On Tuesday, early in the day, the master and the twelve went to Jerusalem. And as they went the twelve observed the tree to which the Lord had talked the day before, and lo, the leaves were withered, just as if they had been scorched with fire. And Peter said, Lord, see the tree! Its leaves are withered and the tree seems dead. And Jesus said, So shall it be with those who bear no fruit. When God shall call them up to give account, lo, he will breathe upon them, and their leaves, their empty words, will wither and decay. God will not let the fruitless trees of life encumber ground, and he will pluck them up and cast them all away. (Aquarian Gospel 153:1-5)
So shall it be with those who bear no fruit. When God shall call them up to give account, lo, he will breathe upon them, and their leaves, their empty words, will wither and decay. Whenever we go forth from this world there is a summing up of our life. At that time we cannot take refuge in rationalization or erroneous views. Rather, we see things absolutely clearly and accurately. The ego has no chance there to intervene. We see the way things are directly and completely. This is the action of the Holy Spirit, the “breath” God will breathe upon us. All that is false and illusory will melt away and only the perception of the reality of our situation will remain.
God will not let the fruitless trees of life encumber ground, and he will pluck them up and cast them all away. This is not some kind of vengeance or judgment, but a great mercy. All that is barren in our life will be eliminated so we will not forever be wandering in the maze of our deluded minds. The vision of the truth may not be pleasing to us, and may even be shameful and painful, but it will be freeing us from the possibility of wasting many lives.
Now, you can demonstrate the power of God. Have faith in God, and you can bid the mountains to depart, and they will crumble at your feet; and you may talk to wind and wave, and they will hear, and will obey what you command. God hears the prayer of faith and when you ask in faith you shall receive.
You may not ask amiss; God will not hear the prayer of any man who comes to him with blood of other men upon his hands. And he who harbors envious thoughts, and does not love his fellow men, may pray forever unto God, and he will hear him not. God can do nothing more for men than they would do for other men. (Aquarian Gospel 153:6-11)
Through faith great things can come to pass, but faith is not enough. There must be rectitude of thought, work and deed.
You may not ask amiss; God will not hear the prayer of any man who comes to him with blood of other men upon his hands. And he who harbors envious thoughts, and does not love his fellow men, may pray forever unto God, and he will hear him not.
Injury of others, hatred, envy and hardness of heart toward any will ensure that our prayers will bear no fruit but will go unheeded by God and the godly: the saints and angels.
God can do nothing more for men than they would do for other men. In the Lord’s Prayer we are told that we shall only be forgiven to the degree that we forgive others. In the same way nothing will be done for us more than we either do for others or are sincerely willing and able to do for others.
And Jesus walked again within the temple courts. The priests and scribes were much emboldened by the council of Caiaphas and the other men in power, and so they came to Jesus and they said, Who gave you the authority to do as you have done? Why did you drive the merchants from the temple yesterday?
And Jesus answered them and said, If you will answer what I ask, then I will answer you; Was John, the harbinger, a man of God, or was he a seditious man? The scribes and Pharisees were loath to answer him; they reasoned thus among themselves: If we shall say, John was a prophet sent from God, then he will say, John testified for me, that I am son of God, why do you not believe his words? If we should say, John was a bold, seditious man, the people will be angered, for they think he was a prophet of the living God. And so they answered Jesus and they said, We do not know; we cannot tell. Then Jesus said, If you will tell me not, then I will tell you not who gave me power to drive the robbers from the house of God. (Aquarian Gospel 153:12-21)
Jesus has set his sight upon the end of his mission and is preparing for that. Therefore he has no words or time to waste on those whose hearts are intent on evil and destruction, who wish to be his murderers. Consequently he is embodying the statement he himself made in his life as David: “With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward” (Psalms 18:26). “Froward” means stubborn, perverse and crooked. He is acting in pure honesty according to the actual nature and intent of those who approach him.
And then he spoke a parable to them; he said, A man once made a feast inviting all the rich and honored people of the land. But when they came, they found the door into the banquet hall was low, and they could enter not except they bowed their heads and fell down on their knees. These people would not bow their heads and fall down on their knees, and so they went away; they went not to the feast. And then the man sent forth his messengers to bid the common folks, and those of low estate, to come and feast with him. These people gladly came; they bowed their heads and fell down on their knees, and came into the banquet hall and it was full, and every one rejoiced.
And then the master said, Behold, you priests and scribes, and Pharisees! the Lord of heaven and earth has spread a sumptuous feast, and you were bidden first of all; but you have found the door into the banquet hall so low that you must bow your heads and fall down on your knees to enter in, and you have scorned the king who made the feast, refused to bow your heads and fall down on your knees, and you have gone your way; but now God calls again; the common folks and those of low estate have come in multitudes, have entered in unto the feast and all rejoice.
I tell you, men, that publicans and courtesans go through the gates into the kingdom of the God of heaven, and you are left without. John came to you in righteousness; he brought the truth, but you believed him not. But publicans and courtesans believed, and were baptized and now have entered in unto the feast. I tell you now, as I have told you many times, The many have been called, but chosen are the few. (Aquarian Gospel 153:22-33)
Humility is essential to enter into communion with God, a humility which is not an emotion but an honest, spiritual insight into the glory of God which renders the seer glad and willing to bow and kneel before God and his saints, including his messengers. For bowing to the Messiah was bowing to God who sent him, and it done with joy by those who yearned for the way into the eternal Kingdom.
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