The True Kingdom of Heaven That Jesus Taught on Earth - the Celestial Kingdom
The Only Way to the Kingdom of God in the Celestial Heavens
I am here, Jesus;
I come tonight and desire to finish my message and hope that you may be able to receive it.
I have described the way to the Kingdom of God on earth and in the spirit world, and now I will describe: "The Only Way to the Kingdom of God in the Celestial Heavens."
As I have written before, when man was created, in addition to having bestowed upon him those things that made him the perfect man, and in harmony with the Laws and Will of the Father, God also bestowed upon him the potentiality, or privilege, of receiving the Divine Love, provided he should seek for It in the only Way that God had planned for Its attainment.
But instead of embracing this great privilege, man became disobedient and sought to exercise his own will, and did so in that manner, that led not only to his fall from the condition of the perfect manhood in which God had created him, but also to the loss of the great privilege of receiving this Divine Love, which privilege was never rebestowed upon him until my coming and teaching that rebestowal and the true Way to obtain this Love.
Now, it had better be understood here what this Divine Love was and is, for It is the same today that It was when man was created in the image of God. This Love differs from the natural love, of man, with which he was endowed when created, which belongs to all men, and which they all possess in a more or less perfect condition, in this: that the Divine Love is that Love which belongs to or is a part of God, possessing His Nature and composed of His Substance, and which, when possessed by man to a sufficient degree, makes him Divine and of the Nature of God. And God intended that this great Love should be received and possessed by all men who should desire to receive It, and who would make the effort to obtain It.
It is the Love that contains in Itself, the Divine, which the natural love does not. Many, I know, write and believe that all men, irrespective of the kind of love they have in their souls, possess what they call "the Divine spark," which needs only the proper development to make all men Divine. But this conception of the state of man in his natural condition is all wrong, for man has not in him any part of the Divine, and never can have, unless he receives and has developed in him this Divine Love.
In all God's universe and creation of things material and spiritual, the only one of his creatures who can possibly have within him anything of a Divine Nature, is he who possesses this Divine Love.
The bestowal of this Love was intended, in its operation and effect, to transform man from the merely perfect man into the Divine angel, and thus create a Kingdom of God in the Celestial Spheres, where only that which is Divine can enter and find a habitation. And you must understand that, as it depends very largely upon man himself to establish the Kingdom of God on earth, or in the spiritual world, so it also depends largely on man to establish the Kingdom in the Celestial Heavens. God will not and does not establish this Divine Kingdom by any power that He may have. And if man had never received this Divine Love into his soul, there never would have been any such Kingdom brought into existence.
There is now a Kingdom in the Celestial Spheres, but not a finished one, for it is still open and in the process of formation. It is open to the entry of all spirits, and men must seek for it in the only Way that the Father has provided. No man or spirit will be excluded from it who, with all the longings of his soul, will aspire to enter that Kingdom.
I must also state that the time will come when this Celestial Kingdom will be completed, and thereafter, neither spirit nor man will be able to enter therein; for this Divine Love of the Father will again be withdrawn from man, as it was from the first parents, and the only Kingdom that will then be accessible to man will be the Kingdom that will exist on earth, or that which now exists in the spirit world.
Then what is the Way that leads to this Celestial Kingdom? The only Way? For there is but one!
The observance of the moral precepts, and the cleansing of men's souls from sin by following these precepts, will not lead to this Kingdom; for as it can be readily seen, the stream can rise no higher than its source, and the source of the souls of men in a merely purified state is the condition of the perfect man - that condition in which he was before his fall. Hence, the result of the observance and living of the merely moral precepts, and the exercise of the natural love in its pure state, is that man will be restored to the condition of the perfect man - the created man in whom there is nothing of the Divine. But this restored condition of man will be so perfect, and so in harmony with God's Will and His Laws governing the highest and most perfect of His creatures, that man will be very happy. Yet he will continue to be only the created being, having nothing more than the image of his Maker.
So I say, living in harmony with the moral laws, and the exercise of this natural love in its highest and purest state towards God and towards his fellowman, will not lead man into the Way to the Celestial Kingdom. The greatest height of his attainment will be only the Kingdom on earth, or that in the spirit heavens.
And the distinct and differing nature of these kingdoms from that of the Celestial Heavens, will enable mankind to understand the difference between the missions of the great teachers and reformers who preceded me in their work among men, and the mission which I was selected to perform on earth. The former could not possibly have taught the way to the Celestial Kingdom, for until my coming, this Divine Love of which I write was not possible for man to obtain. Before that time, and after the first parents lost it, the privilege was not in existence, and there was no Celestial Kingdom in which men could find their eternal home.
So I repeat, all the moral teachings of the world's history could not show the Way to the Celestial Kingdom of God, and cannot now; for morality, as understood and taught by mankind and by the spirits and angels, cannot give to man that which is absolutely necessary in order to transform his soul into that state or condition, that fits him for an entrance into this truly Divine Kingdom of the Father.
But the Way thereto is simple and single. Men were taught that Way by me when I was on earth, and could have been taught that Way during all the centuries since I left the human life. And I must say that some have been so taught and have found that Way, but comparatively few. The mortals whose ostensible and claimed mission and privilege was to teach that Way did not do so. I mean that the priests and preachers and churches neglected to teach the same. Although in earnestness, and realizing their allegiance to God and their obligations to mankind, these taught merely the way by which the observance of the moral precepts would lead men into the lower Kingdoms.
But neglect or incompleteness notwithstanding, the Bible, which most of those professing to be Christians believe contains my sayings, does set forth this Way to the Celestial Kingdom! The words are few and the Way is plain, and no mystery prevents men from comprehending the meaning thereof. When I said, "Except a man be born again, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God,"
I disclosed the only and true Way to this Kingdom. During my time on earth, there were some who understood this great Truth; since that time, there have been some who not only understood this Truth, but also found the Way, and followed it until they reached the goal, and are now inhabitants of this Kingdom. But the vast majority of men - priests, teachers, and people - have never understood, and have never sought to find the Way. To their spiritual senses, this great Truth has been, as it were, a hidden thing. And as they read or even recite the same to their hearers, it has no special significance. It is merely considered one of the moral precepts, such as "Love your neighbor as yourself," and with not as much importance to it as to some of these others. And so, all down the ages since the Great Kingdom has been waiting for men, they, though in all sincerity and in love towards God, have sought for and found only the Kingdom of the Perfect Man (to a greater or lesser extent), and have neglected to seek for, and have missed, the Kingdom of the Divine Angel.
Then as I have said, this Divine Love of the Father, when possessed by the soul of man, makes him, in his substance and essence, Divine - like unto the Divinity of the Father; and only such souls constitute and inhabit the Celestial or Divine Kingdom of God. This being so, it must be readily seen that the only Way to the Celestial Kingdom is that which leads to the obtaining of this Divine Love, which means the New Birth.
This New Birth is brought about by the Divine Love flowing into the souls of men, whereby they receive the very Nature and Substance of the Father, and wherefrom men cease to be the merely created beings, but become the souls of men born into the Divine Reality of God.
Then, the only Way to the Celestial Kingdom being by the New Birth, and that Birth being brought to men only by the inflowing and working of this Divine Love (and whether or not a man shall experience this Birth depending, in its initiative, on the man Himself), the question arises: "How, or in what Way, can a man obtain this Divine Love, and this New Birth, and the Celestial Kingdom?" And because the Way is so easy and simple, it may be that men will doubt the Truth of my explanation, and will continue to believe, and place all their hopes upon the orthodox doctrines of the vicarious atonement - the washing of the blood, my sufferings on the cross and bearing all the sins of the world, and my resurrection from the dead - doctrines as harmful to the salvation of mankind as they are without truth or foundation in fact or effect.
The only Way then, is simply this: That men shall believe with all the sincerity of their minds and souls, that this Great Love of the Father is waiting to be bestowed upon each and all of them; and that when they come to the Father in faith and earnest aspirations, this Love will not be withholden from them. And, in addition to this belief, that they pray with all the earnestness and longings of their souls that, the Father will open up their souls to the inflowing of this Love, and that then may come the Holy Spirit to them to bring this Love into their souls, in such abundance that their souls may be transformed into the very Essence of the Father's Love.
The man who will thus believe and pray will never be disappointed, and the Way to the Kingdom will be his, as certainly as that the sun shines by day upon the just and the unjust alike. No mediator is needed, nor are the prayers or ceremonies of priests or preachers, for God comes to man, Himself, and hears his prayers, and responds thereto by sending the Comforter, which is the Father's Messenger for conveying this Great Divine Love into the souls of men.
I have thus explained the only Way to the Celestial Kingdom of God, and to the Divine Nature in Love, and there is no other way whereby it is possible to reach this Kingdom, and the certain knowledge of Immortality. So I implore men to meditate upon these great Truths, and in meditating, believe; and when believing, pray to the Father for the inflowing of this Divine Love into their souls. In doing so, they will experience belief... faith... possession... and ownership... of that which can never be taken from them - no, not in all eternity.
And so it is with man to choose and fix his destiny. Will that destiny be the perfect man, or the Divine angel?
I will not write more now. With my Love and blessings, I will say good night.
Your brother and friend, Jesus
The Importance of Knowing the Way to the Celestial Kingdom.
Many Statements in the Bible are Untrue
I am here, Jesus;
Let me write a few lines, for I must tell you of an important Truth, that is necessary for men to know to gain a knowledge of the Plan of salvation in order to reach the Celestial Kingdom.
I know that the Bible contains many sayings attributed to me in reference to this Plan, and many of my alleged sayings are believed in, by those who claim to be Christians, which are not true. I never said them, and they are contrary to what I received from the Father as to the true Plan of men's redemption from sin, and as to the only Way by which they can obtain true atonement with the Father and a knowledge of their own Immortality.
Many of these sayings were written by men who knew not the only Way to a oneness with the Father, and were the results of the teachings of the manuscripts that then existed. They were received by the Jews as the revelations of Moses and of many of the prophets who had no knowledge of the Divine Love or of Its rebestowal upon humanity.
These men made me say those things that accorded with their ideas of what was necessary for salvation, or for the possibility of their becoming at-one with me and with the Father, and in writing their ideas, confused the Truth with what they supposed was the truth, as contained in the Old Testament. Much harm has been done by attributing many of these sayings to me, because of the supposed authority that was attached to them.
My disciples never taught and never understood that their salvation, or that of any man, depended upon faith in me as the son of God; or that I, the mere Jesus, had in me any virtue to forgive, sin or to ensure an entrance into the true Kingdom of God; or that I, as the man Jesus, was a son of God in the sense that the Bible teaches. They knew that the Father had revealed to me the Truth, and that I had in me that Love which, to a large extent, made me like unto and at-one with the Father. They also knew that my teachings of the rebestowal of the Divine Love were true, and that when they or any man should possess this Love, to the extent of that possession, they would become at-one with the Father, and also with me, who possessed It to a greater degree than any man.
I say they knew this, and taught it to the people, as I had taught it to them. But when the compilers of the present New Testament came to declare my sayings and teachings, they knew not of this Love, and hence could not understand what many of my true expressions meant. They gave them an interpretation (so far as my real sayings are concerned) that would comply with their own knowledge.
No, I am not correctly quoted in many of these sayings, and I may say, in the large majority of them. For when they were written, as now contained in the New Testament, men had lost the knowledge of their true meaning, and out of their own minds recorded that which they thought was what I had really said.
I do not see how these false sayings can be corrected except to take each saying and show its falsity by its incompatibility with what I now say. This would take too much time and expend much energy that could be employed better in declaring what the Truth actually is. But this I will say: that whenever these sayings impart that I claim to be God, or that I could, or did forgive men of their sins, or that whatsoever should be asked of the Father in my name would be received, are all untrue and have greatly misled the true seeker of knowledge and Immortality.
My disciples were close to me and understood my sayings better than all others, yet they did not understand all the truth, and left the mortal life with many expectations that were not fulfilled, and in the very nature of the same, could not be fulfilled. In certain nonessentials, they were influenced in their beliefs and expectations by their training in the teachings of these Old Testament manuscripts, and were very largely Jews in their beliefs when they died. They understood the vital things that determined their relationship to God and to their existence in the future world, but as to many of the nonessentials, they retained the faith of their fathers and were not able to receive all the truth which I could have taught them.
I must not linger to correct these alleged sayings of mine, but must occupy my time and yours in declaring and revealing the Truth as it exists now, and existed then; that you and the world may know that wherever and whenever these Bible sayings of mine conflict with what I have written and shall write you, they are untrue and were never said by me. Thus in this general way I will make plain to men that the Bible must not be relied on or believed in, in all particulars, as containing the truth or my declarations of the truth.
I was saying that the Jews and the teachers of the church that became established (or rather, controlled) after the death of my followers and those who understood the true teachings of my disciples taught the conduct of men towards their fellowmen. However, the observance of certain ceremonies and feasts was regarded as the important thing for men to learn and practice in order to gain salvation, rather than the Truths which made man a child of the Father and at-one with Him through the operation of the New Birth.
Of course, before my coming, the Jews could not have taught the truth of the New Birth because the Great Gift of the rebestowal of the Divine Love had not been made. And it was not possible for that Great Truth, which was necessary for Immortality and the possibility of man's partaking of God's Divine Love, to be known to the Jews; hence they could not teach it. Their teachings were limited and confined to the things which would make them purer in their natural love, and in the relation of that love to the Father.
God, at that time, while He never gave them the privilege of becoming at-one with Him in the Divine Love, or even of becoming such beings in their character and spiritual qualities as were Adam and Eve, yet He did require of them obedience to His Laws, which would develop in them their natural love to such a degree as would cause it to become in harmony with His Laws that controlled and governed their natural love.
If you will study the Ten Commandments, you will see that these Commandments deal only with the natural love. Their observance would tend to make men better in that natural love, and better in their conduct with one another and in their relationship to God, so far as that love brought them in communion with Him. This natural love, as I have said, was possessed by men, just as the first parents possessed it, and was never taken from them; and in its purity, was in perfect harmony with God's Creation and the workings of His Universe. But notwithstanding these great qualities, men were mere men, and had in them no part of the Divinity of the Father.
And this being so, the Jews, while they were supposed to be more in contact with God through the prophets and seers than were any of the other races or sects of God's children, yet never looked for a Messiah who would come with any other or greater power than that which would enable them to become the great ruling nation of the earth, to whom all other peoples would be subordinated and subjected and powerless to ever again conquer, or subject their nation to bondage.
In a way, this Messiah was to be a kind of supernatural being, having power which no other man ever had, and a kind of god to be worshiped and served during their earthly lives.
Many of the Jews believed in other gods than the One which Moses declared, as is evidenced in their histories, both sacred and secular. For whenever their God - that is, the God of Moses - did not treat them just as they thought He should, they would create and worship other gods - even the golden calf.
So I say, they never expected a Messiah who would be other than a most powerful ruler on earth. Their ideas and beliefs of the life after death were very hazy. And even that part of them known as the Pharisees, who believed in a kind of resurrection, never conceived that, when they should drop the mortal life, they would be anything different in their qualities and characters from what they were as mortals, or would experience anything more than the great increased happiness which would come to them as such spiritualized mortals.
This was the idea of the common people, and also of the priests and scribes. And notwithstanding the many beautiful and spiritual psalms ascribed to David, the happiness or glory that they might expect was only that which would come to them as spiritualized mortals having only the natural love.
So you see, the Great Gift of the Father - the rebestowal of the Divine Love - was not known or even dreamed of by the Jews; nor conceived of, nor taught, by their scribes; nor spoken of even by their great prophets or lawgivers such as Moses and Elias and others.
Their conception of God was that of an exalted, personal being, all powerful and all knowing, Whom they would be able to see face to face, as they might any king or ruler, when they should come into the heavens which He had prepared for them, and where He had His habitation.
As I was saying, the chief object of my mission on earth was to teach the rebestowal of the Divine Love upon man, and the Way to obtain It; and the secondary object was to teach men those moral truths which would tend to make them better in their conduct towards their fellowman and purer in their natural love.
And so it is that in my teachings of these moral truths, the effect of these teachings was to bring man more in harmony with the Laws of the Father which control the operations of the natural love. I never at any time intended that men should understand that these moral truths would bring about their union with the Father in the Divine sense, or that the possession of this natural love in its purest state would enable man to become a partaker of God's Divine Nature, or an inhabitant of His Kingdom.
But, as I have said, apparently the only object that these compilers and writers of the Bible had to accomplish was to persuade men that the observance of these moral teachings in their conduct was all that was necessary to enable them to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
I know it is said, that love and almsgiving and kind deeds will work to a man's salvation, and enable him to become at-one with the Father and to enjoy the Presence of God in the high heavens; but this is not true. The good deeds which a man performs in the way of helping his fellowman will live after him, and will undoubtedly work toward his becoming perfect in his natural love; but they will not bring that man into at-onement with the Father in the Higher Love which is so necessary for his full salvation.
While my messages to you will not take one jot or tittle from the moral teachings, yet they will show to man the necessity and Way to obtain a full reconciliation with the Father, and a home in the Celestial Spheres.
I will come to you again and write upon a subject which is important to you, and which men should understand.
So, with all my love, I will say good night.
Your brother and friend, Jesus
I desire to write on the subject of: “Why the love of God--I mean the divine love--is necessary for man to possess in order that he may become at-One with the Father and an inhabitant of the celestial kingdom.”
Already I have written you what this divine love is in contradistinction to the natural love and how it is necessary to save men from their sins so that they may become inhabitants of the celestial kingdom, and that nothing but this love will make a man at-One with the Father, and that no mere ceremony or belief in me as the savior of men will effectuate that end. And now I will try to show you why this divine love is necessary, or as your learned men might say, show you the philosophy of the transformation of the mere man into the divine angel, which every man becomes who receives this love into his soul. In the first place. Man, as you have been informed,.....