God Has a Location
by Rev. Nancy R. Burrell
God is not, despite what many say, omnipresent. Though "He has a knowledge of all things which He created. ..there are some things which He did not create, but which man alone created, and for these things has no love and does not approve of or favor their existence..." (True Gospel Revealed Anew by Jesus, Vol. I, p. 64). "God…is not everywhere and not with men at all times forming a part of their being......but He is with all men and spirits in a way that His influence of love and beneficence may be felt by them, if they will only place themselves in that condition of receptivity of soul that such influence may be felt..."
Jesus explains (Vol. II, p. 196):
"The source of things can never be the things themselves, although the things as they flow from the source have some of the qualities of the source itself, and so these manifestations of God's existence, while they are of His qualities, yet they are not equivalent of His presence or the source from which they flow. God is not everywhere, but in His Heavens, and all these expressions of His powers and will and energies are merely evidences that there is a source from which they all come, and they are not that source itself."
Man's ability to feel these influences and to feel a relationship with and nearness to God, "depends, to a very large extent, upon the will and desires of man, himself" (Vol. I, p. 64). God does not force anyone to receive His Love. As Paul says (Vol. II, p. 190):
"And yet man has his part to perform also, in this great renewal of his spiritual being. He must open his soul to the inflowing of this Divine Love, and must pray to the Father for the inflowing of the Holy Ghost, and with his prayers, must believe that the Father is waiting to bestow it."
So, we have learned that God has soul, form, and personality. We also say that He does not exist everywhere, but has a location in the high Heavens (Vol. I, p. 64).
Ann Rollins, who was James Padgett's grandmother and an important contributor to the Padgett writings, sums it clearly (Vol. I, pp. 68-69).
"GOD THEN, AS I HAVE SAID, IS A BEING -- A SOUL -- WITH A PERSONALITY THAT HAS A LOCATION, HIGH UP IN THE HEAVENS, TOWARDS WHOM ALL SPIRITS OF THE CELESTIAL AND MANY OF THE SPIRITUAL SPHERES ARE STRIVING TO APPROACH IN GREATER AND GREATER NEARNESS; AND AS THEY APPROACH THEY REALIZE AND KNOW FROM THE INCREASED LOVE AND LIFE AND LIGHT THAT EMANATES FROM THE FOUNTAINHEAD OF THESE ATTRIBUTES OF PERFECTION."