The Four Gospels Part 4A

by MJSmith

                       THE FOUR GOSPELS’ HOLY CITY MATRIX (Part 4A)

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                                                   THE DAUGHTER OF GOD
                                    THE HUB OF THE HOLY CITY OF GOD

 

ST. JOHN – THE FOURTH LIVING CREATURE, THE FLYING EAGLE

            What is the Gospel of St. John really all about? And what is it trying to get across to us? Would you be surprised to find out that the whole book is about us, the readers, taking part in the “Atonement and Eucharist”? Are we as Christians, followers of the Christ, willing to leave the material dream world for the Holy City of God?
            Below is my presentation of the two Golden Candlesticks. These two Golden Candlesticks were placed in the Woman’s Court of Solomon’s Temple. The book of John secretly explains these two Golden Candlesticks to us via the tones of Science.  The angel of Revelation 10 has his left foot upon the earth and his right foot upon the sea (water).  This means that the angel’s left foot has dominion over the earth (has dominion over the Letter of the Law via Truth which is Christian Science) and the angel’s right foot has dominion over the sea (has dominion over the Spirit of the Law via Love which is divine Science).

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            Yet there is a third Golden Candlestick that was placed within the Inner Court of the Temple. It symbolizes Life, while the Table of Shewbread symbolizes Truth and the Altar of Incense symbolizes Love. I feel that the Golden Candlestick in the Inner Court represents Jesus Christ, while the two Golden Candlesticks in the Woman’s Court represent Mary Baker Eddy and Martha (generic man). And so, in a way, we have the family of one brother (Lazarus) and two sisters (Mary and Martha) that are of most importance later on in John. It is even significant to mention that the T cross of death that Jesus is nailed to is the counterfeit of him being the Golden Candlestick of Life, one of God’s anointed, one of the two witnesses (Revelation 11).  Below is a matrix made up by Max Kappeler for St. John.  I have modified it a little bit, but it mostly is the same matrix.  The main change are the four boxes for the divine infinite calculus.  Kappeler had only one aspect, like – Love and Mind.  I added a second aspect Mind and Love  to Love and Mind.  I did not not see this matrix until I was almost finished writing about the book of St. John.

Gospel of St. John II
            The following is a brief outline of my presentation for the book of St. John and its four sides of the little book open. It is based upon W. Gordon Brown’s section on St. John from Genesis to Revelation, however, it is different in that I have two sections each (one for the Letter of the Law and one for the Spirit of the Law), not unlike the two Golden Candlesticks in the Woman’s Court, making a total of eight sections. While Brown has only four sections, as he only sees one Golden Candlestick. I will say then that Brown’s writing is for the one Golden Candlestick (for Jesus) that is found in the Inner Court while my writing is for the two Golden Candlesticks (for Mary and Martha) that are found in the Woman’s Court.

The Holy City

The Holy City

SCIENCE AS THE WORD – The North Side
            In the first tone, that John presents, we have Soul and Life presenting to us the Objective – Letter of the Law. Then it moves onto the tone of Life and Soul presenting to us the Subjective – Spirit of the Law. In the first tone we have an explanation of these two tones with Jesus’ two baptisms.  John the Baptist (a man) performs the first baptism.  John uses the medium of water to baptize Jesus. Water is symbolic of the (prophetic) elements of mind; the source for John’s holy water must come from Mind, while other waters are of mortal mind. Of course, there is also the term “water of life” used in Revelation 22:1. “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.” This seventh vision of Revelation correlates with the first vision when the throne of God is described in full detail. This means that the throne and the Holy City are one and the same.  They are both circular in description – and this is why I relate them with Mary Baker Eddy’s Window of the Open Book (seen above).  Since we are in the tone of Soul and Life water can actually be a symbol for Life. Throughout the whole book of John we will find that the medium of water is used every time we are dealing with the Letter of the Law. When the Letter of the Law is not interpreted correctly (and is merely verbally repeated by a teacher without spiritual understanding on the part of the student, and this happens for decades or centuries) it seems that the Spirit of the Law is lost and we have the Letter of the Law objecting to the Christ (Christ Science teachings), yet when man reflects divine Mind he understands the true Letter of the Law and he accepts the Christ.  The reason, I feel, that Jesus had to come to bring salvation to mankind is because the original teachings of Moses had become so misunderstood that the priests cared more about power, success, and ritual than they did the people themselves. And unfortunately this pattern is repeated over and over again where organized religion is concerned.
            Jesus’ second baptism is via the Holy Spirit of the Law. The dove that descends from heaven is a symbol of divine Science. When we get to the tone of Life and Soul (Spirit of the Law) we find Jesus turning the water (Letter of the Law) into wine (Spirit of the Law).

            Wine. Inspiration; understanding.” (S&H 598:17)

            This wine is symbolic of the Holy Spirit (spiritual understanding – the Third Degree [see S&H 116]). Jesus is baptizing with the Holy Spirit all those, at the wedding of Cana (Cana represents the balance of Soul), who partake of this wine. This wine will represent Jesus’ blood in another tone.

SCIENCE AS THE CHRIST – The East Side
            When we get to the tone of Spirit and Truth Jesus is speaking of being reborn and he heals the man at the pool (water) of Bethesda (five porches = five material senses) followed with John the Baptist being the Witness to Truth (Christ Jesus). Then in Truth and Spirit there is the feeding of the five thousand. This bread represents the Truth that Christ Jesus is, and this reminds us of the last supper where the disciples, in the previous three books, eat of his body (the bread) that is the Christ-Truth. Jesus also walks upon the water; he has dominion over the Letter of the Law (as well as physical laws) because he practices the Spirit of the Law, he manifests spiritual understanding. In John 6, Jesus is speaking about his followers eating his flesh (bread, body, Truth) and drinking his blood (Holy Spirit). And in this tone it always has the order of flesh and then blood (Truth and Spirit).

SCIENCE AS CHRISTIANITY – The South Side
            Next we get to the tone of Mind and Love where we have Jesus healing the blind man by sending him to the pool (water) of Siloam, which means: “sent.” Jesus tells us that he is “sent” from God, and it is this idea that allows the blind man to see via divine Mind. Those who refuse to see this very fact – that Jesus is sent from God, his Father – are blind, they see via mortal mind not divine Mind. Jesus tells them that he (as the Christ shepherd) is the door that the sheep (Christian congregation) enter through to achieve eternal life. Then we enter the tone of Love because Jesus loves Martha, Mary, and Lazarus of Bethany (“place of crossings”[1]). Mary of Bethany anoints Jesus and wipes his feet (spiritual understanding) with her hair (mind) and because she does so she gains the spiritual understanding that comes from divine Mind.  In the tone of Love and Mind the account of Mary anointing Jesus feet is actually presented to the reader, but they are not at Simon the Pharisee’s house (as in previous Gospels; in Matthew’s Gospel Simon is a leper). However, there is still a Simon in John’s account which represents ecclesiastical despotism, it is Simon’s son, Judas Iscariot, who betrays Jesus.  Judas objects to Mary spending money on the ointment of spikenard.  In St. Matthew it is the disciples that object.

SCIENCE AS SCIENCE – The West Side
            The final two tones are Principle in the objective (for the Letter of the Law) and Principle in the subjective (for the Spirit of the Law). It is throughout the tone of Science as Science that we find references to the three sections written about in the sixteenth chapter of Science and Health, “The Apocalypse” – the angel (Revelation 10), the woman God-crowned (Revelation 12), and the Holy City (Revelation 21 and 22). The Greeks seek out Jesus and this is when he knows that his hour is come. Jesus washes (baptizes) his disciple’s feet (spiritual understanding becomes clear to them) with water.  He emphasizes Love (the Spirit of the Law) when washing their feet.  Jesus is taken into custody and put on trial; then he goes before Pilate (the Roman governor who finds no wrong in him). However, Pilate sends Jesus to Calvary to die.
            In Principle in the subjective we have Jesus placed upon the T cross. Jesus’ body itself (Science itself) is the rod (Aaron’s rod) and his head is at the center point of Principle itself. He is both the Letter of the Law (the Ark of the Covenant) and the Spirit of the Law (the Arch of the Covenant). Jesus’ two hands return us to the Inner Branch of the Candlestick (Soul and Life – Science as the Word – Life and Soul). Also, Jesus clothes are divided into four pieces. The Roman Soldiers are analyzing the divine infinite calculus. This is why Jesus’ coat (made of one woven matrix structure) is not divided or cut up by them. They would rather cast lots than to defile this Holy Matrix System of Science. Two angels appear to Mary Magdalene at the tomb. Are not these two angels representing the Letter of the Law and the Spirit of the Law as being united in one? And are they not like the two angels placed upon the Ark’s Mercy Seat?  In St. Matthew’s account there is only one angel, in St. Mark’s account there is the young man (who is really Jesus’ true identity), and in St. Luke’s account there are two men that speak to Mary.  “Jesus’ teaching and practice of Truth involved such a sacrifice as makes us admit its Principle to be Love. This was the precious import of our Master’s sinless career and of his demonstration of power over death. He proved by his deeds that Christian Science destroys sickness, sin, and death.” (S&H 26:21) And the last episode of John is the last spiritual breakfast where Jesus feed fish (oil from the two anointed ones) and bread (body) to his disciples. Peter objects to John having eternal life, but divine Science cannot die.

            In writing about the Gospel of St. John, W. Gordon Brown begins: “The Century Bible makes the following helpful and instructive comment regarding the four Gospels. It says, ‘If the first Gospel represents Jesus in relation to the Jewish past, the second to the Roman present, the third to the Greek future: the fourth may be said to depict him in his relations to the universe, in that eternity in which past, present, and future are alike included. In keeping with this is its frequent use of the word kosmos…’ (“The Gospel of St. John Introduction” p. 25).
            “The word ‘cosmos’ is translated ‘world’ in the Authorized Version. The fourth Gospel, being the Science Gospel, is concerned with nothing less than world, or universe. So different is John’s treatment of Jesus’ life from that of the other three evangelists, that John’s is sometimes known as the ‘spiritual’ gospel in contrast to the ‘bodily’ gospels. The Word, Christ, and Christianity of Matthew, Mark, and Luke are reflected in a more spiritual and scientific degree in John’s Science of the Cosmos.
            “Cosmos relates to Logos, or Word, and is the subject of John’s opening paragraphs on which the whole of the Gospel is based. The definition of cosmos is ‘…order, harmony…The doctrine of the universe; the system of law, harmony, and truth combined within the universe’ (SRD). In the case of John, we feel ourselves in the midst of an infinitely inclusive, self-comprehending universe – in the realm of Science itself as the matrix calculus of Being.” [2]  The word catholic means universe.  The author of the book The Drama of the Lost Disciples tells the early history of Christianity and the disciples.  He explains that the disciples taught in universities.  My plan for the Gospel of St. John is to present how John provides us with the Matrix structure for the two Golden Candlesticks (as seen above), as well as, the Minor Pyramid Matrix of Principle (seen below).

Minor Pyramid in Color            “Science and logic, as we know them today, have their origin in the Greek civilization of the Western world which flowered so magnificently in the first millennium b.c., that is, in the fourth thousand-year period [for Principle]. Correspondingly, in the East at that time, religion flourished as never before. When the fourth millennium merged into the fifth [when the first coming of Christ takes place], and Christianity was born, it became imperative to explain Jesus’ teachings logically and scientifically, in order that Christianity might be propagated throughout the world. Initially, it fell to the Apostle John, through his adoption and adaption of Greek ideology, to wed together religion and science in his account of Jesus’ life.
            “Whether in the fourth Gospel, his three Epistles, or the book of Revelation with its preview [prophecy] of Christian Science, the keynote of the writings of John is always Science, in which letter and space, science and religion, are inseparable and complementary.
            “Stated technically, the impulsion at work in the Gospel of John is the Science of divine Principle Love in divine Science, appearing as the Science of Truth and Love in absolute Christian Science, unfolding through the order of Soul and Life [and then Life and Soul], Spirit and Truth [and then Truth and Spirit], Mind and Love [and then Love and Mind], and Principle in Christian Science [for the objective and Principle in divine Science for the subjective], within the framework of Science as the Word, Science as the Christ, Science as Christianity, and Science as Science.”[3]

 

SCIENCE AS THE WORD

THE NORTH SIDE OF THE LITTLE OPEN BOOK – and the Inner Branch (Soul and Life as the Word) for the Golden Candlestick – this correlates with the Textbook’s thirteenth chapter “Teaching Christian Science”.
            “Chapter XIII, ‘Teaching Christian Science,’ teaches us how to become a Christian Scientist. It shows us how to be one with Principle [the trunk of the Golden Candlestick]. This chapter is Science reflecting the Word.” (Your Divinity Revealed; by Helen M. Wright, p. 570; [My interpolation.])

Soul and Life – the Letter of the Law

            John’s great opening theme is – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” “In the beginning” is said to mean “in the onlyness” so it can be interpreted as saying, “In the onlyness that is God was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” In the beginning seems to conjure up ideas about the past, in fact, the use of “was” throughout the sentence seems to make me think of the past. Yet, as it is in the past, so it is in the present, as well as what it would be in the future. Yet, what if we are to say that the Word represents God’s expressed or manifested Image and Likeness. Then we could say that in the onlyness that is God was His/Her Image and Likeness, and that Image and Likeness was with God, and the Image and Likeness was God. As Brown explains: “To Heraclitus, the Greek ‘Logos’ (translated Word) signified the regulating principle of the universe. Mary Baker Eddy defines the Word as ‘the Principle of Christian Science’ (Mis 363:24). That the Word is with God and at the same time is God, means that ‘Principle and its idea is one, and this one is God…’ (S&H 465:17). The oneness of Principle and idea, God and His Christ, defined scientifically through the two ranges of capitalized terms, Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love, and Word, Christ, Christianity, Science, constitutes the universe, or cosmos. Therefore ‘God is the sum total of the universe’ (Mis 105:32). Thus the ‘only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father’ (the theme at the heart of John’s Gospel) is the idea of Principle, which expressed Principle, and which remains forever in and of Principle. [So right off the bat we understand that Christ Jesus is the Principle Trunk, and this is the main focal point of the final section of John.[4]]
            “Jesus is ceaselessly at work in the self-contained, self-determined, self-fulfilled system, or universe, of infinite Principle, and never outside. We knew this would be so from what the prophets taught us; we realize that it must be so from what Matthew, Mark, and Luke teach us, but it remains for John to establish absolutely that it is so.
            “The note on which John’s Gospel opens is correlative with the note on which it closes: ‘And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself [cosmos[5]] could not contain the books that should be written.’ A word is that which is spoken, written, or read. The record of the universe and the Word which is the universe are one. The self-revealing Word and the self-revealing universe are one and the same reality. Jesus is conscious of being the divine Word because his Ego is the Principle of the universe. John’s supreme service to humanity is that he makes it impossible for us to think of Jesus personally.”[6] St. John is like St. Mark in that there is no nativity of Jesus. There is only the fact that the idea, the Son of God, is the Word made flesh. After all of this is explained the Gospel moves onto John the Baptist.
            “A dominant symbol in the opening section is water, signifying the primal element of the creative Word, and defined by the synonyms Soul and Life.  [Physical science counterfeits this with the teaching that all material life is born of the sea.]
            “John contrasts the mission of the all-powerful Word, represented by Jesus, with that of John the Baptist sent from God to prepare the way for the Word’s acceptance – that is, for the Lamb of God to take away the sin of the world. Thus John’s baptism by water and Jesus’ baptism by the Holy Ghost work hand in hand. As Jesus says afterwards to Nicodemus, these two baptisms of water and the Spirit are the means whereby humanity is born again, and the sin of the world is purged.”[7]
            John explains that the two baptisms are representative of the Letter of the Law and the Spirit of the Law. John 1:17 reads: “For the [Letter of the] law was given by Moses, but grace and truth [the Spirit of the Law] came by Jesus Christ.” It is with water that we are baptized when dealing with the Letter of the Law, yet when we are baptized with the Holy Ghost we immediately receive within our heart the Spirit of the Law.  It seems as if the water is for cleansing the objective outer world of man (an aspect of Christian Science) while the Holy Ghost (fire) is for cleansing the subjective inner thought of man (an aspect of divine Science).

            Holy Ghost. Divine Science; the development of eternal Life, Truth, and Love.” (S&H 588:7)

            When speaking about the angel of Revelation 10 Mary Baker Eddy says: “Its feet are pillars of fire [resembling two Golden Candlesticks in the Woman’s Court?], foundations of Truth and Love. It brings the baptism of the Holy Ghost, whose flames of Truth were prophetically described by John the Baptist as consuming error.” (S&H 558:16; [My interpolation.]) So we have reason to accept that not only will Jesus baptize with the Holy Spirit or Ghost, but so will Mary Baker Eddy’s writings during the Sixth Day of Truth and the Seventh Day of Love.
            This present tone of Soul and Life represents the Letter of the Law. Likewise the tones of Spirit and Truth, Mind and Love, and Principle in the objective represent the Letter of the Law. Yet, then we move into the tone of Life and Soul, Truth and Spirit, Love and Mind, and Principle in the subjective we are dealing specifically with the Spirit of the Law. And this is about to be shown in the text of St. John as he switches tones from Soul and Life to Life and Soul with the wedding of Cana. However, before the wedding Jesus meets two of his twelve disciples – Andrew and Simon. It is explained that Andrew is “Simon Peter’s brother.” (John 1:40)
            What we read in verse 41 is way different from an earlier Gospel where Simon bar Jona responds to Jesus that he is the Christ. Verse 41 reads: “He [Andrew] first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.” So it is Andrew who says, “We have found the Messias” or “We have found the Christ.” In the tone of Science the disciple already recognizes the Christ.
            Verse 42 reads: “And he [Andrew] brought him [Simon] to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.”  It is actually St. John (Science) who gives us the interpretations, not Andrew or Jesus.  Cephas being “a stone” means Peter.  Jona means dove, “divine Science” so Simon’s Christhood (which is Peter or Cephas) is the son of divine Science (bar Jona).  Likewise, it would be Andrew bar Jona since Andrew and Simon are brothers.
            The next day Jesus goes into Galilee (the circle) and finds his disciple Philip, who is of Bethsaida, the same city (consciousness) that Andrew and Peter are from. Bethsaida means: “house of fishing; place of hunting; place of nets; fishing town; hunting town” (Metaphysical Bible Dictionary). So the three men are of the Christ (fish) consciousness that is a place of nets (matrix structures). They are “seeking and finding” the true being that is them. Then Philip finds Nathanael, and says, “We have found him, of whom Moses in the [Letter of the] law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”  Now, Joseph is the name of Jesus’ human father, or human male guardian, however, there is also Joseph, the son of Israel (Jacob – Christianity).  Joseph’s saga presents the same tone of Science during the Third Day of Soul in the tone of the Word.  In the Gospel of St. Matthew (for the Word) Joseph takes Jesus down into Egypt just like Joseph was taken down into Egypt – for the salvation of Israel (the thirteen nations or tribes), as well as, the world (universe).  Joseph winds up in Egypt because ecclesiastical despotic brotherhood, who originally wanted to kill him, sells him into slavery.  Jesus winds up in Egypt because an ecclesiastical despotic king wants to kill the Christ.
            These four disciples, in the tone of Science, represent the four last gates of the Holy City – in the North is the Word as the Word (Andrew), in the East is the Word as the Christ (Peter), in the South is the Word as Christianity (Philip), and in the West is the Word as Science (Nathanael). These four gates are the four sides of the apex Squared-Cycle for Science (and chapters 13-16 in the Christian Science Textbook).  In verse 51, the final one of the first chapter, Jesus says to Nathanael, “Verily, verily [Truthfully], I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.” [My interpolation.]

 

Life and Soul – the Spirit of the Law

            Chapter 2 opens with, “And the third day [Soul] there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there.”
            “This idea [of Life and Soul (Brown does not specify this, even though I think he subconsciously understands it)] is further presented at the marriage in Cana of Galilee when Jesus turns the water of repentance into the wine of the Spirit [for the Spirit of the Law]. ‘Woman, what have I to do with thee?’ he says to the mortal sense of parenthood. His need is to turn human thought away from the flesh ‘born of the flesh’ [as found in the tone Soul and Life] to the spirit ‘born of the Spirit’ [as found in the tone Life and Soul].”[8]

Earthen Vessels            The six waterpots of stone (of the Christ) represent the six thousand year period that it seems to take man to spiritually progress (getting from Adam to Christian Science). It is said of these six waterpots that they are made “after the manner of the purifying of the Jews” so they represent the Letter of the Law, especially since they hold “water” the first baptismal medium, while the wine symbolizes the Spirit of the Law, the Christ medium of the Holy Spirit.  A pun for alcoholic wine would be the term “fire water.” It is the Holy Spirit that baptizes with fire.  (The picture above is of the Six Waterpots (or Earthen Vessels) Window found below Window of the Open Book in the original Boston Edifice.)
            Jesus, his mother, his brethren, and his disciples go to Jerusalem for the Passover. Here John tells of the moneychangers and how Jesus makes a scourge of small cords to drive them out of the temple. “Destroy this temple [body], and in three days I will raise it up [Soul will restore it].” Jesus tells this to the Jews who are looking for signs. But they do not understand what Jesus means because they say it took them forty-six years to build the temple. “Who can he rear it up in three days?” they ask. And the disciples would remember his words after Jesus raises himself from the tomb of death.

 

SCIENCE AS THE CHRIST

THE EAST SIDE OF THE LITTLE OPEN BOOK – and the Middle Branch (Spirit and Truth as the Christ) for the Golden Candlestick – correlates with the Textbook’s fourteenth chapter “Recapitulation” with the city foursquare and the New Jerusalem artichoke (the Sunflower seen around the little book open in Window of the Open Book.
            “Chapter XIV, ‘Recapitulation,’ starts with the definition of God. It shows that Principle cannot be understood as a whole (anymore than math can be understood as a whole). Principle can be understood through its idea. This chapter is Science reflecting the Christ.” (Your Divinity Revealed; by Helen Wright, p. 570)

Recapitulation

Spirit and Truth – the Letter of the Law

            From this point I feel that the tone changes to Spirit and Truth, even though W. Gordon Brown does not specify this, he is still in the tone of Soul and Life).
            Jesus tells Nicodemus, “Except a man be born of the water [first baptism for the Letter of the Law] and of the Spirit [second baptism for the Spirit of the Law], he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”

            Wind. That which indicates the might of omnipotence and the movements of God’s spiritual government, encompassing all things.” (S&H 597:27-30)

            “‘The wind bloweth where it listeth,’ he tells Nicodemus, ‘so is every one that is born of the Spirit.’ Spirit is omnipresence, and that which is born of omnipresence is itself omnipresent, and not personally localized or channeled [like a medium]. This means it is born of the universe – reflects the oneness of God, Christ, man. Only then is it truly individual. ‘He must increase, but I must decrease,’ John the Baptist says regarding these two alternative propositions of impersonal and personal birth-giving.”[9]
            A question arises between John’s disciples and the Jews on the topic of purifying (tone of Spirit). “Rabbi,” they said to John, “he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.”
            John replies, “A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. He that hath the bride is the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice; this my joy therefore is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease. He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all. And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony. He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:26-36)  So, he that has the

            Bride. Purity and innocence, conceiving man in the idea of God; a sense of Soul, which has spiritual bliss and enjoys but cannot suffer.” (S&H 582:14) is the

            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)

Woman of Samaria Window            “At Jacob’s well [water], Jesus talks with the Samaritan woman who has had five husbands. He tells her about the truly creative waters of life which are within her, in contrast to the sense of creativity that comes from outside through the five physical senses [symbolized by her five husbands]. The water that I give to man, he says, ‘shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.’ [This is the water of life spoken of in Revelation 22:1.]”[10]
            John 4:23-24 – “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
            John 4:28 says that “The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way…” She leaves behind mortal mind because she has found Christ-Mind.  This woman goes into the city to tell the men about Jesus, “Is not this the Christ?”  Jesus has told us what the true water of life is and now he must make it clear to his disciples that food is not our substance (what gives us life).  “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.  Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.”  Now is the accepted time.  “And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal:  that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.  And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.  I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour:  other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.”
            Many of the Samaritans come and ask Jesus to stay with them.  He stays for two (Spirit) days.  “And many more believed because of his own word.” (Verse 41)
            “Having raised the nobleman’s dying son [at the seventh hour of Love], he makes the impotent man at the pool [water] of Bethesda (with its five porches) every whit whole. The evidence of the five senses (porches) is that man is not whole, and must therefore be made whole. Jesus knows that from all eternity man is made whole by God, and that this fact in Science changes sense testimony.”[11]
            Bethesda means: “house of mercy; house of benignity; house of loving-kindness; house of healing. The point in consciousness where we feel the flow of the cleansing life [water] of Spirit…The ‘five porches’ represent the five-sense limitation, which does not realize the power of Spirit. The porches are filled with the multitude of those who are sick, blind, halt, and withered, or with unregenerate thoughts.
            “‘When the water is troubled’ typifies the dependence of unawakened man upon certain slow, natural healing processes, which he calls the work of nature. At this stage of man’s unfoldment, the ‘multitude’ of weak, sick, infirm thoughts and conditions within him have not received the swift healing power of spiritual I am [Christ]. (Metaphysical Bible Dictionary [My interpolations.]).”

 

Truth and Spirit – the Spirit of the Law

            “We come to the chapters on Science as the Christ, where the accent is Spirit and Truth [I say we are now in the tone of Truth and Spirit]. The symbol changes from water to bread. ‘Thou the water [baptism by water and being born a second time], the bread [Truth of Jesus’ body], and the wine [baptism by the Holy Ghost and Spirit of Jesus’ blood]’ says the hymn (Mis 399:15) [by Mary Baker Eddy. And these three words bring out the flavor of the book of John perfectly.] It is as if the Gospel’s first section emphasizes the water and [the second section] wine, while the [third goes back to the water and the forth] emphasizes bread. The elements of the first [and second] section[s] take form in the.. [third and forth sections]. The keynote now is Christ sent from God, and described as bread that comes down from heaven.”[12]
            Right off Jesus feeds the multitude of 5,000 men. This number of 5,000 takes us back to what lies behind the five husbands and the five porches – the five physical senses.  Yet the number five symbolizes Life and this is why there are the five loaves of bread (which is symbolic not only of Life but also of Truth). Jesus asks Philip where they could buy enough bread to feed so many men?  Phillip says that not even 200 pennyworth would be enough to feed 5,000 men. So to answer his own question, that he asked Phillip, and to show the disciples the power behind the Truth that our supply is completely Spiritual he takes the five loaves of fishes along with the two fish and multiplies them. What is left over is that special number of twelve. The twelve baskets symbolize the woven matrix structure of wholeness. “Recapitulation” has twelve question-answer sections of absolute Christian Science and twelve question-answer sections of Christian Science.  In St. John’s account of feeding the 5,000 these two levels of Science are the two fishes. The objective (Letter of the Law) is in the realm of Christian Science and the subjective (Spirit of the Law) is in the realm of absolute Christian Science.
            “Jesus certainly beholds the bread of life (his own spiritual selfhood) coming from its divine source when he feeds the five thousand with five loaves and two fishes. In Science, man lives by (indeed man is) that which comes forth out of the mouth of God. He does not live by that which is fed into him from outside himself.
            “This is made beautifully clear in the discourse on the bread of life. Jesus says to the people: ‘My Father giveth you the true bread from heaven…I am that bread of life…I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever…Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man [the bread], and drink his blood [the wine at the wedding of Cana], ye have no life in you…’ John indeed makes it impossible for us to think of Jesus according to the evidence of the five personal senses. In Science, man is idea; everything about him is infinite.”[13] What Brown does not explain is that Jesus mentions that Moses (the man who gave them the Letter of the Law) gave the Israelites the manna (which was not bread from heaven) in the desert (they are dead [John 6:58]). “For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world” (John 6:33). It is also brought out, after Jesus walks on the water (has dominion over the Letter of the Law because he practices the Spirit of the Law) that the 5,000 followed Jesus to Capernaum (“cleansing of the objective and subconscious mind” [Metaphysical Bible Dictionary]) not because they were seeking physical healings but because they had eaten the Christ-Truth bread. “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day” (verse 40). Jesus said of the Christ (verse 48), “I [the Christ-Truth] am the bread of life.”  Likewise, it is the Christ-Truth Words written in Science and Health (a little book open) that we are told to eat (mentally digest its spiritual meaning).  So the woman’s little open book is literally the bread of life.  And this book speaks the Truth about Christ Jesus.
            “Knowing how hard it is for personal sense to accept this idea of man, Jesus asks [his disciples in verse 61]: ‘Doth this offend you?’ Many have already turned back to their old habitual ways of thinking, and so he asks the twelve: ‘Will ye also go away?’ Simon Peter replies for them all. ‘Lord, to whom shall we go?’ he says, ‘thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ [bread] the Son of the living God.’ The people themselves respond by asking: ‘Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?’”[14]
            In this section of text Jesus keeps referring to the “last day.” When is this “last day” he speaks of? Is he referring to his last day before he is crucified? No, he is speaking of the last day spoken of in Genesis 1, there are six days of creation in the first chapter of Genesis, so the last day he speaks of is the Sixth Day of Truth when man/woman is created as God’s image and likeness. This is preparing our thought for the upcoming tones of Mind and Love & Love and Mind that correlate with the chapter “Genesis.”
            It is at this place in Scripture that I feel we move into our fifth tone of Mind and Love even though Brown has us still in Spirit and Truth.

 

SCIENCE AS CHRISTIANITY

THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE LITTLE OPEN BOOK – and the Outer Branch (Mind and Love as Christianity) for the Golden Candlestick – this correlates with the Textbook’s fifteenth chapter “Genesis” with the city of our God.
            “In Chapter XV, ‘Genesis,’ Principle’s expression is placed within the infinite divine Principle. Principle is shown as including within itself, within its infinite embrace, the forever genesis of ideas—including within itself its infinite idea. This chapter is Science reflecting Christianity.” (Your Divinity Revealed; by Helen M. Wright, p. 570)

 

Mind and Love – Letter of the Law

            “That which sees fallen man is fallen man [the second creation in Genesis]. That which sees the Son of God is the Son of God [the first creation in Genesis]. Jesus refuses to accept the Pharisee’s judgment regarding the woman taken in adultery. [They take up stones (hard thoughts) to throw at her.] He writes on the ground – returns their accusations to dust, nothingness [Adam]. When he looks up at the woman, her accusers are no longer there. The Pharisaism which believes that man is fallen and a sinner, is itself the adulterer, or fallen man.’
            “Jesus sets up an absolute line of demarcation between these two opposite viewpoints. ‘Ye are from beneath [Adam]; I am from above [Elohim],’ he tells the Pharisees, ‘ye are of this world [of Adam]; I am not of this world.’ The Pharisees bitterly resent this scientific assessment. ‘We be not born of fornication,’ they say, ‘we have one Father, even God.’ Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but He sent me…Ye are of your father the devil [Adam], and the lusts of your father [Adam] ye will do. He [Cain] was a murderer from the beginning.’ His concluding words: ‘Before Abraham was, I am,’ are more than they can bear, and [in John 8:59] they take up stones [hard thoughts] to cast at him.”[15]
            In John 8:12, Jesus points out that he is the light of the world. I think Jesus means the Christ is the light that shines on the material world, which is in darkness. And when this is done darkness disappears into its native nothingness.
            The light is of most importance. It is the recognition of Christ Jesus being this light that heals the blind man. Again we come to the medium of water with the pool of Siloam, so this portion is dealing with the Letter of the Law, the objective thought.
            “Ideas of unparalleled import follow one another in scientific order. The … incident in this section is the healing, at the pool of Siloam, of the man born blind. The name Siloam means ‘Sent.’”[16] What this implies is that the blind man is healed when he sees the light (via divine Mind) that Jesus is sent from God. “The fact in Science is that man is idea, and idea can never be cut off from the Principle which sends forth the idea. For man to be born blind is for material birth supposedly to have cut him off from his divine source – for human conception to have turned light into darkness. Jesus impersonalizes this claim of evil scientifically. ‘Neither hath this man sinned [he is not Adam man], nor his parents [he did not inherit sin from Adam man],’ he says, ‘but that the works of God [the Christ] should be made manifest in him [he should be recognized as God’s spiritual idea].’
            “Blindness (fallen man) is not a material condition, but the impossible supposition that light [man as the Christ-idea] can be cut off from Light [divine Mind-God]. Hence Jesus’ awareness that his own Christ-being is the light of the world.
            “He anoints the man’s eyes with clay [he spiritually translates the idea that man is formed of the red clay called Adam], begging him to wash this [red clay] away in the pool of Siloam [that man is the Christ-ideal sent from God]. Light sends forth itself, light. The light which is one with its source, and which is man, dissolves the dark, adamic, clay sense of man. The man is no longer blinded, therefore, by the myth of mortal origin. He sees that Christ, his light, (which is himself), was never born materially. ‘Whereas I was blind, now I see,’ he says.
            “‘I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind,’ Jesus tells the people. Just as matter is blind to Spirit, so Spirit is blind to matter. Spirit sees [via Mind] only its own infinitude, and therefore sees that there is no matter.”[17]
            Jesus (the Christ-Mind) Loves the sheep.  Jesus discuses the fact that there is only one fold (body of Christ) and one shepherd (head of Christ). “In Science, the Mind which is Love restores mankind to its true parentage, where one is all and all are one.
            “There is but one way to God, Jesus tells the Pharisees, and it is useless for men to try to climb up into the sheepfold by some other way. This way is first to come forth from God. The end and the beginning are the same. Only thieves and robbers try to climb up to God from a basis of matter. ‘I am the door of the sheep,’ he says, ‘by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture…I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly…there shall be one fold, and one shepherd…I and my Father are one.’”[18]
            We come to the tone of Love (Love and Mind – Mother Hood) with the raising of Lazarus, for Jesus Loves him and his two sisters – Mary and Martha of Bethany. Now, this is something that I had never thought of until recently, that this family, which really includes Jesus, of one brother and two sisters are symbolic of the Most Holy of Holies, Lazarus representing Principle (as he is in the tomb for four days) – the Ark with its Mercy Seat (with its two angels – two sisters), then we have Christ Jesus as the two Stella (Head) Stones with the Ten Commandments – which when obeyed lead us in “The Way” of eternal Life, Mary Baker Eddy as the manna (“What is it?”  It is Truth.), and Martha Jones-Smith as the rod of Aaron that blooms into ShAaron’s Rose of Love.  Lazarus and Martha are one road (male and female as one, but seeming to become two roads) and Jesus and Mary are one road (male and female as one, but seeming to become two roads).   It is documented in George F. Jowett’s book The Drama of the Lost Disciples that the family of Bethany go with Jesus’ uncle Joseph to England, home of Ephraim, a couple years after Jesus’ ascension.  It is here where “The Way” (eventually to be called Christianity) is accepted, and the First Church of Christ of wattle is built between A.D. 38 and 39 on the Isle of Avalon.  The word wattle makes me think of the woven web of the Scientific matrix system.

Golden CanWh
            It seems as if every time we hear the name Lazarus (“whom God helps, succor of God; assistance of God; grace of God; not of help; without succor; helplessMetaphysical Bible Dictionary) in the Bible that it has to do with death.  The definition for Bethany with the word “crossing” could also imply death, in that when a man dies it is said that he crosses over to the other side.  There is no doubt, however, that Lazarus, Jesus’ friend, is a learning process for Jesus in his upcoming death. The four days that Lazarus is dead seem to symbolize the synonyms of Mind, Spirit, Soul, and Principle, as well as the divine infinite calculus, which Jesus needs to work through.  This being followed by his own death, he is said to raise on the third day, would finish up his work with the seven synonymous terms for God – Life, Truth, and Love.  Could it be that Lazarus is symbolic of the Letter of the Law – the preceding four thousand years of Hebrew history, and this is what Jesus needs to really resurrect (raise up into Life, Truth, and Love)?  While the three days that Jesus is said to be buried in the tomb is symbolic of the Spirit of the Law which is represented during the three thousand years (Life [Jesus], Truth [Mary], and Love [Martha]) that must transpire before mankind as a whole is resurrected through spiritual understanding of his own Christhood?  To the disciples Jesus’ resurrection seems to be a demonstration of Life, but to Jesus he is demonstrating Soul because Soul restores. When Jesus resurrects he has the same body, however, it has been restored. I have often wondered why he would have had any scars or holes in his restored body. I think it is because if he would have come without any signs of wounds that the disciples may not have accepted that he was Jesus! Or perhaps it was their own limited thinking that saw holes and scars manifested on Jesus’ body?

Bethany Crossroads
            John makes it clear in his text that the Mary mentioned as anointing Jesus and wiping his feet with her hair is Mary of Bethany not Mary of Magdalen. (See John 11:1, 2)  In George Jowett’s book, on page 74 (2009 edition), Mary Magdalene and Mary of Bethany are two different women.  This makes sense because Mary Magdalene is named Magdalene after her home town.  However, later on in the same book, he seems to state that they are the same woman.
            It is Martha who first comes to meet Jesus upon his arrival, for Mary sits still within the house (Christ consciousness). He assures Martha that he will raise up her brother. Perhaps she thinks that he means that her brother goes on living in heaven because later on she acts as if she did not understand Jesus’ promise to her. Martha goes to get Mary telling her, “The Master is come, and calleth for thee.” She rises up immediately and goes to Jesus.
            “In the case of Lazarus, Jesus is on the outside of the grave, which is sealed with a great stone; later he will be on the inside [of the tomb]. With Lazarus, the mourners take away the stone which they themselves have placed in position; later, he (Christ) will roll it away himself. Lazarus has lain in the grave ‘four days already;’ Jesus will lie there three days. The total number of ‘days’ required for the complete resurrection of the human concept is seven. [This takes us back to “Genesis” with its Seven Days presentation of spiritual idea.] As we have found, the first four of these (as confirmed by the first four thousand-year periods) accentuate the objective approach to life; the last three accentuate the subjective standpoint of life itself. [Could this possibly be why these three days each have, as far as I am concerned, an appointed Golden Candlestick of Life?  What Brown says sort of substantiates what I have already put forward to you, that Lazarus representing the Ark and Mercy Lid is like the objective approach to life while the three items kept inside the Ark are like the subjective standpoint of life itself, and all seven stages (7,000 year periods) are necessary for the resurrection of mankind to take place.]
            “And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always…And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes…Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.’ Jesus does not want for material evidence to change before acknowledging the deathless perfection of God and man. He knows that the demonstration is already made divinely, before it is reflected humanly – before it is objectified to human perception. In this case, sense evidence is compelled to change, and conform to the facts of Science.
            “After Lazarus is restored to life, Caiaphas the high priest wants not only to put him [Lazarus (see John 12:10)] to death again, but to kill Jesus as well.”[19] The text tells us (John 11:50-52): “Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. And this spake he not of himself; but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.” This text sounds like it is speaking of the lost ten tribes of Israel.  The Jews knew exactly where their Israelite brother nations were at.  Why do I say this?  Because Joseph of Arimathea, Jesus’ great uncle, was in the tin and led business and the only place at that time one could acquire tin and led was in Britain.  “The name British is derived from the ancient Hebrew language, with which the old Cymric language was contemporaneous.  Formed from two words, ‘B’rith’ meaning ‘covenant’, and ‘ish’ meaning a man or a woman.  Joined as one word the meaning is apparent:  ‘British’ means a ‘covenant man or woman’.  The ancient word ‘ain’ attached to the word ‘B’rith’, signifies ‘land’, therefore the interpretation of the word ‘Britain’, as then and still employed, is ‘Covenant Land’.” (The Drama of the Lost Disciples; by George F. Jowett, pages 43 and 44)  It seems as if this prophecy was quite real for it came true!  Even though Caiaphas hated Jesus and what he stood for he was still God’s instrument.  Jesus was meant to be crucified so that he could demonstrate over death, and Caiaphas helped bring this about.  Why Caiaphas failed in his little plot against “The Way” is he saw Jesus as a sinner, as a mortal man; he really did not think Jesus was the Messiah, he did not think that Jesus would be able to resurrect, he saw Jesus as a false prophet.

 

To be continued….

[1] Metaphysical Bible Dictionary

[2] From Genesis to Revelation; by W. Gordon Brown, pages 296 and 297

[3] Ibid; p. 297; [My interpolations.]

[4] [My interpolation.]

[5] [Brown’s interpolation.]

[6] From Genesis to Revelation; by W. Gordon Brown, pages 297 and 298

[7] Ibid, p. 298; [My interpolation.]

[8] Ibid; [my interpolations]

[9] Ibid; [my interpolation]

[10] Ibid, pages 298 and 299; [My interpolations.]

[11] Ibid, p,299; [My interpolations.]

[12] Ibid; [My interpolations.]

[13] Ibid; [My interpolations.]

[14] Ibid; [My interpolations.]

[15] Ibid, pages 299 and 300; [My interpolations.]

[16] Ibid; page 300

[17] Ibid; [My interpolations.]

[18] Ibid

[19] Ibid, p. 301; [My interpolations.]

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