What Is Truth?
1. AGAIN the twelve were gathered together in the
Circle of palm trees, and one of them even Thomas said to the other,
What is Truth? for the same things appear different to different minds,
and even to the same mind at different times. What, then, is Truth?
2. And as they were speaking Iesus appeared in their
midst and said, Truth, one and absolute, is in God alone, for no man,
neither any body of men, knoweth that which God alone knoweth, who is
the All in All.. To men is Truth revealed, according to their capacity
to understand and receive.
3. The One Truth hath many sides, and one seeth one
side only, another seeth another, and some see more than others,
according as it is given to them.
4. Behold this crystal: how the one light its
manifest in twelve faces, yea four times twelve, and each face
reflecteth one ray of light, and one regardeth one face, and another
another, but it is the one crystal and the one light that shineth in
5. Behold again, When one climbeth a mountain and
attaining one height, he saith, This is the top of the mountain, let us
reach it, and when they have reached that height, lo, they see another
beyond it until they come to that height from which no other height is
to be seen, if so be they can attain it.
6. So it is with Truth. I am the Truth and the Way
and the Life, and have given to you the Truth I have received from
above. And that which is seen and received by one, is not seen and
received by another. That which appeareth true to some, seemeth not
true to others. They who are in the valley see not as they who are on
the hill top.
7. But to each, it is the Truth as the one mind
seeth it, and for that time, till a higher Truth shall be revealed unto
the same: and to the soul which receiveth higher light, shall be given
more light. Wherefore condemn not others, that ye be not condemned.
8. As ye keep the holy Law of Love, which I have
given unto you, so shall the Truth be revealed more and more unto you,
and the Spirit of Truth which cometh from above shall guide you, albeit
through many wanderings, into all Truth, even as the fiery cloud guided
the children of Israel through the wilderness.
9. Be faithful to the light ye have, till a higher
light is given to you. Seek more light, and ye shall have abundantly;
rest not, till ye find.
10. God giveth you all Truth, as a ladder with many
steps, for the salvation and perfection of the soul, and the truth
which seemeth to day, ye will abandon for the higher truth of the
morrow. Press ye unto Perfection.
11. Whoso keepeth the holy Law which I have given,
the same shall save their souls, however differently they may see the
truths which I have given.
12. Many shall say unto me, Lord, Lord, we have been
zealous for thy Truth. But I shall say unto them, Nay, but, that others
may see as ye see, and none other truth beside. Faith without charity
is dead. Love is the fulfilling of the Law.
13. How shall faith in what they receive profit them
that hold it in unrighteousness? They who have love have all things,
and without love there is nothing worth. Let each hold what they see to
be the truth in love, knowing that where love is not, truth is a dead
letter and profiteth nothing.
14. There abide Goodness, and Truth, and Beauty, but
the greatest of these is Goodness. If any have hatred to their fellows,
and harden their hearts to the creatures of God’s hands, how can they
see Truth unto salvation, seeing their eyes are blinded and their
hearts are hardened to God’s creation?
15. As I have reveived the Truth, so have I given it
to you. Let each receive it according to their light and ability to
understand, and persecute not those who receive it after a different
16. For Truth is the Might of God, and it shall
prevail in the end over all errors. But the holy Law which I have given
is plain for all, and just and good. Let all observe it for the
salvation of their souls.
LECTION 90. 4. -The art of cutting and polishing glass and stone was
well known in Phoenicia and Egypt, before the Christian era, and in
Pompeii numbers of such crystals were found in great variety. It is a
beautiful symbol appealing to the mind.
LECTION 90. 12. -Our Lord never damned or blamed those who could not
see the divine truths, which he taught, and receive them. He had
patience with them, as being without the fold, without light, and not
admissible to the Kingdom, so long as they remained in their darkness
and impenitence and self-doomed to eternal death if they persisted.
The Order of the Kingdom.
1. In that time after Iesus had risen from the dead
he tarried ninety days with Mary his mother and Mary Magdalene, who
anointed his body, and Mary Cleophas and the twelve, and their fellows,
instructing them and answering questions concerning the kingdom of God.
2. And as they sat at supper—when it was even— Mary
Magdalene asked him, saying, Master, wilt thou now declare unto us the
Order of the Kingdom?
3. And Iesus answered and said, Verily I say unto
thee, O Mary, and to each of any disciples, The kingdom of Heaven is
within you. But the time cometh when that which is within shall be made
manifest in the without, for the sake of the world.
4. Order indeed is good, and needful, but before all
things is love. Love ye one another and all the creatures of God, and
by this shall all men know that ye are my disciples.
5. AND one asked him saying, Master, wilt thou that
infants be received into the congregation in like manner as Moses
commanded by circumcision? And Jesus answered, For those who are in
Christ there is no cutting of the flesh, nor shedding of blood.
6. Let the infant of eight clays be Presented unto
the Father-Mother, who is in Heaven, with prayer and thanksgiving, and
let a name be given to it by its parents, and let the presbyter
sprinkle pure water upon it, according to that which is written in the
prophets, and let its parents see to it that it is brought up in the
ways of righteousness, neither eating flesh, nor drinking strong drink,
nor hurting the creatures which God hath given into the hands of man to
7. AGAIN one said unto him, Master, how wilt thou
when they grow up? And Jesus said, After seven years, or when they
begin to know the evil from the good, and learn to choose the good, let
them come unto me and receive the blessing at the hands of the
presbyter or the angel of the church with prayer and thanksgiving, and
let them be admonished to keep from flesh eating and strong drink, and
from hunting the innocent creatures of God, for shall they be lower
than the horse or the sheep to whom these things are against nature?
8. And again he said, If there come to us any that
eat flesh and drink strong drink, shall we receive them? And Iesus said
unto him, Let such abide in the outer court till they cleanse
themselves from these grosser evils; for till they perceive, and repent
of these, they are not fit to receive the higher mysteries.
9. AND another asked him saying, When wilt thou that
they receive Baptism? And Iesus answered, After another seven years, or
when they know the doctrine, and do that which is good, and learn to
work with their own hands, and choose a craft whereby they may live,
and are stedfastly set on the right way. Then let them ask for
initiation, and let the angel or presbyter of the church examine them
and see if they are worthy, and let him offer thanksgiving and prayer,
and bury them in the waters of separation, that they may rise to
newness of life, confessing God as their Father and Mother, vowing to
obey the Holy Law, and keep themselves separate from the evil in the
10. AND another asked him, Master, at what time
shall they receive the Anointing? And Iesus answered, When they have
reached the age of maturity, and manifested in themselves the sevenfold
gifts of the Spirit, then let the angel offer prayer and thanksgiving
and seal them with the seal of the Chrism. It is good that all be tried
in each degree seven years. Nevertheless let it be unto each according
to their growth in the love, and the wisdom of God.
LECTION 91. 5. -The idea of baptizing unconscious
infants seems never to have entered the mind of Jesus. He blessed them,
but he also blessed other animals, and things that had no sentient
life. Baptism implies belief and confession of faith and repentance
from evil works and ways.
LECTION 91. 6. -0ver 2,000 years before Christ there existed on the
shores of Lake Meeris, in Egypt, a labyrinth of seven circular
wall-enclosed winding paths, represented by Boticelli in one of his
engravings, which we here reproduce adapted for Christian rites. This
was used by the Egyptians in their initiations as a symbol of life, and
the wanderings of the soul in the flesh, till "seven times seven" times
purified and meet to appear before God. Cont
LECTION 91. 7-8. -In the Editor's former work "Palingenesia, or Earth's
New Birth," 1884, incorporating some Ideas from this Gospel (part of
which he had then received) these two rites referred to, by some
oversight were transposed. Here, as in" Church of the Future" 1896, by
the same Editor, the correct order is given. It is at present out of
The Order of the Kingdom.
1. AND another asked him saying, Master, wilt thou
that there be marriages among us as it is among the nations of earth?
And Iesus answered, saying, Among some it is the custom that one woman
may marry several men, who shall say unto her, Be thou our wife and
take away our reproach. Among others it is the custom, that one man may
marry several women, and who shall say unto him, Be thou our husband
and take away our reproach, for they who love feel it is a reproach to
2. But unto you my disciples, I shew a better and
more perfect way, even this, that marriage should be between one man
and one woman, who by perfect love and sympathy are united, and that
while love and life do last, howbeit in perfect freedom. But let them
see to it that they have perfect health, and that they truly love each
other in all purity, and not for worldly advantage only, and then let
them plight their troth one to another before witnesses.
3. Then, when the time is come, let the angel or
presbyter offer prayer and thanksgiving and bind them with the scarlet
cord, if ye will, and crown them, and lead them thrice around the altar
and let them eat of one bread and drink of one cup. Then holding their
hands together, let him say to them in this wise, Be ye two in one,
blessed be the holy union, you whom God doth join together let no man
put asunder, so long as life and love do last.
4. And if they bear children, let them do so with
discretion and prudence according to their ability to maintain them.
Nevertheless to those who would be perfect and to whom it is given, I
say, let them be as the angels of God in Heaven, who neither marry nor
are given in marriage, nor have children, nor care for the morrow, but
are free from bonds, even as I am, and keep and store up the power of
God within, for their ministry, and for works of healing, even as I
have done. But the many cannot receive this saying, only they to whom
it is given.
5. AND another asked him saying, Master, in what
manner shall we offer the Holy Oblation? And Iesus answered, saying,
The oblation which God loveth in secret is a pure heart. But for a
Memorial of worship offer ye unleavened bread, mingled wine, oil and
incense. When ye come together in one place to offer the Holy Oblation,
the lamps being lighted, let him who presideth, even the angel of the
church, or the presbyter, having clean hands and a pure heart, take
from the things offered, unleavened bread and mingled wine with incense.
6. And let him give thanks over them and bless them,
calling upon the Father-Mother in Heaven to send their Holy Spirit that
it may come upon and make them to be the Body and Blood, even the
Substance and Life of the Eternal, which is ever being broken and shed
7. And let him lift it up toward Heaven and pray for
all, even for those who are gone before, for those who are yet alive,
and for those who are yet to come As I have taught you, so pray ye, and
after this let him break the bread and put a fragment in the cup, and
then bless the holy union, and then let him give unto the faithful,
saying after this manner, This is the body of the Christ even the
substance of God (ever being broken and shed, for you and for all),
unto eternal life. As ye have seen me do, so do ye also, in the spirit
of love, for the words I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are
LECTION 92. 4. -Here we have further proof, if any
were needed, that Jesus was brought up in the tenets and customs of the
Essenes. See "Christianity and Buddhism" (a remarkable book by
Arthur Lillie) for the full discussion of the subject.
v. 6. -Similar were the rites of Mithra. From the days of Noah and
Melchizedek these pure mysteries were celebrated -though not in the
fulness of the light of Christ.
The Order of the Kingdom.
1. AND another spake, saying, Master, if one have
committed a sin, can a man remit or retain his sin? And Iesus said, God
forgiveth all sin to those who repent, but as ye sow, so also must ye
reap; Neither God nor man can remit the sins of those who repent nor
nor forsake their sins; nor yet retain the sins of those who forsake
them. But if one being in the spirit seeth clearly that any repent and
forsake their sins, such may truly say unto the penitent, Thy sins are
forgiven thee, for All sin is remitted by repentance and amendment and
they are loosed from it, who forsake it and bound to it, who continue
2. Nevertheless the fruits of the sin must continue
for a season, for as we sew so must we reap, for God is not mocked, and
they who sow to the flesh shall reap corruption, they who sow to the
spirit shall reap life, everlasting. Wherefore if any forsake their
sins and confess them, let the presbyter say unto such in this wise,
May God forgive thee thy sins, and bring thee to everlasting life. All
sin against God is forgiven by God, and sin against man by man.
3. AND another asked him, saying, If any be sick
among us, shall we have power to heal even as thou dost? And Jesus
answered, This power cometh of perfect chastity and of faith. They who
are born of God keep their seed within them.
4. Nevertheless if any be sick among you, let them
send for the presbyters of the church that they may anoint them with
oil of olive in the Name of de Lord, and the prayer of faith, and the
going out of power, with the voice of thanksgiving, shall raise them
up, if they are not detained by sin, of this, or a former life.
5. AND another asked him saying, Master, how shall
the holy assembly be ordered and who shall minister therein? And Jesus
answered. When my disciples are gathered in my name let them choose
from among themselves true and faithful men and women, who shall be
ministers and counsellors in temporal things and provide for the
necessities of the poor, and those who cannot work, and let these look
to the ordering of the goods of the church, and assist at the Oblation,
and let these be your deacons, with their helps.
6. And when these have given proof, of their
ministry, let them choose from them, those who have spiritual gifts,
whether of guidance, or of prophecy, or of preaching and of teaching
and healing, that they may edify the flock, offer the holy Oblation and
minister the mysteries of God and let these be your presbyter, and
7. And from these who have served well in their
degree let one be chosen who is counted most worthy, and let him
preside over all and he shall be your Angel. And let the Angel ordain
the deacons and consecrate the presbyters—anoint them and laying their
hands upon them and breathing upon them that they may receive the Holy
Spirit for the office to which they are called. And as for the Angel
let one of the higher ministry anoint and consecrate him, even one of
the Supreme Council.
8. For as I send Apostles and Prophets so also I
send Evangelists And Pastors—the eight and forty pillars of the
tabernacle—that by the ministry of the four I may build up and perfect
my Church. and they shall sit in Jerusalem a holy congregation, each
with his helper and deacon, and to them shall the scattered
congregations refer in all matters pertaining to the Church. And as
light cometh so shall they rule and guide and edify and teach my holy
Church. They shall receive light from all, and to all shall they give
9. And forget not with your prayers and
supplications intercessions and giving of thanks, to offer the incense,
as it is written in the last of your prophets, saying, From the rising
of the sun unto the setting of the same incense shall be offered unto
My Name in all places with a pure oblation, for My Name shall be great
among the Gentiles.
10. For verily I say unto you, incense is the
memorial of the intercession of the saints within the veil, with words
that cannot be uttered.
The Order of the Kingdom.
1. AND another asked him, saying, Master, how wilt
thou that we bury our dead? And Iesus answered, Seek ye council of the
deacons in this matter, for it concerneth the body only. Verily, I say,
unto you there is no death to those who believe in the life to come.
Death, as ye deemed it, is the door to life, and the grave is the gate
to resurrection, for those who believe and obey. Mourn ye not, nor weep
for them that have left you, but rather rejoice for their entrance into
2. As all creatures come forth from the unseen into
this world, so they return to the unseen, and so will they come again
till they be purified. Let the bodies of them that depart be committed
to the elements, and the Father-Mother, who reneweth all things, shall
give the angels charge over them, and let the presbyter pray that their
bodies may rest in peace, and their souls awake to a joyful
3. There is a resurrection from the body, and there
is a resurrection in the body. There is a raising out of the life of
the flesh, and there is a falling into the life of the flesh. Let
prayer be made For those who are gone before, and For those that are
alive, and For those that are yet to come, for all are One family in
God. In God they live and move and have their being.
4. The body that ye lay in the grave, or that is
consumed by fire, is not the body that shall be, but they who come
shall receive other bodies, yet their own, and as they have sown in one
life, so shall they reap in another. Blessed are they who have worked
righteousness in this life, for they shall receive the crown of life.
5. AND another asked him, saying, Master, under the
law Moses clad the priests with garments of beauty for their
ministration in the Temple. Shall we also clothe them to whom we commit
the ministry of sacred things as thou hast taught us? And Iesus
answered, White linen is the righteousness of the Saints, but the time
truly cometh when Zion shall be desolate, and after the time of her
affliction is past, she shall arise and put on her beautiful garments
as it is written.
6. But seek ye first the kingdom of righteousness,
and all these things shall be added unto you. In all things seek
simplicity, and give not occasion to vain glory. Seek ye first to be
clothed with charity, and the garment of salvation and the robe of
7. For what doth it profit if ye have not these? As
the sound of brass and tinkling of cymbal are ye, if ye have not love.
Seek ye righteousness and love and peace, and all things of beauty
shall be added to you.
8. AND yet another asked him, saving, Master, how
many of the rich and mighty will enter into life and join us who are
poor and despised. How, then, shall we carry on the work of God in the
regeneration of mankind? And Iesus said, This also is a matter for the
deacons of the church in council with the elders.
9. But when my disciples are come together on the
Sabbath, at even, or in the morning of the first day of the week, let
them each bring an offering of a tithe, or the tithe of a tithe of
their increase, as God doth prosper them, and put it in the treasury,
for the maintenance of the church and the ministry, and the works
thereof. For I say unto you, it is more blessed to give than to receive.
10. So shall all things be done, decently and in
order, And the rest will the Spirit set in order who proceedeth from
the Father-Mother in heaven. I have instructed you now in first
principles, and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the Age.
LECTION 94. 7. -From this, as from other words of the Master on
previous occasions, it is evident that his servant Paul borrowed from
him many of the ideas, and similes and wise sayings scattered through
his Epistles, and not Paul only, but also the other Apostles. (See also
v. 10. -It has been alleged that the laying down of rites and
ordinances for Christianity has been the cause of division and strife
in all countries. Nay, rather have not these divisions and dissensions
been caused by the omission of the directions given by the One Head
acknowledged by all during the period between his resurrection and
ascension and the generation immediately after, and the handling of
them down by that tradition so liable to corruption in place of the
written record. But much more were these divisions and dissensions
caused by the interpolation of dogmas not making for goodness and
unity, by the suppression from the records of the vital essence in the
holy law given by Iesus on the Mount, which, had it been preached and
known and obeyed by all, would have made the earth a paradise in place
of a hen for the weak and the helpless.
1. AND Iesus after he had shewed himself alive to
his disciples after his resurrection, and sojourned with them for
ninety days, teaching and speaking of the Kingdom, and the things
pertaining to the Kingdom of God, and had finished all things that he
had to do, led forth the twelve with Mary Magdalene, and Joseph his
father and Mary his mother, and the other holy women as far as Bethany
to a mountain called Olivet, where he had appointed them.
2. And when they saw him as he stood in the midst of
them, they worshipped him, but some doubted. And Iesus spake unto them,
saying, Behold, I have chosen you from among men, and have given you
the Law, and the Word of truth.
3. I have set you as the light of the world, and as
a city that cannot be hid. But the time cometh when darkness shall
cover the earth, and gross darkness the people, and the enemies of
truth and righteousness shall rule in my Name, and set up a kingdom of
this world, and oppress the peoples, and cause the enemy to blaspheme,
putting for my doctrines the opinions of men, and teaching in my Name
that which I have not taught, and darkening much that I have taught by
4. But be of good cheer, for the time will also come
when the truth they have hidden shall be manifested, and the light
shall shine, and the darkness shall pass away, and the true kingdom
shall be established which shall be in the world, but not of it, and
the Word of righteousness and love shall go forth from the Centre, even
the holy city of Mount Zion, and the Mount which is in the land of
Egypt shall be known as an altar of witness unto the Lord.
5. And now I go to my Parent and your Parent, my God
and your God. But ye, tarry in Jerusalem, and abide in prayer, and
after seven days ye shall receive power from on high, and the promise
of the Holy Spirit shall be fulfilled unto you, and ye shall go forth
from Jerusalem unto all the tribes of Israel, and to the uttermost
parts of the earth.
6. And having said these things, he lifted up his
pure and holy hands and blessed them. And it came to pass that while he
blessed them, he was parted from them, and a cloud, as the sun in
brightness, received him out of their sight, and as he went up some
held him by the feet and others worshipped him, falling to the earth on
7. And while they gazed steadfastly into heaven,
behold two stood by them in white apparel, and said, Ye men of Israel,
why stand ye gazing into thee, heaven; this same Jesus who is taken
from you in a cloud, and as ye have seen him go into heaven, so shall
he come again to the earth.
8. Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the Mount
of Olives, which is from the city a Sabbath day’s journey. And as they
returned they missed Mary Magdalene, and they looked for her, but found
her not. And some of the disciples said, The Master hath taken her, and
they marvelled and were in great awe.
9. Now it was midsummer when Jesus ascended into
heaven, and he had not yet attained his fiftieth year, for it was
needful that seven times seven years should be fulfilled in his life.
10. Yea, that he might be perfected by the suffering
of all experiences, and be an example unto all, to children and
parents, to the married and the celibates, to youth and those of full
age, yea, and unto all ages and conditions of mortal life.
LECTION 95. 5. -There is no doubt that the "power"
here referred to means the spiritual power which we read of as
exercised by the followers of Jesus and other great prophets in all
ages more or less. Taking the various accounts in the Gospel and
ecclesiastical history as correct, miracles (i.e., wondrous works
wrought by the exercise of faith and will power and often by the uses
of subtle forces of nature, quite natural, but seemingly supernatural
to those in ignorance of these forces) were of frequent occurrences in
those days, even as they are in these days, but better understood,
false miracles being no proof of the non-existence of true ones. Often
they would be the effect exercised on the minds and imaginations of
vast numbers of the poor and afl1icted, the diseased and suffering of
humanity by faith in some great champions of the oppressed, themselves
destroyed by the oppressor, yet realised by faith, if not by actual
knowledge as still living and acting, with hands outstretched to heal
and bless those who invoked their aid.
v. 9. -From the testimony of the Jews, John viii. 57, A. V., it appears
that Jesus at that time was not far from fifty years of age, and this
is supported by S. lrenmus, 120-200 A.D., who appeals to the gospel as
received by those of his day and to all the elders as testifying the
same," those who were conversant in Asia with John, the disciple of the
Lord, affirming that John conveyed to them this tradition." "Some of
them," he says again, "not only saw John but the other Apostles also,
and heard the very same tradition from them. Bond bear testimony to the
truth of the statement."
The Editor of this Gospel has been credibly informed by an esteemed
friend of his, "a Syrian Bishop," and a relative of the late learned
Pope Pius IX., that he frequently (in private) assured him that he
firmly held this (as a private opinion), the present time (1870) not
being yet ripe for a public declaration on this and similar subjects,
now introduced into the notes to this and other publications of the O.A.
LECTION 95. 8. -Mary Magdalene was chosen by our Lord as a type of the
Church, in her fallen condition, redeemed by His love, and would be
fitly one of the first fruits taken to be with her Lord, as Ioseph and
Mary were after. She was the constant companion of Iesus' Ministry, to
him she ministered of her substance, she anointed him for his Ministry,
and for his Burial. She was the last at the Cross, and the first at the
Tomb, and to her aJone He gave the commission, " Go tell Peter," and
wheresoever the Gospel was to be preached, her love and devotion to her
Master were to be declared.
The Pouring Out Of The Spirit.
1. AND as the disciples were gathered together in
the upper room when they returned from the Mount, they all continued
with one accord in prayer and supplication, and their number was about
one hundred and twenty.
2. And in that day James stood up and said; Men and
brethren, it is known unto you how the Lord, before he left us, chose
Peter to preside over us and watch over us in his Name; and how it must
needs be that one of those who have been with us and a witness to his
resurrection be chosen and appointed to take his place.
3. And they chose two called Barsabas and Matthias,
and they prayed and said, Thou lord, who knowest the hearts of all men,
shew which of these two thou hast chosen to take part in this
Apostleship from which thou dost raise thy servant Peter to preside
4. And they gave forth their lots, and the lot fell
upon Matthias, and the Twelve received him, and he was numbered among
5. Then John and James separated Peter from their
number by laying on of hands, that he might preside over them in the
Name of the Lord, saying, Brother be thou as a hewn stone, sixsquared.
Even thou, Petros, which art Petra, bearing witness to the Truth on
6. And to the Apostles were given staves to guide
their steps in the ways of truth, and crowns of glory withal; and to
the Prophets burning lamps to shew light on the path and censers with
fire; and to the Evangelists the book of the holy law to recall the
people to the first principles; and to the Pastors were given the cup
and platter to feed and nourish the flock.
7. But to none was given aught that was not given to
all, for all were one priesthood under the Christ as their Master Great
High Priest in the Temple of God; and to the Deacons were given baskets
that they might carry therein the things needful for the holy worship.
And the number was about one hundred and twenty, Peter presiding over
8. AND when the third day had fully come they were
all with one accord in the one place, and as they prayed there came a
sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and the room in which
they were assembled was shaken, and it filled the place.
9. And there appeared cloven tongues of flame like
fire, and sat upon the head of each of them. And they were all filled
with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with tongues as the Spirit gave
them utterance. And Peter stood up and preached the Law of Christ unto
the multitude of all nations and tongues who were gathered together by
the report of what had been seen and heard, each man hearing in his own
tongue wherein he was born.
10. And of them that listened there were gathered
unto the Church that day, three thousand souls, and they received the
Holy Law, repented of their sins, and were baptized and continued
stedfastly in the Apostles’ fellowship and worship, and the Oblation
11. And they who believed gave up their possessions,
and had all things in common and abode together in one place, shewing
the love and the goodness of God to their brothers and sisters and to
all creatures, and working with their hands for the common weal.
12. And from these there were called twelve to be
Prophets with the Apostles, and twelve to be Evangelists and twelve to
be Pastors, and their Helps were added unto them, and Deacons of the
Church Universal, and they numbered one hundred and twenty. And thus
was the Tabernacle of David set up, with living men filled with
goodness, even as the Master had shewn unto them.
13. And to the Church in Jerusalem was given James
the Lord’s brother for its president and Angel, and under him four and
twenty priests in a fourfold ministry, and helpers and deacons also.
And after six days many came together, and there were added six
thousand men and women who received the holy Law of Love, and they
received the word with gladness.
14. AND as they gathered together on the Lord’s Day
after the Sabbath was past, and were offering the holy Oblation, they
missed Mary and Joseph, the parents of Jesus. And they made search but
found them not.
15. And some of them said, Surely the Lord hath
taken them away, as he did Magdalene. And they were filled with awe,
and sung praises to God.
16. And the Spirit of God came upon the Apostles and
the Prophets with them and, remembering what the Lord had taught them,
with one voice they confessed and praised God, saying.
17. We believe in One God: the Infinite, the Secret
Fount, the Eternal Parent: Of Whom are all things invisible and
visible. The ALL in all, through all around all. The holy Twain, in
whom all things consist; Who hath been, Who is, Who shall be.
18. We believe in one Lord our Lady, the perfect
holy Christ: God of God, Light of light begotten. Our Lord, the Father,
Spouse and Son. Our Lady, the Mother, Bride and Daughter. Three Modes
in one Essence undivided: One Biune Trinity. That God may be manifest
as the Father, Spouse and Son of every soul: and that every soul may be
perfected as the Mother, Bride and Daughter of God
19. And this by ascent of the soul into the spirit
and the descent of the spirit into the soul. Who cometh from heaven,
and is incarnate of the Virgin ever blessed, in Jesu-Maria and every
Christ of God: and is born and teacheth the way of life and suffereth
under the world rulers, and is crucified, and is buried and descendeth
into Hell. Who riseth again and ascendeth into glory; from thence
giving light and life to all.
20. We believe in the Sevenfold Spirit of God, the
Life-Giver: Who proceedeth from the holy Twain. Who cometh upon
Jesu-Maria and all that are faithful to the light within: Who dwelleth
in the Church, the Israel elect of God. Who cometh ever into the world
and lighteth every soul that seeks. Who giveth the Law which judgeth
the living and the dead, Who speaketh by the Prophets of every age and
21. We believe in One Holy Universal and Apostolic
Church: the Witness to all truth, the Receiver and Giver of the same.
Begotten of the Spirit and Fire of God: Nourished by the waters, seeds
and fruits of earth. Who by the Spirit of Life, her twelve Books and
Sacraments, her holy words and works: knitteth together the elect in
one mystical communion and atoneth humanity with God. Making us
partakers of the Divine Life and Substance: betokening the same in holy
22. And we look for the coming of the Universal
Christ: and the Kingdom of Heaven wherein dwelleth righteousness. And
the holy City whose gates are Twelve: wherein are the Temple and Altar
of God. Whence proceed three Orders in fourfold ministry: to teach all
truth and offer the daily sacrifice of praise.
23. As in the inner so in the outer: as in the great
so in the small. As above, so below: as in heaven so in earth. We
believe in the Purification of the soul: through many births and
experiences. The Resurrection from the dead: and the Life everlasting
of the just. The Ages of Ages: and Rest in God for ever.—Amun.
24. And as the smoke of the incense arose, there was
heard the sound as of many bells, and a multitude of the heavenly host
praising God and saying:
25. Glory, honour, praise and worship be to God; the
Father,, Spouse, and Son: One with the Mother, Bride and Maid: From
Whom proceedeth the Eternal Spirit: By whom are all created things.
From the Ages of Ages. Now: and to the Ages of Ages—Amun—Alleluia,
26. And if any man take from, or add, to the words
of this Gospel, or hide, as under a bushel, the light thereof, which is
given by the Spirit through us, the twelve witnesses chosen of God, for
the enlightenment of the world unto salvation: Let him be Anathema
Maranatha, until the coming of Christ Jesu-Maria, our Saviour, with all
the Holy Saints.
27. For them that believe, these things are true.
For them that believe not, they are as an idle tale. But to those with
perceiving minds and hearts, regarding the spirit rather than the
letter which killeth, they are spiritual verities.
28. For the things that are written are true, not
because they are written, but rather they are written because they are
true, and these are written that ye may believe with your hearts, and
proclaim with your mouths to the salvation of many. Amen.
Here endeth the Holy
Gospel of the Perfect Life of Jesu-Maria, the Christ, the Son of David
after the Flesh, the Son of God after the Spirit. Glory be to God by
Whose power and help it has been written.
LECTION 96. 1. -This number, 120, has many mystic
significances, and was foreshadowed by the number of souls saved in the
Ark at the Flood ("The Original Genesis"), which included 48 (i.e.,
double 7 + 34) + 72, a number of deep mystic significance.
v. 2. -The manifestations described here have been repeated in modern
times. What God does in one age, whether by angels, spirits, or adepts
in the flesh, the same unchanging God repeats in another. Whether the
miracle respecting the preaching of Peter took place in the persons of
the Apostles, or in their hearers, we have no means of ascertaining,
but the fact remains. Most probably in the hearing of the hearers, so
that each was enabled spiritually to understand. or else all were moved
to speak and to hear in a tongue common to all.
LECTION 96. 18. -This is most probably the oldest of the creed forms,
if for a "creed" it was intended, long lost but now restored. It
clearly expresses the faith and the practice of the Early Christian
Church (reaching back, perhaps, in some truths, to the days before
Noah), which we see glimpses of elsewhere in the writings that remain
to us. The decree of the Church in her first general council at
Jerusalem, founded on it as a deep psychological insight, and given
under the direct influence of the Holy Spirit, is well known, though
generally forgotten or ignored by Christians; for the logical deduction
is total abstinence from flesh meat, which can only be obtained for
food by the destruction of innocent life, whether by bloodshed or by
strangling. And such destruction of life for selfish ends is placed
with fornication and other deadly sins. Some portions of the Epistles
of S. Paul in the A. V., notwithstanding all these, are manifestly
interpolations of a later date after the discipline of the Church had
been relaxed, and the evil customs Bond fashions of the world had
sought and gained admission in the Church in union with a corrupt
state. Both this symbol of Faith and the 12 Precepts of Jesus have been
published before in a separate leaflet form in the year 1881.
v. 22. -It has been asserted by Church historians of all shades of
opinion that incense was not used in the Christian Church till the
fourth century. Here we have evidence of the contrary, and proof that
in the early Church of Jeruslem It was in use at the time this Gospel
was written. This with other ceremonies, ornament., etc., not peculiar
to Iudaism (e.p. the high priest's golden plate or mitre, which S.
James is Bald to have worn as president of the Church of Ierusalem),
were retained. The truth seems to be that the use of it was laid aside
for a time as a matter of expediency on account of the danger to the
lives of the brethren, as it helped materially their persecutors to
find out their hidden places of meeting. When the persecutions were
over and the Church emerged from the concealment of the catacombs into
the light of open day in the fourth century, then it was resumed, and
this was the only reason of what could exist, for its discontinuance
being of divine appointment as we have seen, though not essentially
necessary any more perhaps than music, or lights or vestments.
v. 22. -Probably as a traditional memory of this recorded event, a
peculiar custom exists in the East to this day. The Great Bell of the
Kremlin Tower Is heard during the entire time of the chanting of the
Creed. The same in other Oriental Churches, where every bell in the
Church rings during the creed, as well as at the elevation and other
parts of the Liturgy. (See O'Brien's "History of the Mass," &c.)
Again, referring to the Essenes as a religious body, the popular
impression is that the Cenobite or Monastic life did not rise in
Christendom till the Fourth Century. The fact is, it was coeval with,
if not antecedent to, Christendom, as among the Essenes and
Therapeutre, and even before them in the "school of the Prophets" in
the Jewish Church. The Carthusian Monasteries in the Catholic Church
give a good idea of these early monks and nuns, and their mode of life,
&c. (See Arthur Lillies "Christianity and Buddhism," larger work).
It is the natural outcome of earnestness and devotion, despised and
rejected by the world that will not receive nor give heed to higher
teachings but only to its own self-interests, insanities and follies,
and reject the life of obedience to God's laws." Ye are the salt of the
earth, a city set on a hill, a light shining in a dark place." Thus,
with few exceptions, were these institutions of old, and still are,
where the evil influence of the world has not crept in like a serpent
coiling round the Tree of Life.
v. 26. -Here we subjoin the ancient Anathema omitted in the first
Edition which we are now admonished to restore to the complete Edition
as now published.
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