ARE BELIEVERS TO BECOME ESOTERIC GNOSTICS?
We have now shown you how Jesus Christ states very bluntly that He was an esoteric gnostic, that is, He had an exclusive and confidential and hidden experiential knowledge of God the Father, and that He and He alone at that time was the only individual upon Earth that had that knowledge. No matter how you cut it, that is exclusive in the extreme. In other words, HE KNEW WHAT NO ONE ELSE KNEW. Now of course that kind of remark brings about anger in the minds of fallen mankind, because they do not realize they are fallen, number one, and that they are in full rebellion against their creator, number two. Bring those two together and you have livid anger against anyone who would make such statements as that, and that is as true today as it was back then.
The question is this: Did Jesus Christ ask His disciples to become esoteric gnostics as well? In other words, did Jesus command that His followers were to obtain some sort of HIDDEN and SECRET INFORMATION that the world at large did not have? Further, did Jesus inform us that this hidden and secret knowledge was the actual KEY TO SALVATION? In other words, if you did not have this exclusive and hidden or secret knowledge, this experiential encounter with the Godhead, that you were not saved? These are crucial questions in light of what we have discovered so far. And that may be exactly why the millions of Christians are rejected in Matthew Seven.
Let’s start with Matthew 7:21, where we left off Chapter Two and I will comment where necessary:
21 “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
This is interesting in that true rebirth or being “born again” or “regenerated” allows one to enter heaven – so obviously just because someone call Jesus Lord, Lord, does not allow them into the Kingdom. No one but a Christian would call Jesus “Lord, Lord” in the first place, so then they must have had faith and belief in Christ to call Him that! So much for your faith only, belief only crowd! There is more here, much more.
46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
In other words, why are you calling me THE LORD, but you pay no attention at all to what I command you to do? Interesting remark that the modern day Christian should seriously consider. Now notice what follows: ONLY THE ONES WHO DO THE WILL OF THE FATHER WILL ENTER INTO HEAVEN. Here we have TWO COMMANDS OF OBEDIENCE, a nasty word for sure to modern Christian theology which says any form of obedience is a “work” or some type of “legalism” or “law keeping”. So then, we might ask, what is the WILL OF THE FATHER?
37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
(Notice it does not say “all that the Father giveth me shall believe in me, have faith in me, but rather that they actually COME TO JESUS CHRIST VIA THE NARROW WAY).
38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
This is also very blunt and to the point. The WILL OF THE FATHER is that EVERYONE WHICH SEES THE SON, and BELIEVES UPON HIM, may have everlasting life. The key word here is “SEETH” for it has everything to do with the REVELATION or MANIFESTATION OF CHRIST to the believer. Notice the condition here: SEE THE SON. It is only those WHO SEE THE SON that will be given eternal life. The word “seeth” means:
“to be a SPECTATOR OF, to DISCERN BY EXPERIENCE, TO ACKNOWLEDGE, TO LOOK UPON”
It is like the word MANIFEST MYSELF that Jesus said to the believer who loved Him and who obeyed His commands to enter in at the strait gate and walk the narrow way to LIFE, and of course, Jesus is LIFE – “He who hath the Son hath life…”
The word “manifest” (Strong’s 1718), means to “exhibit in person, to disclose, to appear, to declare plainly, to show”. Then when Jesus says He will manifest HIMSELF PERSONALLY TO THE OBEDIENT BELIEVER, He means exactly what He says. He will COME TO THAT BELIEVER and “exhibit Himself, that is REVEAL HIMSELF, to OPENLY SHOW WHO HE REALLY IS. In order to do that, do you not have to ENCOUNTER THE LIVING CHRIST? Would you not KNOW IT when it happens? Of course you will!! Do you really think that the Lord wants His true people to “wonder if they are saved? To not know for sure?” NEVER!! He wants to prove to you by DIVINE ENCOUNTER WHO HE REALLY IS, AND WHAT THE NEW COVENANT IS ALL ABOUT!! How can you enter into an agreement with Christ if you don’t know what the agreement is about? This take it by faith, or just believe it is a lie out of hell itself. Jesus will reveal the hidden secret of the eons, the hidden mystery of God, but only to those who do as HE COMMANDS THEM. The others will wander through life, never knowing why they are here, what God wants from them, and their purpose in life. They die and go into ruin. As an old man once said, “life is hard, then we die and go to a worse place…” How true it is.
So then, it is the will of the Father that the believer is to become a spectator of, to know by experience, to acknowledge by looking upon THE SON OF GOD. This is in total harmony with hundreds of other statements. How can that happen unless Jesus Christ MANIFESTS HIMSELF, REVEALS HIMSELF to the true obedient believer? How could anyone truly DISCERN WHO THE SON IS unless Christ reveals who He really is? In other words, in simple English, it is the will of the Father that a person come into an EXPERIENTIAL ENCOUNTER WITH THE LIVING CHRIST!! Is that not GNOSTIC? How can anyone say it is not?
There are a number of verses that actually speak of this esoteric gnostic encounter with the Lord that apostates claim are SECOND ADVENT, when it fact they could NEVER BE SECOND ADVENT STATEMENTS but rather are Christ manifesting Himself to the believer at the time of their “refreshing” that comes from the presence of the Lord.
We could say that the believer who has COME TO CHRIST IN TRUTH, by the WAY that Christ demanded, which is the STRAIT GATE AND NARROW WAY is the only one who will see Christ openly displayed!!!! There is no other way into the New Covenant that the human race was given. Here it is:
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
So here we have the command. We also find that this NARROW WAY leadeth unto LIFE, and FEW there be that FIND IT. Inasmuch as Jesus Christ said HE WAS LIFE, and the NARROW WAY LEADS TO IT, then it should be obvious that one must travel this mysterious NARROW WAY to its conclusion, which is SEEING THE SON, THE MANIFESTATION AND REVELATION OF THE SON OF GOD. Notice how esoteric all of this is: FEW THERE BE THAT FIND IT. In other words, millions of people may believe in the Lord and have FAITH in the Lord, but most of them are on the broad way that leads to destruction. “Why do you call me Lord, Lord and NOT do what I say?” should be ringing in their ears.
This sharp division OF THE MANY AND THE FEW appears over and over again – the many and few, all of which are Christians, followers of the Lord. Jesus Christ is the Son. John tells us that “he who hath the Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son hath not life”. So then, if the narrow way leads to LIFE, it leads to the GNOSTIC ENCOUNTER WITH CHRIST. You have no other options. In fact the Bible is a book of NO OPTIONS.
Notice that Jesus tells us that there are multitudes of false prophets, who dress up in sheep’s clothing, that is, they appear to the world as devout Christian leaders, but they are fakes, they are frauds. They are, in fact, the leaders and shakers of modern Christianity. They are the preachers, teachers, evangelists and prophetic scholars of today, with few exceptions – and just as Peter warns us, they MOCK the narrow way, and they themselves speak evil of it, and cause others to mock it and speak evil of it as well. “What narrow way, what strait gate? We need only to have faith and believe, you bring another Christ and you bring another gospel, you are an anathema, a heretic.” Go visit their websites and see “how to get saved”. None of it agrees with what Jesus Christ actually told you.
But if this Narrow Way leads to Jesus Christ, then how would one know when they had actually COME TO HIM IN TRUTH? How would they know that they had completed the journey? How could they KNOW experientially that that phase of their Christian walk was over? Jesus gives us the answer which should be obvious by now – HE WILL MANIFEST HIMSELF PERSONALLY TO THE BELIEVER. HE WILL REVEAL HIMSELF TO THAT BELIEVER. This is gnostic to the core, and it is also esoteric to the core, because only SELECT FEW WILL FIND CHRIST AND WHO WILL KNOW WHO HE IS!! Did He not say that he experientially KNEW HIS SHEEP, and that they experientially KNEW HIM?
Here is the the one and only reason Jesus Christ rejects the MULTITUDES OF CHRISTIANS:
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
The “knew” here means He, Jesus had never had an experiential ENCOUNTER with any of those “professed” Christians. Here is how the actual Greek is accurately translated:
“And then I will declare in a public announcement to them,
I NEVER CAME TO KNOW YOU EXPERIENTIALLY.”
Kenneth S. Wuest THE NEW TESTAMENT, AND EXPANDED TRANSLATION.
Notice that Jesus did not contradict these poor Christians. He does not ever say they did not do what they claimed they did. It was not the point, for indeed they did do exactly what they said they did. The point was that that which they mocked (STRAIT GATE, NARROW WAY, and the ESOTERIC AND GNOSTIC ENCOUNTER WITH CHRIST), was exactly why they were tossed aside.
They all said there was no such “experiential encounter” with Christ. They said it was all garbage, all of the Satan and the occult. They ridiculed it, and they railed against it with livid anger, just as Peter said they would. It cost them heaven. They may have known ALL ABOUT WHO CHRIST WAS, and they may have memorized the Bible backwards and forwards, they may have been “experts” in the Word of God, but they DID NOT KNOW CHRIST ON A PERSONAL ONE TO ONE LEVEL. THEY NEVER ENCOUNTERED HIM, THEY NEVER HAD A MANIFESTATION. Therefore they did not really know or understand who He really was. They were “ever learning, but never able to come to an EXPERIENTIAL KNOWLEDGE of the truth.” Do you understand what that means? How serious this thing really is? WAKE UP for YOUR TIME IS SHORT!
Do you see? Jesus rejected them only for that one reason – they never had an esoteric gnostic encounter with Him, and He requires it to be saved.
It is Jesus Christ, who came IN THE FLESH as our redeemer and as Messiah. It is therefore Jesus Christ that we are to come to IN TRUTH. Many times Jesus said for us to COME TO HIM, not just believe or have faith in Him. In other words, our belief, faith and trust in Him are to be used as a dynamic FORCE to propel us to do as He commanded we do: ENTER IN AT THE STRAIT GATE.
Jesus bluntly told us that ONLY A FEW will actually find Him in an experiential encounter. The “many” Christians will not. They mock that concept. They flat out do not believe it, and refuse to acknowledge that it even might be true. It does not matter what Christ said. I have been warning people now for years and years, and all I get back with few exceptions is that I am a heretic and a liar, and the Words of Christ be damned. So be it. I can vouch for the Words of Christ, for I met Him one on one, face to face. It is all true, and it is all so esoteric and gnostic.
If you will not believe Jesus Christ when He says He will MANIFEST HIMSELF, REVEAL HIMSELF to the one that OBEYS HIS COMMANDS, then you have assigned yourself to eternal ruin, for there is no other ticket, no other way into heaven. People rail and rail against this “gnostic” concept in the face of hundreds of statements direct from Christ. They are calling Jesus Christ a LIAR OF THE FIRST MAGNITUDE. Not a wise thing to do when it comes to salvation.
Again, Jesus tells us that there was only ONE REASON the multitudes of Christians are set aside. THEY NEVER HAD AN ESOTERIC AND GNOSTIC ENCOUNTER WITH HIM. You can deny it all you want, it does not change the reality of it. You can be willfully ignorant if you so choose. However, it will cost you heaven in the end.
Now here is a rage against the Gnostics, it which the writer claims that Paul was not a gnostic and that he railed against them. Paul did in fact teach that salvation was found only in an encounter with the divine. In any event, here is this rage against it – now please understand that the early gnostic had some real strange beliefs, but they had ONE THING right, that SALVATION WAS IN FACT AN ENCOUNTER WITH THE LIVING CHRIST, something Jesus Himself said over and over again in many different ways:
“Realistically however, there was also a “point” to the canon. The goal and even eternal function in assembling the earliest Bibles was NOT merely sorting out what was inspired of God and what was not. They also had the specific intent of promoting and preserving a solid doctrinal foundation for all believers in Christ. Like Paul, they had to passionately argue against Gnosticism – “the doctrine of salvation by knowledge (8),” or the idea that gaining “superior” and/or “hidden” knowledge ensures one some higher spiritual position – opposed to a simple obedient faith in Christ.
(Here we find the modern argument that Gnosticism is a fraud, and that all one needs is “simple obedient faith in Christ”. However Jesus Himself said that if you REALLY HAD FAITH IN HIM, IF YOU REALLY BELIEVED AND TRUSTED HIM, then you would obey Him, enter the strait gate, walk the narrow way and FIND HIM. Paul himself said he was waiting for the acknowledgement from the believer of this encounter and that he himself had an esoteric and gnostic encounter with the Lord on the road to Damascus!!
2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
<END GREEK>, NT:1921) signifies (a) “to know thoroughly” (epi “intensive,” ginosko, “to know”); (b) “to recognize a thing to be“What it really is”, to acknowledge,” 1 Cor 14:37 (RV, “take knowledge of”); 16:18; 1:13,14. See KNOW, KNOWLEDGE, PERCEIVE.
Note: In 1 John 2:23, “acknowledgeth” translates the verb homologeo, “to confess,” RV, “confesseth.
<END GREEK>, NT:1922), akin to A, “full, or thorough knowledge, discernment, recognition,” is translated “acknowledging” in the KJV of 2 Tim 2:25; Titus 1:1 and Philem 6 (in all three, RV, “knowledge,” properly, “thorough knowledge”). In Col 2:2, KJV, “acknowledgement,” RV, “that they may know” (i. e., “unto the full knowledge). See KNOWLEDGE.
(from Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)
Paul is looking for the Christians brethren to acknowledge that the MYSTERY OF GOD AND CHRIST has been shown to them by Divine revelation, for God and Christ are in fact a MYSTERY, HIDDEN AWAY, SECRET AND JESUS WAS VERY BLUNT – HE WOULD REVEAL HIMSELF TO ANYONE HE CHOSE!!
Arguing for 1 Enoch’s “proper place” today, one (seemingly) Gnostic apologist states “Enoch had found and experienced God face-to-face, something which Gnostics strive for. The Church opposed Gnostics… Experiencing God was taboo… Putting a stamp of approval on such a wild tale (Enoch) would have too many people believing that they could experience God for themselves, instead of going into a church and being told what to believe… Those who experienced visions or personal insights became dangerous to the church. They could lead people astray by supporting independent thought and actions (3).” It’s quite difficult to seriously consider this argument however, in light of the fact that a more common criticism of Catholocism is that they “worship,” or at least perhaps TOO highly esteem, those who have had profound mystical experiences with God! For that matter, the Bible is NOTHING BUT a collection of “those who experienced visions or personal insights.” It would quite a thin book if all such stories were left out!
The truth is that Gnostics “strive(d) for” experiencing God without knowing and submitting to Christ or His Body, the church. Even today, the wish to “experience God face-to-face” without Christ’s mediation (1 Timothy 2:5) is not just an honest effort to avoid false religion (of which there is much), but to not submit to any spiritual authority at all –
(This is such a ridiculous statement I have to comment on it – the command of Jesus Christ was to SEEK HIM OUT WITH ALL DILIGENCE, TO ASK, SEEK, KNOCK AND STRIVE FOR THE TRUTH. How is it then, that the Bible itself says “you have no need of men to teach you…” because the Holy Spirit ALONE will teach the believer? How is it then that those WHO DO THIS, and fully obey the Lord, are not submitting to any SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY AT ALL? What a true heresy that is – the Gnostics are in point of fact SUBMITTING TO THE FULL AUTHORITY OF THE GODHEAD, and the established Church refuses to do so!!
In the Old Testament we find God commanding the individual believer to SEARCH FOR THE LORD WITH ALL THEIR MIND, STRENGTH, HEART, AND ALL OF THEIR SOUL and if they would, they would find Him. To do so is to SUBMIT AND OBEY the commands of the Lord. How can anyone say they are not submitting to any spiritual authority? No, this is all a church power and control play, submit yourself to unsaved, unregenerate liars and deceivers, but DO NOT submit yourself to the direct commands of your Lord. What a TOTAL FRAUD!!!
The point here is that the modern day Church has NOTHING to do with the real truth, but is rather a POWER PLAY to usurp the authority of Christ and place it in the hands of unregenerate men and women who “claim” to represent Jesus Christ. In the Book of Revelation John portrays the modern Christian Church as a monster, an evil monster. In that regard the Protestants are no different than the Catholics, for none of them obey Christ and that is exactly why they are sent away. They blatantly refused the direct commands of Jesus Christ to search Him out.
“…but to not submit to any spiritual authority at all – whether it be God’s Church, God’s Word or even God’s Christ! It should always be kept in perspective that “the church” was not Rome’s, or even man’s idea. Jesus said “I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it (Mt 16:18).” The early church rightly opposed Gnosticism, but beginning with Paul’s letters, not with the Roman Church…”
Well, there is a TRUE CHURCH, and then there is the FALSE MEGA CHURCH. This person is so deceived that it is astounding. Yet here is the main argument against the “gnostics” and today’s Christians believe it, which is why I presented it .
IS THIS GNOSTIC ENCOUNTER SALVATION?
We will explore this more in Chapter Four, for we have seen only a few of the gnostic encounter verses and there are many. It boils down to a fully experiential encounter with the Divine. Does that mean that anyone who does not have this encounter is lost? You saw the remarks of Jesus Christ in Matthew Seven. He said bluntly that the only reason He sent the millions of Christians away was for only one reason: HE NEVER CAME INTO AN EXPERIENTIAL ENCOUNTER OF UNION WITH THEM. He never “experientially knew” who they were. There was never a “Spock” mind melt moment to coin a New Age term, and STAR TREK is clearly occult to its core, but this encounter with Christ is very close to what this is – a JOINING TOGETHER OF MINDS. Look up the word “quickening” or “quicken” if you don’t believe it.
Let’s turn to John who gives us many clues as to what this gnostic encounter really is and what it entails:
1 John 3:1-2
3 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
How can anyone read this and not understand what is being said here? First of all, look at the word “behold”. It is “eido” which means to look upon, to perceive, to see. It is essentially the same as SEE or MANIFEST. We are to BEHOLD THE DIVINE LOVE OF CHRIST, we are to LOOK UPON IT, SEE IT, PERCEIVE IT and UNDERSTAND IT. Why?
God tells us that unless TWO BE IN AGREEMENT, they cannot walk together. So how can you agree to walk with God in the NEW COVENANT unless He shows you what He wants? How can you agree with God that His love type (what manner) of DIVINE LOVE is far superior to your own if you have not looked upon it and been shown it? You see, this is why Jesus commanded us to come to THE LIGHT TO HAVE OUR DEEDS REPROVED. He also told us the vast majority of people would not do it:
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
Do you see how simple this really is? The LIGHT OF CHRIST is DIVINE AGAPE LOVE. Every single person on Earth will be judged AGAINST the LOVE OF CHRIST. No one can stand, because no one has it within them. They lost DIVINE AGAPE at the fall of mankind. It is NOT in them. It is not in man’s nature at all. Mankind is DEVOID of DIVINE LOVE. Therefore he will, at the judgment, FALL INTO RUIN. Christ came and showed us the way to COME TO THE LIGHT TO HAVE OUR DEEDS REPROVED or JUDGED.We stand before Christ and look into what His Love really is, and we compare that to our own “love deeds” in our life. We fall terribly short.
That is THE JUDGMENT. We are lost. Christ then steps forward and will offer HIS LOVE TO YOU, TO COVER YOU AND YOUR SINS. This is the offer of the WHITE ROBES OF CHRIST. If you accept HIS LOVE, there is a LOVE TYPE EXCHANGE. Your fallen and defective self-centered love for His. That is true Biblical repentance, it is a LOVE TYPE CHANGE. So then, when the Bible says FIRST TO DIE, THEN THE JUDGMENT, Christ is offering you the strait gate and narrow way for a mysterious DEATH and you journey to the LOWEST ROOM and the PIT OF DEATH, and this is a very strange walk, a WAY YOU KNOW NOT, unless you have walked it. Paul said “WE KNOW WE HAVE BEEN CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST”. He was referring to the DEATH OF THE NARROW WAY. It is done while you are still alive and walking around, and there is nothing like this narrow way. Hollywood could never come up with anything even close to what this walk really is, and FEW THERE BE that will undertake it, not because they cannot, but because they are to married to the world to do it.
Inasmuch as CHRIST is THAT LIGHT, then what are we being told? That we must, once again, have an esoteric and gnostic experiential ENCOUNTER WITH CHRIST to have our judgment WHILE WE ARE YET ALIVE. Remember that God says HE IS THE GOD OF THE LIVING, NOT OF THE DEAD? That means Jesus Christ gave you, out of His MERCY, COMPASSION AND GRACE, the right to enter in at the STRAIT GATE, walk the NARROW WAY to the LIGHT OF CHRIST, to be judged, found guilty and then BE OFFERED ETERNAL LIFE. He also says that men loved darkness and would not come to the light. It should be obvious to you by now that the MANY CHRISTIANS NEVER EVER CAME TO THE LIGHT WHO IS CHRIST. If they had, He would KNOW THEM.
Do you see what happened to the many Christians that Christ sends away? HE IS THE LIGHT, and they NEVER CAME TO THE LIGHT, thus they NEVER UNDERWENT “ONCE TO DIE AND THEN THE JUDGMENT”. They refused this judgment that Christ offered. They die in their sins, and Jesus cannot offer them salvation then, for it only applies WHILE YOU ARE ALIVE.
And notice John says that this BESTOWEMENT of this DIVINE AGAPE LOVE is what makes us a SON OF GOD. That means that that soul CAME TO THE LIGHT, HAD THEIR DEEDS REPROVED, ACCEPTED THE TERMS OF THE NEW COVENANT, and Christ gave them HIS DIVINE AGAPE, HE CAME INTO THEM, COVERS THEM WITH HIS ROBES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Dreams, visions, and all of that are NOT AT ALL what saves a person. This is very specific and very direct: IT IS THE REVELATION OF, THE MANIFESTATION OF THE SPIRIT OF JESUS CHRIST, who is DIVINE AGAPE LOVE. Jesus is the New Covenant, and the New Covenant is a SPIRITUAL covenant. You cannot enter into a COVENANT with the Lord without the Lord showing you what it is, how it works, what is means. Remember that Jesus said that God was a Spirit, and God was DIVINE LOVE. Thus we are to not only BEHOLD THE LOVE OF CHRIST, but if we will ACCEPT IT God will give it to us – that is, He bestows it to the believer – the white robes of Christ. That believer is now eternally secure in Christ for he has passed from death unto life and cannot come under condemnation.
24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
Notice the word “heareth”. Those that have ears to hear DO WHAT THEY ARE TOLD. Now if you have God bestow Divine Love to you, that is, He gives it to you, then you are a NEW CREATION, a NEW CREATURE, AND THAT MAKES YOU A SON OF GOD. Do you see? To be a Son of God means you have BEEN BORN AGAIN, OR BORN FROM ABOVE. It also means you are an OVERCOMER, an interesting word you might want to look up. Otherwise you remain in spiritual darkness, and are not a true Son of God, but as the Bible tells us, you are a “bastard” son, and no “bastard son or daughter” will ever enter into heaven. The multitudes of Christians who are rejected out of hand by Jesus Christ were all, in fact, BASTARD SONS AND DAUGHTERS. Look up the word “bastard’ for yourself – it means not legitimate, a fake, and it hinges upon one thing: experientially knowing the Lord of Lords and King of Kings.
Once again, however, we find this esoteric and gnostic encounter with the Lord in the word “BEHOLD” WHAT MANNER OF LOVE. All of this is denied by modern Christianity which is a fraud of the worst type.
Do we have more proof of this encounter? Yes we do and here is a key one found in the Book of Revelation Chapter 3:
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
This statement by the Lord is actually the key to the entire debate about the validity of the gnostic point of view. Let me ask a simple question, and please use intellectual and scriptural honesty when you answer it: How is it possible to HEAR THE VOICE OF CHRIST, and have HIM COME INTO YOU, AND SUP WITH YOU unless you have an experiential encounter with Him? This says what it says, it is literal and it means what it says. You will, if you do as you are told, come into a DIRECT ENCOUNTER WITH THE LIVING CHRIST. He will speak with you, He will call you by name, and He will show you He is real, and what His SPIRIT is all about. Here is what John says about hearing the voice of Christ:
25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.
26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
30 I and my Father are one.
10 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
Jesus Christ will call you BY NAME. You will hear HIS VOICE, and HE WILL COME TO YOU, AND IF YOU OPEN THE DOOR OF YOUR INNER HEART, HE WILL COME INTO YOU, SUP WITH YOU AND GIVE YOU ETERNAL LIFE. That is all very esoteric and gnostic. All of this means what it says, and says what it means. You have a choice. You can either believe Christ and his direct blunt remarks or you can chase after all of the fake preachers, teachers, evangelists, so called watchmen and prophetic scholars that are out there filling the TV, radio , websites, books and videos with their fake salvation message. Peter says their damnation slumbers not, so that means yours doesn’t either if you believe the garbage they are feeding you when it comes to salvation.
I will close this chapter with the same warning I began with. You must, you must, come to Jesus Christ as a LITTLE CHILD, and you must get rid of all of your “I knows”, which are your biases, your prejudices and “isms”. These are FILTERS that filters out the real truth and makes you one of the Christians in the parable of the sower who never came to any fruit. This is real, it is all to real and you need to face up to it in intellectual honesty. Christ actually was and still is a gnostic, as well as being God, Creator, Messiah and Redeemer. He said what He said. Accept it, believe it, and obey Him. You have very little time left to do so.
Become a little child. Remember what Jesus said:
21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.
22 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.
Notice the word “babes”. It confirms why Christ told you to come to him as a little child. You may think you know a whole lot about the Bible. You may think you are wise and prudent. If so, the Lord says right here you WILL NOT FIND THE TRUTH. In point of fact you know nothing about it, and you will not until you come to Christ and He shows you the REAL TRUTH and what all of it REALLY MEANS. And it does not at all mean what you think it means. Nicodemus was a master teacher of Israel. Then he came to Christ by night and found out he knew nothing at all. It was a truth, because all that he thought he knew was vanity; worthless. All of your so-called KNOWLEDGE OF SCRIPTURE is VANITY; WORTHLESS. When you meet Christ, you will find out why that is so. And then you will say “this is so simple, why could I not see it!”
Look up these terms for yourself. Give due diligence. Take no one’s word for anything. Do not believe anything I have told you. We have never in all the years of our ministry told anyone to believe anything we have said. Instead we have pleaded with people to CHECK IT OUT FOR THEMSELVES. Ask the Holy Ghost to show you the real truth of it all. Check it out, you will find it is all to true. Ask the Holy Ghost to show you the truth of it all. Check out words like REVEAL, MANIFEST, KNOW, SEE, BEHOLD, and so on. Believe what it says, for it means exactly what it says.
As I said previously, if you want a much deeper search into the mysteries of God, go to http://www.thelightgate.com and download Dark/Light. It is a research document of about 800 pages or so and digs deep into this mystery of Salvation. It is FREE. No one to date has ever disproved any of it. So here is the challenge: Prove that Jesus did not say it, that He did not mean it, or that it does not apply to you. Prove it with Scripture, not theology, not opinions, not bias or some stupid denominational theology. Prove it with Scripture and Scripture alone.
In chapter four we will finish this debate with many more proofs that SALVATION IS IN FACT CONTINGENT UPON AN ESOTERIC AND GNOSTIC ENCOUNTER WITH THE LORD. Accept no substitutes or knock –offs. Don’t take any wooden nickels.
Let us leave this chapter three with this quote from Kenneth Wuest’s Expanded New Testament:
“The one who is KNOWING GOD IN AN EXPERIENTIAL WAY is listening to us. He who is not out of God is not listening to us. From this we know experientially the SPIRIT OF TRUTH and the SPIRIT OF ERROR.” First John 3:6
One final thing: Why is it that when I post on the subject of salvation that hardly anyone ever comments, but when I post stuff about THIS WORLD and the THINGS OF THIS WORLD, we get many more comments – does this mean you folks are more interested in THIS WORLD than the NEXT? Just wondering…