The Truth Maketh Free
1. THEN said Jesus to those Jews which believed on
him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye
shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
2. They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were
never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
Iesus answered them Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever
committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in
the house for ever: but the Son even the Daughter abideth ever.
3. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye
shall be free indeed. I know that ye are Abraham's seed after the
flesh; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.
4. I speak that which I have seen with my Parent and
ye do that which ye have seen with your parent. They answered and said
unto him, Abraham is our father. Iesus said unto them, If ye were
Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.
5. But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told
you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. YE do
the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of
fornication; we have one Father, even God.
6. Iesus said unto them, If God were your Parent, ye
would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I
of myself, but the All Holy sent me. Why do ye not understand my
speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
7. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of
your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode
not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.
8. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own;
for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the
truth, ye believe me not.
9. As Moses lifted up the Serpent in the wilderness,
so must the Son and Daughter of man be lifted up, that whosoever
gazeth, believing should not perish, but have everlasting life.
10. Which of you convicteth me of sin ? And if I
say, the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth
God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.
11. Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say
we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hath a demon ? Iesus
answered, I have not a demon; but I honour the All Holy, and ye do
dishonour me. And I seek not mine own glory, but the glory of God. But
there is One who judgeth.
12. And certain of the Elders and Scribes from the
Temple came unto him saying, Why do thy disciples teach men that it is
unlawful to eat the flesh of beasts though they be offered in sacrifice
as by Moses ordained.
13. For it is written, God said to Noah, The fear
and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the field, and every
bird of the air, and every fish of the sea, into your hand they are
14. And Jesus said unto them, Ye hypocrites, well
did Esaias speak of you, and your forefathers, sayings This people
draweth nigh unto Me, with their mouths, and honour me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me, for in vain do they worship Me teaching
and believing, and teaching for divine doctrines, the commandments of
men in my name but to satisfy their own lusts.
15. As also Jeremiah bear witness when he saith,
concerning blood offerings and sacrifices I the Lord God commanded none
of these things in the day that ye came out of Egypt, but only this I
commanded you to do, righteousness, walk in the ancient paths, do
justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God.
16. But ye did not hearken to Me, Who in the
beginning gave you all manner of seed, and fruit of the trees and seed
having been for the food and healing of man and beast. And they said,
Thou speakest against the law.
17. And he said against Moses indeed I do not speak
nor against the law, but against them who corrupted his law, which he
permitted for the hardness of your hearts.
18. But, behold, a greater than Moses is here! and
they were wrath and took up stones to cast at him. And Jesus passed
through their midst and was hidden from their violence.
LECTION 51. 2. -Many people
think that perfect freedom is the power to do wrong as well as right.
Such is not Christ's teaching. Freedom is the power to do moral good,
nothing else : the other is not freedom, but slavery to the evil
nature. This is the teaching of Rosmini and of the Franciscans, and is
evidently the teaching of Christ. Other animals than man have the
freedom essential to their nature, which, if they are allowed to
follow, is a kind of moral good. In a true state of nature, the other
animals are found innocent, till corrupted by the cruelty of man.
Herbert Vivian (" Land Of the Lion of Judah ") writes :-" On the beaten
track I was much impressed by the fearlessness of nearly all the
animals I saw. The first time I tried to stalk a herd of antelopes I
gave myself a great deal of unnecessary trouble, dissembling behind
bushes and reserving my fire lest the first shot should irretrievably
disperse my quarry. I found, however, that as a rule directly they
became aware of my presence they turned round to look at me and would
remain while eight or ten shots whizzed about their ears, not always
bolting, even when one of their number had been laid low. Nor did they
ever scuttle away very far. They would disappear over the ridge of a
hill and wait within rifle range of its summit as if for me to try my
luck again. The smaller animals would be more fearless still, and might
often have been knocked down with a stone or a stick. There were
numbers of pretty little grey and white squirrels with long bushy
tails; they would run to pick up a bit of bread when I threw it, and
lit up a few yards away from me nibbling it with both hands. One day I
thought of shooting a jackal, which was hovering about near my camp,
for I had heard that the skin of a Somali jackal is worth having. I
took up my gun and strolled out to get an easy shot. My servants,
thinking to help me, whistled to it, whereupon it turned round and
looked at us as though to see what we wanted. Then I put away my gun,
for I had not the heart to shoot. It would have been like killing a
house-dog." (See also "Darwin's Voyage on H.M.B. Beagle," where a
similar testimony is given). If man deprives his essential knowlege of
good, he disarranges in himself all that part of creation that is
within him, and becomes lower than the beasts of prey.
He Declareth His
1. ANOTHER time Iesus said, Verily, verily, I say
unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. Then said
the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a demon.
2. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou
sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. Art
thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead ? and the Prophets
are dead: whom makest thou thyself ?
3. Iesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is
nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is
your God: Yet ye have not known him; but I now him: and if I should say
I know him not I shall be a liar like unto you; but I know the All Holy
and am known of the Eternal.
4. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day; and
he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet
forty five years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
5. Iesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto
you, Before Abraham was, I AM.
6. And he said unto them, The All Holy hath sent you
many prophets, but ye rose against them that were contrary to
your lusts, reviling some and slaying others.
7. Then took they up stones to cast at him: but
Iesus was hidden, and went out of the temple, through the midst of
them, and so again passed unseen by them.
8. Again when his disciples were with him in a place
apart, one of them asked him concerning the kingdom, and he said unto
9. As it is above, so it is below. As it is within,
so it is without. As on the right hand, so on the left. As it is
before, so it is behind. As with the great so with the small. As with
the male, so with the female. When these things shall be seen, then ye
shall see the kingdom of God.
10. For in me there is neither Male nor Female, but
both are One in the All perfect. The woman is not without the man, nor
is the man without the woman.
11. Wisdom is not without love, nor is love without
wisdom. The head is not without the heart, nor is the heart without the
head, in the Christ who atoneth all things. For God hath made all
things by number, by weight, and by measure, corresponding, the one
with the other.
12. These things are for them that understand, to
believe. If they understand not, they are not for them. For to believe
is to understand, and to believe not, is not to understand.
LECTION 52. 4. -The testimony of those who saw
and knew Jesus as to his age, has been strangely ignored by writers of
Biblical history and by the Church in general. This matter is briefly
discussed elsewhere in these Notes, and deserves the attention of every
student and thoughtful person. (See Notes liv.14-16; xcv.9.)
Iesus Healeth The Blind On
1. AND at another time as Iesus passed by, he saw a
man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him saying,
Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
2. Iesus answered, To what purport is it, whether
this man sinned, or his parents, so that the works of God are made
manifest in him? I must work the works of my Parent who sent me, while
it is day; the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in
the world, I am the Light of the world.
3. When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground,
and mingled clay with the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the
blind man with the clay And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of
Siloam (this meaneth by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way
therefore, and washed, and came seeing.
4. The neighbours therefore, and they which before
had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and
begged? Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he
said, I am he.
5. Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes
opened? He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and
anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and
wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.
6. Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I
know not where he is, that made me whole.
7. Then came to Him certain of the Sadducces, who
deny that there is a resurrection, and they asked him saying, Master,
Moses wrote unto us, if any man’s brother die having a wife and leaving
no children, that his brother should take his wife and raise up seed to
8. Now there were six brethren, and the first took a
wife and he died childless: And the second took her to wife and he died
childless: And the third, even unto the sixth, and they died also
leaving no children Last of all the woman died also.
9. Now in the resurrection, whose of them is she,
for the six had her to wife.
10 And Iesus answered them saying, whether a woman
with six husbands, or a man with six wives, the case is the same. For
the children of this world marry and are given in marriage.
11. But they, which being worthy, attain to the
resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage,
neither can they die any more, for they are equal to the angels and are
the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.
12. Now that the dead are raised even Moses shewed
at the bush, when he called the Lord, the God Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
for he is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for all live unto
LECTION 53. 3. -The healing of the blind by means of
clay mingled with saliva is mentioned by ancient physicians. Vespasian
is said to have cured by this means. This shows that Jesus did not
hesitate to employ natural remedies, when they were likely to effect
The Examination of Him Who
was Born Blind.
1. THEN they brought to the Pharisees him that
aforetime was blind. And it was the Sabbath day when Iesus made the
clay, and opened his eyes.
2. Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he
had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes,
and I washed, and do see.
3. Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is
not of God, because he keepeth not the Sabbath day. Others said, how
can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division
4. They say unto the blind man again, What sayest
thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.
5. But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that
he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the
parents of him that had received his sight.
6. And they asked them, saying, Is this your son,
who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see? His parents
answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was
born blind; but by what means he now seeth we know not; nor who hath
opened his eyes; he is of age; ask him, he shall speak for himself.
7. These words spake his parents, because they
feared the Jews; for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did
confess that he was the Christ he should be put out of the synagogue.
Therefore said his parents, He is of age? ask him.
8. Then again called they the man that was blind,
and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a
sinner. He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not;
one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.
9. Then said they to him again, What did he to thee?
how opened he thine eyes? He answered them, I have told you already,
and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be
10. Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his
disciple; but we are Moses’ disciples. We know that God spake unto
Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.
11. The man answered and said unto them, Why herein
is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he
hath opened mine eyes. Now we know that God heareth not sinners;
12. But if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth
his will, him he heareth. Since the world began was it not heard that
any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this man were
not of God, he could do nothing.
13. They answered and said unto him, Thou wast
altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.
14. Iesus heard that they had cast him out; and when
he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God
? He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him.
15. And Iesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen
him, and it is he that talketh with thee. And he said, Lord, I believe.
And he worshipped him.
16. And Iesus said, For judgment I am come into this
world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might
be made blind. And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard
these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?
17. AND Iesus, when he came to a certain place where
seven palm trees grew, gathered his disciples around him, and to each
he gave a number and a name which he only knew who received it. And he
said unto them, Stand ye as pillars in the House of God, and shew forth
the order according to your numbers which ye have received.
18. And they stood around him, and they made a body
four square, and they counted the number, and could not. And they said
unto him, Lord we cannot. And Jesus said, Let him who is greatest among
you be even as the least, and the symbol of that which is first be as
the symbol of that which is last.
19. And they did so, and in every way was there
equality, and yet each bore a different number and the one side was as
the other and the upper was as the lower, and the inner as the outer.
And the Lord said, It is enough. Such is the House of the wise Master
Builder. Foursquare it is, and perfect. Many are the Chambers, but the
House is One.
20. Again consider the Body of man, which is a
Temple of the Spirit. For the body is one, united to its head, which
with it is one body. And it has many members, yet, all are one body and
the one Spirit ruleth and worketh in all; so also in the kingdom.
21. And the head doth not say to the bosom, I have
no need of thee, nor the right hand to the left, I have no need of
thee, nor the left foot to the right, I have no need of thee; neither
the eyes to the ears, we have no need of you, nor the mouth to the
nose, I have no need for thee. For God hath set in the one body every
member as is fitting.
22. If the whole were the head, where were the
breasts? If the whole were the belly, where were the feet? yea, those
members which some affirm are less honourable, upon them hath God
bestowed the more honour.
23. And those parts which some call uncomely, upon
them hath been bestowed more abundant comeliness, that they may care
one for the other; so, if one member suffers, all members suffer with
it, and if one member is honoured all members rejoice.
24. Now ye are my Body; and each one of you is a
member in particular, and to each one of you do I give the fitting
place, and one Head over all, and one Heart the centre of all, that
there be no lack nor schism, that so with your bodies, your souls and
your spirits ye may glorify the All Parent through the Divine Spirit
which worketh in all and through all.
LECTION 54. 1-13. -The wrangling of the Pharisees
over this case of healing has its para1lels in our times in the
Churches which assign to the devil all that they cannot comprehend, and
cut out the Healer as a sinner and a heretic, denying the power of God
LECTlON 54. 14. -This is one of those "parables and dark sayings" of
him who spake as never man spake. The words taken literally suggest to
the mind a perfect crystal sphere, and by correspondence, a perfect man
or woman- in modern phrase "an all rounder," one who views things not
from one side only, but from every side. There are many who keep the
law in one or more points, but neglect all the rest; or keep it in all
points but the one which is against their own particular failing -who
"compound for sins they are inclined to, by damming those they have no
mind to." Cont.
LECTlON 54. 17-20. -The meaning of these words and this action is very
obscure, but if we describe the magic square of 7, it seems to make it
intelligible as the mystic symbol of him who regarded everything by
number and by measure, and which seems to have reference to the period
of his mortal life, 49 years, as well as the number of the Council,
Cardinals and Priests of the Church universal, 48, presided over by its
Head, 49, which the action of Iesus seemed to symbolize, and in a way,
foreshadow. See square
LECTlON 54. 21-24. -Here we have the original words of Christ, from
which Paul adopted his simile in Rom. xii., and In 1 Cor. xii.
Christ the Good Shepherd.
One with the Father.
1. AT that time there passed by the way a
shepherd leading his flock to the fold; and Iesus took up one of the
young lambs in his arms and talked to it lovingly and pressed it to his
bosom. And he spake to his disciples saying:
2. I am the good shepherd and know my sheep and am
known of mine. As the Parent of all knoweth me, even so know I my
sheep, and lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have,
which are not of this fold; them also must I bring, and they shall hear
my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.
3. I lay down my life, that I may take it again. No
man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay
my body down and I have power to take it up again.
4. I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd feedeth
his flock, he gathereth his lambs in his arms and carrieth them in his
bosom and gently leadeth those that are with young, yea the good
shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
5. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd,
whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming and leaveth the
sheep and fleeth, and the wolf catcheth them and scattereth the sheep.
The hireling fleeth because he is an hireling and careth not for the
6. I am the door: by me all who enter shall be safe,
and shall go in and out and find pasture. The evil one cometh not but
for to steal and to kill and destroy; I am come that they might have
life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
7. He that entereth in by the door, is the shepherd
of the sheep, to whom the porter openeth, and the sheep hear his voice,
and he calleth his sheep by name, and leadeth them out, and he knoweth
8. And when he putteth forth his sheep he goeth
before them and the sheep follow him for they know his voice. And a
stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him, for they know
not the voice of strangers.
9. This parable spake Iesus unto them, but they
understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. Then
said Iesus unto them again, My sheep hear my voice, and I know them,
and they follow me and I give unto them eternal life and they shall
never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
10. My Parent who gave them me, is greater than all
and no man is able to pluck them out of my Parent’s hand. I and my
Parent are One.
11. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Parent,
for which of those works do ye stone me?
12. The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work
we stone thee not, but for blasphemy, because that thou being a man
maketh thyself equal with God. Jesus answered them, Said I that I was
equal to God? nay, but I am one with God. Is it not written in the
Scripture, I said, Ye are gods?
13. If he called them gods, unto whom the word of
God came, and the Scripture cannot be broken, say ye of him, whom the
Parent of all hath sanctified and sent into the world. Thou
blasphemest; because I said I am the Son of God, and therefore One with
the All Parent?
14. If I do not the works of my Parent believe me
not, but if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works, that ye
may know and believe that the Spirit of the great Parent is in me, and
I in my Parent.
15. Therefore they sought again to take him, but he
escaped out of their hands and went away again beyond Jordan, into the
place where John at first baptized and there he abode.
16. And many resorted unto him, and said, John,
indeed did not miracle, He is the Prophet that should come. And many
believed on him.
LECTlON 55. 1. -This beautiful parable bas
been sadly mangled in the A.V., and shorn of the opening incident which
led to the discourse.
The Raising of Lazarus.
1. Now a certain man was sick,
named Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. (It
was that Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet
with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick).
2. Therefore his sisters sent unto him saying, Lord,
behold he whom thou lovest is sick. When Iesus heard that, he said,
This sickness is not unto death, but that the glory of God might be
manifest in him. Now Jesus loved Mary and her sister and Lazarus.
3. When he heard that he was sick, he abode two days
still in the same place where he was. Then after that, saith he to his
disciples, Let us go into Judea again.
4. His disciples said unto him, Master, the Jews of
late sought to stone thee and goest thou thither again? Iesus answered,
Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walketh in the day he
stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.
5. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth,
because there is no light in him. These things said he, and after that
he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth, but I go that I may
awake him out of sleep.
6. Then said his disciples, Lord if he sleep, he
shall do well. And a messenger came unto him saying, Lazarus is dead.
7. Now when Iesus came, he found that he had lain in
the grave four days already (Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about
fifteen furlongs off). And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary to
comfort them concerning their brother.
8. Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Iesus was
coming, went and met him, but Mary sat still in the house. Then said
Martha unto Iesus, Lord if thou hadst been here my brother had not
died. But I know that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God
will give it thee.
9. Iesus saith unto her, Thy brother sleepeth, and
he shall rise again. Martha said unto him, I know that he shall rise
again, at the resurrection at the last day.
10. Iesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and
the life, he that believeth in me, though he were dead yet shall he
live. I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, and whosoever liveth and
believeth in me shall never die.
11. She saith unto him, Yea, Lord : I believe that
thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.
And when she had so said she went her way and called Mary her sister
secretly saying, The Master is come and calleth for thee. As soon as
she heard that she arose quickly and came unto him.
12. Now Iesus was not yet come into the town, but
was in that place where Martha met him. The Jews then which were with
her in the house and comforted her, when they saw Mary that she arose
up hastily and went out, followed her saying, She goeth unto the grave
to weep there.
13. Then when Mary was come to where Iesus was, and
saw him she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord if thou hadst
been here my brother had not died. When Jesus therefore saw her weeping
and the Jews also weeping that came with her, he groaned in the spirit
and was troubled. And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him,
Lord, come and see, and Jesus wept.
14. Then said the Jews, Behold, how he loved him!
And some of them said, Could not this man which opened the eyes of the
blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? Iesus
therefore groaning again in himself (for he feared that he might be
already dead) cometh to the grave. It was a cave and a stone lay upon
15. Iesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the
sister of him supposed to be dead, saith unto him, Lord by this time he
stinketh, for he hath been dead four days. Iesus saith unto her, Said I
not unto thee, that if thou wouldest believe thou shouldst see the
glory of God? Then they took away the stone from the place where
Lazarus was laid.
16. And Iesus lifted up his eyes and chanting,
invoked the great Name, and said, My Parent, I thank Thee that thou has
heard me. And I know that Thou hearest me always, but because of the
people which stand by I call upon Thee that they may believe that Thou
hast sent me. And when he had thus spoken he cried with a loud voice,
Lazarus come forth.
17. And he that was as dead came forth bound hand
and foot with graveclothes, and his face was: bound about with a napkin.
18. Iesus said unto them, Loose him and let him go.
When the thread of life is cut indeed, it cometh not again, but when it
is whole there is hope. Then many of the Jews which came to Mary and
had seen the things which Iesus did, believed on him.
LECTlON 56. -This touching account of the raising of
Lazarus is here given as it took place. The verses 13-16 in the
Authorized Version are an evident interpolation to magnify the
occasion, for, being omitted, the narrative is unbroken and complete
without them. As with the daughter of Lazarus, so with Lazarus, he was
carried to his burial in a state of trance, indistinguishable from
death, and by his friends believed to be dead. At the present time in
countries where there are mortuaries or waiting rooms for the dead, it
is found that five per thousand recover on their way to burial who
otherwise would have been buried alive.
The Forgiveness of Those Who Trespass.
Parable of the Fishes.
1. AT the same time came the disciples unto Iesus,
saying, who is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven? And Iesus called
a little child unto him and set him in the midst of them and said,
Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted and become innocent and
teachable as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of
2. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this
little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven. And
whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
3. Woe unto the world because of offenses! for it
must needs be that offences come, but woe to that man by whom the
offence cometh. Wherefore if thy lust, or thy pleasure do offend
others, cut them off and cast them from thee, it is better for thee to
enter into life without, rather than having that which will be cast
into everlasting fire.
4. Take heed that ye neglect not one of these little
ones, for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold
the Face of God. For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
5. How think ye? if a man have a hundred sheep, and
one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine and
go into the mountains and seek that which is gone astray? And if so be
that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more over that
sheep than over the ninety and nine which went not astray.
6. Even so it is not the will of your Parent, Who is
in heaven, that one of these little one should perish.
7. AND there were certain men of doubtful mind, came
unto Iesus, and said unto him: Thou tellest us that our life and being
is from God, but we have never seen God, nor do we know of any God.
Canst thou shew us Whom thou callest the Father-Mother, one God? We
know not if there be a God.
8. Iesus answered them, saying, Hear ye this parable
of the fishes. The fishes of a certain river communed with one another,
saying, They tell us that our life and being is from water, but we have
never seen water, we know not what water is. Then some among them,
wiser than the rest, said: We have heard there dwelleth in the sea a
wise and learned Fish, who knoweth all things. Let us journey to him,
and ask him to shew us what water is.
9. So several of them set out to find this great and
wise Fish and they came at last to the sea wherein the wise Fish dwelt,
and they asked of him.
10. And when he heard them he said unto them, O ye
foolish fish that consider not! Wise are ye, the few, who seek. In the
water ye live, and move, and have your being; from the water ye came,
to the water ye return. Ye live in the water, yet ye know it not. In
like manner, ye live in God, and yet ye ask of me, “Shew us God.” God
is in all things, and all things are in God.
11. AGAIN Iesus said unto them, If thy brother or
sister shall trespass against thee, go and declare the fault between
thee and thy brother or sister alone; if they shall hear thee, thou
hast gained them. But if they will not hear thee, then take with thee
one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word
may be established.
12. And if they shall neglect to hear them, tell it
unto the church, but if they neglect to hear them, tell it unto the
church, but if they neglect to hear the church, let them be unto thee
as those that are outside the church. Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever
ye shall justly bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever
ye shall justly loose in earth, shall be loosed in heaven.
13. Again I say unto you, That if seven, or even if
three of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they ask,
it shall be done for them of my Father-Mother Who is in heaven. For
where even three are gathered together in my name there I am in the
midst of them, and if there be but one, I am in the heart of that one.
14. THEN came Peter to him and said, Lord, how oft
shalt my brother sin against me and I forgive him? till seven times?
Iesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times, but until
seventy times seven. For in the Prophets likewise unrighteousness was
found, even after they were anointed by the Holy Spirit.
15. And he spake this parable, saying, There was a
certain king who would take account of his servants, and when he had
begun to reckon, one was brought unto him which owed him ten thousand
talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to
be sold, and his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to
16. The servant therefore, fell down and worshipped
him, saying, Lord, have patience with me and I will pay thee all. Then
the lord of that servant was moved with compassion and loosed him, and
forgave him his debt.
17. But the same servant went out and found one of
his fellow-servants which owed him a hundred pence, and he laid hands
on him and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
18. And his fellow-servant fell down at his feet and
besought him, saying, Have patience with me and I will pay thee all.
And he would not, but went and cast him into prison till he should pay
19. So when his fellow-servants saw what he had done
they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was
20. Then his lord, after he had called him, said
unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt
because thou desiredst me; shouldst not thou also have had compassion
on thy fellow-servant, even as I had pity on thee. And his lord was
wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that
was due unto him.
21. So likewise shall the heavenly Parent judge you,
if ye from your hearts forgive not every one, his brother or sister,
their trespasses. Nevertheless, let every man see that he pay that
which he oweth, for God loveth the just.
LECTlON 57. 4. -The doctrine of guardian
angels receives full support from these words. But the Churches of the
so-called Reformation have flung away this consoling and helpful
belief, with other doctrines of the Christian Church in all ages, the
truth of which science and occultism are now showing.
Divine Love To The
1. Iesus said unto the disciples and to the
multitude around them, Who is the son of God? Who is the daughter of
God? Even the company of them who turn from all evil and do
righteousness, love mercy and walk reverently with their God. These are
the sons and the daughters of man who come up out of Egypt, to whom it
is given that they should be called the sons and the daughters of God.
2. And they are gathered from all tribes and nations
and peoples and tongues, and they come from the East and the West and
the North and the South, and they dwell on Mount Zion, and they eat
bread and they drink of the fruit of the vine at the table of God, and
they see God face to face.
3. Then drew near unto him all the taxgatherers and
sinners for to hear him. And the Pharisees and Scribes murmured,
saying, This man receiveth sinners and eateth with them.
4. AND he spake this parable unto them, saying, What
man of you having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them doth not
leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is
lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it he layeth it on his
5. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his
friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me, for I have
found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall
be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and
nine just persons which need no repentance.
6. Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if
she lose one piece doth not light a candle and seek diligently till she
find it? And when she hath found it she calleth her friends and her
neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me, for I have found the
piece of silver which I had lost. Likewise, I say unto you, there is
joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
7. AND he also spake this parable, A certain man had
two sons, and the younger of them said to his parents, Give me the
portion of goods that falleth to me. And they divided unto him their
living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together
and took his journey into a fair country, and there wasted his
substance with riotous living.
8. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty
famine in that land, and he began to be in want. And he went and joined
himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields
to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his body with the husks
that the swine did eat, and no man gave unto him.
9. And when he came to himself he said, How many
hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I
perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father and mother, and
will say unto them. My father and my mother, I have sinned against
Heaven and before you, and am no more worthy to be called your son,
make me as one of your hired servants.
10. And he arose and came to his parents. But when
he was a great way off, his mother and his father saw him and had
compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son
said unto them, My father and my mother, I have sinned against Heaven
and in your sight, and am no more worthy to be called your son.
11. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth
the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and shoes
on his feet, and bring hither the best ripe fruits, and the bread and
the oil and the wine, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was
dead and is alive again, he was lost and is found. And they began to be
12. Now his elder son was in the field, and as he
came and drew nigh to the house he heard music and dancing. And he
called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he
said unto him, Thy brother who was lost is come back, and thy father
and thy mother have prepared the bread and the oil and the wine and the
best ripe fruits, because they have received him safe and sound.
13. And he was angry and would not go in, therefore
came his father out and entreated him. And he answering, said to his
father, Lo, these many years have I served thee, neither transgressed I
at any time thy commandments, and yet thou never gavest me such goodly
feast that I may make merry with my friends.
14. But as soon as this thy son is come, which hath
devoured thy living with harlots, thou preparest for him a feast of the
best that thou hast.
15. And his father said unto him, Son, thou art ever
with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet, therefore, that we
should be merry and be glad, for this thy brother was dead and is alive
again, and was lost and is found.
LECTlON 58. 2. -The charity and comprehensiveness of
the true doctrine of Jesus here manifests themselves. It is not a mere
narrow creed or belief, but true repentance which merits the
forgiveness of God.
Iesus Forewarneth His
He Findeth Zaccheus.
1. AND Iesus went up into a mountain and there he
sat with his disciples and taught them, and he said unto them, Fear
not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you
2. Sell that ye have and do that which is good, for
them which have not; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a
treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth,
neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your
heart be also.
3. Let your loins be girded about, and your lights
burning, and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when
he will return from the wedding that when he cometh and knocketh they
may open unto him immediately.
4. Blessed are those servants whom the lord, when he
cometh, shall find watching; verily I say unto you that he shall gird
himself and make them to sit down at his table, and will come forth and
5. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come
in the third watch and find them so, blessed rare those servants.
6. And this know, that the guardian of the house not
knowing what hour the thief would come, would have watched and not have
suffered his house to have been broken through. Be ye therefore ready
also, for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
7. Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou
this parable unto us, or even to all? And the Lord said, Who then is
that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his
household, to give them who serve their portion in due season?
8. Blessed is that servant whom his lord when he
cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will
make him ruler over all that he hath.
9. But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord
delayeth his coming and shall begin to beat the menservants and
maidservants and to eat and drink and to be drunken, the lord of that
servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour
when he is not aware and will appoint him his portion with the
10. And that servant which knew his lord’s will and
prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be
beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things
worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto
whomsoever much is given, of him shall they much require the less.
11. For they who know the Godhead, and have found in
the way of Life the mysteries of light and then have fallen into sin,
shall be punished with greater chastisements than they who have not
known the way of Life.
12. Such shall return when their cycle is completed
and to them will be given space to consider, and amend their lives, and
learning the mysteries, enter into the kingdom of light.
13. AND Iesus entered and passed through Jericho.
And, behold, there was a man named Zaccheus, which was the chief among
the collectors of tribute, and he was rich.
14. And he sought to see Iesus who he was; and could
not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before,
and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him: for he was to pass that
15. And when Iesus came to the place, he looked up,
and saw him, and said unto him, Zacheus, make haste, and come down; for
to day I must abide at thy house. And he made haste and came down, and
received him joyfully.
16. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying,
That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.
17. And Zachaeus stood, and said unto the Lord,
Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have
taken anything from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
18. And Iesus said unto him, This day is salvation
come to thine house, forsomuch as thou art a just man, thou also art a
son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that
which ye deem to be lost.
LECTlON 59. 1l-12. -The teaching of our Lord as to
cycles, and the unity of life, in many existences, has been suppressed
for long ages, but now sees the light, at the end of the cycle.
Iesus Rebuketh Hypocrisy.
1. THEN spake Iesus to the multitude, and to his
disciples, saying. The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’s seat.
All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but
do not ye after their works: for they say and do not. For they bind
heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s
shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their
2. But all their works they do for to be seen of
men; they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of
their garments, and love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief
seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets, and to be called
of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
3. But desire not ye to be called Rabbi: for one is
your Rabbi, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call not any one
father on earth, for on earth are fathers in the flesh only; but in
Heaven there is One Who is your Father and your Mother, Who hath the
Spirit of truth, Whom the world cannot receive.
4. Neither desire ye to be called masters, for one
is your Master, even Christ. But they that are greatest among you shall
be your servants. And whosoever shall exalt themselves shall be abased;
and they that are humble in themselves shall be exalted.
5. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
for ye shut up the kingdom of Heaven against men: for ye neither go in
yourselves neither suffer ye them that are entering, to go in,
6. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites”
for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer;
therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
7. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he is made,
ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
8. Woe unto you, ye blind guides, who say, Whosoever
shall swear by the Temple, it is nothing, but whosoever shall swear by
the gold of the Temple, he is a debtor! Ye fools and blind; for whether
is greater, the gold, or the Temple that sanctifieth the gold?
9. And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is
nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is
guilty. Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the
altar, that sanctifieth the gift?
10. Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar,
sweareth by it, and by all things thereon. And whoso shall swear by the
Temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein. And he that
shall swear by Heaven sweareth by the throne of God, and by the Holy
One that sitteth thereon.
11. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the
weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought
ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Ye blind guides!
for ye strain out a gnat, and swallow a camel.
12. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within
they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse
first that which is within the cup and platter, then the outside of
them that they may be clean also.
13. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful
outward, but are within full of the bones of the dead and of all
uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but
within ye are full of hypocrisy and make believe.
14. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres
of the righteous, and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers,
we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
15. Wherefore ye be witness unto yourselves, that ye
do as the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then
the measure of your fathers.
16. Wherefore saith holy Wisdom, behold I send unto
you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill
and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and
persecute them from city to city. And upon you shall come all the
righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel
unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, who was slain between the
temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall
come upon this generation.
17. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the
prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I
have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her
chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
18. Behold, now your house is left unto you
desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye
shall say, Holy, Holy, Holy, Blessed are they who come in the Name of
the Just One.
LECTlON 60. 16. -The same Zaccharias who is mentioned in the beginning
as the father of John the Baptist (see Note 111-2), also the Proto
Evangelism attributed to James, the Bishop of Jerusalem.
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