Jesus teaches in the temple. He reveals some of the deeper meanings of the Christine Ministry.
*["Know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."]
*["Before the days of Abraham I am."]
The rulers are greatly enraged and attempt to stone him, but he disappears.
THE feast was done and Jesus, Peter, James and John were sitting in the temple treasury.
2 The nine had gone back to Capernaum.
3 The people thronged the temple courts and Jesus said,
4 I am the lamp; Christ is the oil of life; the Holy Breath the fire. Behold the light! and he who follows me shall not walk in the dark, but he shall have the light of life.
5 A lawyer said, You witness for yourself, your witness is not true.
6 And Jesus said, If I do witness for myself I speak that which is true, for I know whence I came and where I go.
7 And no one else in flesh can testify for me, for none know whence I came, nor where I go.
8 * My works bear witness to the truth I speak. As man I could not speak the words of Holy Breath; and then my Father testifies for me.
9 The lawyer said, Where does your father live?
10 * And Jesus said, You know me not or you would know my Father, and if you knew the Father you would know the son, because the Father and the son are one.
11 I go my way and you shall find me not; for where I go you cannot come, because you do not know the way.
12 You cannot find the way because your hearts are gross, your ears are dull, your eyes are closed.
13 The light of life cannot shine through the murky veil that you have drawn about your hearts.
14 * You do not know the Christ and if the Christ be not within the heart there is no light.
15 I come to manifest the Christ to men and you receive me not, and you will dwell in darkness and in the shadow of the grave till you believe the words I speak.
16 But you will vilify the son of man, and lift him up and laugh to see him die.
17 But then a little light will come and you will know that I am what I am.
18 The people did not comprehend the meaning of the words he spoke.
19 * And then he spoke unto the people who believed in him and said, If you abide in Christ, and Christ abide in you, and if you keep my words within your heart,
20 * You are *The Way, you are Disciples in *The Way, and you shall know what is the truth, and truth shall make you free. [ Capitals mine. -jlf ]
21 And still the people did not understand; they said, We are the seed of Abraham and are already free; we never were the slaves of any man; why do you say, We shall be free?
22 And Jesus said, Do you not know that every one committing sin is slave of sin? abides in bondage unto sin?
23 * If you sin not then you are free; but if you sin in thought, or word, or deed, then you are slaves, and naught but truth can set you free; if you are free through Christ, then you are free indeed.
24 You are the seed of Abraham, and yet you seek to kill me just because I speak the truth of Abraham.
25 You are the children of the flesh of Abraham; but, lo, I say, There is a spiritual Abraham whom you know not.
26 In spirit you are children of your father, and your father is Diabolus; you hang upon his words and do his will.
27 He was a murderer from the first; he cannot tell the truth, and when he tells a lie he speaks his own; he is himself a lie, and he is father of himself.
28 * If you were children of my Father-God, then you could hear the words of God; I speak the words of God, but you can bear them not.
29 A Pharisee stood forth and said, This fellow is not one of us. He is a curst Samaritan and is obssessed.
30 But Jesus heeded not the words of Pharisee or scribe; he knew that all the people knew he was a Jew.
31 * And then he said, Whoever keeps my words shall never die.
32 A lawyer said, And now we know he is obsessed. Our father Abraham is dead; the prophets all are dead, and yet this fellow says, Whoever keeps my words shall never die.
33 Is this man greater than our Father Abraham? Is he above the prophets? and all of them are dead.
34 And Jesus said, Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day; he saw it and was glad.
35 The lawyer said, You simple man; you are not fifty years of age; have you seen Abraham?
36 * And Jesus said, Before the days of Abraham I am.
37 Again the scribes and Pharisees were in a rage; they took up stones to cast at him, but, like a phantom of the night, he disappeared; the people knew not where he went.
[ V. 20. *Capital Punctuation. - For many years, I have Searched for what Jesus called his Ministry. "The Way" seems to be that description. See - The Sufi Collection. ]
[ * Here is Jesus' definition of what He meant by "And the Truth shall make you free.".]
[ V. 36. * "And before the days of Abraham, I am. " Jesus - by definition - is: The Love of God. Therefore, Jesus was here and influencing others long before Abraham. How many spiritual teachers taught what He taught? ]