MYSTERY OF CHRIST – PART THREE
This is from my book “MYSTERY OF CHRIST”
I would hope that everyone would attempt to totally disprove what is written here. Show where Christ refutes it all, or He did not say it, or that He did not mean it. Not by your “theology”, or your “bias” or your “opinion” but rather by hard Scriptural statements.
This debate requires not only intellectual honesty, but Scriptural integrity and honesty as well, something that appears to be lacking in today’s modern Christian circles. Remember the modern definitions well for esoteric, Gnostic and mystery.
As we said in the beginning, if you cannot bring yourself to intellectual and Scriptural honesty and integrity then go no further, for you are already counted among the lost lest you repent. Don’t believe it? Go to http://www.thelightgate.com and download DARK/LIGHT. It is free and PROVE IT WRONG. PROVE THAT JESUS DID NOT SAY IT, HE DID NOT MEAN IT AND THAT IT DOES NOT APPLY TO ALL OF US. If you cannot do that, then you better revise your attitude, become a little child and do as you are told. This is THE LAST CALL.
12 But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?
13 Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living
14 The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me.
15 It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.
16 It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire.
17 The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold.
18 No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.
19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.
20 Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?
21 Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air.
22 Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.
23 God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.
You most likely have no idea how true these “ESOTERIC AND GNOSTIC” remarks are. There is NO REAL WISDOM OR UNDERSTANDING AMONG THE LIVING. None, Zero. That means that the REAL WISDOM, and the REAL UNDERSTANDING cannot be found on this Earth, it is not here.
That also means that this REAL WISDOM is a hidden thing, a secret thing!! The knowledge of THIS WORLD is all VANITY. It has nothing to do with the HIDDEN AND SECRET KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. And the value of such secret or hidden knowledge is beyond all the riches of the world. IT CANNOT BE BOUGHT OR SOLD. But who among mankind would drop everything they are doing in THIS WORLD and search out the REAL TRUTH? The Bible tells us, NOT MANY. In point of fact VERY FEW, ONE IN A MILLION!!
Do we really understand what the Lord is telling us here? Do we really understand that all of the knowledge that mankind has accumulated in all of the universities and libraries, all of science and all of everything we have collected here on Earth is total VANITY and lacks ANY TRUE WISDOM WHATSOEVER!! Humanities wisdom is of THIS WORLD. The get saved, you must lay hold of HEAVENS WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING.
All of this wisdom is OF THIS WORLD BUT this world is CONDEMNED TO RUIN. You need to find the WISDOM of the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. That is what Job is warning us about!!
In other words, mankind’s knowledge may be increasing by leaps and bounds as he unlocks the construct of our space-time continuum, THE KNOWLEDGE OF THIS WORLD, but it is all VANITY when it comes to UNDERSTANDING and ENTERING THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, and HEAVEN is where all of the TRUE WISDOM and TRUE UNDERSTANDING RESIDES. In other words, LIFE ON EARTH IS VANITY, A DECEPTION; IT TAKES ONE TO ETERNAL RUIN no matter how much they know of this world and how to navigate through life successfully.
In other words, we really do not know or understand THE POWERS THAT SUSTAIN the Universe, who is actually running it, and what He wants from every person on Earth. The Bible tells us what He wants from all of us, but only a FEW take it seriously enough to actually find out if the Bible is true or not.
Mankind’s biases and science have marginalized the Bible and what it has to say to such a degree that few people actually will embrace what it says and act upon it. They will be laughed at, mocked, persecuted and all but destroyed by their peers if they do as Christ commanded them to do. It comes down to EARTHLY SO-CALLED KNOWLEDGE vs. THE BIBLE. It is that simple, and the vast majority of the world, being OF THIS WORLD embrace the world’s knowledge and understanding and reject the Bible as a book of old wives tales and mythology. But what IF the Bible is the actual truth behind everything there is, was and ever will be? WHAT IF THE BIBLE IS ACTUALLY THE WHOLE TRUTH OF THE MATTER? What then?
The Bible says in the most extreme manner that the WORD, and the WORD ALONE is the truth behind all of the Universe. It is not a book about RELIGION, it is a Book that shows mankind the what, why and how of mankind’s existence. The Bible makes NO attempt to PROVE IT SO, but if the human soul will do as Jesus commanded them, and continue in His Word and Doctrine, He will eventually PROVE IT TO THE SEARCHER.
Not only that, the Bible was written over a thousand years, by many different writers, and there is a total 100% consistency in what it says, and the mathematics within the Bible are so exact that scientists have proven it had to be written and composed by a much higher “source.” No human beings, no matter how smart, could have constructed the Bible. Indeed, it did in fact come from THE CREATOR OF ALL THAT THERE IS, for no other source could have implanted the mathematical codes found within both Old and New Testaments. The odds, say the scientists, are quadrillions and quadrillions to one. God, after all, is the most brilliant of all mathematicians.
And yet, for all of this, we simply WILL NOT embrace what it says as a little child, come to Christ IN TRUTH as a child, and ask Daddy to prove it all, which by the way, He said He would!!! Jesus is the only “religious” leader in the entire history of man who said bluntly that HE WOULD PROVE WHO HE WAS BY DIVINE REVELATION TO THE TRUE SEEKER OF TRUTH. The other religious leaders simply commanded that you believe them and do as told, no proof needed, no questions wanted. Why? Because they are all fakes, and if one would search the matter out, they would be proven as frauds. Jesus, on the other hand, COMMANDED US TO SEARCH HIM OUT, and go into yonder door to obtain a surprise.
31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
So here we find that Jesus commanded those followers to CONTINUE IN HIS WORD (DOCTRINES), and if they would abide there, and continue to search the matter out with all due diligence, they would FIND THE TRUTH, and that TRUTH would set them free. It was totally conditional, which means that if they did not do as He commanded them, they WOULD NOT FIND THIS HIDDEN TRUTH, and THEY WOULD NOT BE SET FREE.
So then, the Lord says that if anyone really wants to understand TRUE WISDOM and TRUE UNDERSTANDING, they must abide in, continue in HIS DOCTRINES, and if they would, they would FIND THE ACTUAL TRUTH BEHIND THE UNIVERSE AND THEIR LIFE, WHO THEY WERE, AND WHY THEY ARE HERE.
In other words, the MYSTERY OF LIFE AND EXISTENCE would be revealed to them BY CHRIST HIMSELF. In other words, HE WOULD PROVE IT.
So then, once again we find references to some HIDDEN and UNKNOWN truth, that once searched out and found, releases the human soul from the ignorance of the world at large, and transfers that soul into a whole new existence – and a whole new perception of what this world is really all about – and it appears to be a “testing ground” of some sort, to sort out who will and who will not believe the Lord as a little child and do as told.
Now having said all that, what does that have to with BEING A GNOSTIC or any esoteric teachings of the Lord? We have already seen some very esoteric comments, but most people would never know it and those that do know it, are hiding it for whatever reason. Let’s take a look at the actual definitions now for Gnostic and esoteric “knowledge” once again, for a reminder from Random House:
“Gnosis – knowledge of SPIRITUAL THINGS, MYSTICAL KNOWLEDGE.”
“Gnostic – 1. Pertaining to knowledge. (2) possessing knowledge especially ESOTERIC KNOWLEDGE OF SPIRITUAL THINGS. (3) pertaining to or characteristics of the Gnostics (4) a member of of any certain sects among the early Christians who claimed to have superior knowledge of spiritual things and explained the world as CREATED BY powers or agencies arising as emanations from the Godhead.” – Random House Dictionary of the English Language 1967 Edition.
Let’s take a look at several of these definitions. The first being having ESOTERIC KNOWLEDGE OF SPIRITUAL THINGS. This is of primary importance to this debate.
Did Jesus Christ state that He had superior ESOTERIC KNOWLEDGE OF SPIRITUAL MATTERS that no one else had? Yes or no? OF COURSE HE DID, OVER AND OVER. That leads us directly to the word esoteric, for its meaning is crucial to understanding what the word Gnostic really means:
“Esoteric – 1. Understood by or meant for ONLY THE SELECT FEW who have special knowledge or interest. (2) belonging to the select few. (3) private, secret or confidential.”
Now when we combine the two meanings it is obvious that it means that ONE WOULD HAVE A SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE ONLY GIVEN TO A SELECT FEW. We could say this knowledge is given to those who have a special interest and who search the matter out with all due diligence. And further, we could say this SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE, THIS ESOTERIC KNOWLEDGE is hidden away from the world at large. There are hundreds of verses to prove all of this.
It is of extreme importance that these definitions be used whenever we read the Word of God and the statements actually made in the Bible. Inasmuch as Jesus Christ said that God Himself was a SPIRIT then that means that a Gnostic would have to have a superior, secret or hidden SPIRITUAL knowledge only revealed by the Godhead after certain criteria were met.
Did not Jesus tell us in John 8:31-32 that there was a condition to finding the REAL TRUTH behind the world as we know it? Was not that IF a condition He laid down to people who would have an INTEREST IN SUCH THINGS? And that a real desire to find that truth was necessary to FIND THE TRUTH? That they must CONTINUE IN HIS DOCTRINE, that is, to ABIDE IN, TO REMAIN IN, to be persistent and continuous in the search until the TRUTH WAS FOUND? We find the same condition in the parable of the sower. Only those with patience and a good heart will find the truth, no one else will.
Indeed, if we be honest intellectually, and if we simply read what it says, we must conclude that Jesus was speaking about some sort of SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE and UNDERSTANDING that was HIDDEN OR SECRET, for it was not obvious, and that it could only be found by remaining in the entire doctrines of Christ as He taught them. You do not have to search something out that is obvious or easily knowable. You only need to search out those things that are hidden away, secreted away and NOT KNOWN by the people of the world. Is that not the very definition of esoteric and Gnostic knowledge of a spiritual type?
In Chapter Two we will look at how the Lord proves that the knowledge a soul MUST HAVE can only come through Divine Revelation, that is ESOTERIC and GNOSTIC, and that modern Christians reject it all because they BELIEVE it is Satanic and of the Occult. We will prove that Jesus Christ was in fact the CHIEF OF THE GNOSTIC’S AND THAT HE DEMANDED THAT HIS TRUE FOLLOWERS SEARCH AFTER AND FIND HIDDEN ESOTERIC KNOWLEDGE ONLY KNOWN BY GOD AND TO BE REVEALED ONLY TO THOSE WHO SEARCH IT OUT. Millions stand before the Lord rejected and we will prove why they are rejected.
Don’t be ONE OF THEM.