the teaching of Jesus christ

The teaching of
Jesus Christ


First prologue On Love
Second prologue The Redeemer
Part one The Father
Part two The Son of The Father
Part three The Paraclete
Part four On equality before God
Intermezzo On the mystery of praying




 

Part Three
 
The Paraclete

 

Many sayings which the author of the ancient message attributes to the Master are found in letters written down in the Master’s own hand. Here almost the complete text of the letter has survived, although it was later torn apart and inserted into certain passages to satisfy the demands of the new cult’s belief.

The author of the original text of the ancient message once transferred the text of the Master’s sayings into his own original in the following way:
‘YET A LITTLE WHILE AND THE WORLD WILL SEE ME NO MORE. (John 14:19)
ON THAT DAY YOU SHALL BE ABLE TO ASK ME NO MORE QUESTIONS.** YET I SHALL NOT ABANDON YOU AS ORPHANS.
I SHALL PRAY TO THE FATHER, AND HE WILL SEND YOU ANOTHER TO HELP YOU FROM (John 14:18) THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH: ONE WHOM THE WORLD CANNOT TAKE HOLD OF, FOR IT SEES HIM NOT AND KNOWS NOTHING OF HIM.
BUT YOU SHALL RECOGNISE HIM, FOR HE WILL STAY WITH YOU AND BE IN YOU. (John 14:26)
HE SHALL TEACH YOU ALL THINGS AND REMIND YOU OF ALL I SAID TO YOU.
HE WILL NOT SPEAK OF HIMSELF’ – IN THE SAME WAY I SAID TO YOU THAT I DO NOT SPEAK OF MYSELF – ‘BUT HE WILL SPEAK WHAT HE HEARS AND MAKE IT KNOWN TO YOU. (John 16:13)
HE WILL CONFIRM ME TO YOU, FOR HE WILL TAKE OF WHAT IS MINE AND MAKE IT KNOWN TO YOU.
ALL THAT THE FATHER HAS IS MINE. (John 16:14)
AND SO I SAY UNTO YOU: HE WILL TAKE OF WHAT IS MINE. (John 16:15)
WHOEVER RECEIVES HIM I SHALL SEND, RECEIVES ME; AND WHOEVER RECEIVES ME, RECEIVES HIM THAT SENT ME.(John 14:20)
ON THAT DAY YOU SHALL KNOW THAT I AM IN MY FATHER. (John 14:27)
LET NOT YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED.
BE NOT AFRAID. (John 14:20)
I LEAVE YOU IN PEACE.
I GIVE UNTO YOU MY PEACE WHICH THE WORLD CANNOT GIVE. (John 14:27)

He speaks of nothing else here than that the Luminary promises to send another teacher after his earthly death; this teacher comes from the exalted circle of the Luminaries of the First Light who no longer live in an earthly body but in spiritual form. Thus they could reach perfection under his spiritual guidance without concern that he might be assailed by men and separated from his pupils, as happened to the Master himself.
He expressly says in the same passage that this spiritual teacher, who they will be capable of hearing only in their innermost selves, speaks similarly ‘not of himself’, and reveals to them the same things they had previously heard from his own mouth.
He will take from the same treasure of ancient wisdom that every one who is a ‘son’ of the ‘Father’, receives from the Father’s insight, and confirm him, the Master himself, through it.

As the exalted Master himself became a God to the believers of the new cult soon after his death, so too had this spiritual brother of the Master to become a God. –
The true ‘Trinity’ had not been recognised, which is to be seen only in this, that the formless, incomprehensible and all-encompassing First Light – the unending, imponderable, eternal ‘sea of the Godhead’ – reveals eternally itself as unity within the First Word – the ‘Word’ which is ‘in the beginning’, which always was and is and will be: ‘God’ in the Godhead, – and that the First Word reveals of itself the ‘man of eternity’ – the light-propagated, eternal spiritual man which abides forever in it and, continuing propagating, as ‘Father’ produces from itself all spiritual hierarchies; thus in unity the embodiment of all plurality, in itself revealing itself within the numbers of the origin from which emanates all the infinite plurality of spiritual life…

This eternal being of the spirit, at the same time self-revelation of the spirit and spiritual consequence of this self-revelation:
in incomprehensibility
in unity
in number, –
which again propagates unity in infinite plurality – is ultimate reality. Whatever words are used to testify to this, for with equal justification it could also be described as:
the eternally un-revealed,
the eternally self-revealing,
the eternally revealed. –

From: The Wisdom of John pdf pages 116-123