by way of automatic writing from what was said to be the spirit world. And, since that time, I have received nearly 1500 such messages upon many subjects, but mostly as to things of a spiritual and religious nature, not orthodox, as to the errancy of the Bible.

I have not space to name, nor would you probably be interested in, the great number of the writers of these messages; but among the writers is Jesus of Nazareth, from whom I have received more than 100 messages. I will frankly say that I refused to believe for a long time that these messages came from Jesus because, God, while He had the power, as I believed, would not engage in doing such a thing. But the evidence of the truth of the origin of these messages became so convincing, not only from the great number and positiveness of the witnesses but also from the inherent and unusual merits of the contents of the messages, that I was forced to believe; and I now say to you that I believe in the truth of these communications with as little doubt as I ever believed in the truth of a fact established by the most positive evidence in court. I wish further to say that, to my own consciousness, I did no thinking in writing the messages. I did not know what was to be written nor what was written at the time except the word that the pencil was writing.

The great object of these messages from Jesus, as he wrote, is to make a revelation of the Truths of his Father. He asserts that the Bible does not contain his real teachings as he disclosed them while on earth; that many things that he said are not therein contained, and many things that are ascribed to him therein he did not say at all. And he wants the Truths made known to mankind. And I must say that many of these Truths, which he has already written, I have never heard of before, and I have studied the Bible to some extent. One thing in particular impressed me, and that is what the truth is of his bringing "life and immortality to light." The Bible does not state it, and I have not been able to find an explanation of it in any commentaries on the Bible. But enough of this. I merely wrote this to assure you that I am serious in submitting the enclosed copy of a message for your perusal; and I would not do this were it not for the fact that the message comments upon your article and also upon another article in the same issue of the Biblical World.

On the night of December 24, 1915, I read your article and, on the next night, Christmas night, I received a writing of which the enclosed is a copy. You will observe that a portion of the message is personal, but I thought it best to send it as it came to me. And though you may not believe the origin of the message, yet, you may find some thoughts therein for your consideration.

Trusting that you will pardon my intrusion, I will subscribe myself,

Very respectfully,
James E. Padgett.

 

A few nights later, a message signed "Jesus" commented upon Padgett's having sent a copy of the message, and referred to his letter to Dr. Gilbert:

December 28, 1915

I am here, Jesus.

I came tonight to tell you that you did the right thing by sending the message to the person who wrote the article upon the subject of Christianizing the Bible, for I now believe that he will appreciate it to a very great degree. He is not an orthodox churchman, but is the preacher of a Unitarian church in the little town in which he lives, and is a very broad-minded man.

He may have some doubts as to the source of the message and may not feel inclined to accept, as true, your statements as to how you received it, but yet his doubts will not be altogether of such a nature that he may not have some hesitation in saying that such a thing as your receiving my message could not be true. At any rate, he will become interested in the subject matter of the message and will find some thoughts that he never before had. I fully realize that, when my messages are published, the great difficulty in their being accepted will be the doubt of the people as to their source. But you will have to complete the book in such a way that the testimony of the numerous witnesses will be so strong that the doubt will not be able to withstand the overwhelming evidence of my being the writer of the messages. And when men read the same, they will realize that the Truths which they contain could only come from a higher source than mortal mind, and that the Hand of the Father is in them.

So, I will continue to write and you to receive the messages; and when the time comes to publish them, I do not fear that they will not be, in time, gladly received. Very soon, I will write you another which will be of importance to mankind. I will only say further that I am with you trying to help you and to have you believe with all your heart in the Divine Love of the Father, in my mission, and in your work.

Your brother and friend,
Jesus.

 

By this time, of course, my original ideas about Spiritualism had undergone a radical transformation. In the light of the messages, Spiritualism could no longer simply be an effort to prove to one's satisfaction, through seances repeating the same process and ritual, that man did survive death and that his spirit, though devoid of his fleshly frame, could appear from his spiritual habitat and give evidence of his post-mortal existence. Both Padgett and myself now saw in Spiritualism not merely belief in life after death and conviction in communication between mortal and spirit, but in a great universe of spirits seeking progress towards light and happiness through purification of their souls, and the possibility of transformation of these souls through prayer to the Heavenly Father for His Love. Gone was my belief in vibrations, abstract intelligence, cosmic force, astral bodies and other paraphernalia of a bare and cold concept; and real Spiritualism took its well merited place as part and parcel of that sublime religion which affirmed that souls were alive, with or without the flesh, and that these souls could be changed from the image of God, as originally created, into the very Essence and Nature of God through His Divine Love. I did not have to look further. My search for God had ended. I had found God through the messages from Jesus and his Celestial spirits.

On this subject, a message signed by St. Luke was received December 5, 1915, in which it was pointed out how limited and sterile Spiritualism was, unless life was breathed into it through faith in the Heavenly Father and prayer to Him for His Divine Love and Mercy. At the time of the first printing, I refrained from inserting St. Luke's message for fear of wounding the susceptibilities of Spiritualists, for it was to them that I first turned for the initial distribution of the messages. On this fourth reprinting, however, I have inserted the complete message, for its unmistakable stamp of authenticity will appeal to those many Spiritualists who have now combined its truths with the Master's teachings of the New Birth.

Before concluding, I want to write about my soulmate, Mary Kennedy, and about some new messages through Padgett which I am inserting in volume I. These messages include three from Jesus, the one from St. Luke just mentioned, another from a member of the Sanhedrin which condemned Jesus at his trial, one from Helen and two from Mary. I am also adding photographs of Mary as she materialized in the studio of Mr. William Keeler, brother of Pierre Keeler, who, I have said, was a slate writing medium I had met at Lily Dale. The Pictures were taken in Washington, D.C., in February 1920, where I sat; and in one she appeared poised and calm, with certain spirit lights about her head and partly across my body. Such illumination blotted out the black tie I was wearing at the time. Yes, my Mary is a glorious, living spirit of the Celestial Heavens. I have had many writings from her through Mr. Padgett, and more recently through an associate of mine. I hope you will enjoy the messages from her

The additional messages from Jesus include one received December 25, 1914, just prior to the writing of the great formal writings. Another, dated December 15, 1915, states that, because of the Love which I had obtained and my desire to help further the Father's Truths, I had been selected by Jesus to do a work for the Kingdom. This eventually turned out to be the work of publishing the Padgett messages. I have since devoted my entire life to them and to furthering the Master's task of disseminating the Truths to mankind. I feel that I have made a beginning in my lifetime, and that the work will be continued by my associates and friends everywhere.

Dr. Leslie R. Stone.

The Testimony of James E. Padgett, Esq.
(1852-1923)


December 28, 1915

Mr. Padgett wrote a letter to a Dr. George H. Gilbert, Ph.D., D.D., who had published an article on religion entitled "Christianizing the Bible," in the November 1915 issue of Biblical World.

Dear Sir:

I hope that you will pardon me for writing you as I herein shall, for your evident voluntary interest in a certain subject matter, and my involuntary interest in the same, furnish the only excuse. I have read your article, "Christianizing the Bible," in the November issue of the Biblical World and am much impressed with the same, not only because of its inherent merits, but also because its demands and suggestions are very similar to those which have been made through me, in a way and manner which I can scarcely expect you to give credence to; nevertheless, I shall submit the matter to you, recognizing your right to consider what it may say unworthy of your serious attention.

First permit me to state that I am a practical lawyer of 35 years experience, and as such not inclined to accept allegations of fact as true without evidencing proof. I was born and reared in an orthodox Protestant church and, until quite recently remained orthodox in my beliefs -- that upon the suggestion being made to me that I was a psychic, I commenced to receive by way of automatic writing, messages from what was said to be messages from the spirit world, and since that time I have received messages upon many subjects, but mostly as to things of a spiritual and religious nature, not orthodox, as to the errancy of the Bible.

I have not space to name the great number of the writers of these messages, but among them is Jesus of Nazereth. I will frankly say that I refused for a long time to believe that these messages came from Jesus, because God, while He had the power, as I believed, would not engage in doing such a thing; but the evidence of the truth of the origin of these messages became so convincing, not only from the great number and positiveness of the witnesses, but from the inherent and unusual merits of the contents of the messages, that I was forced to believe -- and now say to you that I believe in the truth of these communications, with as little doubt as I ever believed in the truth of a fact established by the most positive evidence in court.

I wish further to say that to my own consciousness I did no thinking in writing the messages -- I did not know what was to be written, nor what was written at the time, except the word the pencil was writing.
The great object of these messages from Jesus, as he wrote, is to make a revelation of the truths of his Father. He asserts that the Bible does not contain his real teachings as he disclosed them while on earth -- that many things that he said are not therein contained, and many things that are ascribed to him therein he did not say at all -- and he wants the truths made known to mankind. And I must say that many of these truths which he has written I have never before heard of, and I have studied the Bible to some extent.

One thing in particular impressed me, and that is what the truth is of his bringing "life and immortality to light." The Bible does not state it, and I have not been able to find an explanation of it in any commentaries on the Bible. But enough of this. I merely wrote this to assure you that I am serious in submitting the enclosed copy of a message for your perusal; and I would not do this were it not for the fact that the message comments upon your article and also upon another article in the same issue of the Biblical World.

On the night of December 24, 1915, I read your article and, on the next night, Christmas night, I received a writing of which the enclosed is a copy. You will observe that a portion of the message is personal, but I thought it best to send it as it came to me. And though you may not believe the origin of the message, yet, you may find some thoughts therein for your consideration.

Trusting that you will pardon my intrusion, I will subscribe myself,

Very respectfully,
James E. Padgett.



Jesus Comments on the Above Letter
and Provides Instructions On Publishing These Messages

 

    A few nights later, a message signed "Jesus" commented upon Padgett's having sent a copy of the message,
and referred to his letter to Dr. Gilbert:

 

December 28, 1915

I am here, Jesus.
 

I came tonight to tell you that you did the right thing by sending the message to the person who wrote the article upon the subject of Christianizing the Bible, for I now believe that he will appreciate it to a very great degree. He is not an orthodox churchman, but is the preacher of a Unitarian church in the little town in which he lives, and is a very broad-minded man.
He may have some doubts as to the source of the message, and may not feel inclined to accept as true, your statements as to how you received it, but yet his doubts will not be altogether of such a nature that he may not have some hesitation in saying, that such a thing as your receiving my message could not be true. At any rate, he will become interested in the subject matter of the message and will find some thoughts that he never before had.

I fully realize that, when my messages are published, the great difficulty in their being accepted will be the doubt of the people as to their source. But you will have to complete the book in such a way that the testimony of the numerous witnesses, will be so strong that the doubt will not be able to withstand the overwhelming evidence of my being the writer of the messages. And when men read the same, they will realize that the Truths which they contain could only come from a higher source than mortal mind, and that the Hand of the Father is in them.
So, I will continue to write and you to receive the messages; and when the time comes to publish them, I do not fear that they will not be, in time, gladly received.

Very soon, I will write you another which will be of importance to mankind. I will only say further, that I am with you trying to help you, and to have you believe with all your heart in the Divine Love of the Father, in my mission, and in your work.
Your brother and friend, Jesus


The importance of the work set before Mr. Padgett. The necessity of getting into condition to do this work

 

I am here, Jesus.

I come as I promised and desire to write on a subject that requires that I should have absolute control of your brain and hand; and tonight I see that you are not just in the condition necessary. So I will not write on the subject, as I intended, but will postpone the same until later.

But I will say a few words that may be of interest to you and your friend, whose conversation tonight I listened to, and saw what was in both your minds and hearts.

I realize that you both appreciate the importance of the work that is set before you, and that you have arrived at that condition of faith which causes you to forego all interest in material things, so far as they may benefit you personally; and it is well that you are in this state of feeling and appreciation of the work, for this work is of such an exclusive nature, that in order to be performed in the way that we desire and which is necessary that the truths which you receive shall be given to the world, all thoughts of the things that ordinarily belong to the mere human living must be eliminated and turned aside.

These truths while, when understood and applied by the individual, will not render that individual less qualified to perform the duties of life, but on the contrary will increase these qualifications, and must be so taught, yet in the case of you who are to make and teach these truths, your interest in the world must be forgotten or submerged in these higher interests. In other words, "while you are in the world you must not be of the world," as I taught my disciples when on earth.

Of course, while you are mortals you will have to have these things that are necessary to sustain life and health and comfort, and your work does not require that you shall make sacrifices of these things, but that you shall have the comforts that are necessary to your enjoying the merely physical life, and this you must understand.

As you have said, the work will be hard and the difficulties that you shall encounter will be great, but you will be able to do the work and overcome the difficulties; for I desire to tell you here that never in all the history of mankind has any work had behind it the power and influence of the high spirits of the spirit world, as your work will have, and your faith must be such that no possibility of failure will be permitted to enter into your conception of success.

The world is now ready for those truths, for men's souls have been and will be more opened to the possibility and necessity of seeking for and obtaining things spiritual than ever before, and mankind will - and now does - realize that man himself, notwithstanding the teachings of some of the writers that man is of the divine and of himself capable of self-regeneration, is not able to become brothers in truth and reality, and that the brotherhood of man is a mere dream when based upon the power of man because of any qualities of goodness or of the divine that he may be supposed to possess.

Time is passing and the great conflict that has deluged the mortal world with bloodshed and hatred and vengeance will soon come to an end, and men will wander in confusion and seek that which may bring them into unison and brotherly kindness, and also into a greater knowledge of the world unknown to them - the hereafter. Faith will fail to satisfy and their souls will long for the spiritual food that will have in it the qualities of certainty and knowledge.

They will think in their hearts and in many instances declare that the Christian faith as has been taught them by the churches does not satisfy, and the creeds and dogmas of the churches have been failures, and will cry out for something that will fill their souls with spiritual food of truth and salvation.

So we must work and be prepared to give to mankind the truth and this food - a knowledge of the only way to the Father's Love, and of what the possession of this Love in the souls of men will mean to them.

I feel that you are both in earnest in your desire to do the work and that all opportunities will be embraced, and that when you are free to give your whole time to the work you will permit nothing to intervene. And this you will do for the good of humanity without thought of reward, and such should be your desires. But nevertheless, your reward will be great, not in the way of an independent payment, but as an acquisition necessarily growing out of the very nature of the work that you will do; for as you help others to learn the truth and gain the possession of this Great Love of the Father, your own souls will obtain more of the Love, and with that increased possession will come increased happiness and a closer at-onement with the Father; and this, of course, means rewards beyond all conception of mortals or spirits who have not arrived at the degree of possession of this Love that will be yours.

So, as I said in the beginning, first place yourselves in that condition which will enable you to free yourself from all worldly cares, and consecrate your body, mind and soul to this great work; and then what follows will be without interference of worldly things.

I am glad that I could write you in this way tonight, for I know it will assist you in pursuing the best way to accomplish the mission that has been given you and which at this time no other can take from you. You have been selected for the work and we feel that no mistake has been made. So, believe in us and pray to the Father with all the earnestness of your souls and you will find that which we have told you to be the greatest thing in all the universe: the Divine Love and nature and Immortality of the Father.

I will not write more tonight, and with my love and the blessings of the Father, will say good-night.

Your brother and friend, Jesus