Messages about the New Testament
Discover the truth about Jesus' mission on earth. When is the end of the world and how can we prepare for it? What does it mean when we pray "in the name of Jesus". We caution that some of these messages may challenge the Christian belief system and urge you to continue with an open mind.
|"Verily, Verily, I Say unto You, He That Believeth on Me, the Works That I Do Shall He Do Also; and Greater Works than These Shall He Do Because I Go unto My Father." "If Ye Shall Ask Anything in My Name, I Will Do It."|
I AM HERE. Jesus.
I have been with you a great deal today, and know just what have been the workings of your mind, and tried to influence you as to some of your thoughts. I was with you at church in the morning and heard the minister's sermon, and saw that he did not rightly comprehend the meaning of the words of the texts: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do because I go unto my Father." "If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it."
His explanation of what was meant by "greater works than I do" was not in accord with what I meant, or with the meaning that I intended to convey; for, when I referred to "works," I meant those works which the world considered as miracles. I intended to assure my disciples that they would have power to do similar works, or perform similar miracles, to a greater extent than I had performed them. "Greater" referred to quantity and not to quality.
BUT THIS POWER, OR THE SUCCESSFUL EXERCISE OF IT, WAS NOT DEPENDENT UPON BELIEF IN MY NAME, BUT UPON THEIR FAITH IN THE POWER OF THE FATHER, AND IN THE FACT THAT HE WOULD CONFER UPON THEM THAT POWER. THERE WAS NO VIRTUE IN MY NAME OR IN ME, AS THE INDIVIDUAL, JESUS, BUT ALL VIRTUE RESTED IN THE FAITH THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE IN THE FATHER. I NEVER PERFORMED ANY OF THE SO-CALLED "MIRACLES" OF MY OWN SELF, BUT THEY WERE ALL PERFORMED BY THE FATHER WORKING THROUGH ME. AND JUST AS HE WORKED THROUGH ME, HE WOULD ALSO WORK THROUGH MY DISCIPLES WHO SHOULD ACQUIRE THE NECESSARY FAITH.
AS I HAVE TOLD YOU BEFORE, ALL ACTS THAT ARE APPARENTLY MIRACLES ARE CONTROLLED BY LAW, JUST AS THOSE THINGS WHICH YOU CALL THE WORKINGS OF NATURE ARE CONTROLLED BY LAW. AND WHEN SUFFICIENT FAITH IS ACQUIRED, THERE COMES TO ITS POSSESSOR A KNOWLEDGE OF THESE LAWS. IT MAY NOT BE, AS YOU WOULD SAY, A KNOWLEDGE OR CONSCIOUSNESS THAT IS PERCEPTIBLE TO THE ORDINARY SENSES OF MAN, BUT IT IS PERCEPTIBLE TO THAT INNER SENSE WHICH IS THE ONE THAT ENABLES MEN TO COMPREHEND THE THINGS OF THE SPIRIT. AND HAVING THIS KNOWLEDGE OF THE INNER SENSE, MEN MAY SO CONTROL THESE LAWS THAT THEY WILL WORK THOSE EFFECTS WHICH SEEM TO BE CONTRARY TO THE ACCUSTOMED WORKINGS OF THE LAWS OF NATURE.
Until my disciples had acquired this faith that brought this knowledge to their inner sense, they could perform no miracle and do no work or phenomenon that other men could not do.
The Bible expression that belief in my name is sufficient to cause the workings of miracles is all wrong, and I never said that such belief was what was required. Neither did I say that whatsoever should be asked of the Father in my name would be given to men.
I WAS NOT A PART OF THE SO-CALLED "GODHEAD" AND I HAD NOT, OF MYSELF, ANY POWER; AND NEITHER DID MY NAME HAVE ANY MIRACULOUS INFLUENCE WITH THE FATHER. I WAS A MAN AS OTHER MEN ARE MEN. ONLY I HAD BECOME FILLED WITH THE DIVINE LOVE OF THE FATHER WHICH MADE ME AT-ONE WITH HIM. AND, CONSEQUENTLY, I HAD THAT KNOWLEDGE OF HIS LOVE AND LAWS THAT ENABLED ME TO BRING INTO OPERATION THOSE LAWS THAT WOULD CAUSE THE DESIRED EFFECTS TO APPEAR AS REALITIES.
But belief in my name caused no working of these laws and brought no
response of the Father to any supplications. Prayer must be made to the
Father in the name of Truth, and to His Love and Mercy. Every individual
is dear to Him, and He is ready to bestow this Love upon everyone who
asks in faith and pure desire. And in response to the earnest prayer will
come Love; and, with It, knowledge of things spiritual; and, with this,
power that may be used for the good of mankind.
ONLY A KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH OF THE PLAN FOR MEN'S SALVATION WILL ENABLE THEM TO SEEK IN THE RIGHT WAY TO OBTAIN THE GIFT OF THE FATHER. AND WHEN I SAY "KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH OF THE PLAN," I DO NOT MEAN THAT MEN SHALL UNDERSTAND ALL THE MINUTIAE OF THIS PLAN, OR HOW ONE ELEMENT OR PART OF IT MAY OPERATE UPON ANOTHER, AND WHAT RESULTS MAY FLOW THEREFROM. BUT THAT KNOWLEDGE MUST BE SUFFICIENT TO SHOW TO MAN, IN THE BEGINNING, THAT THE FATHER IS A GOD OF LOVE, AND THAT THIS LOVE MAY BE OBTAINED BY MAN THROUGH EARNEST PRAYER FOR ITS BESTOWAL. THIS IS ALL THAT IS NECESSARY. FOR THE RESPONSE THAT WILL FOLLOW WILL CAUSE THE NEW BIRTH, WHICH, WHEN EXPERIENCED BY A MAN, WILL PLACE HIM IN THAT UNISON WITH THE FATHER THAT WILL LEAD TO A KNOWLEDGE OF THE OTHER TRUTHS THAT FORM A PART OF THE PLAN OF SALVATION.
THERE IS NOTHING ELSE THAT WILL BRING ABOUT THIS KNOWLEDGE OF THAT INNER SENSE OF WHICH I WRITE. A KNOWLEDGE OF THE MIND, EXCEPT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THIS INNER KNOWLEDGE, CAN NEVER BRING ABOUT THIS NECESSARY AT-ONEMENT WITH THE FATHER.
It often exists that a man will have this inner knowledge and, at the same time, have a knowledge of the mind which is wholly at variance with the Truths of the Plan for his salvation. And the mind of man, being a thing of wonderful power, can for a time retard the growth of the knowledge of the inner sense, or, as I will say, the soul sense, but only for a time. For, at some time, the soul sense will progress to that knowledge of the Truth whereby the erroneous mind knowledge will entirely disappear, and man will possess only the Truth.
Of this erroneous mind knowledge or, perhaps, rather, conviction, is the belief that supplications made in my name will bring about the realization of the desires of the supplicant; also, that in my blood, or in the "power" of the cross, or in my alleged vicarious atonement, the salvation of men can be obtained. If any name must be used in man's supplication, then use only the Name of the Father; for His is a Name high over all, and the only Name in heaven or earth that can bring salvation to man and at-onement with His Being.
And what I have said applies to many other declarations contained in the Bible, such as, "He that believeth on the Lord Jesus Christ shall be saved"; "There is no other name under heaven whereby men can be saved;" etc. This is the enunciation of a false doctrine, and misleading to the great majority of mankind; for they accept the declarations as literally true. Of course, if it be interpreted as meaning that he that believeth on the Truths that I teach, then the objection is not so great. But, even then, the declarations do not go far enough. For men may believe in these Truths, and that belief may be a mere mental one, acquiesced in merely by the mind's faculties, without any exercise at all of the soul sense. IF TO ALL THESE DECLARATIONS SHALL BE ADDED THE VITAL TRUTH: "EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN AGAIN, HE CANNOT ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN," AND TO THIS MENTAL BELIEF SHALL BE ADDED THE SOUL'S FAITH, THEN THE DOCTRINES WILL BE TRULY STATED AND MEN WILL UNDERSTAND WHAT IS NECESSARY FOR SALVATION.
BELIEF AND FAITH ARE NOT THE SAME; ONE IS OF THE MIND, THE OTHER OF THE SOUL. ONE CAN AND DOES CHANGE AS PHENOMENA AND APPARENT FACTS CHANGE; THE OTHER, WHEN TRULY POSSESSED, NEVER CHANGES. FOR FAITH POSSESSED BY A SOUL CAUSES ALL THE LONGINGS AND ASPIRATIONS OF THAT SOUL TO BECOME THINGS OF REAL EXISTENCE, WHICH, LIKE THE HOUSE THAT IS BUILT UPON THE SOLID ROCK, CAN NEVER BE SHAKEN OR DESTROYED.
I write thus tonight to show that the preacher did not explain the true meaning of the text in his sermon, and he did not comprehend the Truths that were intended to be conveyed, of which the text was susceptible. The text did not set forth my expressions or, in its literal interpretation, declare the Truth.
I will not write more now except to say that I love you with a great love, and that I pray to the Father to bless you.
Believe in the Father and trust me, for you will not be disappointed. And pray that this Divine Love of the Father shall come into your soul so that you shall know that you are an accepted son of the Father.
KEEP UP YOUR COURAGE AND HAVE FAITH THAT WHATSOEVER THINGS YOU SHALL ASK THE FATHER IN THE NAME OF HIS LOVE AND TRUTH SHALL BE GIVEN TO YOU. I AM WITH YOU IN ALL MY LOVE AND CARE, AND YOU WILL NOT BE FORSAKEN.
So, my dear brother, rest assured that I am
Your brother and friend,
|Angelic Revelations of Divine Truth, Vol. I, Page 364|
|What Jesus Meant When He Said, "He That Liveth and Believeth on Me Shall Never Die."|
I AM HERE. Jesus.
I was with you tonight at the meeting of the Christians and saw that you were thinking of several things that I had written. You wanted to tell the preacher of my Truths, but of course you could not. He took a text from the Bible which I am credited with having uttered, and I did, but it did not mean exactly what he explained it to mean.
hen I said, "He that liveth and believeth on me shall never die," I was referring to the man whose soul was not dead in sin, and who believed the Truths that I declared-that is, God's Divine Love was waiting to enter into and fill his soul with Its Essence and Substance, and, if that man by faith received that Divine Love, he should never die-that is, he would become immortal, as God is Immortal.
NO MERE BELIEF IN ME AS JESUS, THE MAN, OR AS THE SON OF GOD, IS SUFFICIENT TO GIVE A MAN ETERNAL LIFE. FOR WHILE HE MUST BELIEVE THAT I WAS SENT BY THE FATHER TO PROCLAIM THE GREAT TRUTH THAT HE HAD AGAIN BESTOWED ON MAN THE POSSIBILITY OF OBTAINING THIS DIVINE LOVE BY HIS PRAYERS AND FAITH, YET, UNLESS HE BELIEVED THIS AND BECAME THE POSSESSOR OF THIS DIVINE LOVE, HE COULD NEVER CLAIM ETERNAL LIFE.
I wish that the preacher would pay more attention to the Truths that I taught-that is, those Truths which showed men the Father's Love waiting to be bestowed and the Way to obtain It-than to my personality.
I, JESUS, AS THE SON OF MAN OR OF GOD, DO NOT SAVE ANY MAN FROM HIS SINS AND MAKE HIM AT-ONE WITH THE FATHER. BUT THE TRUTHS WHICH I TAUGHT, AND WHICH WERE TAUGHT TO ME BY THE FATHER, ARE THE THINGS THAT SAVE.
I know the preacher's attempt is to explain these things by the Bible, as he understands that light. But the Bible is so often obscured that, instead of preaching from light, preachers often preach from darkness.
FOR THESE REASONS, AMONG OTHERS, I AM SO ANXIOUS TO DELIVER MY TEACHINGS OF THESE TRUTHS TO YOU SO THAT THE WORLD MAY KNOW WHAT TRUTH IS AND WHAT THE INDIVIDUAL MUST DO IN ORDER TO OBTAIN ETERNAL LIFE OR IMMORTALITY.
I know that you are anxious to do this work, and that your soul is trying for the inflowing of this Great Love and the enjoyment of a close communion with the Father.
o, keep up your courage, trust in the Father, and your worries will soon cease.
I will not write more tonight.
Believe in my love and desire for your success.
Your brother and friend,
|True Gospel Revealed Anew By Jesus, Vol. I, Page 367|
|What Is the Most Important Thing in All the World for Men to Do to Bring About the Great Millennium That the Preachers Proclaim Will Come Before or After the Coming of Jesus?|
I AM HERE. Luke of the New Testament.
Yes, I desire to write a few lines tonight upon a subject that has never yet been written on, and I know it will interest you.
My subject is: "What Is the Most Important Thing in All the World for Men to Do in Order to Bring About the Great Millennium That the Preachers Proclaim Will Come Before or After the Coming of Jesus?"
Of course, in stating the question thus, I do not intend to be understood as consenting to the doctrine that Jesus will come to earth in physical form, or appear on the clouds with a great shout, etc., as many of the preachers teach. As we have written to you before, that event will never happen because he has already come to men on earth in the spiritual way that we have explained. Neither do I intend to embrace in the phrase, "the most important thing," the Divine Love; for that, of course, is the greatest thing in all the earth and in the heavens as well. But by this declaration of "the most important thing that men can do," I mean that which is independent of the assistance of the Divine Love.
Well, as commonly understood, the "millennium" is a time or period of a thousand years when peace will reign on the earth, and the "devil," as is said, will be bound and not permitted to roam over the earth to cause sin, destruction of souls, sickness, and the other sins that so generally beset mortals now. Of course, there is no personal devil in the sense of a satanic majesty, but there are spirits of evil which abound in the unseen world. These spirits are constantly with mortals, exercising their influence of evil upon them, and suggesting thoughts and desires to them that eventuate in sinful and wrong deeds. But these evil ones are merely the spirits of departed mortals and are not beings of a superior kind in their power or qualities.
Sin, as we have told you, was never created by God, nor is it the product or emanations of any of God's perfect Creations. Rather, sin is wholly the result of the wrongful exercise of man's appetites and will that occurs when the desires of the flesh are permitted to overcome the desires of his spiritual nature.
With sin comes all the evils and discords and inharmonies that constitute man's manner of living his earth life. And until these things are eliminated from his thoughts and desires and appetites, which are not actually a part of his original nature, but, rather, the creation of the inversion of that nature, the millennium will never be established on earth, and neither will "Satan" be bound in chains and prevented from doing his work of soul destruction.
Now, the converse of this proposition is true. And the possibility of its occurring is also true. The question that arises, then, is how can this be brought about; for to bring this about is "the most important thing for men to do."
WHEN THE CAUSE OF THE PRESENT CONDITION OF MANKIND IN SIN AND SORROW AND UNHAPPINESS IS DEFINITELY DETERMINED, THEN WHAT IS NECESSARY TO REMEDY THE CONDITION AND REMOVE THE CAUSE WILL READILY APPEAR. AND WHEN THE REMEDY IS APPLIED AND THE REMOVAL IS MADE, THE MILLENNIUM WILL SURELY COME. FOR THIS GLORIOUS TIME OF MAN'S DESIRED AND LOOKED-FOR HAPPINESS IS MERELY ONE IN WHICH PEACE RULES AND DISCORD DOES NOT EXIST, WITH EVERY MAN BEING HIS OWN BROTHER'S KEEPER IN LOVE.
Then, what are the causes of the present condition of existence on earth, marred and tainted and controlled by sin and error and disease?
The causes are twofold. One arises from man's fall from his created perfection of body, mind, and soul. This permits and encourages the animal nature to subordinate the spiritual and, by the overindulgence of the former, causes the carnal appetites to grow and transform the man into a lover of sin and evil things. The other cause arises from the influences of the spirits of evil who are always endeavoring to make close rapport with men in order to exercise their evil influence over them.
While the personal "Satan" does not exist, yet, the idea conveyed of the necessity of binding evil in order to bring about this millennium is a true one. This applies to the actual relationship of men to these evil spirits as well. However, in the case of these spirits, it is not necessary, or even possible, to bind them. Men actually need to loosen them-that is, to loosen their rapport with, or influence over, men. For when that is done, men become, as it were, free; and these evil spirits become as if they were nonexistent.
So, you see, as a preliminary to the ushering in of this greatly desired time of peace and purity, men must cease to believe that it will come with the coming of Jesus in a manifested physical way, as a mortal conqueror might come with legions of followers and noises of drums and, by force of arms or greatness of power, subdue his enemies.
This will never be, for no man is an enemy of Jesus. All are his brothers, and he is not making, and never will make, war on any human being. He only contends against the sin and defilement that is within man's soul. And this war can never be waged by power or force of legions of angels. For so great is the power of man's will, and so respected is its freedom of action by the Father, that there is no power in heaven or on earth that can or will change a sinful soul into a pure one by force and threats and conquering legions of angels. This could not be accomplished even if the angels were led by Jesus, which, of course, will not happen.
No, the soul is the man. And that soul can be made pure and sinless only when it consents to and desires that such a condition may become its own. So, it should not be difficult for men to understand that this erroneous belief (that Jesus will come in this semblance of a human conqueror and establish this great time of peace) is doing them much harm and is delaying the actual time of the coming of this reformation. The effect of this erroneous belief upon the soul is that everything is to be accomplished by the work of Jesus, and nothing by the individual soul, except to believe in his coming and wait; and to be ready to be "snatched up in the clouds"; and then to help the heavenly host destroy all of their fellow mortals who had not believed with them; and, after all this, to put on the "robes of ascension," as they literally or figuratively designate such robes.
They thus believe and, in their minds, they may be honest; yet their souls may be disfigured and tainted with sin, and life's accumulation of sin, so that they could not possibly be in condition to enjoy a place of purity and freedom from sin. And some of them expect and claim that they will be the judges of their fellow mortals because of their deeds done in the body. And, yet, in how many cases would it prove to be the blind and sinful judging the blind and sinful! But they claim further that Jesus, by his great power and the fact that they believed he would come again to earth to establish his kingdom, will make them, in the twinkling of an eye, fit subjects for his kingdom, to judge the unrighteous and help cast them out of his kingdom.
No, this can never be the way in which the millennium will be established. And the sooner men discard this belief and seek the Truth, and the true Way to purity and perfection, the sooner the hope and expectation of mankind will be realized.
Your brother in Christ,
|True Gospel Revealed Anew By Jesus, Vol. I, Page 371|
|John Writes on the True Meaning of: "The End of the World."|
I AM HERE. John, the Apostle.
I come tonight to write a few truths upon the subject of the preacher's
sermon, as I was present with you and heard his declarations as to "the
end of the world."
Well, men know just about as much now as to the time of this event as they have known all down the centuries, and understand the meaning of these prophecies as well as men did from my day down to the present.
In the first place, I will say that there will be no end of the world from any of the causes mentioned by the preacher; and, in the next place, there will be no end of the world at all, as understood and declared by the orthodox preachers, and as is expected by most of the professing Christians.
The "world," meaning the earth, will not have an "end" in the sense of annihilation. It will continue to revolve on its axis, have seed time and harvest, produce and reproduce those things that are necessary to sustain human life, have its appropriate seasons of heat and cold, and move along in its orbit, as it now does, until some change, we know not of now, may come and destroy it. But not any of the prophecies of the Bible (admitting that there are prophecies) can apply to the end of the world in the sense that the preacher understood and declared.
IF HUMANITY WOULD ONLY UNDERSTAND THAT THE WORLD THAT WAS LOST BY THE DISOBEDIENCE OF THE FIRST PARENTS WAS THE WORLD OF MAN'S IMMORTALITY AND HAPPINESS, AND NOT THE PHYSICAL WORLD, AND THAT JESUS CAME TO DECLARE THE RESTORATION OF THAT WORLD UPON CONDITION, AND THE END OF THAT RESTORATION, THEN THEY WOULD KNOW THAT THE MATERIAL WORLD IS NOT INVOLVED IN THE PLAN OF MAN'S SALVATION, OR IN JESUS' MISSION, OR IN THE DECLARATIONS OF JESUS AS TO THE COMING OF THE END.
Men will continue to be born, live a short time, and die the physical death. And, as to each individual man, the end of the material world comes when he dies; for, thereafter, his habitation will be in the spirit world, and never more will he have life on earth. All men will have to die the physical death at some time. Then, why should it be necessary to include the destruction of the material world in the Plan of God for the salvation of men? For planets and worlds and stars to crash together and be destroyed would require that the orderly workings of God's Laws must be interfered with in order that men might be destroyed or saved (either left to their own helplessness on earth or rescued by being "snatched up into the air").
Such interpretations of God's Intentions or Plans, or of Jesus coming again to earth, are all wrong and absurd. Jesus will never come to establish his kingdom on earth and reign as Prince of Peace and "Lord of Lords," for the Kingdom which he and all his true followers on earth and in the spirit world are seeking to establish is in the Celestial Heavens. This Kingdom of God is not made with hands or by the mere fiat of any spirit, no matter how high he may be, but is made and populated by the souls of men who have experienced the New Birth and have received the Divine Essence of the Father. Of this Kingdom, Jesus is the Prince, but only because of his great and exceeding possession of the Divine Love of the Father, and his more perfect at-onement with Him.
Jesus is not seeking to establish a kingdom on earth, but is working for the purpose of leading men to the New Birth of the spirit, and of showing them the Way to the Celestial Kingdom. He is working by way of his love and suggestions, along with other good spirits, to help men cast sin and error from their hearts, and to strive to regain the condition of perfect manhood in the perfection of their natural love. He is also helping men to get in this condition of soul regeneration, or in that of the purification of their natural love, while they still live on earth, so that love to God in the divine sense, love to God in the created sense, and brotherly love will cover the whole earth, and men will be at peace and happy while yet clothed in the flesh.
Such a condition of mortal existence may be called the Kingdom of God on earth, but it will not be the Kingdom which Jesus came to earth to establish: the Kingdom of Heaven. This Kingdom has its seat and abiding place in the Celestial Spheres where it will never be removed.
So, then, when the Bible teaches of the world coming to an end and passing away, it does not mean the material world but the world of men's thoughts and deeds and sinful conditions that are not in harmony with God's Laws, or the Laws of His Creation. This is the world that shall be destroyed when righteousness shall cover the earth, as the waters do the deep, and brotherly love reigns among men. Even today, there are some men living on the earth who are so separated from the world that, as to them, the world has no existence-not the material world, but the world of sin and unrighteousness, which is the only world to be destroyed.
There shall be wars and rumors of wars, and times of trouble, etc., such as there never were, and then shall come the end. Not the wars of the cannon's roars, or the bursting shells or the mutilated flesh, or the making of widows and orphans, or the ruthless changing of mortals into spirits, but the wars of the spirits of good and evil, of love and hate, of purity and sin, of joy and despair, and of knowledge of Truth and belief in error-all to be fought in the souls of men with great intensity and earnestness, and creating such mind and spirit trouble as has never been, causing rumors thereof to flood the earth and the habitations of men.
Then shall come the end of the world-the world of evil and sin and despair and hatred and belief in error. This world shall pass away, and truth and love and peace and good will shall be established on the earth forever. The earth of this future day, then, will become so peaceful and filled with love and brotherly kindness that it will seem to men as if the "City of God" had been let down from heaven onto earth.
Let mortals know that Jesus has already come to earth and is among men, and that, since the time of his becoming the Prince of the Celestial Kingdom, he has been with men and spirits teaching them the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
By the Holy Spirit have the Truths of the Father spoken to men as a still, small voice, and by the communions of souls has the Master led men to the Love and Mercy of the Father.
As in my time, when he came to the Jews with his message of love and life eternal, but they knew him not and rejected him, so, now, many men, and spirits, too, refuse to listen to him and learn the Way through the straight gate to the Father's Love and immortality.
Let men study the prophecies and the times and the seasons and calculate the time of the end, and predict the near approach of the Master's coming in the clouds and prepare themselves to be "snatched up in the air" and become of the Heavenly Host; yet they will find that all these things are vanities of vanities. Only as each individual passes beyond the veil of flesh will he realize the end of his mortal world has come, and then all his speculations as to himself will become realities, and the certainty of the world's end will become an established fact. But men will continue to live on earth and die and, in succession, others will be born to die, and so on, until...only God knows.
SO, I SAY TO MEN, PREPARE NOT FOR THE PASSING AWAY OF THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH, BUT FOR THE PASSING OF THEMSELVES FROM THE EARTH TO THE GREAT WORLD OF SPIRITS. AND REMEMBER: THAT AS THEY SOW, SO SHALL THEY REAP-A CERTAINTY THAT IS NEVER CHANGED, A TRUTH THAT NO SPECULATION CAN MAKE UNTRUE.
THE END OF MAN'S WORLD COMES EACH DAY TO SOME MORTAL, AND THAT END MAY LEAD TO A GLORIOUS IMMORTALITY OR TO A TEMPORARY OR A LONG DARKNESS AND SUFFERING.
THUS ARE THE PROPHECIES BEING FULFILLED. AND THE SPECULATIONS OF PREACHERS AND TEACHERS AND LEADERS OF THE UNTHINKING ARE ROBBING MEN OF THE VITAL TRUTH THAT THE END OF THE WORLD IS COMING EACH MOMENT AND DAY AND YEAR.
OH, PREACHER AND TEACHER AND LEADER, YOUR RESPONSIBILITY IS GREAT, AND THE ACCOUNTING MUST BE MADE! THE REAPING MUST FOLLOW THE SOWING AS CERTAINLY AS THE DAY FOLLOWS THE NIGHT. AND WHAT WILL YOUR HARVEST BE?
THE END OF THE WORLD FOR SOME MORTAL IS THE IMPORTANT NOW !
I have written enough for tonight, as you are tired. So, believe that I love you and am praying for the Father to bless you, and to so fill your soul with His Love that, when the world comes to an end for you, you shall find the Kingdom of Heaven waiting to receive you. Good night.
Your brother in Christ,
|True Gospel Revealed Anew By Jesus, Vol. I, Page 390|
|Jesus Declares That He Is Not God or to be Worshiped as God, and He Explains What His True Mission Was. These Messages That Mr. Padgett Is Receiving Are His New Gospel to All Men, Both Mortals and Spirits.|
I AM HERE. Jesus.
When I was on earth, I was not worshiped as God. I was considered merely as the son of God in the sense that in me were imposed the Truths of my Father, and many of His wonderful and mysterious Powers. I did not proclaim myself to be God. Neither did I permit any of my disciples to believe that I was God, but only that I was His beloved son, sent to proclaim His Truths to mankind and to show them the Way to the Love of the Father. I was not different from other men, except that I possessed this Love of God to a degree which made me free from sin, and prevented the evils that formed a part of the nature of men from becoming a part of my nature.
No man who believes that I am God has a knowledge of the Truth or is obeying the Commandments of God by worshiping me. Such worshipers are blaspheming and are doing the cause of God and my teachings a great injury. Many a man would have become a true believer in, and worshiper of, the Father, and a follower of my teachings, had not this blasphemous dogma been interpolated into the Bible. It was not with my authority or in consequence of my teachings that such a very injurious doctrine was promulgated or believed in.
I am only a son of my Father, as you are; and while I was always free from sin and error as regards the true conception of my Father's true relationship to mankind, yet, you are His son also. And if you will seek earnestly and pray to the Father with faith, you may become as free from sin and error as I was then, and am now.
The Father is Himself, Alone. There is no other god besides Him, and no other god to be worshiped. I am His teacher of Truth, and am the Way, the Truth, and the Life because there are those qualities of goodness and knowledge in me which fit me to show the Way and lead men to eternal life in the Father, and to teach them that God has prepared a Kingdom in which they may live forever, if they so desire. But notwithstanding my teachings, men and those who have assumed high places in what is called the Christian church impose doctrines so at variance with the Truth that, in these latter days, many men, in the exercise of an enlightened freedom and of reason, have become infidels and turned away from God and His Love, and have thought and taught that man, himself, is sufficient for his own salvation.
The time has come when these men must be taught to know that, while the teachings of these professed authorities on the Truths of God are all wrong, they, these same men, are in error when they refuse to believe in God and my teachings. What my teachings are, I know, is difficult to understand from the writings of the New Testament; for many things contained therein I never said, and many things that I did say are not written therein. I am now going to give to the world the Truths as I taught them when on earth, and many that I never disclosed to my disciples or inspired others to write.
NO MAN CAN COME TO THE FATHER'S LOVE EXCEPT HE BE BORN AGAIN. THIS IS THE GREAT AND FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH WHICH MEN MUST LEARN AND BELIEVE. FOR WITHOUT THIS NEW BIRTH, MEN CANNOT PARTAKE OF THE DIVINE ESSENCE OF GOD'S LOVE, WHICH, WHEN POSSESSED BY A MAN, MAKES HIM AT-ONE WITH THE FATHER. THIS LOVE COMES TO MAN BY THE WORKINGS OF THE HOLY GHOST, CAUSING THIS LOVE TO FLOW INTO THE HEART AND SOUL AND FILL IT SO THAT ALL SIN AND ERROR MUST BE ERADICATED.
I AM NOT GOING TO TELL JUST HOW THIS WORKING OF THE SPIRIT OPERATES TONIGHT. BUT, I SAY, IF A MAN WILL PRAY TO THE FATHER AND BELIEVE, AND EARNESTLY ASK THAT THIS LOVE BE GIVEN HIM, HE WILL RECEIVE IT; AND WHEN IT COMES INTO HIS SOUL, HE WILL REALIZE IT.
LET NOT MEN THINK THAT THEY CAN COME INTO THIS UNION WITH THE FATHER BY ANY EFFORT OF THEIR OWN, BECAUSE THEY CANNOT. NO RIVER CAN RISE HIGHER THAN ITS SOURCE. AND NO MAN WHO HAS ONLY THE NATURAL LOVE AND IS FILLED WITH ERROR CAN, OF HIS OWN POWERS, CAUSE THAT NATURAL LOVE TO PARTAKE OF THE DIVINE, OR CAUSE HIS NATURE TO BE RELIEVED OF SUCH SIN AND ERROR.
MAN IS A MERE CREATURE AND CANNOT CREATE ANYTHING HIGHER THAN HIMSELF. SO,
MAN CANNOT RISE TO THE NATURE OF THE DIVINE UNLESS THE DIVINE FIRST COMES INTO
THAT MAN AND MAKES HIM A PART OF ITS OWN DIVINITY.
I CAME INTO THE WORLD TO SHOW MEN THE WAY TO THIS DIVINE LOVE OF THE FATHER AND TO TEACH THEM HIS SPIRITUAL TRUTHS, AND MY MISSION WAS THAT IN ALL ITS PERFECTION. AND, INCIDENTALLY, I CAME TO TEACH THEM THE WAY TO GREATER HAPPINESS ON EARTH, AS WELL AS IN THE SPIRIT WORLD, BY TEACHING THEM THE WAY TO THE PURIFICATION OF THE NATURAL LOVE, EVEN THOUGH THEY MIGHT CHOOSE TO NEGLECT TO SEEK FOR AND OBTAIN THIS DIVINE LOVE AND BECOME ONE WITH THE FATHER.
LET MEN PONDER THIS MOMENTOUS QUESTION, AND THEY WILL LEARN THAT THE HAPPINESS OF THE NATURAL MAN AND THE HAPPINESS OF THE MAN WHO HAS OBTAINED THE ATTRIBUTES OF DIVINITY ARE VERY DIFFERENT, AND, IN ALL ETERNITY, MUST BE SEPARATE AND DISTINCT.
MY TEACHINGS ARE NOT VERY HARD TO UNDERSTAND AND FOLLOW. AND IF MEN WILL ONLY LISTEN TO THEM AND BELIEVE THEM AND FOLLOW THEM, THEY WILL LEARN THE WAY AND OBTAIN THE ONE PERFECT STATE OF HAPPINESS WHICH THE FATHER HAS PREPARED FOR HIS CHILDREN. NO MAN CAN OBTAIN THIS STATE OF CELESTIAL BLISS, UNLESS HE FIRST GETS THIS DIVINE LOVE OF THE FATHER AND, SO, BECOMES AT-ONE WITH THE FATHER.
I know it is thought and taught that morality and correct living and great natural love will assure a man's future happiness, and this is true to a degree. But this happiness is not that greater happiness which God desires His children to have, nor does it show the Way to that greater happiness which I came to earth to teach.
But my Truths found a lodgment in some hearts and minds, and they were preserved to save mankind from total spiritual darkness and a relapse into worship of form and ceremony only.
I have written this to show you that you must not let the teachings of the Bible, and what men wrote or professed to have written therein, keep you from receiving and understanding what I write.
I SHALL WRITE NO MORE TONIGHT, BUT I WILL CONTINUE TO TELL YOU THE TRUTHS WHICH WILL BE MY NEW GOSPEL TO ALL MEN. AND WHEN THEY HAVE HEARD MY MESSAGES, THEY WILL BELIEVE THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD AND ONLY ONE TO BE WORSHIPED.
With my love and blessings, I will close for this time.
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