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I Begin With Me

 These are the foundations that will unlock the Bible in a way you never knew existed.
From the series starting with “Unmasking the Truth” – Continue to part 3 “Self-Recognition

The Bible is more than a compilation of sacred books and stories. It is a key tool to unlocking the hidden attributes of your true self. The stories are not meant to be taken literal only, but also as a means of reflecting truths within yourself. By looking into what I call the universal mirror of truth we can see who we really are, and also find our true purpose and the meaning of life. So where do we begin to tear away what the Bible calls the veil of Moses? It starts by looking at yourself in a mirror and stripping away your pretenses of your basic-self called the ego.

James 1:23
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was

When you look into the mirror you see the vanity of self, and that your entire reality is centrally focused on aspects of you alone. This is not just about our looks but about our perceptions and beliefs of life, as Solomon so eloquently teaches us in the book of Ecclesiastes.

Ecclesiastes 1:14
I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all is vanity and grasping for the wind.

In the vanity of the mirror we must imagine that if the world outside you mirrors the world within you, and vice versa. Then we are, of an essence, a compilation of all we see and learn, and in turn everything is a reflection of our own desires and personal tastes. In this world reflection-of-self you will only see God’s truth by seeing past your own perceptions and views of the world around you. True seeing comes only in seeing beyond the illusion of you and seeing the world through the eyes of God. So to begin with, you must learn to unlock your true potential-self by starting with seeing who you really are on the inside right now, and not trying to focus on the illusion your ego paints for you.

Matthew 6:33
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Starting with the self may seem counter intuitive to what most churches teach, that you must start outside of you and work inward, rather than work inward to reach outward. But the kingdom of heaven is not only outside of you but within you as well.

Matthew 6:10
Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.

Ironically both answers are correct simultaneously. The inner truth the Bible holds does not actually change what your church doctrines teach. It is almost as if there was another side of the Bible written to reflect two truths at the same time. Not as a true reflection of opposites but rather as complimentary reflections of each other. Unfortunately this attribute of the Bible has been somewhat lost over the generations and no longer taught in churches today, but once you learn to see with new eyes everything will change and every story, song and parable you read will transform to contain hidden truths about you and your quest for enlightenment. But you must be open to this understanding or you will always only see the surface level of the Bible and little more.

When pointing at the heavens do not focus on the finger or you will miss all the heavenly glory
~ Bruce Lee

Chasing Jesus

Mark 5:21
Now when Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a great multitude gathered to Him; and He was by the sea.

When we call ourselves a “Christian” it means that we declare ourselves as one that follows Jesus Christ, and that we are students and servants of our Lord and master, and to do the best that we can to follow His teachings and His examples He set for our life. But what do you do if you don’t fully understand what it is that’s being taught to you by the teacher? Do you understand everything that you were taught by His life and examples?

Like:

  • Why did He walk on water? Was it just because it was faster and easier, or did it have another meaning?
  • Why did He heal only certain people and not the whole world at once? Or why do we get sick at all?
  • Why did He share only certain key things with His elect disciples, and leave nothing but stories for the others that followed Him?
  • What was the significance of His miraculous conception?
  • What did it mean to die nailed to a cross/hung from a tree (Acts 5:30; Acts 10:39)? Why did He have to die in the flesh so that we could have eternal life in the spirit?

These were only a very few examples of teaching we may not fully understand, but if you don’t understand them fully, does that still make you a Christian? And if so, then what about the crowd that followed Him without ever truly understanding what it was that He was saying? Unlike us today, they followed Him in person and actually heard Him speak! Were they Christians too if they could not follow along in meaning? And if so why did He mask His teachings to them in parables? So if we too follow Jesus does it then make us a disciple of His teachings even if we don’t fully understand Him, or are we in some ways still just one of the crowd chasing along trying to keep up and be a part of something?

Matthew 13:34
All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them,

Matthew 13:10
And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?

Matthew 13:13
Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.

Mark 4:34
But without a parable He did not speak to them. And when they were alone, He explained all things to His disciples.

Please spend a moment and reread the highlighted text again. There is not a moment that Jesus does not speak to the crowd unless it was in a parable, but when the crowd was not around He would freely explain the parables meanings to His disciples, whom over time understood what He was saying… but it seemed to have taken a little time to master it.

Mark 4:13
And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?

Why would Jesus do this? Wouldn’t you suppose the crowd would benefit from these deeper insights as well? I know that as a modern Christian we read the Bible and we can see both sides to the parables that are explained by Jesus to His disciples. But what about the others that have no translation written down? In fact very few parables have interpretations for them. So, ask yourself this, If Jesus’ disciples learned to understand the parables without further explanation and if I don’t understand them myself thousands of years later, what does that make me, a true disciple of His teachings or just another member of the crowd?

Mat 10:24
The disciple is not above [his] master, nor the servant above his lord.

The word disciple simply means student. It is a somewhat common term and not to be confused with the word apostle. However a disciple is not like a child student today, spending their time in a classroom without true loyalties to the class or teacher. A disciple refers more to one that has a single master teacher that they follow/serve and imitate in all things. In a way they are like a tradesman’s apprentice learning their master’s craft and doing his bidding, and when the student has learned all there is to learn from their master, they too will one day take on students of their own as a master.

Matthew 28:19
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

When we declare ourselves as Christians, then we too are declaring ourselves to follow our one master teacher Jesus Christ and to do His bidding as a servant. And as a good student of a great master, it means we too are privileged to know things on the master’s level.

Matthew 13:11
He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.

We are often too quick to read these passages and run onto the next truth, and as a result we often miss the subtleties of what is actually being said. Look at line 12 again. This is not meant as physical wealth and gain but rather the gaining of true spiritual insights and understanding. This is about knowledge far beyond what you learn in life, or rather from what we learn on the surface level of what life teaches us, and gain its hidden wisdom instead. When you begin to understand the deeper truths you will gain deeper understanding still, but if you cannot grasp these basic truths, nothing will make sense and all is lost to you. As disciples of Jesus we join the ranks of those of an inner circle of friends. In such you will learn things no other man can know on his own. But you cannot join this secret club unless you are willing to fully follow your master by seeing beyond sight and hearing beyond sound. All things resonate with the sound of truth, and all things show us the secrets they hold if we learn to pay attention. So we must change our perspectives and focus on truth and not on pursuits that lead nowhere but the grave. All of life is our teacher but the lessons it offers are cleverly covered over by a thin veil of disbelief and misunderstanding. The secret reality and truths of life cover themselves with thousands of masks keeping us from discovering our true purpose and the secret true meaning of life.

Matthew 13:16
But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; 17 for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

This passage is not only written to the apostles but to all of the disciples of Jesus, for all of eternity. Our master rabbi still speaks to us even now, far from beyond the veil of this reality. Even the grave itself could not contain Him. And He speaks to you, even now, His true and faithful servant. All along He has been showing you that there is more to this life than just what you see and hear. There is more that you must learn to understand. We must learn to remove the veil that covers our eyes and separates us from the true reality of life, but yet, on the level of the soul I cannot see beyond the me that blinds me. So if I am the center of me, then I must first understand myself so that I may unlock the door to the kingdom of heaven within.

Matthew 7:7
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

Once this bridge or doorway is opened I can then better and easier connect to others as reflections of myself. So I must first start with me to find my balance to then help others, but yet the answers are not in me but in the quest of the world outside me. So I must face the mirror from both sides. One as a seeker of truth, and another as a servant to it.

Mark 12:31
And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

In service we find our greatest truth, and in others we see reflections of our spirit and gain insights into ourselves.

Proverbs 27:19
As in water face reflects face, So a man’s heart reveals the man.

Proverbs 27:17
As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

So it is in others that I will discover myself, and in myself I will discover how better to serve the Lord through those in need.

These are the foundations that will unlock the Bible in a way you never knew existed.
From the series starting with “Unmasking the Truth” – Continue to part 3 “Self-Recognition

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