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Sunday, August 18, 2019

The Gospels of Christ

the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit Whom the Father will send in My name,

He shall teach you all

and shall remind you of all that I said to you

{John 14:26}

Four Gospels depict the earthly life of God and convey His teachings. All Gospels are unified with the same Omnipotent Authority: they are written by men who are enlightened and instructed by the Spirit of God. Four different men – the Apostles – wrote them. The Gospels and the consequent Epistles do not disclose the circumstances of life and death of those who have written down the words of God: they completed their mission and left {John 14:25–26; 15:1–5, 26–27; 16:4–15; Acts 1:1–5; 2:1–21}.

The first Gospel – Gospel According To Matthew – is written by the learned man who (before God called him), presumably, was a tax collector. From a certain point of view, a tax collector in the Roman Empire might be seen as a prototype of accountant: detail–oriented businessman with keen eye, skilled in arithmetic and writings, someone who knows the value of everything in a possession of men. St. Matthew traces the line of the ancestors of the earthly family, which accommodated the earthly life of God, through all generations starting with Abraham. He provides the detailed description of words and deeds of God, and completes his work with the last commandment: to make disciples from all nations. In general, the Gospel According To Matthew is the most detailed chronicle of revelation of the New Testament, the most comprehensive report concerning earthly life of the Son of God.

St. Luke wrote the Gospel According To Luke and the Acts Of The Apostles {Luke 1:1–4; Acts 1}. He was a physician and artist (painter); his choice of words discloses the professional perception and compassion of man who has seen physical suffering and death of the many. He describes the miracles of healing, time of healing, actions of the Divine Physician {Luke 5:31–32; 6:18–19} and their influence on those who were cured and those who observed the acts of healing, and acts of the Apostles.

St. Mark is one of the first from the multitude of those who would believe in God although they never saw Him [[contrary to ThomasΣ565 who believes because he has seen the wounds of God {John 20:24–29}]]. Some sources identify St. Mark with the man to whom St. Peter the Apostle refers to as to his son {1 Peter 5:13}. He describes mental disorders and insanity, which in his time were attributed to possession by unclean spirits and consequences of sin – own or ancestors; he tries to find the roots of the power, which unfolds in miracles, and why it was revealed (for instance, the fig tree withered because it did not bring its fruits). He mentions the ability of moving the mountains by faith, consequences of faith and prayer, and healing by touch, word, and thought {e.g., in: Mark 1:23–42; 2:5–12; 3:11–15; 5:1–20; 6:7–13; 7:25–30; 8:22–25; 9:17–29; 10:46–52; 11:12–14, 20–24; 16:17–18}.

The Gospels reveal the zenith of human wisdom ignited by God the Creator and the completeness of knowledge sought after by many generations {Luke 10:24; 12:49}.

Thousands of years have been spent; countless multitudes of lives were wasted in the Inferno of the shadows of death, into which man transformed the perfect world created by God; the perfect world of goodness and abundant life that through the actions of man became the place for cruelty, suffering, insufficiency, and hopelessness ended with death. Ultimately, there was no spark of intelligence and humanity left in the heathen past: slaves by flesh who served other slaves and slaves by spirit who served figments of imagination as well as their embodiment – idols – all of them were imprisoned within fear, ignorance and darkness of death.

Then, the prophets sent by God promised coming of Light, revelation of Love, freedom, and life everlasting without fear and suffering – the most precious treasure, which would be given free by the Word sent to accomplish the will of God. Hence, the framework of knowledge, upon which the Gospels stand, is based on prophecies. Also there are numerous mentions concerning fulfillment of prophecies, and especially, references to Isaiah the Prophet – the greatest of all the Old Testaments Prophets who came after Moses.

The Gospel According To John is most closely co–related with the Book of Isaiah; it describes the ultimate embodiment of the Isaiah’s propheciesΣ414: words and actions of the Son of God and the Son of man Who, by His free will, gave up His life for salvation of the world and placed His soul for eternal life of His creations. The Isaiah’s visions – the vineyard of the Lord, the nation in pain and suffering of expectation of salvation, which he likens to woman in the pain of childbirth, the Son born to the people, the One on Whom the Spirit of God and Holy Wisdom rest, the Holy Sword of God Who destroys the crooked serpent/dragon – the ancient arch–evil, the good shepherd, the precious corner stone, the living water – the Spirit of God, the Glory of God that fills His house and the whole earth, the resurrected dead and the blind led through the unknown by God Who opens their eyes, sets them free, and transforms their darkness into the light, and the others became the reality of the disciples of Lord Jesus Christ and those chosen by God for revelation of His Glory {e.g., in: Isaiah 5:1–7; 6:1–3; 9:2–7; 11:1–5; 26:17–19; 27:1–6; 28:16; 40:10–11; 42:6–7, 16; 44:1–4; 53:1–12; 55:1–11; 60:1–3; 61:1; Matthew 15:7–9; 21:42; Mark 7:6–9; 16:15–18; Luke 3:2–6; 4:17–21; 10:19–24; 20:9–18; John 1; 4:13–14; 5:21; 7:37–39; 9; 10:1–18; 11; 12; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; 18:11, 33–40; 19; Revelation 19:11–16; 20}.

Although Gospels are unified with the same Omnipotent Authority – the Spirit of God, they are written by four different men, and each Gospel reflects uniqueness of the writer’s perceptionΣ515.

For instance, St. Matthew and St. Luke convey the message that Lord Jesus Christ – the Word–God came to bring division onto the earth, not peace. St. Matthew associates this division with the sword. St. Paul the Apostle follows with likening of the Word of God to the sword of the Spirit piercing as far as to the very essence of man, unto division of man’s soul and spirit {Matthew 10:34–36; Luke 12:51–53; Ephesians 6:17 – also in Revelation 19:11–16; Hebrew 4:12}.

The Gospel According To John does not contain similar reference to the dividing sword: his message is about the wholeness and perfection of those who are dwelling in the Perfect Love. Lord Jesus Christ gives His peace to His disciples, so their heart would not be agitated are fearful; He completed His works with His disciples with the prayer of the unity of completion and the unity in God {John 14; 15; 16; 17}. Only later, in the Book of Holy Revelation, St. John mentions the sword coming from the Word of God, when the evil has to be destroyed {Revelation 19:11–21}. However, this event – revelation of the power of the Word–God that annihilates the evil – is in the world that does not know the peace, in which dwells the mind that is purified from the evil, healed, forgiven, illuminated, and loved by God.

The three Gospels – According To Matthew, Mark, and Luke – establish the earthly reality in which God directly communicates with His creations; they emphasize the humanity of the Divine Physician, and portray the mental and physical diseases as the consequence of sinΣ27, which might be healed through faith in God and by mercy of God. These Gospels are inspired by the Holy Spirit and written by men who received the knowledge promised by God {John 14:26; 16:13–15}: they convey the teachings of God in simple words of the divine truth written for all and understandable by everyone who seeks Wisdom that comes from God: their words create the frame of the precious jewel, the treasure, so valuable that man acquires it by the price of all his possessions {Matthew 13:44–46}. Through the eyes of different earthly men, the one can see the greatest miracle of all times – coming of God, which occurs within the actuality and limits of the daily life of the temporal material world, yet, which opens the road to the eternal infinite Kingdom of Heaven.

The Gospel According To John stays apart, and not only because it is written by the eyewitness and by the favorite disciple who is one of the first called by God and who stayed with Him until the very end. The Gospel According To John imparts the completeness–perfection of knowledge received only through the love, which became the fulfillment and the blessing of the greatest commandment [[you shall love your God with all your heart, all your mind, all your understanding, and all your strength {Mark 12:33; Luke 10:27; Deuteronomy 30:6, 19–20}]]. It reveals the human mind at another level of perception and knowledge, therefore, development–evolutionΣ150. This is the mind, which not only loves and cognized God; this mind also is loved by God {John 21:20–24; 1 John 4:16–17}. This mind has achieved the fullness of completion: God desires him to remain until He comes [[John 21:20–23 – θελο μενειν εως ερχομαι remain/wait for/stay without change until the end–accomplishment]]. Through this mind, God granted two last revelations, which crown all knowledge and all teachings {1 John 4:16–18; Revelation 21:1–7}:

God is the Perfect Love without fear and suffering

the new world to come is the world of post–accomplishment, when God dwells with His creations, and where is no death, nor pain, nor Past, nor time.

The Gospel According To John is penetrated by the Light unbearable for the mind chained to the limited world of the matter. Everything that was seen as impossible becomes the actuality; everything what was inconceivable becomes the evident accomplishment; everything that was promised is fulfilled. While the others see God through the eyes and connections of men, St. John unfolds another realm – he begins from above: he writes about the eternal God Who came down from the Heaven into the world created to accomplish the will of the Creator. In all and in everything he sees his beloved God–Redeemer Who sets His creations free from the power of death and darkness of ignorance, Who sanctifies them by the truth, and then, elevates the saved and sanctified ones to the unity with God and in God {John}.

The Gospels According To Matthew, Mark, and Luke portray attempts of the mind to comprehend presence of God and to accommodate Him within the actuality of daily life: it is the slow ascent from the poverty, hunger, and nothingness of utter deprivation to the richness and satiety–perfection {John 4:10–14; 6; 10; 14; 15; 16; 17; Mark 8; Isaiah 41:3–20; 42:16; 43:1–4} of the knowledge of God. Through apparent simplicity of parables, miracles of healing, multiplying of food to satisfy hunger of body, and awakening of mercy to the others, through listening to the Word–God, the Son of man Whom people initially perceive as a prophet, with the beginning of faithΣ127 ignited by the Almighty Fire, the ignorant disconsolate mind receives comfort and hope; then, it takes first steps into the new universe, probably, in the same fashion as the blind man {Mark 8:22–25} first time sees the light and the new world afar, and climbs the road leading to it.

St. John opens the different way. His words portray the Truth that can be recognized only by those who are God’s Own ones: from the unlimited Eternity, where neither time nor Universe (as man perceives them) exists, God came to claim His Own possession, to awake His creation lost in the darkness of sin and dreams of death, to give it the authority of a child of God, and to embrace it with the all–forgiving love of the Father {John 6; 10; 14; 15; 16; 17}.

St. John observes the Almighty God Whose power creates eyes of the blind, resurrects Lazarus – their friend who died and spent four days in the tombΣ123. Yet, God came also as the Son of man Who has to undergo death as the ultimate submission to the will of the Father: there is no other way to save those created by the Divine Law, but to fulfill the Law; there is no possibility to abolish death, but to annihilate it by the Divine Love offered for redemption of the world, which is loved by God. He leads the inquiring mind to the ultimate comprehension of the divine mystery of salvation: the Word became flesh and dwelt with men for the purpose to take away the sin of the world, because God the Father and Creator desires to save the world and to recover His very Own children who were lost {John 1; 10; 11; 12:23–50; 14:9, 11}, so they are created anew after the Word–God in Whom the two worlds – the world of God and the world of man – are one {Ephesians 2:13–22}. The ultimate meaning of the act of salvation evolves as

1/ the restoration of the human nature [[transformation/re–creation seems also to be a proper definition, because the Divine Love creates by the very existence: the mind that began to seek and then, finds God, undergoes transformation and becomes the new creation {in: James 1:16–18; 1 Peter 1; 2; 1 Corinthians 15:22, 45–57; Ephesians 1; 2}]]

2/ consequent annihilation of sin – the cause of death and death – the outcome of sin

3/ gift of immortality, which is possible only if God dwells in the soul–heart–mind.

The salvation of men is accomplished

because of the Son of God and Son of Man

has come through physical death of a human body,

during which the power of God annihilated the evil and death,

because death is an inseparable companion of evil and sin

through incarnation of the Spirit of God by human nature

that became possible, because

Jesus Christ the Son of God, the Word–God, placed His Soul

for salvation of the world

through revelation of new knowledge of God,

which re–creates the human nature and the world of men

by opening the new eternal and perfect world, in which man dwells with God

{John 6:29–58; 8:31–36; 10; 12:23–32; 14; 15; 16; 17; Revelation 21:1–6; 22:1–5}

If comprehended completely, as given, St. John’s message smites all earthly hierarchies and attachments; it burns out human futile constructions built from withered straw and dead branches of ignorance and disbelief; it annihilates the ephemeral dream worlds of false knowledge and false gods.

Hence, the apparent difference among visions of four writers of the Gospels of Christ might be seen as an initial phase of personal perception: it is reflection of the individual levels/phases of development/evolution. Although everyone who seeks God has own personal way according to his personality, circumstances of life, burden of the cognized evil and sin against God and His creations, in the same time, everyone has the same Creator, God, Teacher, and Loving Father Who sees the inner essence of everyone and leads His child through the darkness to His marvelous Light {Psalm 32(33):13–22; 118(119); 144(145):14–21; Matthew 23:8–12; Luke 7:39–48; 21:1–4; John 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 Peter 1; 2:1–9; 1 John 1:1–5; 2; 3; 4; 5}.

Ultimately, the purpose of everyone is the same: obtaining of the everlasting life in the presence of God – the greatest gift that God gives to those who believe in Him and makes His words the reality of own life. The way into this reality also is the same for all {John 13:12–18, 31–35; 14:6–27; 15; 16:13–28, 33; 17}: the mind, which decided to follow God, firstly, has to separate itself from the evil and to establish itself on the universal foundation – the teachings of God. Then, after sanctification by the Truth – by the Word-God, it becomes the temple–dwelling of the Spirit of God. Then, all the differences of the temporal dissipating world have no meaning and have no influence on those who live by God and in the inner peace given by God {John 10; 14; 15; 16; 17}, who reached their completion within the temporal world, and who are evolving for the next phase of existence.

And I think of the inner harmony and universality of the Christian teachings:

initially, the words of God are open for everyone according to personal degree of understanding

then, by the power of the Almighty Holy Spirit given through faith in Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the Holy Wisdom and the Perfect Love, reconciles the one with God, cures diseases of the mind, gives completion of knowledgeΣ20 and comprehension, transforms into the immortal child of God created after Lord Jesus Christ – Λογος, the Universal Law, the Holy Wisdom – the Word–God, and leads into the kingdom of God: the world created for all of us by the Perfect Love without fear and suffering…

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The Gospels of Christ is included in Selections_&_Reprints. Part 2

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