The Gospel of John

 

Gospel of John

 

We have just examined the Words of Jesus as recorded through the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. The gospels of Saints Mark and Luke were more or less similar except in some minor details. The gospel of John, however, is very different. It is sometimes felt to represent the developed theological concepts of the first century. It is certainly the most spiritual of the gospels. In examining the gospel of John certain concepts which had not been clear will become so and at the same time it will be easier for us to understand so many of what Jesus said and what He really meant. There are issues which are peculiar to John and are not to be found elsewhere.

John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

This is self explanatory. The Word of God is a part of His Essence. When Jesus brought His Teaching down to us, He brought down the Word of God. He brought down an Essence of the Creator and also the Power of God. God brought Himself to us. We, however, through the influence of the darkness failed to yield to the Word of God. We blindly reviled It and rejected It. The Light of God in His Word shined when Jesus descended to this earth but the majority of mankind failed to understand Him. Did not want to understand Him because His Teaching was inconvenient to the happy placid spiritual indolence that had come to characterize mankind.

Jesus demanded work and activity. That was too much for a mankind that had become used to expect to be served. Suddenly we were meant to serve and this unfamiliar position made us resentful. Why should we who were so great serve our neighbours? Why should we love our neighbours? What do we gain from following a teaching that demanded that we give up our exalted positions? These were the questions asked by the intellects of men and they just could not put up with a teaching as apparently as rigorous as this.

In our uncomprehending way, we preferred earthly bliss which lasts for only a very short period to spiritual bliss which lasts for ever. We tried to make a bargain with the Love of God. What is in it for me we ask? All the darkness had to do was induce us to overdevelop our intellects and no more. Lucifer could then leave mankind on its own certain that it would always follow its dictates. And why not? The distortion in the human brain guarantees this. He had choked off the spirit. He did not have to especially exert himself very much. He could be certain that his will would always be carried out by those who had become his slaves: the majority of mankind.

John 1:6-9 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. (7) He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him. (8) He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light. (9) The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world.

It is often the case that before Envoys of God incarnate, Forerunners are sent to the target population to prepare the way. Preparing the way means to remind the hearers of the prophecies and of the Coming of the Envoy. This Forerunner also revives the spiritual teachings of the people. By so doing he refreshes the memories of the people of the knowledge of God. He concentrates minds and helps focus attention on the prophecies and the impending Coming. In this way the people will already be on the lookout for the Envoy and it will be easy for them to recognize Him when He comes.

This was the role of John the Baptist. He aroused the people, reminded them of the prophecies, spoke to them about the impending coming of the Messiah and focused attention on this. He got the people thinking about spiritual things and in this way softened the soil upon which Jesus was to work. It made it easier for Jesus because the people were already aroused spiritually awaiting the Messiah. They were already open spiritually and it became easier for His Word to penetrate into their spirits.

John 1:10-13 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not. (11) He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. (12) But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God.

Jesus Who was a Part of the Creator came amongst His creatures but these creatures did not recognize their Maker. They rejected Him and as a result rejected their God. Through thousands of years men had lost that quality that would allow them to recognize God and His Word. Through the overdevelopment of the intellect, the spiritually receptive part of our brains had been neglected and cut off. Through this weakness, any vibrations from the outside never really reached the spirit. It was held in the intellectual brain and never penetrated through to the spiritually receptive brain for onward transmission to the spirit. Therefore all the Words and miracles of Jesus did not go far into the souls of the majority of people whereby recognition of the Truth of His Word would be effected.

The recognition of the Word of God and of His Messengers can never be effected through the intellect because this being lifeless had no connection with the living Power that is God. It was therefore impossible for those who had subjected themselves utterly to the intellect to recognize God and accept Him. This is then the reason for the tragedy whereby creatures whom God had made failed to recognize Him and accept Him. These creatures had made themselves incapable of recognizing their God through their inner condition described above. No one else was to blame for this.

Those who accepted Him, however, and adhered to this Word were made into children of God. They became adopted as children because they did things that were pleasing to God. This indeed is the prerequisite to this adoption. No parent would adopt an unworthy child or a child who is deceitful, who only pays lip service to the will of the parents. The child must be seen to be truly adapting itself to their will before they can adopt him. This is also true of our relation with God. We must be seen to be truly adapting ourselves to the Will of God before being adopted. It is not just a question of saying that we believe. It is more than lip service. We must act and this is why Jesus said it is not ‘those who say Lord, Lord but those who do the Will of His Father’.

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.

The expression "the Word was made flesh" refers to the incarnation of Jesus. This incarnation is not as man has pictured it. In fact man has not pictured anything at all. There is no clear explanation from anyone as to how the incarnation came about or as to what actually happened. According to the book “In the Light of Truth”, the Grail Message by Abd-ru-shin, an Immaculate Conception is a conception in purest love in contrast to a conception in sinful lust.

When a couple comes together in the purest love for each other then the conception that takes place is an immaculate physical conception. They did not come together through wild lust for each other but through the greatest love but this is, however, so rare amongst human beings that a special emphasis had to be placed on it. The radiation that comes from such a union is pure and so is the physical body that develops from such a union.

Now quite aside from an immaculate physical conception, there is also an immaculate spiritual conception. An Immaculate Spiritual Conception is that which involves the direction entrance of a Part out of God into a developing physical body. The strength and purity of this Light connection being directly out of God makes this an Immaculate Spiritual Conception. An immaculate physical conception forms the basis for an Immaculate Spiritual Conception. Once the physical body was developing in such circumstances, it was easy for a direct Radiation out of God to reach down and enter the developing physical vessel in Mary.

This is why the events of the Annunciation were so important. Without this event a gap would have formed which would have made it impossible to piece the events surrounding the birth of Jesus together. As explained above, the Annunciation brought about a spiritual upheaval in Mary. It helped to purify her intuitive perceptions and remove all thoughts of a base nature. She therefore bore purity within herself as a result of this event. This condition of her soul made an immaculate physical conception possible. Her intuition was pure and her coming together with a man was not accompanied by any base thoughts. It could not be because all she was occupied with was the expectation of a Divine Grace.

With an immaculate physical conception guaranteed, an Immaculate Spiritual Conception could then take place. This involved the direct Radiation connection from God all the way to the developing physical body in the womb of Mary. This was then the entrance of a Part of God, a core of Divinity that is God’s into the developing physical vessel. This was then the Incarnation of Jesus. This is then the process of the Word of God which is a Part of God becoming Flesh. It took a physical body and appeared on earth as Jesus Christ.

John 1:15-18 (John bore witness to him, and cried, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, for he was before me.’”) (16) And from his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace. (17) For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (18) No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known.

No human being is capable of seeing the Creator. The nature of the human spirit has not within it the possibility to see the Creator. Only Two can see the Creator: the Holy Spirit and Jesus the Son of God. It is simply a question of the difference in species. It is natural and just. Now since no human being is capable of beholding God, He can however reveal Himself to us through the form in which He shows Himself to us through His Envoys. Those who have seen Jesus also naturally have seen the form of God not perhaps God Himself but the form of God in the Way He shows Himself to us and reveals Himself to us. The same is true for all creatures even those in the Divine Realm. God can only be perceived in the form in which He reveals Himself not perhaps in His true Nature. That is only possible for Two as mentioned above.

For those in the Divine Realm to see God, He still has to put on the cloak of Divine Essence for this to be possible. Likewise for us to be able to see the Creator on earth, He has to as in the case with Jesus reveal Himself by putting on a cloak of material substance. The interpretation of the Greek text is very doubtful and one only has to look at the preceding line to know that the follow on to that would be “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He has revealed Himself through him or through the Son’. This means that God Whom no man can see has revealed Himself to us on earth through His Son, Jesus.

John 1:29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

This statement is not meant to be taken as proof that Jesus’ sole Mission was to die and as a result take the world’s sins on His shoulder as has been attempted from the beginning of Christianity. This is not the case. Jesus was the Word Incarnate. If the sins of the world were to be taken away, it was through adherence to this Word. We do not need to change John’s sentence but only the prevailing interpretations.

Yes the sin of the world will be taken away as soon as they adhered to the Word that Jesus represented. Not sooner. If we adhere to this Word then as has been explained, the retroactive effects of our good actions will counteract our evil ones and we will then be free. Mark us here that some interpretations of this verse use the expression ‘bears the sin of the world’. This could be taken to mean something entirely different. If it is said that He bears the sin of the world, then indeed it could be taken to mean that He actually bears the marks of the sins of the world on Him. The sins of our guilt. Through our guilt, He was murdered and symbolically He bears the wounds and the marks of this terrible crime. The sin of murder is what He bears on Himself. No matter how we would like to interpret this it does not absolve us from any responsibility. We in any case would have to account for this dreadful crime wrought upon the Word of God.

John 2:13-16 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. (14) In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers at their business. (15) And making a whip of cords, he drove them all, with the sheep and oxen, out of the temple; and he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. (16) And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; you shall not make my Father's house a house of trade.”

Those who understand spiritual things know exactly the value of a Temple of God. Even more so One descended from God. These people had turned the Temple into a rowdy place where the urge for profit and greed reigned. The Temple of God is for His purest worship. To now turn it into a marketplace obviously would have galled such a One as Jesus or anyone for that matter who understood the real purpose of a place of Worship.

Some scholars have argued that they were selling things necessary for worship and that it was legitimate practice but the people who say these things have branded themselves to be incapable of giving any opinion on this matter. They call themselves scholars and as such examine the Word of God with the intellect which will never be able to understand God. By this very fact alone their opinions are not called for on these matters and it would be better if they kept quiet and not voice opinions on matters which they do not understand. The reaction of Jesus on this matter is proof that ever again these intellectuals are wrong.

John 3:1-8 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

Being born again is entirely different from the prevailing conceptions of it. It is not just a question of declaring one’s belief in Jesus and the entrance of the Holy Spirit into the individual. Being born of the spirit has nothing to do with the Holy Spirit. Nor was Jesus referring to the flesh.

It has everything to do with becoming a completely different human being through a change in behaviours and attitudes. If through the hearing of the Word of God, the individual absorbs this Word in such a way that it works changes in him; he makes a decision to change his ways for the better; he changes his way of thinking, his words and deeds; he now after having heard the Word of Jesus, begins to think in a better way, begins to act in a better way and his attitude to his neighbours change, then that is the complete transformation that Jesus was talking about. It is such a change in behaviour that He was referring to. Such a change is from within. Such a change is from the spirit of the individual. Volitions come from the spirit and if now all his volitions are now better as a result of his contact with the Word of God, then that person has been born again in the spirit, in the inside, in his own spirit. This has nothing to do with the Holy Spirit entering the individual.

The Word of God has touched his spirit and has made him to make a decision to change his volition for the better. He now becomes instead of his former evil self, a good human spirit. Before the contact with the Word of God perhaps he was doing evil, he was an evil person, an evil spirit because he was harming his neighbours with his volitions, his deeds. Now with the contact with the Word, he decided to change himself. Through his desire to make good, he has now transformed himself from an evil spirit to a good one. His spirit has been reborn, renewed. This has nothing to do with the physical. The physical body is lifeless and is incapable of bringing forth such forms of volitions that determine the fates of human spirits.

Therefore it is the personal effort of the individual through making use of the Word of God that makes people reborn. The Holy Spirit does not enter into individuals. This is impossible for quite natural reasons. The Holy Spirit is the third Personality in the Holy Trinity. It is an Individual, a Part of God. Being a Part of God it is impossible for Him to enter into human beings. The human spirit will not be able to bear the approach of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit as was mentioned before is not an amorphous energy and just like Jesus It will not enter into human beings.

To be born again in spirit therefore is a condition of having worked on ourselves to purify our intuitive perception. It is a question of purifying and making our spirits pure. Our spirit cloak which was probably very dirty, dark and heavy, we make clean and bright through the exercise of pure volition in the direction that Christ pointed, with loving our neighbours as ourselves and much else that He taught us.

John 3:9-15 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?
11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
14 ¶And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

The interesting thing about this quotation is about the Son of Man Who is in Heaven. It has already been noted that Jesus’ disciples had a lot of problems understanding their Master and that most of the contradictions that we have today resulted from this lack of understanding. An example is the above. Jesus until this very day has been regarded as the Son of Man but there are many verses that see Him referring to this Son of Man in the third Person or as another person entirely. In verse 13 here he said ‘even the Son of Man Who is in Heaven which can be taken to mean that He is not the Son of Man but that this Son of Man is in Heaven. He could not possibly be referring to Himself here as He was clearly on earth. Then we have the follow on to that in verse 14 when He was quoted as saying that ‘even so the Son of Man be lifted up’ which apparently referred to Himself.

These are the misrepresentations and confusions that made many people assume that the Son of God might perhaps also be the Son of Man even though the Names are clearly different. This interchangeable use of the Son of Man and the Son of God has therefore caused great confusion. These are not the same persons as Jesus could not have been so illogical as to address Himself by the two Names. The fact that Jesus said that He had not come to judge and the fact that the Son of Man had been identified by Him as the Judge is one of the proofs that we can advance in support of two different Personalities.

John 3:16-18 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 ¶He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Here Jesus confirmed that He had not come to judge the world. He had not brought the Judgment and as we have seen with His Words the Judgment is reserved for another that He has referred to as the Son of Man. He has come to bring the Word of God so that all those that accept It might be saved. Those who believed in Jesus and seek to adjust their lives to the Word that He represents will be saved from Judgment and be given life everlasting. Those who do not believe in Jesus will not be given a second opportunity to reconsider and these when the Son of Man comes will face Judgment and destruction. The word ‘Condemn’ here should be taken to mean judge. Jesus only came to save the world. This He came to do through His Word.

The love that God has for the world is so overwhelming that He would sent His Son to prevent the destruction of unworthy human beings. That is the sacrifice and the Love that we should ever be grateful for and the only way to show our gratitude is by adjusting ourselves to His Word as He demanded.

John 3:19-20 And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (20) For every one who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.

As explained earlier, here Jesus described the process of the Judgment in clear terms. The unprecedented surge of Light into the entire Creation through the arrival of the Son of Man puts everything in motion in this Creation, even that which would wish to hide. That which would wish to hide of course are the works of the darkness. These works will not be able to hide anymore. All the evil lurking within human beings will be activated so that they may act in accordance with their nature and will be exposed for all to see. It is of no avail for those who wish to hide, the Light will reach them and they will forced to act in ways that correspond to their inner being. If they had previously been protected through their comfortable earthly circumstances, these will be taken away so as to allow them to show themselves.

For those, however, who are good, these have nothing to fear. Nothing but good will come from within them as they do not harbour any evil within. The good that they harbour within will also be exposed for all to see and for them to be shown to be children of God through their activities.

John 4:20-26 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.

Jesus here spoke of the establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth, when human beings who have accepted the Lord will worship Him in the proper way. During this time which is not far off, the knowledge of the Will of God would have so advanced that the people would know exactly what is needed for the true worship of God. It is only through knowledge of the Laws of God as explained by Jesus or by One like Him that this would happen.

These will then be the true worshippers of God because they have come to learn to know all the Laws of God and as a result adjust themselves in happiness to His Will. It will be worship through the intuitive perception and through the opening of their spirits to the Power of God.

God is obviously not a Spirit but His Power is Spirit. He Himself is far above this but His Holy Spirit which is responsible for the coming into being of the entire Creation demands that we worship Him with our inner being. If we are able to worship God in spirit then it does not matter where we find ourselves. As long as we are able to open ourselves to Him in humble supplication then we worship. For those who truly worship God time and place do not count. We will worship God with the activity of our spirits. It is through the deed that henceforth we shall worship the Creator.

Through our activities in thoughts, words and deeds, we shall show the Creator that we have absorbed His Word and that we are happy to adjust to all His Laws. That is true worship. It is not the saying of prayers by the hundred. If through our intuitive perceptions we honour our neighbours and we do not do anything that will harm him, then we honour the Creator and these good works are the testimony to Him that we love Him and His Laws and we voluntarily adjust ourselves to them. That is the true worship in truth and spirit. Through our everyday activities is how we should now worship and not just once a week on the Sabbath. Through how we adjust ourselves every single minute of the day is how we worship God in truth and this is why Jesus said that neither on this mountain or in Jerusalem. It is in our everyday lives wherever we are.

John 4:32-38 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?
34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.
38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.

Obviously here Jesus referred to spiritual food which brings much happiness and is capable of sustaining Him. His sustenance is the happiness that He gets when people change and accept His Word. He went on to say that His sustenance is to do the Will of God Who sent Him. If He can do that then He is happy and filled. He is sustained. That for Him is the elixir of life.

He then referred His disciples to look around them at the people. They are ripe for spiritual help. They are ready to hear of the Word and all that the disciples have to do is speak with them. Others have laboured, which means the prophets of old who preceded them have done all the work including John the Baptist in preparing this people for spiritual salvation. The easy part is what the disciples have to do, which is speak to them about the Kingdom of God. They will listen and accept. The experiences over millennia and the work of prophets have brought these people to a point in their spiritual development where it would be easy to make them understand more about the Kingdom of God.

The seeds had already been sown by others in the spirits of these people. These seeds has blossomed, it has ripened and it is now ready for harvest. Others have done the hard work he tells them and is now sending them out to reap what others have sown. To complete what others had started.

 

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