Sages of the New Covenant
Kingdom of God is the Good News of Jesus. But there seems to be a misconception about the Good News of Christ. The Good News of Jesus Christ had four aspects, which we could find from the words of Jesus Christ Himself:
From this verse it is implied that you need not go in search of the Kingdom of God (KoG) elsewhere in Heaven; but repent for your belief that you are NOT created in the ‘likeness of God’ to experience the KoG, while on this life on Earth itself.
God spoke two times in the New Testament. The first one was immediately after the baptism of Jesus: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17) The second one was after the transfiguration of Jesus: “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!” (Matthew 17:5) In addition, Jesus said that He is Son of God directly in the following verses: John 5:25, John 10:36, John 11:4 and John 17:1. Jesus indirectly implied that He is son of God in the following verses: Matthew 11:27 and John 8:58-59. Moreover, Jesus allowed others to acknowledge Him as the Son God in the following verses: Luke 3:21-22, Matthew 4:3-7, John 1:49-50, Matthew 16:15-17, John 11:25-27 and John 20:28. Hence there is no doubt that Jesus is the Son of God.
As predicted in the Judaic scriptures: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14), and identified in the Gospel as: ““Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:23), Jesus became the Immanuel after His baptism and the power of God (Holy Spirit) descending on Him in the form of a dove and Heaven declaring him: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”. Though Jesus’ mother and foster father named Him, Jesus, God in the Voice-form declared that He has become the Immanuel in John 10:30.
As small fish, human beings were searching for the ocean, not realizing that their habitat is ocean and Jesus came as a big fish to make the other small fish aware that they are already in the ocean.
John 14:6, do not talk about taking a baptism and joining a church; but talks about seeing God in the Immanuel: “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”(John 14:7). In John 14:1, Jesus makes a clear distinction that God and Immanuel are two entities by saying: “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.”
When His disciple Philip wanted to see the Father-God, Jesus confirmed this duality, by replying as follows: “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? “(John 14:9). From this it is clear that one can experience God by experiencing the Immanuel.
By participating in the Eucharist we become one with Immanuel and in the process become one with God, though the similar duality will exist between God and us.
The following verses indicate though there is duality (John 14:1) between God and the Immanuel, Jesus the Immanuel spoke with the authority of God.
“Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves”. (John 14: 10&11)
Jesus who was half human and half divine at birth, became an Immanuel (fully human and fully Divine) during His baptism. He died as a human and had a Divine resurrection.
The purpose of advent of Jesus Christ is to be an archetype of an Immanuel and make us resurrect as the original Adam of God’s Creation.
Jesus Christ is the archetype of ‘Immanuel-Konsciousness©’.
The Good News has two parts:
a. Human beings are capable of becoming Immanuel s by realizing the nature of original Adam – created in the likeness of God. When Jesus took baptism, the God in the Voice form declared that Jesus is the Son of God. Similarly, by taking water baptism, we declare to the outside world that we have become Immanuel Conscious and initiate ourselves into Immanuel-Konsciousness©. Talking baptism is not enrolling oneself into a particular church.
Baptism is just a spiritualistic ritual to attune oneself with God.
In the absence of a priest / pastor to give you baptism, one could have Self-baptism.
b. Human beings could renew their relationship with God through the Immanuel. Luke 22: 19 & 20, says:
“He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you. “
By participating in the Eucharist, we renew our New Covenant with the Immanuel and virtually re-establish the connection with God, by becoming part of Christ’s death and resurrection. By part-taking in the human death of Jesus, we perform the yagna or sacrifice our a-sat [untruth] – the belief of Adam and Eve while eating the Fruit of Knowledge that we were not created in the likeness of God. By part-taking in the divine resurrection of Jesus, we go through the born-again experience, which Jesus was suggesting to Nicodemus in John 3:3 & 7.
Through this born-again-experience, we permit the original Adam of God’s Creation, resurrect in us.
In other words, we attain the Swadharma of our creation. Jesus said the following:
“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:5&6)
In the Garden of Eden Adam and Eve lost their illumination by failing to acknowledge the ‘likeness of God’, while eating the Fruit of Knowledge, which is a spiritual death, necessitating a spiritual born-again experience; and this born-again experience is feasible only by participating in the Fellowship Meal of Christ – Eucharist. Eucharist brings all the Bhaktas (devotees) to a common forum, which would serve as a miniature of a Vasudhaiva kutumbakam (Kingdom of God).
We all agree that God is love, who expects us to love unconditionally others. Would such loving God punish Adam and Eve to this extent, just because of their disobedience? God would not have banished them from the Garden of Eden. Adam and eve were like the river fish, when the water is drained, they bury themselves inside mud. Adam and Eve must have fled, as their darkness (which engulfed them, as they failed to acknowledge their likeness of God) could not withstand before the illumination of God, who had been visiting at the cool time of the day. As the garden itself was full of illumination, which Adam and Eve, out of sheer ignorance believed that God had placed flaming sword to prevent their re-entry. Right from Adam, till the advent of Jesus, everyone was living in this ignorance. But the God who created the humanity was longing for the human beings to return to the Garden of Eden (New Heaven and New Earth).
Jesus, the Immanuel, the archetype of New Adam, showed us the way to get re-illuminated and facilitated us to sit in the wedding banquet table with the appropriate outfit (Matthew 22: 8-13). This is the Good News.
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