I know one thing about the early church, they were the embodiment of openness and secrecy. Certain doctrines and truths which the rank and file are contented with, were made public while the esoteric aspect of the church doctrines does not meant for the rank and file, nor meant to be communicated to the profane and insufficiently prepared ears, which were guided as priceless treasure.
The secret contained therein were only revealed to the elites. Presently, it appears that the rank and file of the Christian faith believes, I mean! really believes that there is no such thing as secret teachings in the Christian faith. They believe Christian teachings are open to all, And they have nothing to hide. I want to make clearer, the esoteric aspect of Christianity was not meant for all types of human beings. Biblical words such as; A LITTLE CHILD, THE LITTLE ONE, THE NARROW PATH, THE SECOND BIRTH, THE KINGDOM, THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, THE KINGDOM OF GOD ETC…Has to do with initiates or initiation. I intend to find out through the utterances of the master Jesus, whether Christianity has no secret teachings exclusively reserved, only for the enlightened few. LUKE 8:10…AND HE SAID, UNTO YOU IT IS GIVEN TO KNOW THE MYSTERIES OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD: BUT TO OTHERS IN PARABLES; THAT SEEING THEY MIGHT NOT SEE, AND HEARING THEY MIGHT NOT UNDERSTAND. This verse is telling us it is only the chosen ones, those belonging to the inner circle that are privileged to know the mysteries of God.
Parables will be used to convey spiritual truths to the commoners and outsiders.MATTHEW 7:6; Matthew 7, verse 6, covertly refers to the secret teachings. MATTHEW 7:6… GIVE NOT THAT WHICH IS HOLY UNTO THE DOGS, NEITHER CAST YE YOUR PEARLS BEFORE SWINE, LEST THEY TRAMPLE THEM UNDER THEIR FEET, AND TURN AGAIN AND REND YOU. This phrase, do not give that which is holy to the dogs. Do not caste your pearl, before swine, is referring to the secret teachings. The secret teachings must not be revealed to mortals that are not initiated into the mysteries or Mortals that are being regarded as being outside the kingdom of God.
THE STRAIT GATE THAT LEADS TO ETERNAL LIFE
Luke 13:23-24… then said one unto him, lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. This biblical passage is disturbing, In fact, shocking positively shocking. If this passage, is taken literally it denotes the master Jesus was telling mankind, many people will struggle to avoid hell fire and go to heaven, but they will not succeed. You don’t expect the master Jesus, who came to show us the path to God, to discourage us with such utterances. But wait a minute, In Luke 13 verse 24, the master Jesus equally said, Strive to enter in at the strait gate. In Matthew 7 verse 14, it is written, strait is the gate, and narrow is the way that leads to eternal life. MATTHEW 7:14… BECAUSE STRAIT IS THE GATE, AND NARROW IS THE WAY WHICH LEADETH UNTO LIFE, AND FEW THERE BE THAT FIND IT. Obviously, the straight gate has to do with attainment of eternal life.
I will feel much better to interpolate the conversation that took place between, the master Jesus and the young brother man who crave to know what he should do to attain everlasting life. MATTHEW 19: 16-26 AND, BEHOLD, ONE CAME AND SAID UNTO HIM, GOOD MASTER, WHAT GOOD THING SHALL I DO, THAT I MAY HAVE ETERNAL LIFE? AND HE SAID UNTO HIM, WHY CALLEST THOU ME GOOD? THERE IS NONE GOOD BUT ONE THAT IS GOD:
BUT IF THOU WILT ENTER INTO LIFE, KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS. HE SAITH UNTO HIM, WHICH? JESUS SAID, THOU SHALT DO NO MURDER, THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, THOU SHALT NOT STEAL, THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, HONOUR THY FATHER AND THY MOTHER: AND, THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR AS THYSELF. THE YOUNG MAN SAITH UNTO HIM, ALL THESE THINGS HAVE I KEPT FROM MY YOUTH UP: WHAT LACK I YET? JESUS SAID UNTO HIM, IF THOU WILT BE PERFECT, GO AND SELL THAT THOU HAST, AND GIVE TO THE POOR, AND THOU SHALT HAVE TREASURE IN HEAVEN: AND COME AND FOLLOW ME. BUT WHEN THE YOUNG MAN HEARD THAT SAYING, HE WENT AWAY SORROWFUL: FOR HE HAD GREAT POSSESSIONS. THEN SAID JESUS UNTO HIS DISCIPLES, VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THAT A RICH MAN SHALL HARDLY ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. AND AGAIN I SAY UNTO YOU, IT IS EASIER FOR A CAMEL TO GO THROUGH THE EYE OF A NEEDLE, THAN FOR A RICH MAN TO ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD. WHEN HIS DISCIPLES HEARD IT, THEY WERE EXCEEDINGLY AMAZED, SAYING, WHO THEN CAN BE SAVED? 26 BUT JESUS BEHELD THEM, AND SAID UNTO THEM, WITH MEN THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE; BUT WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.
Of a truth I tell you, with modern materialistic pastors, overtly displaying wealth, and encouraging the pursuit of prosperity at all cost by all means, it is very obvious, most Christians do not for one moment, believe that riches, will imperil their happiness. Now, let me dissect the most exciting verses. In the conversation between the master Jesus, and the young brother man, craving for Post-mortem state of happiness. The young brother man approached the master Jesus and asked him what good thing, shall I do, that I may have eternal life? In the New Testament, the master Jesus is referred to as, the king of the Jews, both at the beginning of his life, and at the end. Also, it is interesting to note, the Jews believed in Gilgulim, meaning, reincarnation. They believed that, souls that have not attained perfection, shall continue to return to live again on planet earth. Therefore, How can I attain eternal life simply means, how can I attain liberation from rebirth, and become one with God? The master Jesus told him, if you want to attain eternal life, Keep the commandments. Do not commit murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal etc. The young brother man, told the master Jesus, All these things have I kept from my youth. Based on what, the young brother man said, the master Jesus unveiled spiritual truths to him. If you want to attain perfection, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven. The young brother man, walked away sorrowfully because he cannot imagine himself parting away with his great possessions. In the end the master Jesus told his disciples it is easier for a camel, to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich brother man, to enter into the kingdom of God. INDEED, IT IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT, FOR A RICH BROTHER MAN TO ATTAIN PERFECTION, BECAUSE A RICH BROTHER MAN, WHO IS KEEN TO ATTAIN PERFECTION AND BECOME A MEMBER OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD, MUST BE WILLING, TO EMBRACE POVERTY AND OBEDIENCE.
My brother man and sister woman must bear in mind, attainment of heaven remains a mirage, until, you abandon everything materialistic. Everything materialistic must be sacrificed. If we don’t get rid of everything materialistic, we cannot pass through, the strait gate. It is through the narrow gate, a soul, will attain salvation from rebirth. Sincerely speaking, only, a few, can enter through the narrow gateway of initiation.
MATTHEW 16: 24..THEN JESUS SAID TO HIS DISCIPLES, “IF ANYONE DESIRES TO COME AFTER ME, LET HIM DENY HIMSELF, AND TAKE UP HIS CROSS, AND FOLLOW ME.
MATTHEW 6: 19-21… “DO NOT LAY UP FOR YOURSELVES TREASURES ON EARTH, WHERE MOTH AND RUST DESTROY AND WHERE THIEVES BREAK IN AND STEAL; BUT LAY UP FOR YOURSELVES TREASURES IN HEAVEN, WHERE NEITHER MOTH NOR RUST DESTROYS AND WHERE THIEVES DO NOT BREAK IN AND STEAL. FOR WHERE YOUR TREASURE IS, THERE YOUR HEART WILL BE ALSO.
BE PERFECT AS YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN
I am of the opinion, be ye perfect, as your father in heaven, is one of the most dreadful, utterances of the master Jesus.
MATTHEW 5:48…. BE YE THEREFORE PERFECT, EVEN AS YOUR FATHER WHICH IS IN HEAVEN IS PERFECT.
Let us don’t bef lum ourselves, majority of Christians knows that, it is extremely difficult for them to abide by this commandment of the master Jesus. How can a mere mortal, Replete with imperfections become as perfect, as the almighty god? It is not doable, therefore, most Christians, feel much better to calmly, shove aside this commandment of Christ. However, if you peruse this verse, with the understanding of reincarnation you will realize that, as we steadily improve, through many earthly existences, we shall overcome our lower nature and eventually attain all round purity.
Our elder brother man Paul, interest me. He was said, travail in birth, again, until Christ be formed in you.
GALATIANS 4:19…MY LITTLE CHILDREN, OF WHOM I TRAVAIL IN BIRTH AGAIN UNTIL CHRIST BE FORMED IN YOU.
Quite revealing. Reincarnation, which is true shall continue to make itself,
Known no matter how loud is the clamor of denial. My little children, of whom, I travail, in birth again, and again, and again, until Christ be formed in you.
Our elder brother man Paul, was telling mankind, the human soul, shall keep coming back to subject itself, to earthly trials, until Christ Is fully formed in the soul. Souls, shall keep coming back, for tons and tons of years. They shall keep coming back, until their time is up. Reincarnation, shall continue to exist until the final judgement.
THE PROPHECY OF ELIJAH COME AGAIN
Permit me, to refer you to the conversation between, the master Jesus and his disciples, as they were coming down from the mount of transfiguration.
Reincarnation, is embedded in the conversation. They were actually talking about, the prophecy of God, given through Malachi.
MALACHI 4:5… BEHOLD, I WILL SEND YOU ELIJAH THE PROPHET BEFORE THE COMING OF THE GREAT AND DREADFUL DAY OF THE LORD.
What did the almighty god mean? When he said, he was going to send Elijah the prophet? The almighty god was saying, the great prophet Elijah, was going to manifest on planet earth in the flesh, in a new physical body, before the birth, of the master Jesus. As they were, descending from the mount of trans-figuration, they asked him, why say the scribes that Elias, must first come? The master Jesus told them, Elias is already here. In flesh and blood, and they knew him not.
MATTHEW 17:10-13…AND HIS DISCIPLES ASKED HIM, SAYING, WHY THEN SAY THE SCRIBES THAT ELIAS MUST FIRST COME? AND JESUS ANSWERED AND SAID UNTO THEM, ELIAS TRULY SHALL FIRST COME, AND RESTORE ALL THINGS. BUT I SAY UNTO YOU, THAT ELIAS IS COME ALREADY, AND THEY KNEW HIM NOT, BUT HAVE DONE UNTO HIM WHATSOEVER THEY LISTED.LIKEWISE SHALL ALSO THE SON OF MAN SUFFER OF THEM.
THEN THE DISCIPLES UNDERSTOOD THAT HE SPAKE UNTO THEM OF JOHN THE BAPTIST.
John the Baptist, was the embodiment of the great prophet Elijah. In summation, the master Jesus openly, welcomed all manner of people, but he used parable, to present spiritual truths, to the uninstructed, and spiritually unenlightened people, who clustered around him.