THE GNOSTIC PAUL
today proclaim they are saved by Faith!
Paul was a Gnostic!
faith which is founded upon Direct Spiritual Knowledge,
of a different order than the
faith that is embraced by Modern Christians
Christians today proclaim they are saved by Faith!
Yet, Paul was a Gnostic!
Gnostic faith which is founded upon Direct Spiritual Knowledge,
is of a different order than the
redemptive faith that is embraced by Modern Christians
Founded upon the inner Knowledge
Salvation through faith, then,
must be through the Gnostic Faith/Knowledge of Paul
When Calvin and Luther
proclaimed the Epistles of Paul to be the
most pure reflection of what Christ taught, the great truth they failed to
comprehend was the missing spiritual dimension to the writings and theology of Paul,
that was beyond their very limited (carnal) perception.
The problem is seen in the fact that spiritual faith is very different than the
concept of faith which is espoused by men of a carnal
mindset. In like
manner, modern Christianity has embraced the position of Calvin and Luther that was published by the
Gentile Church, that Paul, more than all the other disciples, revealed the true
gospel of “Jesus Christ, and him crucified” (1 Cor 2:2 KJV).
The problem with this widely held belief is, that it is flawed -- fatally
flawed to the degree that it has placed a great obstacle around the modern
believer that inhibits their walk with the Lord.
Why? Because we look at life with a quasi-Darwinist perception of
Creation -- i.e., that our consciousness is of the earth. Therefore, few believers today are able to perceive either why Paul's writings
appear different than the Gospels which were composed by the disciples of Jesus
who were taught directly by him, or the true depth of what Paul attempted to convey to the Gentile Churches
he preached to.
One of the questions that the modern believer has never answered is of paramount
importance for them to understand? Why did the Apostle Peter and the
original followers of Jesus reject the Epistles attributed to Paul?
One of the questions that the modern believer has never answered is of paramount importance for them to understand? Why did the Apostle Peter and the original followers of Jesus reject the Epistles attributed to Paul? Historically,it was noted by the early Church writer Irenaeus that the original Ebionite followers of Jesus: "repudiate the Apostle Paul, maintaining that he was an apostate from the Law." Why would the original followers of Jesus portray Paul as "...an apostate from the Law". Under the heading of Simon Magus in the 11th edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica it states pertaining to the writings attributed to Clement, the disciple of the Apostle Peter, in the Homilies: “…the common source of these documents may be as early as the 1st century, and must have consisted in a polemic against Paul, emanating from the Jewish side of Christianity. Paul being thus identified with Simon, it was argued that Simon's visit to Rome had no other basis than Paul's presence there, and, further, that the tradition of Peter's residence in Rome rests on the assumed necessity of his resisting the arch-enemy of Judaism there as elsewhere”. If the original followers of Jesus portrayed Paul as the "arch-enemy of Judaism" -- which in many important ways, is the foundation of the Gospel teachings -- then what was the cause of the rift? From a purely spiritual perspective, it is a grave reality that the modern Christian cannot answer this question.
When Paul wrote to the people at
Corinth, he very clearly
said to them in the first chapter: “that in everything you were enriched in Him, in
all speech and all knowledge, even as the testimony concerning Christ was
confirmed in you, so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the
revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who shall also confirm you to the end,
blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor 1:5-8).
What is it that Paul was saying?
clearly conveying to the believers at Corinth that they
possessed all knowledge with regard to the testimony or good news of Christ.
From Paul’s perspective, his mission was complete.
The believers at Corinth were, in Paul’s own words, “not lacking
in any gift”, and they were “awaiting eagerly” the appearance
of what Christians today would call the second coming of Christ.
Paul then admonishes the people at
Corinth and says: “I
appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you
agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you
may be perfectly united in mind and thought” (1 Cor 1:10).
In analysis, it is important for us to question as to how this uniform
mindset was to be brought about? In
view of the fact that Paul cautions them not to have an allegiance to any
leaders, or adhere to any doctrines that are embraced by either a religious
authority among them, or any group or sectarian churches, in a
close examination of Paul’s Epistle it is imperative for us to observe the
flaw in our modern-day theological perspective of the fundamental New Covenant
In analysis: If the people who Paul preached the Good
News to, (1) were to have no leaders; (2) they were not to have any private
interpretations of the scriptures (3) and neither were they to embrace any
manmade doctrines (4) and because they were instructed to totally reject the ideas and
thinking of other men with respect to the meaning of the Gospel Message, which
is seen in Paul’s requirement that they were to be “…perfectly united
in mind and thought” -- then one of the most important questions for the
modern Christian to pose is this: What was it that they were to believe and have
When we begin to answer this question we will immediately
start to see the flaw in the thinking of the Gentile Christians who called
themselves Orthodox -- i.e., the Roman Church that was born in the fourth
century. And in like manner, we will see the defect in the thinking of Luther,
Calvin, and the Middle Age reformers -- and in coming to terms with the error of
the church in past ages, only then will we be able to confront the dilemma that
obstructs our path into the Kingdom today.
What Paul warns the believers at Corinth was that because the Mysteries
of the Gospel were beyond the comprehension of natural man, that if they permit
themselves to cling to human interpretations of the Word, or follow other men
who they look to as religious authorities, they will ALWAYS fail in their
endeavor to become true followers of the Christ.
In the spiritual plan of walking in The Way that was
ordained by Paul, this requirement is of the utmost importance because
Christians were never taught -- and count not be taught the Spiritual Gospel of Christ -- which is often
referred to in the writings of the early Church Fathers as the Gospel of God.
What Christians were taught was a manner of thinking and living that
would enable the disciple to enter within the Divine Tabernacle of the heart --
literally becoming the
As I have demonstrated in previous chapters, the foundation of the true
Christian religion is that each and every disciple would be taught the Mysteries
of the Kingdom directly from God and the Anointing of the Light (see
The True Prophet).
What should be perfectly clear to the reader today is the
fact that the Christians at Corinth to whom Paul was writing this epistle to,
had received the good news of the gospel directly from the Apostle himself, and
this is plainly acknowledged in the very first chapter.
It is therefore important for modern believers to realize what Paul is
stating in his epistle -- i.e., that, from the perspective of the Good News, the
believers at Corinth possessed all knowledge and testimony concerning Christ,
and they were not lacking in any gift.
Very clearly Paul conveyed the idea that there was nothing more that he
could teach them. They
believed -- they were baptized -- they had professed their allegiance to Jesus
as their Lord and Savior -- and they had themselves received the gifts of the
Holy Spirit. It can even be seen in the fourteenth chapter of
Paul’s Epistle the acknowledgement that the believers at Corinth even spoke
in tongues. By our present-day
standards of belief, we would have to conclude that these faithful and confirmed
Christians were saved, and were awaiting the coming of the Lord.
Yet, in chapter two, Paul reveals to them an entirely
different reality when he warns them that from a spiritual perspective, they
were mere babes in Christ -- entry level Christians -- and they did not yet
possess any understanding whatsoever with regard to the true essence of the
Gospel! How can this be, the
modern believer ask? And yet
this fact is demonstrated in the words the Apostle wrote when we cautioned these
very same believer: “And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with
excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God”
(1 Cor 2:1 KJV).
In view of the fact that in some Bibles there is a
footnote attesting to the fact that in many ancient manuscripts the word
reads “mystery” -- and Paul has already acknowledged in the first
chapter that the believers at Corinth received the entire testimony of Christ
-- we can rightly conclude that the correct translation for this passage is
-- and Paul is very clear in his assertion that they had only just begun their
process of transformation that would enable them to begin to understand the
higher reality of the soul and the Mysteries of the Kingdom (see
Mystery Of The Gospel).
of this is seen in the very next verse when Paul writes: “For I determined
not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified” (1
Cor 2:2 KJV).
What Paul is stating is that the believers at
were given the Good News of the Gospel of Christ -- which was Jesus Christ and
the crucifixion -- and in the second chapter Paul very clearly warns them that
they have yet only just begun their walk with the Lord. And what was it the Apostle stated they were missing?
They had yet to receive what the Church Father Origen called the Gospel of God,
and what Paul speaks of as the Mysteries or Sacred Secrets of God.
This letter from Paul to the Church at
Corinth should be
most troubling to the modern believer.
What we are presented with in these first two chapters of First
Corinthians is of the utmost importance for all believers in our present time to
fully comprehend and understand. If
our many prayers and supplications to the Lord for greater understanding is to
be brought about, and we are sincere in our proclamation with respect to our
desire to grow in the Gospel, then we must examine what the Apostle is stating
with regard to the essence of New Covenant teachings.
For our own spiritual edification we must want to know why certain
doctrines, which are said to be the Mysteries of the Kingdom, were withheld from
the believers at Corinth. This
is of the greatest importance to us today because, like the believers at Corinth,
the modern Christian has only the Good New of the Gospel, and they lack these esoteric
spiritual doctrines that Paul writes he could not reveal to Christians at
In explanation of these things Paul then writes:
we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world,
nor of the princes of this world, that come to naught: But we speak the wisdom
of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world
unto our glory” (1 Cor 2:6-7 KJV).
What Paul is very clearly stating is that the mysteries of God can only
be revealed to those who are perfect -- the hidden wisdom, which the princes of
this world cannot perceive, which hidden wisdom was ordained by God before this
world was even created.
Again we are directly confronted with the great question
as to why the Apostle to the Gentiles ordained a secret doctrine?
Believers today will rightly ask why Paul didn't speak whatever spiritual
truths he knew plainly to the people, so they would know all things?
In the words of Clement of Alexandria: “For the Divine Being cannot
be declared as it exists; but as we who are lettered in the flesh were able to
What this means is that the Revelation of the True God
cannot be conveyed to us in the written word -- and so, what is portrayed to us
in the literal body of the scriptures is in accordance with our limitation of
perception and comprehension. Why?
Because we are carnal, and our understanding of reality is three-dimensional,
the Apostle warns us that we cannot perceive the true nature of God or
understand His kingdom.
Now I understand that many modern church authorities
today will agree with this statement.
They will readily admit that man is incapable of knowing the glory of God
in His fullness! But what
they fail to understand and recognize is that Paul and the disciples of Christ
convey to the believer of the simple faith that if man follows in The Way, that
this natural flaw will be overcome, and they will be able to perceive and
understand all things.
The Gnostic, or Spiritual Christian, does not make
assumptions about God and things of a spiritual nature -- he knows that carnal
man cannot conceive of God -- so the True Christian follows the path that
enables him to learn directly from God.
Like the Gospel of God that dwells within the inner most recesses of the
scriptures, this same Source of Spiritual Knowledge dwells deep within the
essence of our being. The
knowledge of this inner kingdom, or the Christian Gnosis, belongs only to the
disciple of the Light. Thus,
it is only the genuine follower of Christ that is able to perceive the true
message of the scriptures. All
others see the body of flesh that is meant to instruct those who are said to be
outside the house.
Paul confirms these sacred truths when he quotes the
scriptures and writes: “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear
heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath
prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his
Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God”
(1 Cor 2:9-10 KJV). What Paul
again confirms is the reality that the physical eyes of man cannot see the
Mysteries of God -- his physical ears cannot hear the mysteries of God --
neither can his mind which is limited by the earthly elements which comprise his
physical body, brain and nervous system perceive and comprehend the Mysteries of
God -- because the Gospel of God can only be revealed to man via his own soul
and spiritual natures when the inherent state of division has been overcome, and
only then it man in a position to search out the deep Mysteries of God.
Paul then explains to the believers at
Corinth that: “the
natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are
foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually
discerned” (1 Cor 2:14 KJV). If
we fail, then, to heed this great warning of the Apostle, we will be forever
misled -- resulting in our own imminent spiritual death and demise -- and having
failed to follow Jesus and walk in The Way, we will never come to know the true
essence of what Jesus taught to his faithful disciples.
Moreover, the idea that we can just hangout and live in accordance with
the culture and thinking of this world and we will find out the Mysteries of God
when we pass from this life, is from the perspective of Paul the death of the
soul of such a person who is deceived by the god of this world!
The religion that Paul taught was one where each and every believer
becomes transformed into a spiritually mature disciple of the Light, and they
must accomplish this journey while they are still physically alive in their body
With respect to this spiritual transformation and rebirth
what the Apostle says is this: Man in his natural state of being cannot know God
-- he cannot know Christ -- he cannot understand the Mysteries of the Spirit --
because they must be spiritually discerned -- or revealed -- by opening the
inner door of one's mind and being. Therefore,
until man becomes perfect (1 Cor 2:6), the mysteries of the spirit will appear
as “foolishness unto him”, and he cannot know them -- even though
Paul said to the believers at Corinth that “in everything you were
enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge, even as the testimony
concerning Christ was confirmed in you, so that you are not lacking in any
gift…” (1 Cor 1:5-6 NAS).
From Paul's own words it is important that we ascertain
the reality that he attempts to portray to the reader of his epistle -- i.e.,
that Christians who possessed all knowledge of what is known as the Gospel of
Christ (the testimony) remained totally ignorant of not only what he calls the
Mysteries of God, but also an accurate perception of God.
Why? Because by virtue
of their incomplete carnal nature, the Mysteries of God would be viewed as
foolishness to them. Further,
until which time they made the transformation from a carnal believer, to a
spiritual disciple -- then, and only then, could the Son of God open their
spiritual senses, and reveal to them the things of the spirit which cannot be
discerned by the carnal mind of man.
In his Epistle to these believing and confirmed
Christians at Corinth Paul then explains that “And I, brethren, could not
speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to babes in
Christ” (1 Cor 3:1 NAS). Thus,
these believers could only be taught the “testimony”
of Jesus Christ
and him crucified (1 Cor 2:2), because they were not yet spiritual men -- but
rather, they were men of flesh and still very much “babes in Christ”.
Paul then explains that: “I gave you milk to drink, not solid food;
for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet
able” (1 Cor 3:2 NAS). What
should be troubling to the modern believer is that Paul openly admits that the
baptized and confirmed Christians at Corinth -- people who had received the
gifts of the laying on of hands and speaking in tongues -- people who were not
taught by preachers and priests, but the Apostle himself -- were not yet able to
understand the Mysteries of the Gospel of God because they were yet
in Christ”, and had not been made perfect through the consecration of the
body and the Anointing of the Mind.
What Paul is plainly revealing in these words has existed
as the great enigma that has misled carnal Christians since the first century.
It is a profound truth that few Christians today are willing to
acknowledge -- i.e., that instead of the gnosis, or solid food, the baptized and
confirmed Christians at Corinth were given only the milk of the gospel, or the
testimony of Christ and him crucified.
Since Paul himself warns that the Spiritual Gospel of Christ cannot be
written, and cannot even be conceived by the natural mind of man, then we must
recognize that the best we can glean from the Epistles of Paul, is a very
superficial understanding of what Jesus truly taught.
In view of the fact that the majority of fundamentalist
believers today will proclaim that the writings of the early Christian writers
mean very little, and only what is actually contained in the Bible itself is
significant, it is then important that we recognize that what Paul wrote did not
differ to any great degree from what was written by Origen, the two Clement's,
or any of the other early church authorities.
In fact, what the Apostle is stating is synonymous with the words of the
first-century Clement who was himself the disciple of Peter when he wrote:
remember that our Lord and teacher, as commanding, said to us, guard the
mysteries for me, and the sons of my house.
Wherefore also he explained to his disciples, privately, the mysteries of
the kingdoms of the heavens” (Clementine Homilies).
Again, there is really no difference between the message
contained in the first three chapters of First Corinthians, than what is
expounded on by Clement of Alexandria when he wrote: “The Lord… allowed
us to communicate to those Divine Mysteries, and of that holy light, to those
who are able to receive them. He
did not certainly disclose to the many what did not belong to the many; but to
the few to whom He knew that they belonged, who were capable of receiving and
being molded according to them. But
Secret things are entrusted to speech, not to writing as in the case with God…
And to him who is able secretly to observe what is delivered to him, that which
is veiled shall be disclosed as truth; and what is hidden to the many shall
appear manifest to the few” (Stromata).
What Paul was stating to the Corinthians was that he
could not teach, discuss, or reveal in any manner to them the Mysteries of God
-- in that, God's sacred secrets cannot be given to profane and carnal minds.
What is further demonstrated in this Epistle is that even though a person
accepts Christ, repents, and is baptized in the manner of the people at Corinth,
this does not make them spiritual -- and neither does this beginning of the walk
in The Way denote the second birth spoken of in the Gospel of John.
That Paul could not even speak of the Mysteries to these baptized and
committed Christians -- because they were yet of a carnal and natural mindset --
demonstrates that the Apostle held fast to the commandment of Jesus when he
said: “Give not that which is
holy unto the dogs, neither cast your pearls before the swine” (Mt 7:6).
Again, the biblical meaning of the term dogs and swine that I previously
provided is defined as those who attempt to embrace Christ, but remain very much
a part of the culture of this world.
Those readers familiar with early Christian history know
that during the first three centuries there was great strife between certain
groups of believers. Yet, in
not understanding the depth of the Apostle Paul's Epistles, modern Christians
generally fail to realize the source of this conflict.
What is clear in First Corinthians was that there were two classes of
Christians: Those who knew only the testimony of “Christ and him
crucified”, and those who went beyond the exoteric doctrine of Christ, and
learned the Mysteries of God that Paul could not speak openly about.
“Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect,” writes
Paul, “yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world,
that come to naught: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the
hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory” (1 Cor
In these words Paul is warning the believers at
that he can only speak about the Wisdom and Mysteries of God to those who are
perfect. Yet, the carnal believer
throughout the history of the church has traditional rejected these words of the
Apostle. How could he not,
when we are speaking of using the other ninety percent of the mind that is
beyond his comprehension. Carnal
man has no means to relate to the soul and spiritual realities that he can only
hint at in his epistles. Moreover,
contrary to modern Christian doctrine, the Apostle does not say perfect faith --
perfect belief -- or some philosophical idea of perfection by virtue of
membership in a religious group. The
idea of perfection from a biblical perspective is complete in all its parts --
and because we cling to manmade doctrines, we do not believe that man is capable
of this state of perfection, which the Apostle continually speaks of, throughout
In Paul’s warning to the believers at
Apostle then uses a phrase that is found in the Old Testament, the New
Testament, and the writings of the early Church Fathers, and writes:
as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into
the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him”
(1 Cor 2:9 KJV). This
statement is of course fundamental to a Gnostic, or Spiritual Church.
What is written by Paul is no different than what Origen
stated was the primary difference between the gospel given to the multitudes,
and those who were worthy to be in the house with the Lord:
sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto
him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field” (Matt
13:36 KJV). In our quest to
understand why there were two doctrines, the Bible itself openly declares in the
words of Jesus: “Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of
God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: That
seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not
understand” (Mark 4:11-12 KJV).
Who is permitted to understand a parable?
What the Bible tells us is that only a genuine disciple of the Lord in
search of Truth. All other believers and non-believers alike are said to
be “without” -- or outside the house.
In the words of Origen: “I have not yet spoken of the observances of
all that is written in the gospel, each one of which contains much doctrine
difficult to be understood, not merely by the multitude, but even by certain of
the more intelligent, including a very profound explanation of the parables,
which Jesus delivered to 'those without' while reserving the exhibition of their
full meaning for those who have passed beyond the stage of exoteric teachings,
and who came to him privately in the house.
And when he comes to understand it, he will admire the reason why some
are said to be without, and others in the house”.
Like the Christians today, the believers at
lacked nothing -- possessing all the knowledge that could be given to them
regarding the testimony of Jesus, which is confirmed when Paul said:
in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge, even as
the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed in you, so that you are not
lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who shall also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus
Christ” (1 Cor 1:5-8 NAS). And
yet, to these same believers who possessed “all knowledge”, Paul
said: “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as
unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not
with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye
able” (1 Cor 3:1-2 KJV).
The baptized believers at Corinth -- believers who had
the opportunity of be taught by the Apostle himself -- believers who could speak
in tongues, had been given all knowledge, and not lacking any gift -- Paul calls
these believers “babes in Christ”, and states that these believers
were yet too carnal to be able to comprehend the Mysteries of God.
Paul explains the need to press on to maturity, and conveys to the
believers at Corinth that he could only give them the “milk” of the
gospel, because they were not yet ready to be given the solid food of the
Because they were “…not able to bear it”.
In essence, what Paul is writing is no different in
content than what Ignatius wrote when he said: “Might I not write to you
things more full of mystery? But I
fear to do so, lest I should inflict injury on you who are babes.
Pardon me in this respect, lest, as not being able to receive their
weighty import, ye should be strangled by them”.
Clement of Alexandria states the same thing as Origen,
the Apostle Paul, and St. Ignatius when he writes: “For many reasons, then,
the Scriptures hide the sense. First, that we may become inquisitive, and be
ever on the watch for the discovery of the words of salvation. Then it was not
suitable for all to understand, so that they might not receive harm in
consequence of taking in another sense the things declared for salvation by the
Holy Spirit. Wherefore the holy mysteries of the prophecies are veiled in the
parables - preserved for chosen men, selected to knowledge in consequence of
their faith; for the style of the Scriptures is parabolic. Wherefore also the
Lord, who was not of the world, came as one who was of the world to men. For He
was clothed with all virtue; and it was His aim to lead man, the foster-child of
the world, up to the objects of intellect, and to the most essential truths by
knowledge, from one world to another”.
Again we see that the Secret Christian Doctrine is
concealed from the carnal believer so that, in the words of Clement,
might not receive harm in consequence of taking in another sense the things
declared for salvation by the Holy Spirit”.
More importantly, we can begin to get a sense of man's true reality when
we focus on the manner in which Clement describes mankind when he calls him
foster-child of the world” -- and depicts Jesus as the savior who came to
lead man “from one world to another”.
What we are being given here is a genuine vision that
reveals to modern believers the very essence of New Covenant teachings -- i.e.,
that we are not of this realm -- and as the prodigal sons of our Heavenly
Father, Jesus came to lead us out of this world.
That we must travel in the Master's footsteps if we are to be called a
true disciple of the Christ, is confirmed in the words of St. Gregory, Bishop of
Nyssa, who wrote: “…it is imperative on all those who have an equally
earnest desire for the Good as He has, to be followers by the path of an exact
imitation of Him Who leads the way to salvation, and to carry into action what
He has shown them. It is, in fact impossible for persons to reach the same goal
unless they travel by the same ways”.
Impossible, because we cannot inherit salvation and be
saved until we have ourselves followed the Lord “by the path of an exact
imitation of Him who leads the way”.
Why? Because we are
not of this world -- alien residents -- “foster-children”
Jesus came as a guide to lead us on our journey Home.
In this respect it is of the utmost importance that we understand
that belief and faith are indicative of that condition found in carnal
Christians who have not yet found entrance into the Kingdom.
Once we make the journey, and arrive in the Kingdom that is our true
place of origin, faith and belief will pass away as we once again possess a sure
and proven Knowledge of our True Spiritual Nature.
In order to begin the process, and commence to follow in
The Way, we must be fully cognizant of what the Lord taught his faithful
disciples! In the words of the
Apostle Paul: “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit
of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because
they are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor 2:14 KJV).
In view of the fact that by the Apostle's own testimony, the body of
believers would look upon the Spiritual Gospel of Christ as foolishness, we must
realize even in our present time that that modern-day Christians would condemn
the Secret Doctrine that Jesus taught his disciples -- and label these teachings
If we are to begin the journey Home (see Gate Of Eden), we must recognize that Paul speaks of two classes of Christians. From a historical perspective, the first group of Christians knew only the elementary doctrines, and called themselves Orthodox. Why Orthodox? Because they viewed themselves as the genuine followers of Christ. The second group were those who had gone beyond the milk of the gospel, and to the degree that they were able, began the transformational process of body and mind that enabled them to begin to receive the Knowledge of the Mysteries directly from the Spirit. And the Source of this Knowledge or Divine Manna of the Kingdom, was the True Prophet who Jesus taught was the One Teacher that all his followers should seek out.
Unlike the carnal Christians who possessed only faith and belief in “Christ, and him crucified”, this second group who manifested the essence of Paul's teachings in their very lives, and matured through the process of Christ being born in them, came to be called Gnostic Christians. Why? Because the word gnosis means knowledge that was spiritually discerned and received, and it was the claim of these Christians that they possessed a higher knowledge imparted to them directly from God. Ultimately the word Gnosis is the Greek word for Spiritual Knowledge received directly from the True Prophet -- and is portrayed in the statement of Peter that is preserved in the Homilies of his disciple Clement where he teaches: "...therefore great care is to be taken, that when the law of God is read, it be not read according to the understanding of our own mind. For there are many sayings in the divine Scriptures which can be drawn to that sense which every one has preconceived for himself; and this ought not to be done. For you ought not to seek a foreign and extraneous sense, which you have brought from without" Which means that all the countless commentaries and opinions that have been published and taught by men who put themselves forth as teacher, pastors, and every variety of authority, are all representative of a spiritual fraud being perpetrated upon the blind believing congregations of Christians (see above quotation in The Spiritual Disenfranchisement Of The Mind). Why? Because the true purpose and objectives of the teachings of TheWay was not to promote carnal opinions of counterfeit clergy -- but rather, to provide the necessary teachings of the path that each believer must themselves walk, to become transformed into the Final Temple that enables them to enter into the presence of the True Prophet and receive the Divine Manna of the Kingdom that is beyond the comprehension of the organic natural mind of man (see An Inconvenient Truth).
problem is that because we are imbued with a quasi-Darwinist perception of life,
there is really no word in the English language that even conveys a sense of
knowledge which is learned through one’s personal inner experiences as they
enter into the Presence of the indwelling Light. Moreover, there is no other name in the Greek language
for knowledge learned directly from God, except the term
Thus, this great Gnostic heresy that was said to have plagued the early
Church, was in fact initiated by Paul himself.
In the words of Clement of Alexandria in his Stromata:
the weak eateth herbs,' according to the noble apostle. The Instructor, divided
by us into three books, has already exhibited the training and nurture up from
the state of childhood, that is, the course of life which from elementary
instruction grows by faith; and in the case of those enrolled in the number of
men, prepares beforehand the soul, endued with virtue, for the reception of
Gnostic knowledge”. In Clement's quotation of the Apostle Paul we again see
food being compared to a degree of knowledge with respect to the different level
of believers. The carnal
Christians are those who “eateth herbs” or the
the gospel, because they are not yet ready for the “solid food” of
Under the heading of Gnosticism, the Encyclopedia
Britannica states: “Among the majority of the followers of the
movement, 'Gnosis' was understood not as meaning 'knowledge' or 'understanding',
in our sense of the word, but 'revelation'.
These little Gnostic sects and groups all lived in the conviction that
they possessed a secret and mysterious knowledge, in no way accessible to those
outside, which was not to be proved or propagated, but believed in by the
initiated, and anxiously guarded as a secret.
This knowledge of theirs was not based on reflection, on scientific
inquiry and proof, but on revelation. It
was derived directly from the times of primitive Christianity, from the Savior
himself and from his disciples and friends, with whom they claimed to be
connected by a secret tradition, or else from later prophets, of whom many sects
boasted. It was laid down in
wonderful mystic writings, which were in the possession of the various
For those of you who have listened to such programs as
the 700 Club on television, when Pat Robertson claims to have received a
of knowledge”, what he is claiming is that he is receiving a revelation in
the same manner as the early Gnostic Christians.
That Pat Robertson does not claim to possess a knowledge of what the
Apostle calls the Mysteries of God, is merely because of the doctrinal
limitations that the modern Christian has placed upon his thinking.
When we speak, then, of Gnostic gnosis or knowledge, it
is important to understand that we are not speaking of knowledge in our sense of
the word -- but rather, knowledge in the sense that Paul and Jesus spoke about.
With regard to this gnosis Paul writes: “But God hath revealed them
unto us by his Spirit” (1 Cor 2:10 KJV).
Thus the words: “This knowledge of theirs was not based on
reflection, on scientific inquiry and proof, but on revelation”.
Those believers known as the historical Gnostic
Christians were witnesses to the exact same spiritual reality that Paul writes
to us about in his epistle -- i.e., that man has the ability to learn directly
from God through man's own spiritual nature -- and this is confirmed in the
words of Paul when he wrote: “This is what we speak, not in words taught us
by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths
in spiritual words” (1 Cor 2:13 NIV).
Thus, the sacred truths of Paul and the Gnostic Christians were beyond
the perception of what Paul called “the wisdom of this world”.
Of the difference between carnal knowledge and spiritual
knowledge, Paul writes: “Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where
is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the
world?” (1 Cor 1:20 NIV). Why?
Because, like the Sadducees and Pharisees, the wise man, scholar, and
philosopher of this world fail to look beyond what is grasped through the
physical senses in the creation of their theories pertaining to life and this
world. In the same way that within the scriptures there are
numerous inconsistencies and symbols that point the disciple beyond the letter
of what is written, all of creation is fabricated in the same mold in which the
Bible itself is written. Thus,
what the Apostle writes is that the foolishness of the philosopher of this age,
is no different than the foolishness of the believer who sees only the body of
the scriptures -- or what the Apostle calls, the testimony of Christ.
Regarding the claim of the Gnostic Christians reported in
the Britannica that their secret doctrine: “was derived directly from the
times of primitive Christianity, from the Savior himself and from his disciples
and friends, with whom they claimed to be connected by a secret tradition, or
else from later prophets, of whom many sects boasted”, I have already
demonstrated this to be true. In
the words of Clement of Alexandria: “The Lord… allowed us to communicate
to those Divine Mysteries, and of that holy light, to those who are able to
receive them. He did not
certainly disclose to the many what did not belong to the many; but to the few
to whom He knew that they belonged, who were capable of receiving and being
molded according to them”.
What the believers of the simple faith have continually
failed to realize down through the ages is that, in order to learn of God, and
enter the Kingdom, one must have a total and complete change of mind and heart (“Repent,
for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”) -- i.e.,
“open and unloose the
mind, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” -- and this total change of
mind and heart can only be brought about in the life of the believer when there
is a reversal of direction, as in the biblical phrase to “turn about”.
What the Bible states is that it is impossible for us to be taught the
sacred truths that we need to know in the manner of the worldly wise man,
scholar and philosopher. It
is not a matter of teaching as we do in our modern educational systems, because
man is incapable of comprehending higher reality so long as he is inhibited by
the ten percent limitation the physical body imposes upon his mind.
It is for this reason that the wise man of the spirit has
always incorporated certain rituals that the carnal believer follows -- but in
reality, these rituals exist as forms, figures and patterns of what must be
accomplished in spirit. When
we begin to understand these facts, we are then able to perceive the reason why
Jesus condemned the Pharisees when he said: “Woe to you, teachers of the
law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish,
but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First
clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean”
(Matt 23:25-26 NIV).
It is for this very same reason that Paul said in true
Gnostic fashion: “For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is
that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one
inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the
letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God” (Rom 2:28-29 KJV).
All these rituals that are given to carnal believers:
i.e., circumcision, baptisms, laying on of hands, communion, speaking in
tongues, etc., must be realized and practiced in the spirit, rather than the
flesh. This is especially
seen in the words of Paul when he wrote: “Therefore let us leave the
elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the
foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God,
instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the
dead, and eternal judgment” (Heb 6:1-2 NIV).
What is written here is no different than when Origen and
the early Church Fathers wrote that the reading of scripture as history and the
observance of rituals in the flesh, do very little for the believer.
What is it that the Apostle is expressing when he writes:
let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ”?
The elementary teachings of the Christ is what was taught to the
believers at Corinth: “For in him you have been enriched in every way --
in all your speaking and in all your knowledge -- because our testimony about
Christ was confirmed in you. Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you
eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed” (1 Cor 1:5-7 NIV).
The elementary teachings are the doctrine of “Jesus Christ and him
crucified” (1 Cor 2:2 NIV).
The Apostle says that carnal believers must “go on
to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead
to death, and of faith in God, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of
hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment” (Heb 6:1-2 NIV).
The believer cannot enter the Kingdom if they exist in a perpetual state
of repentance from sin. Faith
in God is descriptive of a carnal believer's condition prior to their gaining
entrance into the Kingdom where their faith in the unknown becomes confirmed
with knowledge (gnosis) gained through direct experience and contact with the
Lord. Ritual baptisms and the laying on of hands must be
understood in the spirit, rather in the flesh.
The resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment must be
understood as man's return to his true innate spiritual nature.
In the words of Clement of Alexandria in his description of the Lord's
mission: “For He was clothed with all virtue; and it was His aim to lead
man, the foster-child of the world, up to the objects of intellect, and to the
most essential truths by knowledge, from one world to another”.
In order to envision the essence of what the Lord taught,
and enter into the Kingdom, the carnal believer must begin to embrace the Gospel
in its spiritual sense. This
is especially seen in the words of the Apostle when he said:
“For though by
this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you
the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk
and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to
the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food is for the mature,
who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil”
(Heb 5:12-14 NAS).
It was the carnal believers who could not embrace the “elementary
principles of the oracles of God” -- who continued in a state of perpetual
redemption -- using the rituals of the Lord in the manner of the Sadducees and
Pharisees for the endless forgiveness of sins, rather than the means of moving
on to maturity. Thus, the
carnal believers who failed to “open and unloose the mind”, remained
stagnant -- and their involvement in the gospel was little more than a
philosophical and superficial outward change.
It was these carnal believers who perpetually remained babes in Christ --
ever sipping on the milk of the gospel, and never partaking of the solid food of
the spirit. When the
spiritual Christians attempted to explain to them the deeper meaning of life,
themselves, and the Word, the carnal Christians condemned the spiritual
Christians, and called them heretics.
They will do the same exact thing in our present time.
Again, as seen throughout the Bible, the necessary
requirement in order to gain entrance into the Kingdom is purity -- as seen in
the words: “Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does
what is shameful or deceitful” (Rev 21:27 NIV).
That we must put on what is referred to as the robe of purity is a
continual theme of the scriptures, as seen where the man attempted to come to
the marriage feast without the necessary garment: “how did you get in here
without a wedding garment?” (Matt 22:12 RSV).
The flawed idea that was professed among the carnal Christians that they
could believe, and use Jesus as a dispensation that enabled them to continue to
live in accordance with the culture of this world, while only embracing a
philosophical change, was further condemned in one of the most popular early
Christian writing, the Shepherd of Hermas, where the pastor Hermas asks about
the symbol of the virgins: “And these virgins, who are they? They are Holy
Spirits, and men cannot otherwise be found in the kingdom of God unless these
have put their clothing upon them: for if you receive the name only, and do not
receive from them the clothing, they are of no advantage to you. For these
virgins are the powers of the Son of God. If you bear His name but possess not
His power, it will be in vain that you bear His name”.
This great spiritual truth -- i.e., that we must be
clothed with the robe of purity -- a truth that is conveyed throughout the
Epistles of the Apostle Paul, is commented on by Origen when he wrote pertaining
to who can be a recipient of the mysteries, or the Secret Doctrine of Christ:
has clean hands, and therefore lifts up holy hands to God… let him come to
us… Whoever is pure, not only from all defilement, but from what are regarded
as lesser transgressions, let him be boldly initiated into the mysteries of
Jesus, which properly are made known only to the holy and the pure… To those
who have been purified in heart, he whose soul has for a long time, been
conscious of no evil, especially since he yielded himself to the healing of the
Word, let such a one hear the doctrines which were spoken in private by Jesus to
his genuine disciples”.
If we are to overcome the many doctrinal obstacles that
have been placed in our path -- obstacles which barricade our present-day
entrance into the Kingdom -- then it is absolutely necessary for us to
understand who the genuine disciples of Paul was?
Was it those who were the carnal believers -- a carnal and sense bound
people who never went beyond the milk of the Gospel?
Or was it those who did as the Apostle commanded, and went on to maturity
and perfection? Those
Christians who truly believe Jesus, and are able to comprehend the Epistles of
Paul, are those who strive to fulfill the commandment of the Lord when he said:
therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt 5:48
Carnal believers, like the Sadducees and Pharisees who
hold fast to the letter of the scriptures, invent great mounds of dogma and
doctrine explaining away the requirement that we must be perfect.
In opposition to the words of Paul, they say that man cannot be perfect.
Thus, they fail to heed the words of the Apostle when he commanded:
do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your
mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and
acceptable and perfect” (Rom 12:2 NAS).
Carnal believers can never “prove what… is good and acceptable and
perfect”, because they permit themselves to remain
“conformed to this
Instead of truly believing the testimony of the Apostle,
and searching out the answer to the dilemma of how to become perfect, carnal
believers manufacture an uncountable number of excuses why they can't.
In so doing, they never move beyond “the elementary principles of
the Christ” -- they continue to embrace the milk of the gospel -- all the
while they argue one with the other over its proper interpretation.
Like the believers at Corinth, they fail to embrace the words of the
Apostle when he warned: “Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are
perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world,
that come to naught” (1 Cor 2:6 KJV).
Throughout all of Christian history the body of carnal
believers have been unable to understand the Apostle's words when he wrote: “But
when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done
away” (1 Cor 13:10 KJV). The
dilemma is that if a Christian fails to go beyond the milk of the gospel, “that
which is perfect” can never come.
The carnal believer never embraces the words: “That the man of God
may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Tim 3:17 KJV).
In order for us to get a right perception of how we come
to believe in the manner that we do today, it is important that we understand
these things from an historical perspective.
Over the period of the first three centuries those who called themselves
Orthodox, and knew only the milk of the gospel -- i.e., “Jesus and him
crucified” -- became extremely hostile when they were told by the
Spiritual (Gnostic) Christians that there was a great deal more than the
elementary principles of the Christ.
Why? In order to
comprehend the problem as it continues to exist in our present time among
modern-day believers -- and even in our own life -- we must understand that the
problem is congenital in the world of natural man.
Once man becomes attached to the sensual and elemental
things of this world, and has become comfortable in this physical life, he will
invoke all his power of mind and being in the endeavor to resist change.
This reality is a continual theme in the Old Testament scriptures where
the carnal Jews continually killed the prophets that were sent to them.
With the preaching of the gospel to the people of the nations, the carnal
believers violently opposed the Gnostics, or spiritual Christians, when they
taught the absolute need for purification from the defilements of this world.
It is only when we begin to perceive the congenital nature of the problem
-- whereby the physical body-mind of the body-vessel in which our soul is
presently inhabiting, will use all its carnal power and resources to remain
attached to the elemental and sensual things of this world.
In the same way that Hitler and his cohorts were able to
force all of the German people into his system of philosophy, and then
endeavored to literally wipe out all opposing thought, it is important for us to
recognize that this same method of forced mass conversion was employed by the
Emperor Constantine with regard to his ordination of the carnal Christians over
the Gnostic Christians. Where
during that period prior to the fourth century the two groups were very much
expressions of the one Gentile Church -- i.e., one carnal and the other
spiritual, with every evolutionary level also existing between the two
polarities -- the balance of authority and influence was brought to an end
through the use of political power that came to rule over every aspect of the
Regarding these two groups of Christians, Smith and
Wace's Dictionary of Christian Biography states:
“We have no reason
to think that the earliest Gnostics intended to found sects separated from the
Church and called after their own names.
Their disciples were to be Christians, elevated above the rest as
acquainted with deeper mysteries, and called Gnostikoi because possessed of a
Gnosis superior to the simple faith of the multitude… They also boasted to be in possession of genuine apostolical
traditions, deriving their doctrines, some from St. Paul, others from St. Peter,
and others again from Judas, Thomas, Philip, and Matthew.
In addition moreover, to [this] secret doctrine which they professed to
have received by oral tradition, they appealed also to alleged writings of the
apostles themselves or their disciples”.
The reality expressed in this article by Smith and Wace's
Dictionary is very important for modern Christians to recognize in their
endeavor to better understand their own beliefs in our present time.
It was not the intention of Paul, the founder of Gentile Christianity, to
create two different religions -- one for the carnal believers, and another for
those who had evolved beyond the milk of the gospel.
Neither was it the intention of the Christians who were elevated above
the carnal believers for them to be separated from the masses.
Further, the Spiritual (Gnostic) Christians were correct when they stated
that they had received their (secret) doctrines directly from St. Paul, St.
Peter, and many of the other disciples of Jesus. In fact, from the perspective of what Jesus taught, the
Christians who possessed the higher knowledge were the true Christians, while
those who were of the “simple faith”, were the common believers who
were in training to become Christians.
The problem has always been a political one.
During the first and beginning of the second centuries there existed
authentic spiritual leaders in the church -- i.e., the direct disciples, and the
disciples of the disciples of Jesus.
These men knew the truth as it was taught in its pure form.
They also set the standard and example to the others.
As a greater number of Gentiles converted, and the balance of power was
upset, the spiritual essence of the church began to erode.
In the religion that Jesus revealed to man, truth and
sanctification was not found in what one believes in a philosophical manner, but
one’s condition of mind and being in relation to the Kingdom.
Over the first one hundred years after the crucifixion of Christ, the
carnal believers had bona fid spiritual men as examples in which to pattern
their lives. As the babes in
Christ developed in the manner of our own modern educational systems, they
advanced to the next level within the church.
From a spiritual perspective, the Church was functioning in accordance
with the highest levels of the very concept of religion manifested in this
world. Like our own schools
and present-day educational systems, early Christianity possessed what could be
termed K-12 -- i.e., a spiritual kindergarten right on through to the
highest levels of instruction which led the disciples to spiritual illumination.
With regard to the levels of instruction necessary for
each person as they develop, Origen writes: “As respects the nature of the
Word, in the same way as the quality of the food changes in the nurse into milk
with reference to the nature of the child, or is arranged by the physician with
a view to the good of his health in the case of a sick man or (is specially)
prepared for a stronger man, because he possesses greater vigor, so does God
appropriately change, in the case of each individual, the power of the Word to
which belongs the natural property of nourishing the human soul. And to one is
given, as the Scripture terms it, 'the sincere milk of the word;' and to
another, who is weaker, as it were, 'herbs;' and to another who is full-grown,
'strong meat.' And the Word does not, I imagine, prove false to His own nature,
in contributing nourishment to each one, according as he is capable of receiving
Him. Nor does He mislead or prove false” (Origen Contra Celsum).
It is important for us to recognize that these words of
Origen which were written to refute the allegation of Celsus that the Christian
Church was a secret society -- teaching the masses a false doctrine, while
reserving the greater truths for those who are initiated into the mysteries, are
basically a commentary of the teachings of Paul as expressed throughout his
epistles. Paul would have
answered Celsus in the same manner as did Origen.
can’t carnal man perceive and understand the Mysteries of God which the
Apostle Paul speaks of as belonging only to those who have become perfect? Because we are spiritual beings who are aliens residing
in this world -- and our very God-given vital-force that gives us life is
brought into our being in the manner of seven spiritual rivers flowing through
our minds and bodies -- which ultimately means that the quality of the
life-force is in direct relationship to the condition of our body and mind.
What this means is that a person who is carnal in their thinking, only
uses that spectrum of the God-given energy flow that relates to their very
sensual manner of thinking. His
physical body becomes ingrained and hard-wired to that spectrum of thinking in
which he uses throughout the course of his everyday life.
The result is that because the higher energies are suppressed, natural
man does not possess even the capacity to perceive and understand his own true
It is not until we begin to comprehend that the greatest
obstacle to spiritual enlightenment is brought about by actual obstructions to
the flow of the higher spectrum of vital-energy flowing into our mind and body,
that we can begin to truly begin to change our condition. In the recognition that the initial restriction is more
of a physical problem -- i.e., where the body-mind simply cannot reflect the
vibratory frequency of that spectrum of vital life-force necessary to perceive
and comprehend the things of higher mind -- can we even begin to appreciate the
true genius expressed in the Bible. Further,
it is not until we begin to understand the nature of the beast, that we are able
to comprehend why the Hebrew disciples of Jesus and the first Gentile Christians
placed such great emphasis upon the need for cleansing of the body-mind from the
defilements of this world.
A person who has begun to walk in The Way endures a
series of changes as his spiritual nature begins to manifest. Such a person must successfully cleanse himself from
the limited thinking and defilements of this world -- must drawn closer to his
indwelling soul and spiritual natures -- and must strive to overcome the natural
obstacles of the physical body-mind and is able to use frequencies of that same
vital life-force that is beyond the ability of carnal man to even envision.
Thus, this higher vibratory level of life-force flowing through his mind
and body permits him to see what is not perceived by the person who is under
As the disciple is transformed into a spiritual being and
becomes the Anointed Child of God, he possesses a vision of reality that is
beyond the comprehension of the natural man.
Because he is no longer of this world, he has what is called an
enlightened and illumined mind. He
has achieved a level of completion -- which Paul consistently refers to as the
perfection of the individual.
When Paul speaks of the natural man, he indicates those
people who have never developed themselves to utilize the higher spectrum of
life-force that flows through his body-mind.
Because of his state of incompletion and limited potential of mind, the
whole perspective of God from the perception of carnal man is in grave error.
God does not sit back on a lofty throne -- determining the fate of each
individual -- regulating the food in the form of life-force that each of us
receives. What we fail to realize is that all of life is
controlled by the natural laws of Creation in conjunction with our own
accomplishments and failures. Neither
Jesus nor his true followers ever hid anything from the eyes of the common man!
The Gnostic Christians did not attempt to conceal the higher truths of
the Gospel from the multitudes who called themselves orthodox.
It is the thoughts of our heart that is the bridle that steers us through
the experiences of life. If
we are sense bound, and attach ourselves to the elemental things of this world,
then we cannot even begin to embrace man's higher reality.
It is not until we begin to grasp the reality that our
physical body is very much as the earth itself, that we are able to embrace the
necessary measures to bring about genuine change in our lives.
When the scriptures convey to us that “…we must go through many
hardships to enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22 NIV), it is speaking of
the work that is needed to redirect our consciousness and life-force out of this
world through our lower centers, and into the higher centers of our being that
are dormant in natural man.
The problem is this: Once the vital-force of God-given
energy that flows through us creates what can be portrayed as ravines through
our body-mind, we can no more alter the direction of the manner of our
perception and thought, than we could divert the direction of a great river that
has carved out a deep crevice in the earth.
It is for this reason that one of the most important teachings of Jesus
was that regarding little children. The
more we understand the foundation of this concept that Jesus placed such great
emphasis on, the more we are able to perceive life from the vision of God, and
thereby start to understand the reasons for life, death and rebirth.
If people were permitted to continue living their life
without death, they would remain spiritually stagnant. A child's thinking can be molded because the vital
life-force that flows through the child's body-mind, has not become fixed in the
manner of a great river flowing through the ravines of the earth.
Once the child matures, and their pattern of thought becomes molded, the
task of redirecting the manner in which the life-force flows through the
body-mind becomes a difficult task -- and in many instances, impossible.
Chinese medicine known as acupuncture is based upon this
knowledge of the energy flow through the body.
Disease is caused from a blockage that they resolve by placing needles at
strategic locations in the body. If
we better understood this science, we could use such healing techniques to open
the mind of the individual to higher spiritual concepts.
To a great extent this is also the foundation of Chiropractic philosophy
where the spine is maintained in alignment in order to insure the proper flow of
vital-energy throughout the body. In
the same way, the eastern philosophy of yoga is designed to manipulate the flow
of energy through the body, thereby enabling the person to open the mind.
In the beginning of natural life, the body is much more
easily controlled by the mind. As
the child matures, and the flow of life-force becomes fixed, the body itself
begins to control the thinking of the individual.
What most uninformed people would view as religious extremism, is merely
the plight of the individual working on himself in order to change the direction
of the life-force that is flowing through his body-mind.
A soul who is able to truly accomplish change in his life, and again
bring about that condition where the mind rules over the physical body, has
transformed himself into a soul that can overcome the obstacles of this world,
and is able to pursue his destiny into the Light.
What the followers of Jesus and the early Gentile
Christians recognized was the fact that change is accomplished much more easily
when one possesses the knowledge of the laws that control this realm, and the
manner in which these laws control the lives of natural man. Once we begin to perceive the true horror of this world
-- i.e., that mankind is literally a slave to the forces and elements of this
realm, and does not possess the power to see and understand mankind's higher
reality, only then are we able to embrace the true compassion that was exhibited
by Jesus towards the sinners who dwelled in their world of suffering, darkness
From a biblical perspective, the restraint this world
places upon natural man is likened to one who dwells in a jail -- unaware of the
world that lies beyond the high walls of the prison.
We fail to perceive the great limitations that have been placed upon us,
because we possess the illusion of freedom -- which is a freedom inhibited by a
series of all encompassing restrictions that have been placed upon both our
thinking and state of being. This
can be likened to the idea that, so long as the door to the individual jail
cells are open, and the prisoner is able to roam about in a very limited
fashion, they remain sedated and content under the illusion of freedom.
The desire to embrace true freedom is the result of that condition when a
person is in touch with their pre-existent soul, which causes them to no longer
be content to roam within the very limited environment of the prison.
The warden of the prison -- i.e., the supernatural power
the Apostle refers to as the prince of darkness -- can easily control the
greater majority of the inmates of this world through an addiction to sensualism,
materialism, cultural affiliation, or political power.
In the case of the more intelligent, he maintains control through
conventional science, religion and philosophy -- which has the form and
appearance of genuine (spiritual) knowledge.
These souls become duped into imagining they are successful merely
because they appear to know or see more than does the greater majority of
inmates who are sense-bound, and totally integrated into the culture of the
prison. The result is that,
so long as carnal man can be controlled through either addiction, or seduced
into believing he has the answers to life -- whether through the power of
science, philosophy or religion -- the prince of darkness is able to continue to
exert absolute control over his life.
The person that we have referred to as the mystic -- who
is the genuine Jew, Christian, Muslim or any other name you choose to describe a
person who possesses a more tangible inner connection with his pre-existent soul
-- knows instinctively that there is a world of true freedom that exists beyond
the confines of the prison of this world. When a great soul such as Jesus appears among the
inmates, and tells the people: You are not of this realm, and if you follow me,
I will protect you from the power of the warden, and guide you through the very
narrow and tight path that leads to life beyond the walls of this prison, the
majority of the prisoners simply refuse to follow.
When President Lincoln signed the Emancipation
Proclamation, many of the freed slaves refused to leave the plantations. In like manner, the greater number of inmates of this
world have never known any other life than the culture and environment of the
prison in which they presently dwell.
Their friends and family are with them in their little world.
Throughout their life they have collected many material things that the
warden has supplied them in order to control them through the power of physical,
mental, emotional and sexual attachments.
They feel that they already have everything they need, and do not wish to
leave these things behind to follow some stranger.
Moreover, their leaders who are themselves addicted to this world, have
condemned the stranger -- called him a heretic -- an extremist -- and warned
them that this stranger is a trouble maker whose objective is to deceive the
Their prison prophets and wise men have themselves
learned the power of speaking to the imagination of the inmates -- telling them
that there is a supernatural savior who will come and change the prison into a
land of milk and honey -- and all they have to do is wait for his arrival.
They make predictions -- and control the inmates by telling them that
they are the friends of the supernatural savior.
In order to inherit the vision of milk and honey that is prophesied by
these prison wise men, the inmates bestow gifts and wealth upon them, so they
will be intercessors on their behalf with their friend -- the supernatural
savior who will arrive at any moment.
When the Son of God physically walked among us, he did
not say that if we have faith and believe that the heavenly kingdom exists, that
we will go there after we die. What
he said was, if you truly believe in me, and have total faith, then you will
follow in my footsteps, and I will lead you out of this prison-world and into
the Kingdom. What the Master
said to us is this: “I know the way out of this world; and I must go before
you to mark out a clear path for you to follow”.
In order to help us, he left us a book of directions that would help us
prepare for the journey. This
book -- the Bible -- has been placed in our hands in order to assist us in our
endeavor to walk the path. In
order to make the journey between the prison and the outside world, we must
possess a knowledge of the barriers and obstacles that the god of this world has
placed in our path in order to inhibit our escape from his control.
In order to insure both our success and the continuation
of the sacred teachings for future generations to follow, the Master of The Way
embedded certain detailed instructions concealed within the body of the book
that he left us. He promised
that these instructions will become more apparent to us as we prepare ourselves
in accordance with the written text of the book, and begin to grow in wisdom
gained through our experiences of walking in The Way. He then explained that, if he was to attempt to write
these detailed instructions more clearly, that the god of this world would
destroy them. So to preserve
them for those who had journeyed far enough along the path where they needed a
set of more detailed instructions, the Holy Spirit placed these teachings and
directions beyond the perception of natural man.
From an historical perspective, we can see the
manifestation of this great truth in the editing of the scriptures by the
generations of carnal Christians over the first three centuries.
Because these Christians created philosophical doctrines which altered
the original teachings of the Master -- doctrines which taught that man did not
have to live in accordance with the text of the book that the Master left us --
but rather, all that was required was to believe that the Master lived and
escaped this world -- these carnal Christians were easily controlled and
manipulated by the god of this world.
They therefore rewrote many of the concepts of the text of the book in
order to make it clearer and more applicable to their manner of thinking --
which thinking was ultimately controlled by the ruler of this realm.
They then condemned the true disciples of The Way as heretics, burned the
genuine copies of the book the Master left to instruct the people, killed the
Master's disciples, and created laws which supported the teachings and the
worship of the god of this world.
In order to strengthen their political rule of the
people, they then made laws and created churches that would prohibit the use of
any other sacred writing than the revised book which they ordained as genuine.
In the manner of the house churches in China, the government and their
secularly ordained priests controlled every aspect of the religion of the
people. Through the use of
fear and the eternal sufferings of hell, they convinced the common people that
it was a sin to read the writings of the heretics, or listen to anyone who
disagreed with the church that was built upon the precepts and doctrines of the
god of this world.
As a recourse to the rise of the anti-church, the true
disciples of the Light buried and hid the more pure copies of the scriptures in
order to preserve the written word for future generations. In the past, when copies of these more pure scriptures
were found, they were destroyed. Thus,
in our own time when the anti-church is no longer in control of government,
these more pure copies of the scriptures have once again been found -- though
they remain largely ignored today. What
Christians fail to realize is the fact that the very Hand of God placed these
more pure copies of the scriptures in the hands of the church, in order to help
the disciples of the Light find their way back to the Kingdom.
The anti-church and the heathen rulers of this world
cannot succeed in their endeavor to destroy the presence of the Genuine Word of
God in this realm. One of the
realities of Creation that the rulers and priests of this pseudo-church failed
to understand, was that because the Natural Laws of Creation hold all things in
a state of perpetual balance, man must always exist at various levels of
spiritual maturity. What this
ensures is that even though the vast majority of people are ruled over by what
the Apostle refers to as the god of this world, there always exist those
individuals whose thinking is able to pierce beyond the barrier of carnal
reality. When these
individuals begin to focus their attention on the scriptures, they are to
varying degrees able to perceive the inner message of the instruction book that
the Master gave to mankind -- even when the text has been corrupted. In many instances these individuals have been able to
see enough of the inner directions that is beyond the perception of carnal man,
that they are able to embrace the Spiritual Gospel of God in their endeavor to
journey into the Kingdom. As
they begin their walk in The Way, these individuals receive the grace and the
guidance of the Lord, and with each step they take, a greater perception of
spiritual knowledge is given to them -- a knowledge of the scriptures, life and
Creation, that is totally beyond the vision of those whose thinking and manner
of life remains under the control of the god of this world.
When it says in the scriptures that the ark came to rest
upon a mountain -- or that Moses went up on the mountain to speak with God -- or
that Jesus was taken up to “…a very high mountain and showed him all the
kingdoms of the world and their splendor” (Matt 4:8 NIV) -- what these
things are symbolic of is the raising of consciousness within oneself above that
of the natural man. When one
learns to raise their mind above the carnal, the path to life not only becomes
clearer, but such a person is better able to hear the voice of the Lord calling
and teaching the truths that the disciple needs to know in order to be able to
climb still higher in their search for the Kingdom.
With regard to Origen's words, the quality of the
spiritual food that each of us receives is in direct relationship to how far we
have traveled in The Way. In
most instances, the knowledge we receive is controlled by Natural Laws that are
manifest in accordance with our own needs and ability to use the life-force that
God -- the True Source of our being -- provides us.
Thus, we can begin to see the all-encompassing reality of the Apostles
words when he said that each man reaps what he has sown (Gal 6:7 NIV).
This can be expressed in the words: “For as he thinketh in his
heart, so is he” (Prov 23:7 KJV).
From the perspective of the people within the body of the
original church over the course of the first three centuries, the very presence
of a Spiritual Church manifest in this world has the power to greatly accelerate
the journey of the disciple in search of the Truth. It is not that man needs to be taught -- but rather,
when experienced servants of the Lord are present, they are able to make the
transformation from carnal to spiritual a much smoother road for the people of
the simple faith. This is in
fact the essence of Jesus’ condemnation of the Sadducees and Pharisees with
respect to them being counterfeit leaders of the flock of believers.
Instead of guiding the people of the simple faith into the Kingdom, they
positioned themselves before the people as priests and religious authorities who
would intercede between God and man.
The only valid objective of genuine religious leaders is
to assist the people in learning about the True God, teaching the flock to
embrace the Royal Law of God, and working to fulfill the Vision of the Lord when
he commanded: “Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My
covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all
the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy
nation. These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel”
(Exod 19:5-6 NKJ).
In The early church was thus organized in accordance with
the Natural Laws and the Divine directive: “Who then is the faithful and
wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household
to give them their food at the proper time?” (Matt 24:45 NIV).
The wise servant is he that knows what type and level of food belongs to
each believer who has been put in that servant's care.
In the same way that a baby will choke on solid food, and has no means to
consume it, neither can the solid food of the spirit be given to carnal
believers. Therefore, in
giving to each in accordance with their spiritual needs, the Spiritual (Gnostic)
Christians were fulfilling the word of the Lord: “Take heed therefore unto
yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you
overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own
blood” (Acts 20:28 KJV).
In understanding the threefold nature of both the
scriptures and the revelation of the Word, we can therefore begin to observe
these higher concepts at work in Origen’s defense on the attack by Celsus on
the Christian religion, and we are able to get a glimpse of the foundation of
the True Church of God manifest in this world.
Why is this response of Origen important to us in our present time?
This vision is important for modern Christians who must work to reverse
the corruption of the anti-church which was ordained by Constantine and the
Roman Empire, and endeavor to restore the greatness of the True Church of
Christ. Because the genuine
focus of Christianity should be to embrace the process of leading men toward
spiritual perfection and the entrance into the Kingdom, in a Spiritual Church
each believer is provided with the level of truth they need to grow and mature.
With respect to our present-day focus, the doors of
Christianity have always been open to the sinner and the multitudes as a means
of redemption -- but redemption is through change, and eventual spiritual
transformation. In Origen's
words: “For there are in the divinity of the Word some helps towards the
cure of those who are sick”, meaning the sinners.
In the early religious movement of the first three centuries, the idea of
Christianity as a means for continual redemption from sin was fostered only
among the bottom echelon of the church, or those carnal Christians who were
writes Origen, “who is a sinner, who is devoid of understanding, who is a
child, and, to speak generally, whoever is unfortunate, him will the kingdom of
God receive. Do you not call him a sinner, then, who is unjust, and a thief, and
a housebreaker, and a prisoner, and a committer of sacrilege, and a robber of
the dead? What others would a man invite if he were issuing a proclamation for
an assembly of robbers? Now, in answer to such statements, we say that it is not
the same thing to invite those who are sick in soul to be cured, and those who
are in health to the knowledge and study of divine things. We, however, keeping
both these things in view, at first invite all men to be healed, and exhort
those who are sinners to come to the consideration of the doctrines which teach
men not to sin, and those who are devoid of understanding to those which beget
wisdom, and those who are children to rise in their thoughts to manhood, and
those who are simply unfortunate to good fortune, or -- which is the more
appropriate term to use -- to blessedness. And when those who have been turned
towards virtue have made progress, and have shown that they have been purified
by the word, and have led as far as they can a better life, then and not before
do we invite them to participation in our mysteries. 'For we speak wisdom among
them that are perfect’” (Origen Contra Celsum).
It is true that Jesus came to save the sinner -- but he
did not come to save the sinner who did not desire to change -- refused to
follow him -- or who attempted to embrace him only with his lips.
In the words of Jesus: “No servant can serve two masters; for either
he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and
despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” (Luke 16:13 NKJ).
This great truth was further clarified by the Apostle John when he wrote:
“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world,
the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world -- the
cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and
does -- comes not from the Father but from the world” (1 Jn 2:15-16 NIV).
Often, these people are innately moved by their indwelling spiritual
nature -- but their continued love and attachment to this world inhibits their
walk with the Lord, and they are simply not yet ready to leave the things of
this world behind. These
people who claim to believe may call themselves Christians -- even born again
Christians -- and yet, so long as they continue to cling to the customs,
material things, and mindset of this world, they can never be anything more than
babes in Christ.
The Christianity of Jesus was a living religion, and its
main focus was to bring about a “change of mind” in the believer.
It is the milk of the Word, or the gospel of Jesus and him crucified,
that is given to the spiritually sick in order to assist them in their initial
healing from a life of sin. The
milk is designed to begin the process of growth and development.
In the case of the Jews, temple sacrifice and the rituals of the Old
Testament were designed as milk for a heathen people.
It was therefore a transition to sacrifice in one place, to one God, and
only certain animals that represented a more perfected animal nature.
The Essenes did not sacrifice in the temple because they
were spiritual, and they perceived the symbolism of the Old Testament scriptures
from the perception of a higher mind.
We can of course reason that if God does not desire sacrifice, then the
Old Testament scriptures should never have been written in this misleading
manner. Yet, when we take
this position, we fail to recognize the greater need of the people.
The Old Testament scriptures were written in order to transition a
heathen idol worshiping Pagan people to the worship of the One True Spiritual
God. Sacrifice and idol
worship was an integral part of their thinking and mindset.
Change could only be brought about incrementally, one step at a time.
The leaders of the Sadducees and Pharisees being carnal,
interpreted these spiritual symbols of the scriptures literally, and obstructed
the path to the Kingdom because they continued to embrace the milk of the
written word. That Jesus was
physically crucified by false religious leaders and the rulers of the Nations
does not negate the fact that the Son of God permitted these events to
transpire, in order to create a much more pure set of symbols that each and
every disciple of the Light must embrace in their own life.
Thus, in the case of the New Covenant scriptures, what is written in the
Bible is true both historically, as well as in mind and spirit.
In a Genuine Spiritual Church, the faithful servant ordained by Christ is
he who seeks the wisdom of the spirit, possesses an understanding of the symbols
because he has embraced them in his own life, and feeds the flock in accordance
with their individual spiritual needs.
Yes, man is saved by the blood of Christ -- but this blood must be
embraced physically, mentally and spiritually in order to mature to become a
The Gospel message must be multidimensional, in order to
transition the believer from carnal to spiritual. What believers today, as well as the opponents of a
Gnostic system of revelation failed to realize, is that the spiritual wisdom and
Mysteries of God simply cannot dwell within the mind of a sinner, or one who is
spiritually sick. In the
words of Origen: “And as we teach, moreover, that 'wisdom will not enter
into the soul of a base man, nor dwell in a body that is involved in sin’”.
Why? Because their
very body and mind will not resonate at the higher frequencies of the life-force
entering into their being. The
result is that because their body-mind cannot resonate at these frequencies that
are above that of the earth, they cannot receive the complete revelation of the
Word in their life. Symbols,
then, are employed in order to manifest truth uniformly on a physical, mental
and spiritual level of being.
In this respect, everything we think, do and say has an
all-encompassing effect on our being.
Nothing is concealed from us -- but rather, when we are of this world, we
simply cannot utilize the spiritual potential of the whole gamut of life-force
that is available to us. God
and the Kingdom literally stand before our eyes, and we are blind to the reality
With regard to sinners, Origen writes that they were NOT
invited “to participation in mysteries, and to fellowship in the wisdom
hidden in a mystery, which God ordained before the world to the glory of His
saints, do we invite the wicked man, and the thief, and the housebreaker, and
the prisoner, and the committer of sacrilege, and the plunderer of the dead”.
The problem is that in the same way that our present-day educational
systems provide for an age appropriate curriculum for each child, so too did the
church prior to the fourth century. It
is not that we wish to censor the higher knowledge that is taught in high school
from an elementary school child -- but rather, their stage of physical and
mental development simply does not support the contemplation of a more advanced
curriculum. Thus, it would be impossible for the sinners that
Origen speaks of to receive the Divine Mysteries and the Gospel of God.
The problem that arose in the fourth century is seen in the fact that a
true barbarian -- i.e., Constantine and Pagan Rome -- took control of
Christianity, and suddenly the bottom echelon of the church was thrust into a
position of political power.
With respect to Origen’s list of people who could not
be invited into a participation of the mysteries, we can add to this list the
unfaithful believer -- or what would be called in the scriptures the adulterer
-- who are those who attempt to bring the doctrines of men to the alter of the
Lord. As Origen stated, Jesus
“was sent, indeed, as a physician to sinners, but as a teacher of divine
mysteries to those who are already pure and who sin no more”.
Because we fail to perceive that our natural mind that is
related to our physical consciousness is embryonic, and in fact is an image of
our pre-existent soul, the modern Christian is simply unable to comprehend the
words of Origen where explains the words of Jesus and portrays him as a “…teacher
of divine mysteries to those who are already pure and who sin no more”.
The flaw in our thinking is seen in our failure to perceive that some
people enter this world as evolved spiritual souls -- and not being sick, are
not in need of a physician. That
the Son of God has already healed some souls at a time prior to the life they
are presently living, represents a spiritual concept that is simply beyond the
ability of the modern Christian to even entertain.
Because they have lived as seekers of Truth in the past, and even
disciples of the Light, they do not enter this life to be healed -- but rather,
to embrace the next level of instruction.
To the pure in heart and mind, the Son of God is always there to guide
and teach them in their struggles in The Way.
The teachings of the early church affirmed the biblical
position that the Sacred Secrets of the Gospel could only be received by those
who had been previously healed by the Word -- of whom Origen wrote: “…others
again, which to the pure in soul and body exhibit the revelation of the Mystery,
which was kept in secret since the world began, but now is made manifest by the
scriptures of the prophets, and by the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ”.
Who does Origen say is the instructor and revealer of the
Mysteries? The Lord commanded
his disciples and followers: “But you are not to be called rabbi, for you
have one teacher, and you are all brethren” (Matt 23:8 RSV).
Why? Because when man
attempts to instruct another person about the Mysteries of God in the manner of
a teacher, they make themselves a false Christ.
In a Spiritual or Gnostic Church, the objective is to lead the believer
to the feet of the One and True Teacher who awaits each of us in the Kingdom.
Jesus, being very much our brother, accomplished this when he manifested
the Logos or Word in his own life, and then taught others the means to
accomplish this same thing in the lives they were living.
The faithful servant of the Lord is he who reveals to the disciples and
believers The Way to find the True Prophet, which is the indwelling Word that
exists within each of us.
To contact the author: Allan_Cronshaw@nazirene.org