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The Mystical Teachings of Jesus

"Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." 

 

Matthew 6:34

The mystical teachings of Jesus point us inward to the truth. They invite to us to open our hearts to the mystical reality of our oneness with God.  Jesus taught that we have the same power he discovered to forgive the world and remember reality; that as we learn to forgive and extend this gift of innocence to our brothers, we give ourselves that same gift which Jesus gave to us.

Read these mystical teachings from Jesus from the New Testament and as you do, listen with your heart.

“Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:20-21)

Jesus knew that the Kingdom of Heaven was not a separate place that would appear here or there, but that it was within, as a State of Mind that was freely available to all.

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17)

The word "repent" simply means to change one's mind. Jesus is asking us to give up our old ideas of Heaven being far away. It is not some place far in the clouds, nor a place that we will go to someday in the future. Rather, he says it is "at hand", meaning that it is very close (like a hand).  

​Jesus also spoke to us of the "plank" (like a beam or a log) in our eye that blocks our vision and distorts our view of others. He asked why we are so focused on other people's blocks instead of focusing on our own: 

"And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:3-6)

Forgiveness is Paramount! David Hoffmeister
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At the beginning of that same verse, Jesus says:

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you." (Matthew 7:1-2)

When we judge others, we inevitably feel guilty because we haven't removed the "plank" from our own eye. On some level, therefore, we know that are judgment cannot be accurate. Jesus taught that we must first remove the plank from our own eye, and only then can we be truly helpful to our brother. He clearly was not teaching that we should judge others; on the contrary, he taught that we must forgive, over and over and over...

Forgiveness

"Then Peter came to Him and said, 'Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?' Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven." (Matthew 18:21-22)

 

Not only did he preach forgiveness, but he demonstrated it. 

“And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.’” (Luke 23:33-34)

In the gospel of Luke, the same message of Jesus is recorded:

“Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:37-38)

Jesus did not ask us to profess in his name by word. He is asking us to be a demonstration of the Love of Christ. He is asking us to not judge but to forgive. If we do, we are standing on a solid foundation that will not be shaken by anything this world tries to throw at us. If we do not, we are standing on a very slippery slope.

 

"Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.” (Luke 6:47-49)

Love

The mystical teachings of Jesus point us to Love, for he knows the truth about you. You are the light of the world. When you give your heart and mind to God for Christ, you will also know the truth about yourself and about your brother. Jesus’ words teach that the highest commandment is that we give to God the loyalty of our minds.

“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31)

To clarify that second commandment, Jesus also said,

“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” (John 13:34)

To love one another as Jesus loved us means to Love each other with the Love of Christ... unconditional Love. This is different than the kind of love we give others only to get something in return. When we give love without conditions, we are also obeying Jesus' first commandment, to love God with all our heart, all our soul, and our all mind.

 

In saying all our heart, soul, and mind, Jesus is also saying that we cannot be both loving and judgmental. Love and judgment cannot co-exist. No one can serve two masters.

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” (Matthew 6:24)

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor’ and ‘hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be like your Father in heaven, since he causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Even the tax collectors do the same, don’t they? And if you only greet your brothers, what more do you do? Even the Gentiles do the same, don’t they? So then, be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:43-48)

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Let Thine Eye Be Single

In other words, the way out of judgment—the way to realize the Kingdom of Heaven within is through forgiveness. Forgive, and ye shall be forgiven. Jesus did not teach that sin deserved punishment, or that punishment is justified. Rather, he taught us to look beyond our limited thinking, to go beyond what the body’s eyes see, and to see with the eyes of Christ. “Let thine eye be single” means to see only the innocence of your brother, and without the "plank" of judgment blocking your vision. 

This brings us to one of the mystical teachings of Jesus in the New Testament...

“The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness.” (Luke 11:34)

Pray deeply on the meaning of these sayings, and may the Holy Spirit illuminate your whole mind with the light of truth. 

Amen.

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