You Are The Lights of The World
The whole of Christianity revolves around one common belief and theme, and that is, THE ONLY WAY FOR SALVATION is to have faith and confess in Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World. Now there is debate over what that means, how one must accept Jesus, whether or not they need to be baptised, when they need to be baptised, what they must do to hang unto that salvation, whether those saved are predetermined, whether it is free will and one must choose, whether only a few are saved or all of humanity it saved. Now if you think that list is dizzying, just wait until you are told what else you have to do by many denominations within Christianity. Well the article I offer today, will prove it is never really “You” (who you think you are) that does the work, it is God. You will see as scripture states that everyone will eventually comes to the unity of the faith, knowledge of the truth and stature of the perfect man. Look to prove that scripture teaches the ultimate salvation of all of mankind is a simple task. Many, many scriptures prove this… below are a few.
Philippians 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Isaiah 45:23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
Romans 14:11For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
1 Timothy 2:4 Who (GOD) will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
There is a growing number of people who believe, that GOD WILL FINISH HIS CREATION in VICTORY. Meaning, everyone will be saved. And as great as that is, I still believe many don’t know what it is they are saved from. Well, if you believe you are saved from place of infinite torture in a place called hell, I have news for you. You are in Hell in this world, when you are ignorant of who you are, who God is, and how God is in control of all things. Hell is the suffering caused by our ignorance, and yes we are saved from this mindset. But truly it is our carnal ego, (who we thought we were) that we need saving from. This is that anti-christ that is sitting on the throne of God declaring himself to be God, (who you thought you were, or think you are, your carnal ego).
Let me give you a short explanation. The Throne of God is your mind/heart. If you believe you have total free will, that means WHO YOU THINK YOU ARE is in fact sitting in the place of God, saying you are God and you are in complete control. The number of that beast is 666… Human beings are carbon based lifeforms, 6 protons, 6 electrons, 6 neutrons. 6 is the NUMBER OF NATURAL MAN. Most people know themselves after their physical body, and the physical world around them. They judge everything outwardly and THAT is the big problem. God is spirit, and the physical is merely a projection of what is happening within. Everything outside of us, is meant to lead us within to the source.
28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 29 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
Life is not about what is outside of us, it is ALL ABOUT WHAT IS WITHIN US! And that is what this essay is about. That is the amazing truth that I hope to share. But if you have any questions on some of the topics I have mentioned so far, on this blog I have in-depth papers written, on the anti-christ, hell, salvation, etc… so for the purpose of time, after reading this paper please go to the search bar and search for these essays for more info.
I will state also, all of us have our ideas about the things of God. But truly God’s ways are past our finding out, human intellect and reasoning just doesn’t do the trick. So no degree from a Christian university makes one an authority on the things of God, a collar or title doesn’t make one an authority on the things of God. Only God makes one and authority on the things of God, and he saves this wonderful wisdom for those that seem foolish, for those who you would least expect to hear it from, he saves it for those who do not think highly of themselves, those He gives the desire to. The desire to “Know the truth regardless of the cost”… Then these things MUST CLICK WITHIN, they must be revealed. So how does one know if what I write or another writes is true? Well you SEEK God with a pure heart, asking God to lead, and guide. It is good to study papers, essays, and articles written by men, but TEST the spirits always, seek, and you shall find if they be true. (Including the ones I write, as I am NOT the authority, God WITHIN is.)
To let you know what I believe is simple. I am not like many, who say, you can believe whatever you want, live anyway you want and know salvation… I believe there is only ONE WAY to the Father and that is through the SON. You cannot be SAVED (free from the bondage of this world/carnal thoughts and the cares of this world) unless you come to the knowledge of who you TRULY ARE IN CHRIST, and when you do you will know CHRIST (The Word of God which is TRUTH, the Wisdom and Power of God).
You are saved by knowing the TRUTH, it is the TRUTH that sets you free. It isn’t until you have this wisdom that you will be saved (from yourself/ego).
But how does one come to know that he needs to be saved from the false image of who he thinks he is, when almost every denomination teaches you need to be saved from an event in the future, and that you are saved by an event in the future, meaning you are saved from Hell, and must wait for Jesus the Flesh man to return… I’m sorry to say, you will not find either in this life, regardless of how many preachers, priests, or religious teachers say “the time is close”…
There is so much division in Christianity today. Thousands of different beliefs, hundreds of different traditions, and each denomination seems to be at odds with the other. Each denomination claims to be right. Yet, scripture tells us…
1 Corinthians 1:10
…that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment
And with all the division we see among these churches everywhere, there are fewer subjects greeted with as much passion, and defense, as the divinity, or lack of divinity, of Jesus of Nazareth.
The only thing many seem to agree on, is JESUS CHRIST (the flesh man) being SAVIOR. But they have no idea what this REALLY MEANS.
They focus on the outward man, not the inward man. They put their faith in a man from two thousand years ago, and say THAT MAN IS MY SAVIOR, and never once consider what THAT MAN was truly teaching at all.
1) That as he is the light of the world, SO ARE WE
2) That we MUST do as he did, “become Christ”, death to ourself/ego and resurrection/enlightenment.
3) That he is the first among many
4) That he was the word revealed to men, and that we are living epistles to be read of all men
5) That we are to be ONE with God as Jesus was One with God
Seeing yourself as the SON of GOD, the same as Jesus the man, today is something that is taboo to even discuss. But even Jesus pointed out that even the scriptures teach this, when he brought Psalms 82 to his condemners attention.
I said, “You are gods, And all of you are children of the Most High
We are ALL CHILDREN OF THE MOST HIGH, the problem is most refuse to believe it.
Now I don’t want to get ahead of myself here. But simply consider that we are all part of the same body. And if the same body, then the same as the head of the body. We are all ruled by God, as my fingers are ruled by the thoughts that precede them and force them to type these words. We are all ONE, AND THE SAME. When we understand this and see others as ourselves and do unto others as we want done to ourselves we will truly become free. LOVE is the KEY!
1 Peter 4:8
And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”
Notice the words, ABOVE ALL THINGS… love is the highest priority. Is that not evident in Jesus’ teaching?
27 So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’”
28 And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.”
But let me get right into this paper already!
Many say the Gospel of John Chapter One holds the key to Jesus’ divinity. So, this is what this paper will be about. And I pray it opens our eyes to what is really being said in these verses. Let us find out, who “Jesus Christ” is and how this man and his story relates to us.
We will do all this be dissecting the words in these verses of John Chapter One and pray the truth of it all opens up to us. As it is the GLORY OF GOD to CONCEAL (Hide) a thing. And Christ (TRUTH) comes (Is revealed) in the GLORY OF GOD (Hidden Truth).
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
“In the beginning” is straightforward, as the word “beginning” is the same word used in Genesis 1, when God created. However, the rest of the verse, and the definitions of these seemingly insignificant words like (was, with) open the door to an alternate view of this first verse.
The word “was” in this verse translates into “I WAS”, denoting past tense. To truly understand what we are talking about, we must understand that “The Word” is TRUTH.
Psalms 119 “The sum of thy Word is TRUTH”
So we are not talking about the literal man Jesus Christ here. The MAN Jesus Christ didn’t appear on scene until about two thousand years, or so, ago. In fact, in this Chapter, Jesus isn’t mentioned until later… It is the WORD/GOD’S TRUTH that is mentioned here. Which is TRUTH and SPIRIT, which was in the BEGINNING.
God is SPIRIT and TRUTH. “Your WORD oh Lord is TRUTH”
However, it is the next line, that can shake the foundations of what most have been taught, and it is simply looking at the translation of the word “WITH”.
In the Beginning was the TRUTH, and the TRUTH was “WITH” God.
Here is where, the door opens a bit more for us. The original translation of the word “WITH” (Pro/v) in Strongs Concordance DOES NOT translate to what we know “with” to mean, like I am “with” my wife, or “with my friends”… No, this word “with” translates into something very different.
WITH – 1) To the advantage of 2) towards 3) near – (In fact, the NAS translates this same word WITH as “about, according to, pertaining, in regard to, etc.) This changes the whole meaning of the first line in John.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Let’s translate that now: In the beginning was the TRUTH, and the TRUTH was (pertaining to God, to the advantage of God, according to God, in regard to God, about God.)
Now this actually makes sense if you think about it.
In other words, it means in the BEGINNING was the Truth and the TRUTH was ABOUT GOD. In beginning, The TRUTH of GOD was UNDERSTOOD.
Before ADAM’S (Mankind’s) Fall (becoming Ignorant of God’s Truth and Spirit) – Man knew the TRUTH.
The same was in the beginning with God.
Now this next line is where it becomes a bit more surreal. Because we MUST translate the word “WITH” the same way. Also, we find the word “SAME” translates differently as well. The Word “Same” (Ouutov) translates as “This or These” so really this next line, translates into this below.
This was in the beginning (according to, pertaining to, about) God
– So now we see the first two verses of John appear differently.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God.
In the beginning was the TRUTH and the TRUTH was ABOUT GOD. The Truth was God. This was in the beginning about God.
Now to save time, I am going to simply place the Strongs Translations next to the words. So whenever you see a (……) you know in between the (…) is the translated word.
3 All things were made (came into existence) by (through) him (God); and without(apart, separate) him (God) was(came into existence) not any thing(no one) made(came into existence) that was made (came into existence).
All things came into existence through God, and apart from God nothing came into existence, that came into existence.
It’s pretty easy to see, that WE AREN’T talking about a literal MAN named Jesus here, we are talking about GOD, not a man from two thousand years ago. Since this TOOK PLACE IN THE BEGINNING.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
In God was Life.
And, what is LIFE according to scripture?
Proverbs 3 calls it Wisdom and Understanding. “wisdom is a tree of life”
In God was Wisdom and Understanding and this Wisdom and Understanding (of God’s Truth) was the light of men…
The LIGHT of all men, according to scripture, is the wisdom and understanding of God’s TRUTH (WORD) and in Matthew 5, we are called to let our light shine forth.
16 Let your light (Understanding of the TRUTH) so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven
I hope you can see, so far, there really is no mention of a LITERAL MAN from 2000 years ago.
Now before I go any further, I want to be clear, so those reading don’t get all salty, or should I say, lose their flavor… JESUS THE MAN revealed the WORD in HIM. The WORD was his LIFE (wisdom and understanding), so he was in fact the WORD of God. As we are called to be living Epistle, we also are to reveal the WORD of God… So you need to see, just because he was the first to reveal the WORD of God among many brethren, who “would do even greater things than he did”, doesn’t make Jesus the man, someone who is completely different from us, it makes him…
The first-born among many brethren, the first-born among the dead. A PATTERN, which is why we must do as he did. The good news is, I believe God predetermined all of it, so none can fail.
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
But back to JOHN’S GOSPEL… IN CHAPTER ONE, the scriptures are NOT speaking about a LITERAL MAN as many have been taught. We are talking about THAT WORD that was IN THE MAN JESUS.
2 Corinthians 5:19
that is, that God WAS IN Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation
Notice God is IN, God’s ANNOINTED to reconcile the world (Lusts of the flesh, lusts of the eyes, the pride of life) to HIMSELF (God) – This is all about GOD BECOMING ALL IN ALL. No longer hidden from his creation, but ONE with his creation.
In him (God) was life; and the life (understanding and wisdom) was the light of MEN(plural).
Notice the word MEN… The scripture speaks of God’s LIFE being the LIGHT OF MEN (MANKIND). It really is stating that God’s TRUTH (word) when understood by US helps others to know God, which is in HEAVEN (Which we all know by now, is within us all)
5 And the light shineth (became evident, bring forth light) in(by) darkness(ignorance); and the darkness comprehended(layed hold, took possession) it not.
This last verse, HAS NOTHING to do with the truth NOT being understood by the Ignorant… Rather, this last verse truly translated into…
And the Wisdom and Understanding of God’s Truth became evident by the ignorance of it. And the ignorant didn’t lay hold of it, or take possession and own it.
This is a beautiful picture of the parable of the BLIND man who Jesus saw outside the TEMPLE. Key words here being “OUTSIDE the TEMPLE”. When you exist OUTSIDE the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, you too are blind (ignorant of the truth)…
But back to my point. When Jesus and the disciples saw this BLIND MAN, the disciples asked whose fault it was that he was born Blind. Jesus responded it was no one’s fault, it was so GOD could be glorified, when he sees.
You see we were ignorant of God’s truth for one reason, so God’s truth could become evident because we first became ignorant of it… It is sort of like knowing the LIGHT because you first knew darkness.
How else would we learn? Once again, this first chapter in John, seems to be talking about God and US (humanity as a whole) and not about ONE literal man from 2000 years ago.
6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
These last verses speak of HOW WE FIRST HEAR about God’s truth.
It is through John, (symbolic of The Law and the Prophets) that bears witness of GOD’S TRUTH (LIGHT), but the man who TESTIFIES of GOD’S TRUTH, that is the LIGHT OF ALL MEN, is NOT GOD’S TRUTH.
You see, we should never mistake the messenger for the message. We should never mistake the LAW for LIFE, or a Man for God’s TRUTH. Man can simply bear witness of the TRUTH, the MAN is NOT THE TRUTH, but it is through the Man, that the TRUTH is revealed. The MAN cannot be the TRUTH, the TRUTH can only be IN (within the thoughts) MAN.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
This line clearly isn’t speaking about the literal world. Because the literal earth, to my understanding, has no ability to reason. So the WORLD must be an allegory of carnal man’s thoughts. For in 1 John, we see ALL THAT IS IN THE WORLD.
1 John 2:16
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
The “world” is our Carnal EGO.
Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
Remember, Judgment begins at the HOUSE OF GOD. We are the house of God. Our Souls, our Sense of being, our thoughts of individuality (in-division-and duality) – remember Christ COMES (revealed) into the WORLD (our ego) to save the WORLD (our ego)
“What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world, and lose his soul?”
So, God was, and is, IN US, and WE came into existence through God, but We didn’t know God (we didn’t have his wisdom and understanding)
But this is where it gets SURREAL… The translations below for the words (came, unto, received) open up a whole new idea about what this next verse means.
11 He (God) came (appeared, became known) unto (for, to) his own (pertaining to one’s self), and his own (pertaining to one’s self) received (accepted, joined to) him (God) not.
Let be clear about what this verse means to me. I will translate into my own words below.
God appeared for Himself, God appeared to Himself, But God did not accept God as Himself.
John 1, is not dealing with a literal man, but John 1 is speaking about the creation of all. John 1 is dealing with US, all of HUMANITY.
We have lost our understanding and wisdom of who, and what we are. And, the purpose of that, is so the TRUTH of GOD (the mystery of existence, the hope of Glory, which is CHRIST IN YOU) could be known.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
The word RECEIVE (Lamba/Nw) here in GREEK, means to take what is one’s own, to take to one’s self, to make one’s own.
So, as MANY as TOOK HOLD OF WHAT IS THEIR, As MANY as BELIEVED the TRUTH of God and who they were, become SONS OF GOD.
It goes to explain, this has life and truth has nothing to do with Flesh and Blood, literal man or a single man, it has to do with being BORN FROM ABOVE as God’s beloved. He gives US (humanity as a whole) power to become the SONS OF GOD…
Now let me put that in perspective for you… As a puppy is a child of a dog and becomes a dog. As a kitty is a child of a cat and it too becomes a cat…. So is a SON OF GOD, offspring of GOD and becomes a god.
I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
Once we believe the TRUTH of God and who we are, then we too become THE TRUTH as JESUS DID.
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Jesus was the First born among MANY BRETHREN… He was and is the word, as we too become LIVING EPISTLES to be read of all men. He is the Light of the World, and we too become the same.
“YE ARE THE LIGHTS OF THE WORLD”
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt (tabernacles/dwell) among (IN, BY, WITH) us, (and we beheld (Contemplate) his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
The instant we BELIEVE THE TRUTH, the WORD IS MADE FLESH in US. And we test the spirits this way, those that say “Christ is come (revealed) in the Flesh” is of God. 🙂
The TRUTH comes into existence through US, and God lives IN US, BY US, WITH US, and we Contemplate his Glory as the Only Child of God, full of grace and truth.
In closing, I would like to bring attention that no one ever sees God, they are simply made aware of God.
18 No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
It is the SON (Those RISEN WITH CHRIST to understand the TRUTH) that declare God…
And for those who wonder what the BOSOM of God is, they need look no further than the literal world, where we too were nursed with milk by our Mothers. The Bosom is the place where God reveals himself through us, to us, by us, for us… So that we all become ONE.
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Peace to you all,
“The Truth Will Change You”