• The Logia or Sayings of the Master, as
Spoken by Him; Recovered in these Days, as Was Foretold by Him. John Todd Ferrier.
Information: This is one of the main works by the Rev. John Todd Ferrier, founder of the Order of the Cross. In this book we can find the following dedication, which gives us an idea about the importance attributed by the Rev. Ferrier to Anna Kingsford and Edward Maitland:
“To the Members of the ANCIENT CHRISTHOOD ORDER who have for untold ages been dwellers within this planetary system, ministering unto the children of the Earth in things that are of God and the Soul, the true Seers and Prophets in all ages and amongst all peoples, the Interpreters of the Divine Wisdom and Manifestors of the Divine Love;
“An very specially to those of them who formed the inner group of the Master’s most intimate friends, and heard from Him these Logia, and beheld His sorrow in the days of His Gethsemane;
“And of these we would name two who have been with us once more as the Messengers of the Highest, and who now minister from the Heavens, namely, ANNA BONUS KINGSFORD and EDWARD MAITLAND, who were known under other names in the days of the blessed Manifestation and were very near to the Master: –
“To these we dedicate this volume.”
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Below we have its title page, the Contents and the links only to the Preface, to the Introductory, and to the first chapter, The Baptism of John, for the work is still copyright protected:
SAYINGS of the MASTER
AS SPOKEN BY HIM;
RECOVERED IN THESE DAYS,
AS WAS FORETOLD BY HIM.
J. TODD FERRIER
THE ORDER OF THE CROSS
PART II. DISCIPLESHIP (21)
The Finding of Christ.
The Call of Disciples.
Not to be Called Masters.
Purity, and the Value of Life.
The Little Ones of the Kingdom.
Heavenly Treasures the Great Requisite.
The Lost Sheep of the Fold.
The Good Shepherd.
The Younger Brother.
The Marriage Feast.
The Women who Found the Lost Coin.
Stewardship and the Use of Talents.
The Virgins and the Marriage Festival.
A Vision of Hades with its Gehenna and Gehinnom.
The Different Soils of Life.
The Work Wrought by the Enemy.
The Soul as the Fisherman.
The Cohort of Angles at Beth phage.
The Fig-Tree that Withered Away.
Healing the Obsessed.
The Way of the Birth from Above.
The Holy Breath.
Bringing Bach the Supposed Dead.
The Giving of Sight to the Blind.
Concerning the Law of Divorce.
The Humble of Heart.
PART III. DISCIPLESHIP (83)
The Prayer for Initiates.
The Doctrine of the Logos.
When the Kingdom Cometh.
The Shepherds of
The Way of the Birth of Jesus Christ.
The Benedictus – A Song of
The Magnificat – A Song of the Soul.
The Story of the Magi.
The Presentation in the
Gloria in Excelsis.
The Children of the
The Flight into
Witnessing of the Father-Mother.
The Nourishing of the People.
The Law of Ceremonial.
Concerning the Works of God.
The Healing of the Leper.
An Event of Great Moment.
The Vision of One Who Was Blind.
The Demons and the Swine.
The Stilling of the Waters.
Coming Events – The Vision of Peter.
The Foundation of God’s Church.
The Prophecy of Peter’s Denial.
A Story of the Passion.
In the Days of the Regeneration.
PART IV. THE CHRISTHOOD (Epistolary) (147)
The Elect Ones.
Epistles of Christ.
The Abrahamic Allegory.
Remembering the Divine Graciousness.
The Mystery of God.
The Gifts of the Spirit.
The Veil of Moses Lifted.
The Grace of the Lord.
The Earthly and the Heavenly.
The Rising from the Dead.
The Imprisoned World.
The Divine Conqueror.
Experiences of the Oblation.
The Burden of Oblation.
The Restoration of
PART V. THE CHRISTHOOD (of the Soul) (189)
The Marriage in
The Perfect Union.
The Mount of Transfiguration.
The Manna of Life.
The Bread of Life.
The Lord as the Vine.
The Beatitudes of the Immortals.
The Return of the Presence.
The Night and the Dawn.
The Greater Works.
PART VI. THE CHRISTHOOD (The Great Oblation) (209)
The House of Mary.
The Sayings of the Cross.
Fragments from the
The Burden of Ransom.
The Way of the Cross.
The Forty Days in the Wilderness.
An Echo of the Sin-offering.
The Great Lament.
The Exceeding Sorrow.
The Recovery of the Logia Anticipated.
Preparing the Guest Chamber.
The Eucharistic Supper.
The Eve of the Passover.
The Humiliation and Condemnation.
After Ten Days.
Sins Remitted or Retained.
Sharers of the Oblation.
The Closing Scene.
The Last Allegory.
The Great Request.
PART VII. VISTAS OF EVENTS TO COME (259)
The Well of Jacob.
The Woman Discovering Christ.
In the House of Simon.
The Way of the Debtors.
The Woman in Simon’s House.
The Seven Fishermen of
The Mystery of the Fish.
The Mysterious Soliloquy.
Washing the Disciples Feet.
The Case of Simon Peter.
A Story of the Oblation.
The Sleep and Awakening of Lazarus.
The Sorrow of Maria Magdalene.
A Vision of the Lord.
The Prayer of the Aftermath.
PART VIII. THE APOCALYPTIC VISIONS (301)
The Overthrow of the
The Glory of Adonai.
The Church in
The Church in
The Church in Pergamos.
The Church in Thyatira.
The Church in
The Church in
The Church in
The Trone of the Eternal One.
The Book that Was Sealed.
The Opening of the Seven Seals.
The Travail of the Christhood.
The Loosening of the Four Breaths.
The Hosts of the Tribulation.
The Song of the Redeemed.
The Seraphim and the Golden Censer.
The Voices of the Seven Trumpets.
Lucifer, Star of the Morning.
The Measuring of the
God’s Two Witnesses.
The Voice within the
Woman Clothed with the Sun.
Her Persecution and Preservation.
The Beast that Rouse Out of the Sea.
The Lamb that Spake as a Dragon.
The Twelve Tribes of
The Coming of the Messenger.
The Mystery of
The Overthrow of all False Systems.
The Lord Alone Reigneth.
The Word of God the Redeemer.
The Seven Arcs of Light.
The Angel of the Sun.
The Binding of Satan.
The First Resurrection.
The New Creation.
1. Glossary Index (390)
2. Subject Index of the Logia (399)
3. General Index (402)
To the Members of the ANCIENT CHRISTHOOD ORDER who have for untold ages been dwellers within this planetary system, ministering unto the children of the Earth in things that are of God and the Soul, the true Seers and Prophets in all ages and amongst all peoples, the Interpreters of the Divine Wisdom and Manifestors of the Divine Love;
An very specially to those of them who formed the inner group of the Master’s most intimate friends, and heard from Him these Logia, and beheld His sorrow in the days of His Gethsemane;
And of these we would name two who have been with us once more as the Messengers of the Highest, and who now minister from the Heavens, namely, ANNA BONUS KINGSFORD and EDWARD MAITLAND, who were known under other names in the days of the blessed Manifestation and were very near to the Master: –
To these we dedicate this volume.
SOME who turn to these pages in the hope of finding an ordinary biography of the Master, known to the West as Jesus Christ, will meet with disappointment; for it is not the biography of the Master with which we are concerned, but the restoration of the Teachings which He gave. A true biography of Him would be indeed profoundly fascinating and full of interest; but it need not for one moment be supposed that such a biography would accomplish that which the marred fourfold biography of the Evangelists failed to do. It could not effect that for which the Manifestation of the Blessed Life was made and the Sin-offering Oblation offered; for only through the Teachings which He gave, the right understanding of them, and the making of them concrete in experience, could the supreme purpose of the Manifestation be achieved. It is possible to admire a biography and worship the subject of it, and yet utterly fail to apprehend the purpose and aim of the life – just what the West has done all through this era. After eighteen centuries of supposed interpretation and progress, the World that professes to worship the Master and follow Him, marks its most singular failure in the revelation of the conditions of that world. The nations that have most loudly acclaimed Him Prince of Peace and Redeemer from sin and wrong, and claimed Him as their Saviour and King, have followed only too surely the false prophet whose materialistic teachings have misled the whole world. They have set up the image of the Beast of every kind of gross materiality upon the planes of the earth, and even within the Temple of Life, and bowed down to it, and oppressed those who would not bow down and worship. They have made friends of the Dragon of Oppression to wound and crush each other, all of them praying to the Prince of Peace to give them the victory to the utter overthrow and abasement of each other. The peoples who have most loudly proclaimed the Gospel of Love have cherished and
revealed the deepest hates. Those who should have been initiated into the knowledge of the true glory of life, have set upon it false values, accounting man as nothing unless as an earning and fighting unit. The most ostentatious spreading of religious wares has been done by the very nations whose vision of life has been so false that true religion can scarcely find room to make itself manifest. These have mostly killed the true expression of the Soul’s life, whilst with clanging cymbals they have announced themselves the devout followers of Him whom they believe to have been meek and lowly in heart, and in life the Saviour of all.
In the following pages there is no biography as such, though the Sayings reveal the several degrees of the Manifestation. In these Sayings the true Way of Life is set forth in such manner that it must be obvious unto all who truly seek an entrance into the Kingdom. The Path of Jesushood is most clearly and emphatically revealed; the deeper experience of Christhood is unveiled; and the perfect Atonement is made manifest in which the Soul is one with the Lord. There is thus the threefold manifestation of Jesushood, Christhood, and the Lord-consciousness, in which the Lord speaks directly through the Soul – the Way of Life, the Light of Life, and the Divine Pleroma. Of these beautiful states of Soul-realization the Sayings are the exposition and interpretation. And to these remarkable revelations of the value and destiny of the human Soul, the high life unto which it is called, the path to be followed, the nature of the realizations that would become its heritage, there is added the true nature of the Oblation known as the Sin-offering, the reason for it, the path along which it would take the Master, the duration of it, and the tragedy of its awful sorrow and anguish.
These Teachings were designed to aid Souls in different degrees of spiritual attainment. All had to pass through the first initiation, or the baptism of John in the Waters of the Jordan, ere they could find Jesus – come to the state of Jesushood. Whilst all could find Jesus in this sense, there were many who could not proceed further, so that the several degrees of Christhood could only be found by the few, especially the higher degrees of that state in which it was said that the Soul had found Christ. To the elect Souls only – those who had found Jesus, then Christ – was the Lord made manifest.
For the same purpose as the Sayings were originally spoken, are they restored and given to all who may be able to follow. For their appearing they require no apology; they are their own apologia. They are not likely to appeal to those who prefer the ways of human and priestly traditions to those of God and the Soul. But in the hearts of many they will find response, and especially in those who were once within the Household of the Faithful, or the Order of the Christhood in the ancient days. To these it will be no barrier to the discernment of their source and meaning, that they come to them in terms and arrangement differing much, and often fundamentally, from the teachings given in the New Testament records; for these know that the light of truth is in itself, and that it is not dependent upon any formula, or school, or institution, or authority begotten of men. It will be no occasion of offence to such Souls that the beautiful Teachings of the Master, and His strange and remarkable Sayings, should be separated from the false environments in which they were placed, and the historical and Jewish garments in which they were clothed. Such Souls will now be able to perceive and understand many things, to trace something of their own past history and the ancient heritage which was theirs, and is now once more to be entered into – the true promised land. To the question, Whence know we these things? they will find an answer in the Sayings, and themselves come into the blessed consciousness that the dawn of the Resurrection morning has broken upon the world, and that the Lord has risen indeed, and that He calleth them. Nay, they may now discern the arising of the Christhood, of which Order they themselves were once members. And those who belonged to the group of disciples in the days of the blessed Manifestation through the Master, many of whom are now upon these outer planes, will also discern the signs of the times, and know that the Oblation of the Sin-offering is accomplished.
This volume of the Sayings of the Master contains His chief utterances, those given in parable, allegory, and those spoken to the inner groups of interested friends. The accepted records are believed to contain these Sayings in practically perfect form; yet in the four Evangelists the reports of what He did say are so maimed as to misrepresent His meanings, and not infrequently give to them quite a foreign meaning. In many things the four Evangelists contradict one another. As they stand in these records, some of the Sayings could not have been the utterances of the Master, for they are a contradiction of the state of Christhood, and even of Jesushood. Nor would they ever have been accepted as His, had the meaning of these two blessed states of Soul attainment been understood.
In the present volume, which is naturally the complement of The Master: His Life and Teachings, the Sayings are brought into truer relationship and freed from their oft-times Jewish setting. They are presented in the form in which they were spoken. The allegories, which were changed into narratives by the writers of the Gospel Records, will be found to contain other and deeper meanings than the narrative form implies. Many of the profound Sayings of the Master are to be found mixed up in the Pauline Letters, much corrupted as to their meaning, and placed amid environments that were foreign to them. For the real mystic Sayings in the Pauline Letters, formed part of the Logia spoken by the Master to the inner group of initiates. These Sayings we have presented in a separate section that they may be the more easily recognised, and we have brought together portions which were separated when made use of by the Pauline writers, when they sent out their letters to the first communities of the New Religion.
It might be well here to say a word about those Sayings, and how they came to be put into the Letters to the Churches. They had been embodied in a larger treatise for use amongst the members of the Brotherhood composed of the intimate friends of the Master. That treatise was known amongst the brethren as the Logia of St. John. It had been preceded by the evangel of St. Matthew, the very record concerning which there has been so much guesswork on the part of scholars. That evangel contained the initial teachings on the way of the redeemed life. It made quite obvious what was meant by purity in life, compassion and pity, illustrated by parable wherein the life of the Divine Way was set forth, the nature and value of the individual life, the law of the Soul’s growth, culminating in the realization and consciousness of Jesushood. These were the Teachings given in a more general way, and expounded to all who cared to inquire and follow the path indicated in them. But the Logia of St. John contained the deeper Teachings, such as could only be spoken to the inner groups composed of those who had attained to Jesushood, and who had become initiates for the Christhood. In that greatly treasured document the Christ estate was dealt with, its nature and various degrees expounded – the path to be traversed ere the Soul could enter into its realizations. It contained the allegories whose profound teachings none could receive who had not passed through some degree of the Christ consciousness. Some of these allegories contained the mystery of the Sin-offering and Oblation. There were also Teachings on the history of the human Soul and the World, the Ancient Order to which the members of the inner group had belonged, portrayals of the betrayal and crucifixion of the Christhood as distinguished from that of the personal Master, the spiritual event named the Resurrection and the arising in the age of the coming again of the Son of Man, of the Ancient Order of the Christhood, with the conditions that would prevail, and the events that would transpire in these days.
It was from that document containing the true Gnosis that Paul derived his
mystic Sayings. He secured these during his visit to
subject of discussion between him and them was not that recorded in the Acts of the Apostles, but the doctrine of the Redemption and the Sin-offering. He was given the privilege of reading the Logia of St. John, and from that he took portions and built them up into his several theses, but without understanding them. And he often applied them to himself in a personal way, and thus destroyed their deep significance in relation to the Master as He bore the burden of the Oblation. That many of the Sayings were beyond his power of spiritual understanding, is most evident from the interpretation he put upon them and the setting he gave to them. Some of the Sayings which contained hidden in them profound depths of Soul history in relation to the Oblation, a pathos and mysterious sorrow none could understand who had not been with the Master in most intimate fellowship, Paul mixed up in various letters in detached fragments; and in not a few instances he made use of some of these to express personal experiences, through which he said he had passed during his arduous labours amongst the churches.
This action on the part of Paul destroyed the real meaning of the Sayings, and hid from the mystic Souls the true spiritual relationship of them. As a consequence, the wrong interpretation of the Redemption was given to the new communities created by Paul and his followers. It was not the doctrine of the Redemption taught by the Master, and believed in and taught by the Brotherhood. Had the interpretation of Life, the Fall, and the Redemption given by the Master been understood by Paul and those who followed him, and had the Churches been also taught the same, there would have been a very different order of religious expression in the West to-day. The Churches would have been truly Christian, for they would have understood Jesushood and Christhood; their message would have brought the redeemed life into beautiful individual and social manifestation, for it would have taught a real Redemption, and not a mythical one which, after eighteen centuries, has left the West as pagan as it was in the last days of the Roman Empire.
By those who are able to discern it will be observed how valuable these Pauline Logia are. Indeed they will find in them priceless treasures. In all the epistolary literature they have been the most magnetic, because they are the most spiritual. But their magnetic light was veiled.
In addition to the Pauline Logia, others are included in this volume, and it
will be a surprise to the reader to discover that these are important parts of
the Apocalypse of St. John. But
The Apocalypse is one of the most profound writings in sacred story, and contains more Planetary and Soul history than other writings. It was given by the Master to a few of His most intimate friends, and one of them embodied it in the original Logia of St. John. Afterwards it was enshrined in a separate document, and, in that form, it came into the hands of those who did not understand it, after the Brotherhood was broken up and its members were scattered. Throughout all the ages of this era it has remained a sealed book, though the attempts at interpretation have been many. For ages it was the cause of much controversy regarding its authorship, and whether it was an inspired writing worthy of a place amongst the canonical books; but at last the authorities who were set up to decide upon the different books, admitted it into the New Testament Records. Why it was worthy to be regarded as a divinely inspired writing none of the ecclesiastical councils appear to have known; for even until this day the ecclesiastical schools have no key by which to interpret it. In earlier ages it did not escape serious alterations at the hands of editors, though in this respect it suffered less than other portions of the Logia of St. John.
The Apocalypse has remained a Mystery Book to the several Churches, though in its message it has much to say to them. It has been supposed by many to contain the history of the overthrow of the Roman Empire, the deliverance of the Jews from their captivity, and the restoration of the Temple service with a glorified Jewish nation to which the nations of the world would pay tribute; whilst others have believed it to relate chiefly to the later effects of the Roman Empire upon the West, whose chief fulfilment was to be made manifest in “the last times.” Upon these aspects, many have been the books written. But others have looked upon its series of visions as appertaining to the Divine Judgment upon the World, as that Judgment has been understood and interpreted by the Churches.
But the teaching found in the Apocalypse is much more. Little have the Churches imagined what wealth of sacred story it contained. Had they known what the series of visions comprising the book
meant, they would have found in them remarkable histories of the Soul and the Planet, histories dating back to long ages prior to the times spoken of as the beginning of human history in the Sacred books, and indeed of anything that science knows. They would have discovered who the Elect-Souls were who are spoken of, even the Ancient Christhood Order, and the nature of the ministry which they rendered to the children of this world. They would have found remarkable events foretold, whose history upon these outer planes was to be written during the three terrible days, in which the Oblation or Sin-offering was to be made – three planetary cycles which have only been completed within these days. In addition to these they would have found the present times embodied, and many events in the fashioning, events in which the blessed effects of the Sin-offering Oblation will be made manifest.
The Apocalypse contains the history of the Redemption, the Resurrection, and the Regeneration. And through the outworking of these it reveals the overthrow of all the materialistic systems, religious, scientific and national, which are expressed under the hieroglyphs, the Beast, the second Beast, the Dragon, the false Prophet, the Beast which assumed the appearance of the Lamb, the Devil, Satan and Abaddon, with the scarlet Woman and the great City of Babylon over which she reigned. For all the merely materialistic systems which have oppressed the Children of the Most High, are to be overthrown, not only the gross systems of government, the sensualism in the midst of societies and nations, the great military tribunes, the scientific inquisitions which impose upon the dumb creatures the most awful cruelty imaginable, but also the ecclesiastical systems which have failed themselves to enter the Kingdom, and, by their wrong conception of the Redemption, have prevented from entering that Kingdom those who would have done so. All the systems founded by the materialistic spirit, including those which have assumed the religious nomenclature, like the Beast which took on the appearance or likeness of the Lamb, will be cast out from the New Heaven and the New Earth which are now in process of becoming. The day of the Judgment of God is now upon them, to purify them, and to remove all that cumbers the ground. They are to be judged, not because it is wrong to have earthly Houses of Prayer, for we have some most noble Sanctuaries with the history of saintship
written upon their walls; nor because such Sanctuaries have had attached to them Priesthoods of various orders and degrees of ministry, for in themselves these may be most beautiful and helpful if kept pure, free from all bondage, and full of light; they are to be judged, because they have lamentably failed to be the channels of Divine Revelation to the World, in which the true laws of being and the path to the realization of the perfect life should have been rightly interpreted, and beautifully manifested. They have failed to be what they have always professed to be, namely, the true interpreters of the Divine Nature, Love and Wisdom; for, as systems, they have not known these: had they understood and realized these blessed truths, they never would have crucified afresh, and continually in one way or another, the Lord of Glory, through persecuting and oppressing those who were sent by Him unto them. For it has been the ecclesiastical systems, from the pontifical to the most rationalistic and democratic, which have slain the Seers and Prophets in all ages, and contributed in no small way to the death of the two witnesses for God within the Soul – the Intuition and the higher or spiritual Understanding. Ecclesiastical Christianity has failed as fully as rabbinical Jewry. It has mistaken the letter for the Spirit, the husk for the kernel. It has always grasped at the phenomenal and missed the truly substantial. Upon tradition it has set great store, but utterly failed to rightly appraise the inward life. Its nomenclature teems with shibboleths, but the meaning of the terms it uses it has never understood. The meaning of Jesushood it knows no more of to-day than when, as a system, it was first inaugurated. In the cave of its Adullam it has hidden the light of the Christhood, for it has never known the Path to the realization of that blessed state. Ahab and Jezebel have ensnared it; in its ramifications are to be found even unto this day the Abattoirs and Shambles, Distilleries and Breweries, houses of the Wine of Sodom and Gomorrah – the testimonies to the barbaric conditions amid which the Church sits as Queen.
But the purification of the
May these precious Logia be found of all for whom they have been restored, and may these be aided in their spiritual realizations, even until they reach the high estate of their Christhood as in ancient days. To this are they called, that they may make manifest Jesus in the ways of their living and show the children of this world how to live, and be the vehicles once more through whom the Light of the Eternal Love shall be radiated and His Glory revealed. To each one of these Souls is the Word of Life spoken –
“Arise! Shine! for thy Light is come!”
Wherein the Logia of the Master reveal that John the
Baptizer was no other than Himself Baptizing with the
Waters of the
Bethabara or the House of the Crossing, unto
the Purification of Life for all who sought
to be Initiates of the Jesushood, and
come to know the Christ of
God, and the High Life
and Service unto
which He called
THE LIGHT AMID THE DARKNESS
There was a man sent from God whose
name was John. He came into the
world to bear witness unto
the Light of God which
lighteth every man
as he cometh up
out of the
Amid the wilderness of
was the Voice of the Messenger of the Lord of whose coming the holy prophets
spake, to prepare the way of the Lord, and to proclaim unto
From afar was the Voice heard calling from the East side of the Waters of Jordan, (3) to make the ways of life pure in the waters of purification, and receive of the Spirit of Truth that baptism which maketh clean the heart and prepareth the life for the coming of the Lord.
Unto the Waters of the Jordan did many gather that they might be baptized therein, even unto the making clean of all their ways; for they responded unto the Voice of the Messenger to prepare for the coming of the Lord, to make crooked ways straight and rough places smooth, that their lives might be lived in righteousness before Him, to exalt desire and purpose of mind through purifying them, and make clear the inner life of the Soul with its spiritual uplands and divine heights, that the true life might be manifested.
the Voice that was heard calling unto the Waters of the
“Bring forth fruits meet for repentance, O ye dwellers in
Say ye not any more that ye have Abraham and the Fathers, and that ye are in the line of the Prophets of the Lord. (5)
For out of stony places hath the Lord had to raise up children unto Abraham, because of the going down of the children of Jacob into the wilderness which was made of the land of Judah, and into Egypt where they were oppressed by the things of the flesh, and into Goshen where gross darkness overtook them, and they were led into the awful Desert of Sin where they were afflicted by the fiery serpents and viperous creatures.” (6)
(14:1) The Wilderness of
(14:3) “The Waters of the
(14:5) A direct negation of all the religious claims of the Jews.
(14:6) A whole world of history is contained in these allusions. They
indicate what took place in the ages after the “Fall.” Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
were planetary names and were meant to express three states of planetary
consciousness. Abraham was the father of all, because all have proceeded from
the Divine. It represented the Divine Estate of this Earth. To raise up children
unto Abraham – to aid Souls to evolve into a high state of consciousness – was
now a difficult process because of the stony or non-spiritual conditions. The
history implied in the paragraph as relating to
Behold! Out from these things hath the Lord called you unto redemption, to change the hard and stony nature through the washing of purification, to raise you up as seed unto Abraham that ye should inherit the Blessing which the Lord gave unto him.”
continued to baptize all who came unto Him; with the Waters of the
He called upon all who came unto Him to bring forth fruits meet for repentance, that their lives might be a true returning unto the ways of purity. (2)
As He proclaimed His message, there came to Him certain of the Pharisees and Levites, demanding to be informed upon whose authority He taught these things, and who He Himself was. (3)
And He said unto them: “I am a voice crying in this wilderness of Judah unto all who may hear of her children, calling upon them to purify themselves of evil, and to prepare for the coming of the Lord unto them, (4) to repent truly of their iniquities, transgressions, and sins, and bring forth within their hearts those fruits which are alone worthy of a turning unto Him.”
But they inquired yet farther concerning His authority, and questioned whether He were Elijah returned, or another of the prophets.
And when He answered that He was neither, they pressed Him to tell them who He was, and whether He laid claim to be the Christ. (5) But for answer He said,
“I baptize you with these truths of the Spirit in the Name of the Holy One, that ye may return in your lives unto the Lord; but in the midst of you there is One whom ye know not (6): He baptizeth with the Fire of the Holy One.
He it is who will purge the house of Judah and cleanse the courts of the Temple of the Lord (7); for He will winnow the chaff from the wheat upon the threshing-floor, with His Fan which is in His right hand, and He will consume away the chaff, and gather in to His granary all the wheat.”
(16:1) John the Baptist was none other than the Master Himself in the first part of His mission, that of the baptism of those truths necessary for the purification of the life. He was the Man sent from God to bear witness of the Light of Life, even that Light which illumineth all who rise above the domination of the elemental world. The Baptism of John came first, then the Baptism of the Holy One – the Eternal Christ. John must be the fore-runner of the Christ. Purification is absolutely essential to the redeemed life. For a man to know Jesus he must be pure; to know Christ he must pass through Jesushood.
(16:2) The true returning is not in matters of belief; but in purity, pity, compassion and love. The way of Jewry was the denial of these. Its religion was along the path of blood; its Sanctuary was a religious abattoir. The priests traded in the lives of the creatures in their meals and daily sacrifices. There can be no real following of Jesus without purity and compassion.
(16:3) This is just what the leaders and priests did: it was the old story in their history. Upon whose authority say ye these things? What are your credentials as a new teacher? And in the modern world it is even as it was in the ancient times. Tradition circumscribes everything. The Scribes and Priests claim still to sit in the seat of authority.
(16:4) The coming of the Lord relates to the coming into the life of those gracious influences breathed forth from Him. Unfortunately it was made to relate to the coming of the personal Master, owing to the way in which the writers of the records presented what they found in the original document by St. Matthew, wherein the Master’s ministry was described. The expression has depths of meaning which will be unfolded later.
(16:5) The Master only laid claim to have been sent from the Father-Mother. He sought no titles; He required none. The application to Him personally of the three terms expressive of His state and ministry, was a great calamity.
(16:6) This refers to the descent of the Logos or Adonai to overshadow the Master. He was the One who baptised with the power of the Highest. The Baptism of His Fire was the energising of the entire Being from the Divine World. It was the Divine Flame within the Soul carrying up the life as in a chariot of fire to the Heavens.
(16:7) The real
And some of the priests who were of the house of Levi inquired of Him concerning the One of whom He spake these words, and whether they were related to Himself. (1)
But He said: “He of whom I have spoken unto you was before me. He came unto His own, yet His own received Him not; for they knew Him not, having lost the memory of His countenance. (2) But unto all who were able to receive Him, unto them did He give Power, even the strength to become Sons of God; – those who were born, not of bloods, nor of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of the Holy One. (3)
And He has been in the world, but the world has known it not; for He of whom I spake is the Word, the Christ who is to come. (4) And the Word will be made manifest through those within whom He takes form, and His Glory shall be revealed through them, full of grace and truth. (5)
I saw the Heavens open and the Word revealed; for the Spirit of the Lord descended even as a dove descends in her flight. And when it had rested upon Him, I heard a Voice saying unto me, ‘Behold! it is the Lamb of God, even He who taketh away the sins of the world.’ (6)
Of Him do I bear record that He is the Son of God.”
(18:1) How ready those in authority were to find occasion in which to entrap Him to say something upon which they might build up a case against Him! When opportunity presented itself, they bemeaned themselves, anxious to overwhelm Him if possible; for His interpretations of life were opposed to theirs, His doctrine of purity, pity, compassion and love was far above such as their traditions taught.
(18:2) This saying has had a Jewish interpretation in Biblical exegesis; for it has been taken to refer to the Master coming through the Jewish nation, and that they failed to recognise Him. But the words were spoken by the Master concerning the coming of the Adonai to those who had once known Him in blessed realization, but whose condition prevented them from entering again into that consciousness. These were of the Order of the Christhood in ancient days.
(18:3) There were some of these Souls equal to the vision, of whom were the true Seers and Prophets, some who were able to receive the Power that enabled them to reveal the Son of God. These Souls were of that Divine Order which attached no importance to racial, traditional and social claims, for their love and purpose in life were not begotten of these, but from the Holy One whose dwelling was with them.
(18:4) The Logos or Adonai is here referred to. He is never a man; but His Presence is with all who attain the Christhood, and through them He is made manifest. The world has not known Him, because none of the Planet’s children had reached the high state of the Soul’s evolution in which He becomes present to the inner consciousness, and in vision He can be beheld. And He is the Eternal Christ, of whom the microcosm is within the Soul to be unfolded until the perfect day of the realization of Christ. He is the One who makes manifest through His Christs.
(18:5) The Glory of the Presence within those in a state of Christhood, which is also the Light of Life – the radiations of that Presence. The grace is the Divine Love manifest, and the truth is the Divine Wisdom revealed.
(18:6) The opening of the Heavens must be understood esoterically. It was the opening up of the innermost realm to the vision of the Master. He beheld Adonai in that moment once more. Often had the vision been His, for He came forth from the inner realm in order to be the Vehicle of the Manifestation and the Oblation or Sin-offering. He knew that the Lamb of God was the Divine Love of Adonai in a sacrificial capacity, and that He alone could bear up and take away the awful sin of this world, and blot out the history which had been written by its children.