This a great one from Ralph W. Knowles. Little hard to wrap your mind around, but let the Spirit guild you and it will come. JN 10/01/19


Part 128

Discerning True Values!

This is an excerpt from an article that we read quite recently. Reading is from the 7th chap of John.

''A frequently recurring fairy tale tells the story of a prince who sets forth upon a quest which in the end brings him the hand of a beautiful princess. He is usually warned at the start of the dangers he will encounter; nevertheless he is undaunted and declares that he will attain his goal. After many vicissitudes he does reach the castle and find and woos the princess of his dreams. This union is symbolic of the soul's union with the higher self reunion, the beloved, it is the story of the path of every man.

But what has this story of the soul's quest to do with the 7th chapter of St John? This, that Jesus tells His disciples is the same story in a different form. We have all been sent forth from the heart of our

Father Mother God on a quest and sometimes we suffer deeply as we travel the road, as soon as the soul sets forth consciously upon its spiritual quest it becomes aware of two distinct paths, that of the worldly wise-man, and that of the Godly-wise man. This world is only too ready to condemn, to ridicule, and to tempt poor Christian [as in Bunyan's Pilgrims Progress] to stray from his path.

As we read this chapter, you will observe a note of controversy, of unbelief, for the SCRIBES & PHARISEES question the validity of the teachings of Jesus. (These were the intellectuals of that day, and indeed-of all time, for Scribes and Pharisees will always exist, it is a stage of development through which men go.)

''And the Jews marvelled, saying, how knoweth this man letters, having never learned?

This is ever the response of the worldly mind. They did not understand that there exists in the universe a deep well of truth which the soul can touch, which can be drawn upon in deep meditation by the soul who has reached a state of true humility, by the soul who knows that all truth and goodness comes from God. Jesus said, ''There is none good but one, that is God'' Mt 19:17. Goodness originates from God; The illumined soul is aware that any wisdom it possesses is not of itself, but flows from the stream of truth which is God, comes from the mind of Godthe mind of God, not the mind of self!

The Indwelling Presence!

Written by one who attests to the awareness of our Indwelling Consciousness. This, our Father is yours and mine in proportion to our ability to open our consciousness to It, to surrender ourselves to It, to be willing to live, ''Not by might, nor by power,'' to put up the sword, to stop being angry, resentful, hateful, or fearfulnot that we can do it humanly, but the grace of God makes it natural for all these to disappear from our consciousness.

Open yourself to the truth that the Spirit of God dwells in you, and above all things, stop this theological nonsense of believing that God deserts you in your moment of sin, (so called) heaven forbid! It is then that we need God most, and do not believe that God could desert his own. NEVER!

In any moment that you open your consciousness to the realisation that there is a Son of God, the Son of God will appear to you, not necessarily in form, but in Consciousness, and you will hear the words of the Master. ''Neither do I condemn you'' ''Thy sins be forgiven you'' or that you will feel that you are forgiven: you are free. This is an evidence of evolving spiritual consciousness!

Spiritual consciousness is a realisation that within one is the substance of all that is to appear in your world. Whereas material consciousness a belief that you acquire, accomplish, and achieve from the outside. Spiritual consciousness is an an awareness that all you need flow to you is from within your own being.

You come to a place in consciousness where it becomes clear to you that you are not dependent on anything out there, but that we must turn to the Infinite, invisible for our good. At some particular time within your self, you will say ''yes my dependence henceforth will be on the Infinite Invisible, on the kingdom of God within me. Less and less will I look outside!'' Thus your faith, hope, and dependence on the outer world will gradually shift to the Kingdom within, and the material state of consciousness yields to that spiritual consciousness which is 'the ''Glory that I had with thee before the world was!''

Which we know equates perfectly with, ''When the morning stars sang together and ALL the sons of God shouted for joy.'' Job 38:7.

Spiritual Consciousness As Supply!

More from the same above author. ''Another way in which spiritual consciousness can be measured embraces the subject of supply, but supply on a broad scale. The supply of money is of course, one facet of this, but only one. There are forms of supply much more important to us than money, even though many do not believe this, we will see as life unfolds, that the subject of supply touches us at every step of our way and every day of our life, living in a state of consciousness, life is concerned with getting, achieving, attaining, all based on the fact that out here is a world of supply. How are we going to draw it to us? All of human life is dedicated to drawing to itself knowledge, strength, more years of life, more health, money, more opportunity, or more property, All of human life is dedicated to acquiring.

The truth is that we embody within ourselves infinite supply, and no more can be added to us. Any lack in our lives is due to our unawareness of the truth that our consciousness is infinite, lack has nothing to do with anything out here. We are infinite consciousness, and what we cannot find in our consciousness, we are not going to find in the world. Consciousness is the source from which we have to begin, and whatever is to evolve comes from that consciousness. ''The earth is the Lords, and the fullness thereof.'' ''Son thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.'' All that God has is ours; we have all there is: We have infinity!''

The Purification Of The Body!

The reading for the following is found in John chapter 12. The following is written by one who is well worthy to do so.

''One central truth is expressed throughout Johns gospel, a truth which encompasses the whole of man's being, that of spiritualising the whole of life and bring it into perfect balance. We know that some teachers advocate the killing of the natural desires and the mortification of the flesh, regarding this as the only way to eternal life; but we do not agree with this. On the contrary we would see life on earth as something very beautiful, to be enjoyed and experienced to the full.

For instance, when you eat do not do so thoughtlessly but with enjoyment. See God's bounty in your food, and praise your creator for it, knowing that God has given you food for the purpose not only of feeding your body but nourishing the psyche or the etheric body. See the best, see God in friends and happy family, receive them into your heart, accept them into your heart as gifts from God. Enjoy every faculty of the body, the soul and the spirit and praise God every moment of your life. Praise him for nature, for the animals, for the arts and crafts and all the beauties of life.

We believe that human life should blossom into perfect form, perfect health, perfect radiance. Like a beautiful rose life should find sufficient nourishment for its roots, its stem, its leaves and its fruit in the gifts of the earth, and like a rose its place in the sunlight and glorify God. The body being the Temple of God, should be cared for, clothed as far as possible in immaculate clothing. It should have periods of harmonious recreation, leisure for physical and mental development and interest, opportunities for spiritual culture. All the vehicles contained in the being of manthat is, the physical and etheric, the astral, the mental, and the celestialshould be evolving towards perfection and expressing the true life of God. As things are, alas even the body is denied the conditions it needs, while the mental body is often overstimulated and unsuitably fed and the astral or desire body uncontrolled. This lack of control releases desires and passions which are reflected as disease in the physical and mental body and so the whole being becomes out of harmony.

Jesus speaks of this in our present (12th chapter of John), saying that a man must lose his mortal life to gain the true life, we would stress the 4th verse: ''I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.'' What did the Master mean? We shall have to digress for a moment, to repeat, that when the physical body dies what is known as the etheric body, sometimes called the etheric double, is withdrawn from the physical. We have already explained that this etheric body consists of two parts, that part which bears the seed of eternal life is built into the Temple of the soul, and that part which is of the earth eventually disintegrates and dies.

Through the aspiration of the soul, eternal life is given to the finer etheric body. This etheric body or psyche is created by man's life as a whole, his actions, aspirations and desires, and all that he expresses in every day life, this is why it is so important in the material world and physical body with the object of manifesting God in every detail of our life. Thus when Jesus said, ''I came not to judge the world, but to save the world''. Verse 47, He meant just what we are saying; that through the spirit of Christ, man's life is made harmonious and perfected. In this way Christ is saving man, raising him up to heaven (or heavenly places) did He not say, ''And if I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men unto Myself'' Verse 32.

As far as we are concerned this is a most excellent presentation and there would not be many who could equal it, let alone surpass it. RWK. This is surely, Discerning True Values!

Jesus Speaking Directly To The People In Bethany!

The following is taken directly from the Aquarian Gospel. ''The news soon spread that Jesus, King of Israel had come to Bethany, and all the people of that town came forth to greet the King. And Jesus, standing in the midst of them, exclaimed, behold, indeed, the king has come, but Jesus is not king. The kingdom truly is at hand; but men cannot see it with carnal eyes; they cannot see the King upon the throne. This is the kingdom of the soul; its throne is not an earthly throne; its king is not a man.

When human kings found kingdoms here, they conquerered other kings by force of arms; one kingdom rises on the ruins of another one, but when our Father God sets up the kingdom of the soul, He pours His blessing forth, like rain, upon the thrones of earthly kings who rule in righteousness. It is not rule that God would overthrow; His sword is raised against injustice, wantonness and crime. Now while the kings of Rome do justice, and love mercy and walk humbly with their God, the benediction of the triune God will rest upon them all. They need not fear a messenger who God sends forth to earth. I am not sent to sit upon a throne to rule as Caesar rules; and you may tell the ruler of the Jews that I am not a claimant for his throne. Men call me Christ, and God has recognised the name; But Christ is not a man. The Christ is universal love, and Love is King. This Jesus is but man who has been fitted by temptations overcome, by trial multiform, to be the temple through which Christ can manifest to men. Then hear you men of Israel, hear! Look not upon the flesh; it is not king. Look to the Christ within, who shall be formed in every one of you, as he is formed in Me. When you have purified your hearts by faith, the King will enter in, and you will see His face. And then the people asked, what must we do that we may make our bodies fit abiding places for the King? And Jesus said whatever tends to purity in thought, and word and deed will cleanse the temple of the flesh. There are no rules that can apply to all, for men are specialists in sin; each has his own besetting sin, and each must study for himself how he can best transmute his tendency to evil things to that of righteousness and love. Until men reach the higher plane, and get away from selfishness, this rule will give the best results: ''Do unto other men what you would have them do unto you''. And many of the people said, we know that Jesus is the Christ, the king who was to come, and blessed be His name. Now Jesus and His six disciples turned their faces toward Jerusalem, and many people followed them, but Matthew, son of Alpheus, ran on before, and when he reached Jerusalem, he said, behold the Christines come! The multitude came forth to see the King. But Jesus did not speak to anyone until He reached the Temple court, and then He opened up a book and read. ''Behold, I send My messenger, and He will pave the way, and Christ for whom you wait, will come unto His temple unannounced. Behold for He will come, says God, the Lord of Hosts.'' And then He closed the book; He said no more; He left the temple halls, and with his six disciples went His way to Nazareth, and they abode with Mary, Jesus mother, and her sister Miriam''.

Transportation Unlimited!

Bill Britton shares with us once again. ''One of the greatest hindrances at present is to be able to be with the saints around the nation, and sharing the blessings of God with them is transportation. Even with a good car it takes weeks to make a trip to Oregon, or Maine, or Florida, minister and return home. I have greatly desired to visit the saints who have written me from North Ireland, France, Switzerland, South Africa, Nigeria, Australia, New Zealand, as well as many other countries and islands of the sea. But limitations have bound me so that it was impossible. But I keep hearing a voice from the Spirit telling me that the day of limitations is soon to end. My mind can only comprehend the speed of thought, that is, as fast as you can think of it you are there. But however it works, I am sure that the Word gives examples to show us that it is there for us when we break through the Veil into the unlimited realm of His Presence. Oh I realise that such preaching as this will make many scoffers give me the ''horse-laugh'', but I am sick and tired of the limitations of man's ways, and I'm ready to ''be a fool for Christ's sake'', that He might bring me into His highest and best.

Are there examples in the Word? You can rest assured that there are. Elijah was an Old Testament example. Obadiah's statement in 1Kings 18:12 that ''the Spirit of the Lord shall carry thee whither I know not'', and the statement of the prophets in 2 Kings2:16 that ''Peradventure the Spirit of the Lord has taken him up, and cast him upon some mountain'', show that it was common knowledge in Israel that Elijah was accustomed to spiritual transportation.

This is not a form of ''spiritualism'' or voodoo magic. This is simply the Holy Spirit transporting a vessel of His choosing to a destination without the use of mechanical means. We have a well known case in the New Testament in the life of Philip. In Acts 8:30-40 we find Philip and the eunuch coming up out of the water, and immediately the Spirit of the Lord catches Philip away so that the eunuch saw him no more. Philip landed in Azotus, miles from the desert scene of baptism, and continued teaching in all the cities of that area.

Jesus had some outstanding cases of this unlimited transportation. Of course I know that it was possible and happened after His resurrection, in His Glorified body, but I want to show that this is for those who still dwell in a temple of clay, in this mortal body. We find in John chapter 6 that men would have made Jesus a king and also take Him by force, so He escaped and departed into a mountain alone. His disciples entered into a ship and rowed out into the sea of Galilee. After rowing about 3 miles, which would have put them in about the middle of the sea, suddenly Jesus comes walking on the water. How had He gotten there? He had been up in a mountain by Himself. But verse 21 tells us that they received Him into the ship, ''and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went''. Not only was He transported by the Spirit, but when He entered into the ship, the ship and all its occupants immediately arrived at their destination miles away! Glory to God!

You can doubt it, you can wait and see, you can scoff at it. But I declare that there is an unlimited realm in God where strange things are going to start happening, and soon. And God is right now preparing the hearts of His chosen, His elect, for an entry into that which is beyond the Veil. The day is at hand! The time is here! Rise up sons of God, and take the Land!''

The Resurrection Of Man!

In the chapter we are about to study we shall find a wonderful spiritual and inner meaning in the words of the Master, not to be interpreted by the mind alone, but by the Christ spirit within, which alone reveals truth, and life and love.

Jn 11: 1-26. Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister

Martha. (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) Therefore his sisters sent unto Him, saying Lord, behold he whom thou lovest is sick. When Jesus heard that He said. This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When He had heard therefore that he was sick, He abode two days still in the same place where He was. Then after that He said to His disciples, let us go into Judea again. His disciples say unto him, Master the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?

Jesus answered, are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbles not, because he sees the light of this world. But if any man walk in the night, he stumbles, because there is no light in him. These things said he: and after that he said unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleeps; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.

Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleeps, he shall do well. However Jesus spoke of his death: but they thought he had spoken of taking rest in sleep.

Then Jesus said to them plainly, Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent you may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.

Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellow disciples, let us also go, that we may die with him.

Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already. Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off: And many of the Jews cane to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. Then Martha as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him: but Mary was still in the house. The said Martha unto Jesus, Lord if thou hadst been here, my brother not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God wilt give it thee.

Jesus said unto her thy brother shall rise again. Martha said unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever lives and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

I am the resurrection and the life – meaning that the 'I AM' or the Christ spirit within the heart of man is the divine spark of light which is the resurrection and which is the life. The Christ spirit, the re-creative power and life which dwells within every one of God's children. I AM the love within you. I AM the life within you. I bring eternally to you.

John 10:27-29. She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. And when she had so said, went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calls for thee. As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him.

We see in this, as in other chapters, two distinct lines of thought, two levels of understanding – the spiritual and the worldly. On the one hand, there is the Master, Jesus the Christ who understood the inner meaning of life, who understood spiritual law, and we see Him expressing the law of the spirit without wavering. On the other, we see how the Jews and the ordinary people – even those of the disciples whose eyes were not yet opened – spoke from the mind, from the material self, as befits men of the world. We see that Jesus abode always by the spiritual life and the spiritual law and interpreted everything that happened by the light of real truth, by the light of Christ within. This is something we all have to learn to do, for once men or women have seen the spiritual life and law revealed, they must afterward apply spiritual law to every detail of life. There can be no exception, for as another wise one has said 'between right and wrong, there can be no compromise'. This is why many suffer when they set out on the spiritual path. They are not strong enough to stand by their spiritual convictions; they continue to see their problems from the material aspect and to be influenced by material considerations instead of remaining firmly on the spiritual path. Again there can be no compromise.

Once you have set your feet on the spiritual path do not be dragged into the vortex of materiality or you will spiritually blinded. If you endeavour to see all your problems from a spiritual viewpoint, to see truth in truth in life and in man's soul, then you will undoubtedly see the glory of God.

The death of Lazarus can and should be interpreted in this spiritual sense. Some schools of thought prefer to regard the story solely as a record of a physical miracle, and we are not suggesting that it was not, but the primary object of the story is to demonstrate the awakening of the spiritual in Lazarus and little stress laid upon the bodily death, which the Master did not seem to think important. He was however, concerned with the raising of Lazarus from the spiritual death.

When Jesus proposed to visit the home of Lazarus, his disciples protested, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again? Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? Verses 8-9, saying, in other words, there is a time for everything. My time to leave the physical body is planned. It does not matter; so long as my life is spent in service, God will protect me. This suggests that man must not be foolish enough to tempt Providence by needlessly laying himself open to danger, but should the service of God call, he can go where he will in perfect composure, certain that although there may be danger, his time will not come until that service is accomplished.

We make this clear; do not break spiritual law by being careless or reckless but, on the other hand, if you are about your Father's business and working in harmony with spiritual law, you will be protected whatever the danger. Are there not twelve hours in the day? Those who quietly obey the law have nothing to fear, for everything comes into the plan and there is a time and place for everything; and when all is said and done and a man's time is come, the finest attitude for facing death is this tranquil acceptance of the perfection and exactitude of God's plan.

Learn to live in accord with the spiritual law, with the law of God, of harmony and well being. Do not violate the laws of God which operate within your own body, for your body is the temple of God, and not yours to take into danger, to overtire, to knock about and to deny natural and wholesome food. You are breaking the spiritual law by so doing. Your body must be bathed and kept clean; it must be fed wisely, treated with respect, it may not be overworked or over-indulged; so that when its time has come the soul will arise and go forth... 'I come, Lord; I have heard Thy call!'

So long as you obey the spiritual law you can live your days with perfect tranquillity. Obey the true call of the spirit even if you should encounter danger, for when you are about your Fathers business, all is well. Whatever happens all is well.

If any man walk in the day which means in the light – he stumbleth not (v 9). If you are walking according to the laws of the spirit, it is daylight for you. This we have already explained. If darkness and confusion reign in the soul, the man stumbles.

Verse 41 tells of the rolling back of the stone from the grave. We interpret that stone to mean the stone of the worldly mind which seals a man within his grave. The material scientist, the material religionist, the material man in any department of life is as one in a closed box, in a grave, sealed by a stone of mortal mind, of materiality. In other words because the man, because he is dead to spiritual things, has put himself into a grave, and then others of like mind roll the stone before him and seal him in. Is not the world always ready to roll the stone of materiality on to a man and seal him in his grave? And how difficult it is for the man to free himself!

Those who though living are thus dead can only be restored to life by the Word, by the trumpet call, by response of their innermost to Christ the Son, the true spiritual brother of the spiritually dead. Christ the Son called to Lazarus, through the Father, and he rose from the grave. Thus the spiritually dead can be recalled to life, but God needs a pure and perfect channel through which to recall the dead to life.

Throughout the gospel of St John, Christ speaks through the Master's lips and life. This same raising of Lazarus is continually going on in the world about us. We ourselves, like Lazarus have probably lain in our grave until the Godlike in us has responded at last and we have arisen to the call.

11:30-44. Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him. The Jews which were with him in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying. She goes to the grave to weep there. Then when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw Him, she fell down at his feet, saying to Him, Lord if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, and said, where have you laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. Jesus wept. Then said the Jews, behold how he loved him! And some of them said, could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, take ye away the stone.

Martha, the sister of him that was dead, said to him, Lord by this time he stinketh: for he has been dead four days. Jesus said unto her, Said I not unto you, that if thou wouldst believe, thou should see the glory of God? Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid.

And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, Father I thank thee that thou hadst heard me. And I knew that you hear me always; but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave-clothes: and his face bound with a napkin. Jesus said unto them, Loose him and let him go.

You notice that Jesus said to the mourners, ''Loose him and let him go'', rather indicating that worldly companions can help the bind a soul. Truly others have power to hold you down to a life of materialism. Their influence and thought can dominate you until at last you hear the voice. Then nothing can bind you nothing can hold you.

Notice that Martha said that the body of Lazarus might have become corrupt. Here again the Master, putting aside all else, speaks of the glory of God, refusing to recognise decay or death. He sees only the light of God illuminating the soul of Lazarus.

Previous to this is a passage which refers to the weeping of Mary and Martha. Jesus too wept, and those looking on said ''Behold how he loved him.! Verse 36. Thinking that Jesus was weeping for the loss of his friend; but this was not the reason for Jesus' grief. He was weeping because he was sharing wholly the feeling of his friends – an example of true brotherhood. You will notice that Mary at first did not come out to meet the Master but remained quietly in meditation. Mary had already truly sensed who the Christ was, working through Jesus. Martha however, was busy with the household, and so full of the news of the death that she has to run and remonstrate with the Master. Mary remained still for she better understood the relationship between the Master, herself and the others. We should say that Mary had been initiated into true brotherhood through what is sometimes called the feast of ceremony of love, when the spirit of the initiated becomes merged with with all its other brethren which only happens when the soul is raised to consciousness and understanding of true love. To become truly initiated into the brotherhood of the Christ light means that our brother is so merged into the sorrows and joys of others that he feels with them; he not only looks upon suffering with sympathy, but he identifies himself with the sufferer. This is a state to which we all have to come. And when all humanity can thus become one in spirit what a change will follow! There will be no more wanton or thoughtless cruelty, for a man will know that if he afflicts suffering on his brother, he himself suffers.

True brotherhood means a heart attuned to a brothers heart, the eyes wet with tears that a brother sheds. This is why Jesus weeps. He weeps because Mary is weeping. He feels the bitterness and sorrow she is experiencing through loss of her brother. He even groans in spirit when he goes forth to call Lazarus, because he too is imprisoned within the grave where Lazarus lies. His whole being enters into Lazarus and raises him from death to life.

Some power of imagination must awake before the true brother understands another’s suffering. The development of imagination is a necessary part of man's awakening, but you will not attain this through trying mentally but rather by the development of feeling, of awareness, through meditation and through experience. It is imagination which enables the seer to enter into the feelings of another, to become for the moment the spirit from which the message comes. The materialist and the intellectual-ist lacks that spiritual awareness.

Jn 11:45-57. Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on Him. But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done. Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council and said. What do we? For this man does many miracles. If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall take away both our place and nation. And one of them named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all and do not consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, that the whole nation perish not. And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.

Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death. Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went into a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples. And the Jews passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover to purify themselves. Then sought they for Jesus, and spake among themselves, as they stood in the temple, What think ye, that he will not come to the feast? Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that if any man knew where he were, he should shew it, that they might take him.

Even today the individual is being persecuted, allegedly for the sake of the community. Yet Jesus said that every soul was of account in the Fathers eyes. ''Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered ''.

Mt 10:29-30. The world says that the individual may be sacrificed if it is expedient, but the law of the spirit is that every soul is precious. What we read into these last verses is that the world was out to slay Jesus, but that he would wait until the twelfth hour of the day when his time had come.

Then he would be ready to give himself up as the gospel tells. Thus two parallel lines of thought dominate this chapter. The usual interpretation is material, and concerns the raising of the physical body of Lazarus but Jesus was ever working with the spiritual law, his supreme object being to bring light, life and truth to the soul of his brother man. To this end he lived, died and rose again. The purpose of every man's life is the resurrection of man from the tomb of the lower mind, of physical matter, of the bonds of the tomb of earth and rising in understanding and mastery, so that all matter, all ether, all radiations of thought may be penetrated by the spirit of love, of Christ, so that every form of life may be alive with the spirit of the Creator, of Christ.

This is the meaning of the resurrection and the regeneration of man and form by the true life of

Spirit. ''The works that I do shall he do also''. Every man will in due time become fully conscious of the eternal life and power and beauty of the Christ spirit in himself – and in his brother''.

The title of this article is Discerning True Values!

Ralph Knowles, September 2019.

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