Episode:Jesus—Teacher of Living Truth (Part 6)
Jesus presented the beautiful spirit of the soul’s attitude to the apostles, but they insisted on translating such teachings into rules of personal behavior. The new religion of Jesus does have practical value, but those values are the natural outworking of the inner experience of the soul as it manifests the fruits of the spirit in the spontaneous daily ministry of genuine personal religious experience.
Summary by Kermit
We devoted a significant portion of this episode to a deeper discussion of some of the issues treated in section eight, Thursday Afternoon of the Lake—Jesus’ teaching to Peter, James, and John.
The authors describe the apostles as being shocked upon the realization that the Master’s religion, in contrast to all religions before and since, made no provision for spiritual self-examination. Yet, they go on to say that the Master never said anything condemning self-analysis as a prevention of conceited egotistim. Our discussion focused on the difference between the terms “spiritual self-examination” and “self-analysis as a prevention of conceited egotism”.
The problem with spiritual self-examination as the authors use the term is that it is so often characterized by the introspection of an immature spiritual consciousness in the detection of evil and error. This often leads to guilt and shame, neither of which contributes to favorable conditions for character growth. Whereas, the purposive reflection aimed at cultivating humility and avoiding pride and self-centeredness does contribute to character growth. Understanding the key distinction between the so-called “spirituality” of evolutionary religion and the cosmic perspective that characterizes the religion of the spirit is critical to understanding the meaning of Jesus’ teaching. The former is in reality the energy of ZEAL contributed by the adjutant mind spirit of worship (6th) on the level of the feelings (2nd LoM), while the latter is established by the three cosmic intuitions, found on the 4th, 5th, and 6th LoM).
An illuminating description of the “spiritual physics” and dynamics of this process using the oft’ cited hourglass analogy of human mind and the LoM awaits those who consult the archive of this broadcast.
Jesus’ instruction encompasses the full cosmic structure of reality, even though his apostles and just about everyone else on the planet was unable to grasp the full meaning of his teachings.
The Master constantly exhorted his apostles to refrain from trying to mold disciples and believers according to some set pattern. Jesus sought to allow each soul to develop in its own way, explaining “I want to set men free so that they can start out afresh as little children upon the new and better life”. Jesus always insisted that goodness should be unconscious.
An interesting discussion ensued highlighting the importance of interpreting Jesus’ teachings in harmony with a cosmic viewpoint. In the 1960’s, some educational theorists recommended that children be allowed to “run free” and self-direct their learning without interference from educational personnel. Without understanding the difference between the spiritualized mind and animal origin adjutant mind, such undisciplined educational conditions set the stage for serious distortion of intent.
Our discussion of this issue led to the further exploration of the nature of the selves that constitute the material mortal. The adjutant animal origin self is rooted in the seven AMS. The morontia self, the soul has a consciousness of its own. Unfortunately we have only dim if any awareness of this “self”. Then we have the spiritual self in the indwelling adjuster, of which we are likewise dimly aware. Jesus is suggesting that it is the SOUL that is the source of the unconscious goodness we are called to manifest.
9. The Day of Consecration
On this day Jesus led the twelve back to the site of their recent ordination and delivered a long and beautifully touching personal message of encouragement and consecrated them to the adventure of establishing the kingdom. His charge of liberating spiritual captives, comforting the oppressed, and ministering to the afflicted reveal the cosmic scope of their work. Unfortunately, because of the failure of generations to recognize his cosmic perspective, these teachings have often been interpreted and applied materially with unfortunate results.
It was here that Jesus forecast for them the perils that awaited them. The Master further promised with words of comfort, his companionship and the Father’s abiding watch-care as they go first to the Jews and then to the gentiles, to establish the kingdom on earth.
10. The Evening After the Consecration
In this teaching Jesus went to great lengths to attempt to show the twelve what they must be, not what they must do. Further, he explained that the salvation which he had come to bring to the world was to be had only by believing. The bewildered twelve were very slow to be persuaded that being righteous by faith must precede doing righteousness.
Again, a proper understanding of Jesus’ teaching requires discriminating between the adjutant mind and the cosmic perspective.
The tendency of the twelve to remake the highly idealistic and spiritual principles of religious truth into concrete rules of personal conduct was a great handicap in teaching them. But, they did slowly assimilate his teachings because Jesus was all that he taught. And, what they could not gain from his verbal instruction, they gradually acquired by living with them.
It was during this evening’s teaching that Jesus tried to clarify his instruction that they were to be as little children in order to gain entrance to the kingdom, yet at the same time he asks them to not be deceived by false prophets or present the kingdom to those who are not fit. It’s the teachable mind of the child Jesus commends and not the ease of deception, mere willingness to believe, nor the quickness to trust pleasing strangers.
Also, this evening Jesus’ declared ALL men to be sons of God, in response to Simon Zelotes’ question. It was by teaching his followers to treat all men as their brothers, he sought to impress this truth.
In response to a John’s question, “What is the kingdom of heaven?”, Jesus declared the three essentials to the kingdom of heaven.
- The recognition of the fact of the sovereignty of God.
- Belief in the truth of sonship with God.
- Faith in the effectiveness of the supreme human desire to do the will of God.
As in many of summaries I highly recommend the serious student to visit the archive of this broadcast. These discussions make advantageous use of the hourglass analogy in clarifying the cosmic structure of reality in which Jesus’ teachings can be fully understood.