“He came into his own, and his own received him not." —John I. 11
Many believe this verse to refer directly to the coming of Jesus to the Jews, and, consequently, see a condition of things that existed in the remote past, and not in the living present. It has, however, no such meaning. Such an interpretation would be a narrow, literal way of explaining a great truth. Jesus speaking for himself says: “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." Thus we see that his mission was to the outcasts — the lost sheep of the House of Israel, rather than to those who considered themselves the chosen people of God and we find that while the priests and leaders of the people were ever in opposition to Jesus, he was gladly received by the common people.
The book known as The Gospel According to St. John, is the most esoteric of all Biblical books excepting that of Revelation. The writer gives evidence of a deeper knowledge of spiritual things than even the apostle Paul. He seems to get the very highest spiritual conception of things. He differs very much from Paul in this respect: that his writings are not arguments to convince people of the truth contained in his gospel, but simply statements of great, living truths, which, to be correctly understood, must be discerned with the inner vision — the spiritual sight. Any literal interpretation of this gospel must fail to give the true insight to its spiritual significance. This might be said of all books of the Bible, but more especially is it true of those that treat of the hidden mysteries. There can be no question but that there is a marked difference in the inspirational order of the books composing our Bible. Some books are highly inspirational while others are more historical. The Bible is a book wherein spiritual truths are concealed in apparent history of individuals or nations. Only as we are able to discern the inner meaning can we hope to attain a knowledge that will be of benefit to us. It is a book of prophecy in that it foretells in its first pages the progress that the soul makes in its journey from the earthy to the heavenly, in its unfoldment from the animal to the Divine. It is a book of allegory in that all the inner meanings are hidden by external things. Its spiritual truths are veiled in parable whose meaning can only be divined as the Spirit of God quickens the soul of the one who seeks to understand.
The Bible is a record of every conceivable stage of soul-development, from the lowest in the Adam-soul to the highest in the soul of Jesus. At every step in the progress of the soul we are able to perceive an awakening taking place that is, the soul becoming more conscious of certain powers and possibilities that have lain dormant and unused until the awakening came.
The journey from the Adam to the Christ is one that is marked by many mile-stones, each designating some new acquirement or development of the soul. The perfect image and likeness of its Creator is written in every soul, for each individual is a Thought, a Word of God; and as this Word is disclosed in the soul, it is God being made manifest in the flesh. This Word is the child, the son of God, the seed of the Father-Mother God, through which, by its manifestation, are all things done. In John we read, VAU things were made by Him." The literal Greek rendering of that word made should be done. It is not to be viewed from a material standpoint as meaning the creation of the world but has the spiritual meaning that everything made manifest in the soul is done through the operation of the Word. That Word in the soul is the God-part of the soul — the I Am — and the I Am is the Resurrection and the Life. It is the Light that shineth on the darkness of our material understanding, and which in our dense ignorance of spiritual things we fail to comprehend. When we are following after the false doctrines of men, we are making this Word of God of no avail.
If we can succeed in distinguishing between the man Jesus and the Christ-spirit that animated that man, many things that have been wrapped in mystery would become clear. It will be impossible, however, for us to reach any satisfactory conclusion before disposing of this question. The Word that was with God in the beginning was not Jesus, but the Christ that animated him, the Will of God that was active in him, the Word of God that is latent in every soul.
"He came unto his own, and his own received him not." “Behold, all souls are mine, saith the Lord." “And to as many as received him (Jesus) to them gave he power to become the sons of God." With that power comes the realization that we have been in the past in no way dependent on flesh or blood or human will, but upon the Will of God.
But how attain to this knowledge ? How make manifest this Light that is now shining in the darkness? Here the study of the life of Jesus becomes an important one; for the way he has shown becomes a new and a living way — a way that has become consecrated by his life — that will lead from darkness and sin to light and liberty.
In order, then, to arrive at a clear conception of the truth, we must first make a study of the man Jesus, and see wherein he differed from other men. Meekness and lowliness of mind were two distinguishing traits. "Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, and that is God." Again, ''I do nothing of myself." “Not my will, but Thine be done." Possessing knowledge that transcended that of any teacher the world had ever known, he yet disclaimed all knowledge, power, and goodness of himself. He gave the personal man no credit nor honor. Sense temptation, praise of men, riches and power appealed to him in vain. Jesus, the Christ, attributed all the power that was made manifest through him to a power working within his own consciousness, which he referred to over and over as the Father. He, alone, of all the world's great teachers, saw in all its fullness the indwelling of God, the oneness that existed between man and God. He, alone, recognized God's Mind and Will as an active energy within his own being.
There can be no question but that Jesus was fully conscious of the human will, the personal self, the lower nature, and that even the pleasures of this earth-existence tempted him, but could not divert him from the straight and narrow way. He realized the utter futility of serving two masters, and serving both of them faithfully. Self-will disappeared before the Divine Will, and he thus came into a conscious union with the Supreme Will of the universe, and the fullness of the Godhead was made manifest in him. From this altitude he speaks to man as one having authority — not the authority derived from the things, or even the mind of the world, but from the indwelling of the Word. Thus, is brought to pass the saying, "The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us," or in other words, God was made manifest in man, and the prophecy of the olden time was fulfilled: “The seed of the woman shall crush the head of the serpent." The animal nature had become extinct the Christ, the son of the living God, had appeared clothed with life and immortality.
For nineteen hundred years men have been groping in darkness trying to discover a way to serve God, and, at the same time, allow their lower natures to have control but as yet, no one has made the discovery. We turn our faces away from the light, and try to deceive ourselves by contending that the further we penetrate into the darkness, the sooner we will reach the light the more we serve the shadow, the quicker we will attain to the reality. This is neither truth nor logic for so long as we obey the will of the lower we must fail to please God we cannot attain the Christ-will that is seeking the ascendency in our every thought and deed, and it is only as we carry out this higher will that we become free from the bonds of the purely personal man. The will, to be powerful, must be free; and to be free we must sever the bonds of self. The development of the will is a process of growth, or unfoldment, to the law of God, and is attained only through obedience to the law. If we desire lasting knowledge and understanding, we must awake to the fact that it can come only through the realm of Spirit, that absolute truth can be perceived only by the soul of man — his intuitive nature. If we let our own thoughts rest, and rise up to the sphere of our highest ideal, our souls will become mirrors wherein God's Thoughts will be reflected and he who knows of himself knows of God, because the true self is image and likeness of its Creator.
Why look without for salvation when the way lies within? Why seek the living among the dead? Jesus is the first-born of many brethren he is the elder brother. The Christ was the Word that was in the beginning with God, and the Word that was God; he is the only begotten son of God — the Universal Spirit of truth that is to enlighten every man that cometh into the world. All souls are the Christ's, yet he comes unto his own, and his own receive him not but to as many as receive him, to them gives he power to become the sons of God. Thus, does the Spirit of God become manifest and dwell among men. This is the passing from death unto life — this is the life and immortality brought to light in Jesus, the Christ.
“The universe must utter, and fulfill The mighty voice which states,
The mighty destiny which holds, Its key-note and its ultimate design.
Waste places and the deserts must perceive
That they are priced, No less than gardens in the Heart Divine.
Sorrow her sorrowing must leave,
And learn one sign With joy.
And Loss and Gain Must be no more.
And all things which have gone before,
And all things which remain.
And all of Life, and all of
Death be slain In mighty birth, whose name Is called Redemption!
Praise! Praise to God!
The same Today and yesterday, and in all days Forever! Praise!"
More from Charles Brodie Patterson
- Canadian New Thought author
- Born in Nova Scotia in 1854 and died on June, 22nd 1917