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 Two
 
The Son of the Father

 

Like the exalted Master, every Luminary of the First Light must testify:
‘I AND THE FATHER ARE ONE. HE THAT SEES ME SEES THE FATHER’.(John 14:7)
For the ‘Father’ in the First Word has no other self-representation on this earth than the Luminary of the First Light. The ‘Father’ has prepared the Luminary for himself as self-representation. While the Luminary still lived in an earthly form the ‘Father’ has begotten of himself a spiritual form for him which allowed him to live consciously in the spiritual world of appearance without withdrawing from this earthly world. –
He has truly become the ‘Father’s’ ‘son’ ‘born’ within the First Word! – – –

From his conscious self-experience as spiritual ‘son’ of the eternal spiritual ‘father’ in the First Word: – from his consciousness within the spiritual world of appearance – the Master proclaims the pure teaching.
‘YE BOTH KNOW ME AND KNOW WHENCE I AM; (John 7:28) BUT I CAME NOT OF MYSELF’ – MY EARTHLY ORIGIN ENTITLES ME NOT TO TEACH AND SPEAK TO YOU AS I DO – BUT ‘HE THAT SENT ME IS TRUE, WHOM YE KNOW NOT.’
‘IF I BEAR WITNESS OF MYSELF, MY WITNESS IS TRUE, FOR I KNOW WHENCE I CAME AND WHITHER I GO.’ (John 8:14)
‘YEA, HE THAT SENT ME IS WITH ME AND DOES NOT FORSAKE ME, BECAUSE I ALWAYS DO WHAT PLEASES HIM.(John 8:27)

And in the incontrovertible certainty that he is, within the world around him, the only one who knows what is needed for earthly man ‘on his last day’ in this world of appearance to be ready for eternal ‘birth’ in the spiritual world of appearance, he speaks the mighty words:
‘I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. NO MAN COMES UNTO THE FATHER BUT BY ME!’ (John 14:6)
For the spiritually begotten, which he calls the ‘son’ and as such experiences himself as a Luminary of the First Light, is for every spirit of man the same; in it alone the spirit of man attains intransient life within the world of spirit.
He experiences this life himself and can testify of it:
‘WHAT MY FATHER GAVE UNTO ME IS GREATER THAN ALL; AND NO MAN IS ABLE TO PLUCK IT OUT OF MY FATHER’S HAND.’(John 10:29)

From: The Book Of Love pdf 87-97

But the work of the Luminary is not only restricted to this outer world of appearance belonging to the physical senses.
He works as much in the innermost realm of the spirit – in the realm of causes – as on this earth, but also in those nether spiritual worlds entered by a human spirit when he leaves this earth. He testifies to this work with these words:
‘THE HOUR IS COMING AND NOW IS, WHEN THE DEAD (THROUGH ME) SHALL HEAR THE VOICE OF THE SON; AND THEY THAT HEAR SHALL LIVE.(John 5:25) – For the luminary can awake them: – he can prepare them for new birth in the spirit which the father brings about. – –
So that no one should believe that he acts, as the ‘son’ of the ‘Father’, according to his own arbitrary will, he says:
‘THE SON CAN DO NOTHING OF HIMSELF, BUT WHAT HE SEES THE FATHER DO, FOR WHAT THINGS SOEVER HE DOES, THESE ALSO DOES THE SON LIKEWISE.(John 5:19)
NO MAN CAN COME TO ME, EXCEPT THE FATHER WHICH HAS SENT ME DRAW HIM UNTO ME, THAT I MAY AWAKE HIM AT HIS LAST DAY.(John 6:44)

But no human spirit can attain lasting life within the realm of the spirit unless it believes it will find this life. –
And of this belief alone, which must be confident trust, the Master once spoke with respect to his teaching, which brought all the certainty from the spiritual world down to this earth through the lips of a man:
‘THIS IS THE BREAD WHICH COMES DOWN FROM HEAVEN, THAT A MAN MAY EAT THEREOF, AND NOT DIE.’(John 6:33-35)
This saying was once in the same passage where the following was said:
‘WHO BELIEVES IN ME, FROM HIS BELLY SHALL FLOW STREAMS OF LIVING WATER.’ (John 7:38)
He shall of himself continue to propagate the spiritual in the spiritual world of appearance, for here we speak about the ‘body’ of one born in the spirit. – –
And the Master said of the same ‘body’ of one born in the spirit that this ‘body’ was as ‘real’ in the spiritual world of appearance as ‘flesh’ and ‘blood’ in this earthly form of appearance, so that only those who possessed this spiritual body could have conscious life in the spirit.
‘EXCEPT YE HAVE THE FLESH OF THE SON OF MAN AND HIS BLOOD WITHIN YOU, YE SHALL HAVE NO LIFE IN YOU.’ (John 6:53)

Everything which is found in this passage in the message handed down to us, where the words about the ‘bread’ are mingled with those about the ‘flesh’ and ‘blood’, is a later distortion and deliberate addition.
The saying about the spiritual ‘body’ was found to be well suited to support the new cult, which had arisen from the cultic traditions of mystical religious communities as known all over the east in those days.
Thus the Master’s words were altered in such a way that they seemed to speak of his own, earthly flesh and blood, and not of that which bore his spiritual consciousness in the innermost realm of the spirit, in the way that flesh and blood here on earth bore his earthly consciousness. – –
This particular religious conviction was repeated in many paraphrases in the account while linking it at the same time closely to the sayings about the ‘bread of heaven’ in similar paraphrasing.

Certainly there were several highly enlightened and ‘knowledgeable’ men among those who gave shape to the liturgy and rites of the new cult; however, they had already to take into account what existed and sought by interpretation to change the significance of essentially foreign cult material which they found rooted within it.
Some ended up expelled as ‘heretics’, while the interpretation of others was only accepted if it seemed possible without endangering those doctrines derived from ancient pagan cults to which the new cult owed its mystical aura.
Yet it is truly no ‘coincidence’ that today’s preserved text of the message is alone in reporting nothing about the sayings found in the older three accounts, attributed to the Master at the Last Supper, which became the foundation of the same cult! – –
How would especially the writer, to whom have been attributed the false words of the Master about his earthly flesh and blood: – that his ‘flesh’ was ‘truly meat’ and his ‘blood’ was ‘truly drink’, have noted with the most solemn emphasis imaginable those words spoken at the Last Supper, had only a single saying, even with a similar meaning, been recorded in the falsified passage!
But he knew full well that ideas taken from ancient pagan cults had found a new life in the exalted Master’s name.

From: The Wisdom of John pdf pages 94-111