The Four Gospels Part 1A
THE FOUR GOSPELS’ HOLY CITY MATRIX (Part 1A – Matthew)
There is a theory going on today that the reason why the four Gospels were written so differently is because they were written like fan fiction is written today, when people take their favorite story and change it or add their own ideas to it because they are such great fans. This is not so in regards to the New Testament. The four Gospels were written on purpose the way they were written and they were placed in the order that they are because they are following the divine system bringing out the divine infinite calculus. In W. Gordon Brown’s book From Genesis to Revelation, pages 278-281, he explains this divine infinite calculus found within the Four Gospels. I, however, also wish to present to you how the first four books of the New Testament relate to Window of the Open Book, or the Holy City Matrix, which Brown does not do, while providing to you with what W. Gordon Brown presents in his book.
The Twelve Stargates of divine Science for the city foursquare
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, defines divine Science as the spiritual origin (Genesis) of man that ushered Jesus into human presence. “But if divine Science (Science in its oneness and indivisibility, wherein divinity and humanity are one) is Jesus’ origin, it must be his ultimate as well.” Brown explains that Jesus’ coming from the Father is the advent and his going to the Father is his ascension and this “denotes the cyclic movement of his being in eternal divine Science.” The circle of divine Science in Window of the Open Book are the twelve Stars. This is spiritual symmetry that is found within Ezekiel’s Wheel of Science itself, “between the beginning and end of his life-mission, even as there is between the outermost branches of the golden candlestick, where the terms are Mind and Love.” This “outer branch” is also for the tone of Christianity – the matrix of immortality for all mankind shining its starlight universally. I call the Golden Candlestick by a second name, the Minor Pyramid Matrix of Principle. They follow the same order for, what I call, Principled Science. I have even discovered that this Golden Candlestick Matrix can be applied to what I have come to call ShAaron’s Rod (which I have depicted further down).
In Window of the Open Book (the open book is located in the center hub and is the Christian Science Textbook – Science and Health) there are four major Stars or Stargates (each Stargate has seven points of light). These Stargates with seven points of light represent divine Science (which I mentioned above), as does the seven-pointed Star on the cover of Mary Baker Eddy’s illustrated poem Christ and Christmas. The four major Stargates present to us the squared-cycle for the Word of the Bible (the Word as the Word, the Word as the Christ, the Word as Christianity, and the Word as divine Science) that is also seen as an open book in the first Keystone window. The four Gospels as St. Mathew, St. Mark, St. Luke, and St. John represent the Word (the lion), the Christ (the ox or bull), Christianity (face of a man), and Science (the flying eagle), this is the divine infinite calculus that is spoken of in Ezekiel and Revelation. These four are seen in the four corners of the WHEEL OF FORTUNE Tarot card from the Rider Deck.
The four living creatures, for the divine infinite calculus, are found in the four corners of the card, like the four major Stars on Window of the Open Book. However the order of the four living beasts are different from the order I use in regard to Window of the Open Book. I am sure that the original artist was depicting the four constellations of Leo, Taurus, Aquarius, and Scorpio. It is also of importance that the lion is used to describe Judah (Judah/male) while the bull is used to describe Ephraim (Joseph/female). St. Matthew is the only book that would actually have any Major Stars for it (Found in the corners within the white outlined square below). St. Mark would be the first minor Star for the Christ’s squared-cycle (outside the Woman God-crowned Keystone) having a total of four minor Stargates to it (Found in the corners within the gold outlined square below). St. Luke would be the minor Star next to St. Mark’s Star for Christianity’s squared-cycle (outside the Lord and Lamb Keystone) and have the second group of minor Stargates to it (Found in the corners within the silver outlined square below.). St. John, on the other hand, would be the Four Sides of the Textbook for Science’s squared-cycle, where there are no visible Stars depicted because the Star of the Textbook is Reverend Mary Baker Glover Eddy.
The seven points of light for each star are not only representing the city foursquare (the city consisting of four squares for the operation of the divine infinite calculus) but represents the seven synonymous terms for God as Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, and Love. Another reason why John does not need actual Stars for the Stargates is because the book of St. John is set up in the pattern of the Golden Candlestick (more about this later). It must be understood, however, that even though there are only twelve Stars circling the Window there are sixteen actual gates for this Unity (Circle) Matrix.
Brown writes about the section on divine Science: “Let us examine this sevenfold order…from the standpoint of the all-embracing Principle in the centre of the panorama, wherein the outward and inward movements of Mind and Love, Spirit and Truth, Soul and Life (symbolized by the branches of the golden candlestick [or the level of steps on the Minor Pyramid Matrix of Principle]), describe the pulsations [light pulses] of the universe. As we do this, let us bear constantly in mind that God is at once the centre and circumference of His own universe. Eternally, the living, flowing, circulating universe, individualized in Jesus [and Mary Baker Eddy], moves from and to its divine Principle Love, whilst always remaining in and of this Principle.
“We are glimpsing the wholly symmetrical, altogether lovely structure of the Christ-idea. This idea is the universal Science of being elucidated for human comprehension through the three outstanding synonymous terms for Science: divine Science, absolute Christian Science, Christian Science, as we find them employed in Science and Health.
“To solve the problem of mortality, we understand Science as simultaneously divine and Christian, and the Christian aspect as simultaneously absolute and applied. Christian Science (‘Science as applied to humanity’ – S&H 127:16) is fundamentally absolute, for only the absolute is capable of disposing of duality, and therefore of solving the problems of humanity.”
The Textbook’s chapters 13-16 represent two chapters on the teaching of Christian Science and two chapters with the Key to the Scriptures. These four chapters represent the tones of Science as the Word, Science as the Christ (two on teaching), Science as Christianity, and Science as Science (two with the Key).
The Twelve Keystones of absolute Christian Science for the city of our God
“But knowledge of the oneness of being in divine Science must, for the practical purposes of human demonstration, be reduced to understanding in the form of the system of ideas which is Christian Science.”
The Stargates of “divine Science, reduced to these ideas, pours into the consciousness of Jesus at his baptism, and fills him with spiritual understanding [the Third Degree (S&H 116:1)].” The Holy Ghost is spiritual understanding just as the descending dove is divine Science. Jesus is submerged in this spiritual awareness of his universe, not a universe of matter, but a universe that is Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, and Love operating as the Word, the Christ, Christianity, and absolute Christian Science.
The city of our God, for Christian Science, is depicted as the twelve windows inside the circle of the twelve Stargates. They are called Keystone Windows, although they are really windows they are called Keystones because of their shape. In masonry the keystone arch stone is wider at the top than at the bottom, and it is this keystone arch stone that supports the whole arch. In Window of the Open Book there are twelve supporting Keystones. I also apply a pun to the word – the Key’s tones, for they represent the twelve tones of the Word, the Christ, and Christianity squared-cycles. These Keystone Windows represent Christian Science, but because they are “stones” they represent the absolute of the Christ, or absolute Christian Science. I also feel that the twelve Keystone Windows represent the twelve apostles spoken of in Revelation as being the foundation stones to the city while the twelve sons (nations) of Israel (commonly called Jacob) are the twelve Stargates to the city.
In the second stage (Spirit) of Jesus’ mission these ideas do not apply themselves to the solution of mortal problems, any more than they do in the sixth stage (Truth). In Spirit, the application has not begun and in Truth (the period between Jesus’ resurrection and ascension), application is over because death, the last enemy, has been overcome. In considering the second (Spirit) and sixth (Truth) stages “the emphasis has shifted to absolute Christian Science, like the first and the last these two stages of Jesus’ career are spiritually symmetrical and reciprocal, like the corresponding branches of the candlestick, where the synonyms are Spirit and Truth.” This “middle branch” is also for the tone of the Christ, the divine infinite calculus – founded in the collective consciousness.
The Twenty-Four Petals of absolute Christian Science shifting back and forth to Christian Science for the New Jerusalem artichoke
“It is in the third stage [Soul] that the need for application arises, for this is where (resulting from the understanding gained in the second stage) Jesus confronts and overcomes sin. He must prove that man is as immune from sin humanly as he is divinely; that the human reflects and patterns the divine; that the two are one and indivisible in accordance with divine Science. The emphasis shifts, therefore, from absolute Christian Science to Christian Science, or to where the problem of mortality is in process of being solved. This continues until the close of the fifth stage [Life], where Jesus overcomes death. The reason he can make nothing of death in the fifth stage is because he has already made nothing of sin in the third. Thus the third and fifth stages are a further expression of spiritual symmetry, like the inner branches of the candlestick, where the terms are Soul and Life.” And this “inner branch” represents the tone of the Word, the numerals of infinity – where individuality blossoms and blooms.
Instead of the number twelve we now have the number twenty-four being represented by the Sunflower, the New Jerusalem artichoke. This flower particularly symbolizes the fourteenth chapter “Recapitulation” (Science as the Christ). This chapter alternates between the two tones of absolute Christian Science and Christian Science. This is the makeup structure for New Jerusalem, the City of Peace.
The Rod of Aaron of Principled Science is the little book open itself
We are now in the center hub of the Window’s Matrix structure where Science and Health with Key to the Scripture is found to be the angel’s “little book open” (Rev. 10). Brown brings out that this is “the central, all-embracing fourth stage [Principle]. Looking out from the Principle of his universe – having no ‘I’ but Principle – Jesus’ world is the innermost harmony of his own being as this is in Science.” This Principled Science is the “I” or the rod of Aaron which buds and blooms into ShAaron’s Rose Window Matrix.
Brown continues: “The structure of scientific consciousness, symbolized by the system of capitalized, synonymous terms for God (the spiritual equivalent of which came to him at his baptism), is the only world he has, the only world there truly is. In as much as he heals all manner of sin, disease, and death among the people the emphasis is still on Christian Science. Here, however, he is not healing himself subjectively of sin and death, but is ridding himself objectively (in terms of his apparently outside world) of every fundamental phase of mortal belief. In stages three [Soul], four [Principle], and five [Life], his thought moves from the subjective to the objective, then back again to the subjective, all within the compass of his own God-being.”
The Compass Rose’s all-embracing implications of this central, fourth stage of Jesus’ mission is Science itself operating simultaneously as absolute Christian Science, Christian Science, and divine Science. “Correspondingly, the central shaft of the golden candlestick holds within it the activities of its three pairs of branches.” The inner branch is for the Word, the middle branch being for the Christ, and the outer branch being for Christianity.
Christ Jesus’ “I” is the Principle (God) of all mankind. And this is what is symbolized when Jesus body is nailed to the cross (the belief that Jesus can be put to death by nailing him to the cross counterfeits Jesus as the Golden Candlestick’s Trunk of Principled Science that the Jews kept in the Inner Court of the Temple). Jesus could not have raised himself from being dead if he had not understood himself to be this “I.” Leonardo De Vince may or may not have understood this idea of Christ Jesus’ “I” as a representation for the Vitruvian Man. And I am not saying the man in the drawing is even Jesus, some think it is a self portrait of the artist himself, but perhaps De Vince understood the idea behind the word vitruvian, for it is rooted to vitrification. What would vitrify a man? It would have to be the Holy Ghost – baptism by fire. (Of course, in the example below, I have the Vitruvian Man being the angel of Revelation 10.) “Jesus is at work in the eternal oneness of Being. Having no other I, no other Self, he is Being itself at work. The sum total of All moves every part of its own allness in harmony with every other part.”
Notice in the drawing how one pose is like that of a cross while a second pose is like a star shape. It is quite possible that the two inner legs are for the Trunk of Science, while the two outer legs would be for Mind and Love’s Outer Branch of Christianity, the two straight arms would be for the Middle Branch of Spirit and Truth as the Christ, and the other pair of arms would be for the Inner Branch of Soul and Love for the Word, and the man’s head is the Principled Head. Christ Jesus corrects error scientifically, via the Principled Head. Error is a “wandering or a departure from truth. But the thought of Christ Jesus never departs from the oneness and wholeness of Truth. To him, man has never departed (fallen) from God; therefore the correction of error is instantaneous. The break-up of Truth – the fall of man – is a nonsensical lie.” Adam manufactured this lie when he fell into a deep sleep and never woke up. The error that must be cast out of consciousness, in order that healing takes place, “is the myth that man was ever cast out of God. At once, man is the operation of divine Science, absolute Christian Science, Christian Science – that is, of Science itself [he is the Vitruvian Man].”
“Regarding the correcting of error in Christian Science, Matthew’s Word emphasizes the order according to which the mortal problem is solved; Mark’s Christ emphasizes the divine means for solving it; Luke’s Christianity emphasizes the solution actually taking place through the restoration of all things to God; and John’s Science emphasizes the fact that from everlasting to everlasting the problem is already solved.”
The Gospels are synonymous to their relationships. Each one differs from the others in certain particulars even though all four refer to the activities of the one Christ-idea.
percent percent coincident
Matthew 45 percent 58 percent coincident with the other three Gospels
Mark 7 percent 93 percent coincident with the other three Gospels
Luke 59 percent 41 percent coincident with the other three Gospels
John 92 percent 8 percent coincident with the other three Gospels
“When we turn to the texts themselves, and follow their teachings throughout the sixteen tones of the foursquare matrix, let us realize that it is always the total matrix which determines every one of its tones. Also, because each Gospel tells basically the same story, the operation of Matthew’s Word is simultaneous with Mark’s Christ, Luke’s Christianity, and John’s Science. The fulness of one undivided universe lies at the back of all the recorded happenings. In God’s creation, where Jesus is at work, all is simultaneity, spontaneity, instantaneity. Because he is in communion with an ordered universe, he is instantly supplied with the ideas he needs for resolving each mortal problem.”
From this point onward, on page 281, Brown begins with the first tone of the Fifth Day of Life – Life in its aspect of Mind. “This tone relates specifically to the mission of Jesus as recorded in the four Gospels. Jesus stands for individuality (Life) inseparable from its divine origin (Mind).”
Below is W. Gordon Brown’s Network Matrix for the Four Gospels. I present it to you for study before I begin The Gospel According To ST. MATTHEW.
Editor’s note: Brown does not cover everything written in the four Gospels, because the territory is so expanse. I have tried to cover more than Brown did, but I still have not included every little detail.
GOD IS THE ONLY FATHER
ST. MATTHEW – The Word
W. Gordon Brown writes, “In purely technical terms, Matthew is the story of the Word of Life in divine Science [the Stargates] revealing itself as the Word of Life, Truth, and Love in absolute Christian Science [the Keystones], unfolding through the order of Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, and Love [the Stargate’s seven points of light], in Christian Science, within the framework of the Word as the Word, the Word as the Christ, the Word as Christianity, the Word as Science [the squared-cycle for the Word – depicted by the four Major Stars].”
The Word as the Word – Mind, Spirit, Soul – The North Star shines its light upon the Open Bible Keystone. Our first foundation Keystone (Peter) must translate Simon’s false religious notions through correct “Prayer.”
“Chapter I, ‘Prayer,’ presents the necessary qualities for an ordered approach to God. This is ‘Word reflecting the Word.’” (Your Divinity Revealed; by Helen Wright, p. 567)
In the beginning of St. Matthew the New Testament traces Jesus’ genealogy all the way from Abraham at the beginning of the patriarchal period (during the Third Day of Soul). It is at this point that the divine matrix unfolded for the first time, at the point where God, our Father, sowed the seed of man’s divinity in (the Princess) Sarah’s womb of human consciousness via Isaac (whose saga brings out the tone of Christ). There are forty-one generations representing the second birth Jesus speaks of, or spiritual rebirth. It takes forty weeks for a woman to gestate a human child and at the beginning of the forty-first week the child is usually born. Likewise, it is symbolic that it takes forty-one generations for man to be spiritually reborn. Mind is the only creator of man. The generation that is presented in St. Matthew mentions that this man begat this man (Abraham begat Isaac, etc.), and it is this begetting that represents Fatherhood. Here Matthew writes about Joseph’s lineage as idea not about material lineage of mortal or human beings, however, he is really depicting the order of Science, where the woman who is Principled (Sarah) in her understanding constantly gives birth to the Christ ideal, which is totally and completely spiritual. This will differ from St. Luke’s presentation of Jesus’ lineage. In the Word tone St. Matthew is concerned with presenting to his reader divine Fatherhood while in the Christianity tone Luke is concerned with presenting to his reader divine Sonhood. I will go into more detail on this when I present the Gospel of St. Luke.
As it is with Sarah and Isaac (who prefigures the Christ idea that Jesus becomes) so it is with the Virgin when the Holy Ghost overshadows Mary’s pure spiritual sense with the understanding of man’s true origin. “Mary’s acceptance and conception of the idea of humanity’s original divinity appears to the senses as the divine Science of being ushering Jesus into human presence.”
Matthew 1:19-21 – “Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” This angel is God’s thought (message = messenger) and has no name in St. Matthew. In St. Luke (for Christianity) the angel is called Gabriel (Love). St. Matthew assures us that all of this is done in order that the words of God’s prophet is fulfilled. “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” (Verse 23.) Now Jesus is not the same name as Emmanuel. Jesus means “savior” while Emmanuel means “God with us, God is with us” in other words, divine Mind (God) is our consciousness. And this is how we hear angels (God’s thoughts). We hear these angels most clearly when we enter into our closet to pray (we close off mortal mind and physical sense). Matthew is bringing out the idea that what actually is our Savior is divine Mind. “Thou shalt have not other gods [mortal mind or belief in brain] before me [divine Mind].”
Verse 24 now tells us that Joseph was dreaming when he heard the angel. I think when we are asleep that mortal mind is not as intrusive into our thinking (for some sleep is a closet) and this is when we can most often hear God speak directly to us. God’s angels speak to me a lot in my dreams.
Joseph obeys the message he received from God and he takes Mary as his wife. He does not have sex with her, she remains pure.
Jesus (first verse of chapter 2) is born in Bethlehem (“house of bread; place of food; house of sustenance; house of living” [Metaphysical Bible Dictionary]) of Judaea (“of Judah; praise Jehovah; celebration of Jehovah; laud Jehovah; confess Jah” [Metaphysical Bible Dictionary]). The seven-pointed Stargate of divine Science shines down upon the place where the Christ child is really located – in the Word of the Open Bible Keystone. For it is in this Word where we will find Christ Jesus!
King Herod (“son of a hero” [Metaphysical Bible Dictionary]) is the belief in the material origin of man. The King of Judah (the Jews consist of the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin, and the priestly tribe of Levi [I have recently read in The Drama of the Lost Disciples that some of the Levite priests (and people) went with the ten lost tribes of Israel. It is also stated in this book that not all Levites were priests. This tribe (or nation) held other offices, like the tax collectors, lawyers, etc.]) is visited by three wise men of astrological science. He asks them to return and let him know where this special child is at so that he may pay homage, but Herod (the red dragon) seeks to kill the child because he does not want to loose his position of power amongst mortal Jews. And like how the red dragon pretends to be the midwife (feminine Christ mediator) at the birth of the manchild, belonging to the woman God-crowned, so Herod seeks to destroy the spiritual idea, the Lamb of God. There is one difference – Joseph takes Mary and Jesus into Egypt, he descends while the woman’s manchild is caught up unto heaven (see Revelation 12). In the Third Day of Soul Joseph brought all his brethren down into Egypt for temporary safety from a drought. Joseph, Mary’s husband, takes her and Jesus down into Egypt for temporary safety from Herod. “While Mary is the realization that God, Spirit, is the creator of man, Joseph realizes that matter is not man’s creator. Egypt is the supposition that the Christ-idea is propagated organically, and safety lies in discovering that such a belief is powerless to harm the idea. Because of this immunity, the danger from Herod subsides, and the holy family comes up out of Egypt, even as Israel did in the Old Testament.”
Matthew 2:11 makes it clear, when the three wise men come to the house where Jesus is at, that Jesus is a young child, he does not say that he is a baby. Of course, spiritually speaking, the term “young child” means that Jesus is idea not matter. It is in verse 12 that God warns the three wise men that they should not return to Herod. Then and angel of the Lord (verse 13) appears to Joseph, again in a dream. Joseph is to go down to Egypt with the young child and his mother, and they are to stay there until “I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.” They go to Egypt and stay there until the death of Herod, so the prophecy might be fulfilled, “Out of Egypt have I called my son (verse 15).” “The saying ‘Out of Egypt have I called my son,’ has first to be uttered regarding Israel, the Word; then regarding Jesus, the Christ; later, it will apply equally to Christianity; and later again to Science.”
Since St. Matthew is the tone of the Word, we can relate Joseph taking Jesus (the spiritual idea) down into Egypt (mortal mind and physicality) to the Word tone of the Third Day of Soul when the son of Israel (Jacob), who is Joseph, is taken down into Egypt. Nine of Joseph’s brothers (symbolizing a false type of Christianity, the type found in material organized church and run by ecclesiastical despotism) want to kill Joseph, because he represents the spiritual idea of Science. But the brothers are convinced by Reuben (who at this moment represents Mind) to sell Joseph into slavery. Then he is taken into Egypt where the spiritual idea is planted in darkness and blossoms as Savior of the world (at that time the world was Egypt) and his own family. Likewise, Joseph, as Science, must take Jesus down into Egypt in order to save the Son of God from being murdered by the false king governor (false Principle) known as Herod. Jesus is Savior of the world and the Israelite nations. Some of these Israelite nations are called Gentiles during Jesus’ life time. These Gentiles live in Gaul and Britain. Britain is where Christianity really first takes hold and becomes strong. The Celtic language strongly resembles ancient Hebrew. This is because lost tribes of Israel moved to the Isle of Britain (land of the Covenant people).
Verse 22 and 23 tells us: “But when he [Joseph] heard that Arcelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee: And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.” Arcelaus means: “people’s chief; ruler of the people…A phase of the sense will, or ruling power in sense consciousness.” (Metaphysical Bible Dictionary)
Galilee means: “rolling; turning; a ring; a circle; a band; a circuit; rolling energy, i. e., momentum” (Ibid). In other words, Galilee is symbolic of the divine infinite calculus.
Nazareth means: “branch; offshoot; sprout; verdant; shining; splendid; observed, i. e., as a covenant; watched; guarded; defended; preserved” (Ibid). Nazareth is the state of thought, where we pray aright (we watch, hence we are guarded, defended, and preserved). It is here, at Nazareth, that God’s covenant is put into action. Is it possible that Nazareth was named after its branch church which is an offshoot of the Mother Church (Temple) in Jerusalem?
Spirit and Soul
Next comes Jesus baptism in the river Jordan. The water’s below the heaven of Jordan (which means descend) corresponds to Jesus saying, “I come from the Father.” Jesus speaks about his true identity being Soul. After Jesus is baptized the Holy Spirit or Ghost (spiritual understanding) is able to descend from heaven. This Holy Ghost, which has already overshadowed Mary’s consciousness, is now imparted to Jesus. Jesus now comprehends that God is not only Father (Life) but also Mother (Love). Both he and his world are born of Spirit (God) not matter. “What Jesus beholds through the symbol of the dove is the real ‘body’ that has given him birth. This body is man, the spiritual idea of God, the foursquare Christ-body, the mother, the woman, whom he makes his ‘bride.’” This body, mother, woman, bride is the Holy City of God – the Stargate Matrix.
There are three temptations that come from the devil (mortal mind). The first two temptations is where the devil tries to get Jesus to not accept his divinity, that he is the Son of God. In the third temptation mortal mind promises to give Jesus everything if he agrees to bow down to mortal mind and worship it. The devil would have us believe we are King Herod (son of a hero) instead of Christ Being (the Son of God).
“Armed with this understanding, he is led by the same Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by sin for forty days and nights.” Again, like how the Israelites, after leaving Egypt, journey in the wilderness for forty years, we have Jesus being tempted by mortal mind during a period of forty days and nights. And the Text takes us back to Matthew 1 where Joseph begat Jesus. Forty simply means a period of spiritual rebirth. The forty days and nights of rain during Noah’s time, and with the Israelite nations wandering in the desert, so Jesus must be born again. He is ready for this because he now understands that he was not born of a mortal woman. Once “the human is identified with the divine (once it is understood that humanity is divinity’s reflection) the human is as immune from sin as the divine. Jesus proves this in the wilderness, even as (ideally) Israel did when Moses instructed her in the law of God reduced to the moral law. Note the impulse of Mind, Spirit, Soul in this opening section of the text.”
The first temptation: “If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.”
Jesus response: “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
The second temptation: While on the pinnacle of the temple the devil says, “If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.”
Jesus response: “It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.”
The third temptation: On the high mountain the devil showing Jesus all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them says, “All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.”
Jesus response: “Get thee hence, Satan; for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” And the devil thoughts of mortal mind leave him and then angel thoughts of divine Mind come and minister unto him.
The Word as the Christ – Soul, Principle, Life – the Day Star (Venus and Sun) shines its light upon the second foundation Keystone (Andrew), which depicts the true Mary Magdalene (high tower) and Christ Child, the Madonna (true Motherhood) and Child (real Son of God) Keystone, via “Atonement and Eucharist”
“In Chapter II, ‘Atonement and Eucharist,’ Mrs. Eddy shows us that the demands of Christ are to reconcile our mentality with God in order to be at one with God: Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, and Love. The Christ reconciles. This is the Word reflecting the Christ.” (Your Divinity Revealed; by Helen Wright, p. 567)
When Jesus hears that John is in prison he goes to Galilee – to the divine infinite calculus. Then he leaves Nazareth (his protective home) and went and dwell in Capernaum “shelter of comfort.” The Holy Ghost is the comforter. He is in the borders of Zabulon (of one’s household [Metaphysical Bible Dictionary]) and Nephthalim (wrestling with Jah, or intertwined with Jehovah [Ibid]). The Holy Ghost is our household (consciousness) where we find that we are one with (intertwined; at-one-mental-consciousness with) God. Because of this…
Matthew 4:16 – “The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.”
Jesus begins to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Verse 17)
Now that Jesus is sure that the human and divine coincidence is his true identity and that this true identity is free of sin subjectively, he can begin to minister to the needs of mankind objectively. His first four disciples are mentioned in this section. These four disciples are equivalent to the four Keystones belonging to the Word’s squared-cycle of God’s Holy City. These four men are:
The Word as the Word – Simon (“spiritual faith capacity of the mind; faith is given”) later called Peter (the Christ rock) – Negatively Simon represents the type of religious thought that is expressed in instances when Jesus says to this disciple, “Satan, get thee behind me” and when he denies Christ three times before the cock crows. However, when Peter spiritually understands (and remembers) that Jesus is the Christ, he becomes the foundation stone conscious thought that Jesus says his Church will be built upon.
The Word as the Christ – Andrew (“a strong man; strength of substance; substance is hoped for”) is Simon Peter’s brother.
The Word as Christianity – James (“supplanter;” Jacob representing Christianity; “wisdom”), is the son of Zebedee (Jehovah has given).
The Word as Science – John (“Jehovah bestows mercifully; Jah is gracious; dovelike; love”) the brother of James (see Matthew 4:18 and 21; definitions are from the Metaphysical Bible Dictionary)
Brown explains: “These four initiate the foursquare idea of generic man. Jesus must prove that this same coincidence, this same sinlessness, applies equally to mankind as a whole as it does to himself. At once he heals ‘all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.’”
Next comes the Sermon on the Mount, given to the multitude, much like how “Moses delivered Deuteronomy to Israel prior to her entry into the promised land.” The mountain is symbolic of the Minor Pyramid Matrix of Principle, and the Christ stands upon the capstone of Principle.
“From the Mount of Vision
“Jesus delivering the Sermon from the mount is teaching humanity the divine view of the human; his life-work made [the Christ-]Truth visible for all. This is the meaning of the incarnation. Likewise, writing of the Apocalypse, Mrs. Eddy says that ‘The Revelator behold the spiritual idea from the mount of vision’ (S&H 561:10).
“Like a golden thread, this theme of seeing recurs throughout the Sermon, — and is surely selected with a deliberate purpose. We see what this is if we continue with the reference above: ‘John saw the human and divine coincidence, shown in the man Jesus, as divinity embracing humanity in Life and its demonstration, — reducing to human perception and understanding of Life which is God. In divine revelation, material and corporeal selfhood disappear, and the spiritual idea is understood.’ This is a perfect illustration of the Sermon and its purpose. ‘Seeing’ is not used merely to signify understanding, though that must be part of the sense. It refers literally to our out-look. Our Christ vision has to be practical, to be carried right through to the world, for the Christ makes the unseen truth apparent, and in its light the error is seen no more.” (The Sermon on the Mount; by John L. Morgan, p. 186; [my interpolation])
The multitude represents the Christ-body, or the congregated mass. This First Church of Christ Scientist, in Concord, consists of the foursquare Spirit that appeared to Jesus at his baptism, and which is supported by the squared-cycle for the Word (the four disciples).
Jesus’ Sermon is a general statement of Principle. In the following chapter (6) Jesus teaches the people correct “Prayer.” After giving the Sermon to the mass Jesus begins to perform “the many and varied individual healings that are recorded in Matthew’s Gospel.” Jesus seeing his world from the Apex of Principle sees God’s reflection everywhere. Everything is the body of Christ – Principle’s idea, or reflection of itself. This true body whether it is individual or collective, is Principle’s own divine system and it cannot be palsied, fevered, leprous, sick at all nor is it capable of sin, disease, or discord of any sort. I am not going to spend a lot of time going over the Sermon because John L. Morgan’s book The Sermon On the Mount goes into great detail in explaining it. But I will provide you with Morgan’s matrix of it (below). I have added color to it.
Chapter 7 is basically a lesson in how to be a good Christian and Jesus speaks on the topic of false prophets. Verse 6 – “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.” I think that the dogs and swine refer to mortal minded men of the church (dogs) and government (swine), but it could refer to the mental attitude of anyone who is not willing to spiritually understand Truth.
Verse 15 begins the section about false prophets. Jesus says they come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. I think everyone probably understands what this means, that these false prophets are hypocrites and pretend to be what they are not. We have false prophets in the government as well as the church; I will not mention any names! Jesus tells us that we recognize these wolves by their demonstrations in life. What they bring about is evil.
Next the topic changes to those who are allowed entrance into the kingdom of heaven. Those who do the will of God will enter. Those who do not, the Christ cannot recognize them at all.
“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock [a firm foundation]: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon the [Christ] rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” (Matthew 7:24-27; [My interpolations.]) Jesus teaches the people “as one having authority, and not as the scribes.” (Verse 29)
In chapter 8 Jesus descends from the mountain and heals the man of leprosy (leprosy means “outcast” so Jesus must cast out the belief that man is separated from God through mortal sex (sin) that results in material birth), then in Capernaum Jesus heals the Roman centurion’s servant, then he heals Peter’s mother-in-law of a fever, heals many that are possessed with devils, heals the sick. And then we get to a certain scribe who says, “Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.”
Jesus says, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.”
Then another disciple says, “Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.”
Jesus says to dualistic thought, those who want the best of the material world and spiritual world, “Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.” This chemicalizes world thought and “arouses storms and emotions, all of which must be stilled. In the process of calming the storm, the swinish elements of the carnal mind drown in the waters of their own beliefs. On the basis of the unreality of these beliefs, Jesus forgives humanity its paralyzing sins.”
In chapter 9 Jesus enters a ship and passes over to his own city where he heals a man of palsy. He says, “Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.”
There are certain scribes thinking, “This man blasphemeth [breaks God’s Law].”
Jesus responds with, “Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.” The man rises up and departs to his house. (Verses 2-6.)
It is in verse 9 that Jesus sees a man named Matthew (gift of God) and he becomes a disciple of Christ. St. Matthew is saying that the fifth disciple represents the Christ as the Word.
Next the Pharisees ask the disciples why Jesus eats with publicans and sinners. Jesus tells them, “They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Next come some of John’s disciples and ask, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?”
Jesus responds with, “Can the children of the bride-chamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.”
“Bridegroom. Spiritual understanding; the pure consciousness that God, the divine Principle, creates man as His own spiritual idea, and that God is the only creative power.” (S&H 582:17)
Jesus continues, “No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse. Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.” I feel that the use of “old” refers to the material illusion (Adam man) while “new” refers to the spiritual idea (Christ Son).
“Knowing that mortality is not the matrix of immortality, he heals the woman of a hemorrhage that has lasted twelve years. At the same time he raises the body of a twelve-year old girl from the dead. In Israel’s experience in the Old Testament, she takes possession of her twelvefold promised land, symbolizing her true [Christ] body. In this section of the Gospel, note the impulse of Soul, Principle, Life.”
Again, we have the Holy City becoming part of the narrative with its twelve Stargates and twelve Keystones. And so, in the next section (near the beginning of Part 1b), the disciples must become twelve.
Two blind men, who are seeking healing, approach Jesus. He asks, “Believe ye that I am able to do this?” He is not speaking of Jesus the man but of the great “I am.” They do, and he touches their eyes, “According to your faith be it unto you.” And they are healed.
Then there comes a dumb man possessed of a devil. And he casts out the devil (animal magnetism) and the man speaks. Then the Pharisees claim that Jesus casts out devils (animal magnetism) through the prince of the devils (through the law of evil). Pharisee means “separate” so the negative Pharisee separates themselves (consecrates themselves) from sinners (they believe they are better than other men) instead of separating the chaff (evil) from the wheat (good seed). They believe evil to be reality and mixed with Spirit, they are adulterers, while the true Pharisee consecrates spiritual idea, separating it from mortal mind (animal magnetism).
To be continued to St. Matthew Part 1b…
 From Genesis to Revelation, by W. Gordon Brown, page 278
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 Ibid, p. 279
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 Ibid, pages 229-280; [My interpolations.]
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