MAN AND WOMAN AND CHILD
Harold W. Percival
THE HUMAN BEING FROM ADAM TO JESUS
Jesus, the “Forerunner” for Conscious Immortality
Those who would know more about early Christian teachings may consult “Christianity, in the First Three Centuries,” by Ammonius Saccas.
Among other things the Gospels have this to say about the generation of Jesus and his appearance as a human being:
Matthew, Chapter 1, verse 18: Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. (19) Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. (20) 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. (21) And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. (23) 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. (25) And [Joseph] knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
Luke, Chapter 2, verse 46: And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. (47) And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. (48) And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. (49) And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? (50) And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. (52) And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
Chapter 3, verse 21: Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened. (22) And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. (23) And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli, (24) Which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Janna, which was the son of Joseph . . .
Here follow all the verses from 25 to 38:
(38) . . . which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.
The corporeal physical body in which Jesus lived may not have been generally known. This is made probable by the fact that it is written that Judas was paid 30 pieces of silver to identify Jesus from his disciples, by kissing him. But from various Bible passages it is evident that the term JESUS was to represent the conscious self, the Doer, or feeling-and-desire, in every human body, and /not/ the body. However that may be, the incorporeal Jesus as self-conscious desire-and-feeling walked the earth in a human physical body at that time, just as at the present time every human body has in it the immortal feeling-desire conscious self in a woman body, or a self-conscious desire-feeling in a man body. And without this self-conscious self there is no human being.
A difference between the desire-feeling as Jesus at that time and the desire-feeling in a man body of today, is that Jesus knew himself to be the immortal Doer, the Word, desire-feeling in the body, whereas no human being knows /what/ he is, awake or asleep. Further, a purpose for the coming of Jesus at that time was to tell that he was the immortal self /in/ the body, and /not/ the body itself. And he especially came to set an example, that is, to be a “forerunner” of what the human should do, and be, in order to find himself in the body and eventually to be able to say: “I and my Father are one”; which meant that he, Jesus, being conscious of himself as the Doer in his physical body, thereby was conscious of his direct Sonship relation to his Lord, God (Thinker-and-Knower) of his Triune Self.
Nearly 2000 years have passed since Jesus walked the earth in a physical body. Since then innumerable churches have been built in his name. But his message has not been understood. Perhaps it was not intended that his message should be understood. It is one’s own conscious self which must save one from death; that is, the human must become conscious of himself, as Doer while in the body—conscious of himself as distinct and different from the physical body—in order to achieve conscious immortality. With the finding of Jesus in one’s body, the human being may change his physical sexual body to be a sexless body of immortal life. That this is so, is confirmed by what has been left in the Books of the New Testament.
In The Gospel according to St. John it is said:
Chapter 1, verses 1 to 5: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in the darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
Those are enigmatic statements. They have been repeated endlessly but nobody seems to know what they mean. They mean that Jesus, the Word, desire-feeling, the Doer part of his Triune Self, was sent on a mission to the world to tell of Jesus, desire-feeling, and of “God,” Thinker-Knower of that Triune Self. He, Jesus, knowing himself as distinct from his body, was the Light, but the darkness—those who were not so conscious—comprehended it not.
The important point of the mission on which he, Jesus, was sent to the world was to tell that others could also become conscious as the Doer parts of their individual Triune Selves, that is, as the “sons of each one’s respective Father.” That at that time there were those who understood and followed him, is shown in verse 12:
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (13) Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
But nothing is heard of these in the Gospels. The Gospels were to tell the people at large, but those of the people who wanted to know more than was told publicly, sought him out, even as Nicodemus sought him out, at night; and those who sought him and wished to become sons of their individual “Gods” got the instruction which could not be given to the multitudes. In John, Chapter 16, verse 25, Jesus says:
These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.
This he could do only after he had sufficiently acquainted them about themselves as being the Word, which made them conscious as themselves.
The word, desire-feeling, in the human, is the beginning of all things, and without it the world could not be as it is. It is what the human thinks and does with his desire and feeling that will determine the destiny of mankind.
Jesus came at a crucial period in human history, when his teaching could be given and understood by some, to try to turn man’s thinking from war and destruction toward a life for Conscious Immortality. In this he was a forerunner to teach, to explain, to show, and to demonstrate by personal example how to immortalize his physical body, so that, as he told those whom he left behind: Whither I am, there may ye also be.
After appearing among the doctors in the temple at the age of 12, nothing is heard of him until he appears when about 30 years old, at the river Jordan, to be baptized by John. The interim was a period of eighteen years of preparation in seclusion, during which he made ready for immortalizing his physical body. It is stated in:
Matthew, Chapter 3, verse 16: And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: (17) and lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
That indicated that he was Jesus, the Christ. As Jesus, the Christ, he was one with God; that is, the Doer was united with his Thinker-Knower, his God, which definitely immortalized his physical body and dedicated him to the work as “Forerunner” and as belonging to the Order of Melchisedec, a priest of the most high God.
Hebrews, Chapter 7, verse 15: And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, (16) Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life. (17) For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. (24) But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Chapter 9, verse 11: But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building.
The early outposts that Jesus left behind are only landmarks that show a way to the kind of inner life that must be lived in order to know and to enter the kingdom of God. As is written, when one asked the Lord, when his kingdom would come? he answered: “When two shall be one and that which is without as that which is within; and the male with the female, neither male nor female.” That means that desire-and-feeling would then not be unbalanced in human bodies with desire predominating in the male bodies and feeling predominating in the female bodies, but would be blended and balanced and amalgamated in sexless, immortal, perfect physical bodies of eternal life—the second temple—each as a Doer-Thinker-Knower, a Triune Self complete, in The Realm of Permanence.
Much of the unhappy past which has been the lot of humanity for nearly 2000 years starts indirectly from the perversion of people’s minds due to erroneous teachings concerning the meaning of the “trinity.” A good deal of this was caused by the alterations, changes, additions, and deletions made in the original source materials. For those reasons Bible passages cannot be depended upon as being unaltered and according to original sources. Many of the changes centered around attempts to explain the “trinity” as being three persons in one, as one Universal God—however, only for those who belonged to a given denomination. Some people will in time realize that there can be no one universal God, but that there is the individual God that speaks within human beings—as each one can testify who will listen to the Thinker-Knower of his Triune Self speaking in his own heart as his conscience. That will be better understood when the human learns how to consult his “conscience” habitually. He may then realize that he is the Doer part of his Triune Self—as indicated in these pages and, in more detail, in Thinking and Destiny.
Let the reader realize that the immortalized body of Jesus was beyond the possibility of physical suffering, and that, as Doer-Thinker-Knower of his individual Triune Self complete, he entered a state of Bliss quite beyond the conception of any human imagining.
Such is also the reader’s ultimate destiny, for soon or late he must, and finally will, choose to take the first step on The Great Way to Conscious Immortality.
Copyright 1979 by The Word Foundation, Inc.