“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I GO AWAY: for if I go not away, the Comforter WILL NOT COME UNTO YOU;” (John 16:7)
While many view this as pertaining merely to the literal, physical departure of Jesus prior to the advent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, there is a deeper metaphorical or spiritual understanding to this statement which is often missed: The mental concepts and ideologies which have been built around the “man Jesus” and which have made an idol out of him based on those ideas and beliefs concerning his earthly existence must also GO AWAY in order for US to truly experience the Reality of the Divine Nature, in that, “IT IS NO LONGER “I” (separate egoic self) that lives, but CHRIST (Spiritual Identity: One with the Father). In essence, there has to be a “Second Going“; the death of every mental concept of Jesus in our perception which has inadvertently prevented us from experiencing the Reality of God in the midst of Our Being.
“Even though we have known Christ after the flesh (according to a human evaluation and understanding), yet NOW we know him in that way NO MORE.” (2Cor. 5:16)
“Those symbols must die or have already died that they may bear the fruit which is their own meaning, that they may release the Life of God which is in them…..The faith of Christians in the rigid symbolic dogma is shaken and shattered that their Living Content may be discovered — that through this bodily death the Church and its faith may “rise WITH Christ” in a spiritualized body. For as the mortal body is to the body of the Resurrection, so is symbolic faith to Mystical Realization.” -Alan Watts from “Behold The Spirit”
It seems surprising that many have actually missed the “coming” of the Holy Spirit AS the manifest Presence of Christ. If anything is the “Second Coming” isn’t that?
Jesus said, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but ye know him; for he dwells with you, and shall BE IN YOU. I WILL not leave you comfortless: I WILL COME TO YOU (AS SPIRIT).” (John 14:16-18)
Amazingly, just like the term “Rapture,” the phrase “Second Coming” never actually appears in the Bible. The only passage which even uses verbiage similar is in Hebrews, and upon closer investigation it will be seen that the “appearing” which is referred to there does not constitute the future apocalyptic event predicted by many in mainstream Christendom.
“Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but INTO HEAVEN itself, NOW to APPEAR IN the PRESENCE OF GOD for us;…….. And unto them that LOOK for him shall he APPEAR the SECOND TIME without sin unto salvation.” (Hebrews 9:24 & 28)
Notice that He entered INTO HEAVEN and APPEARS (NOW) in the Presence of God (the FIRST TIME), and will APPEAR (to those that LOOK NOW in Spirit) the SECOND TIME without respect to SIN (separate sense of identity) but UNTO (full ) SALVATION (The revealing of Our True Identity AS Christ in ONENESS with the Father).
“To an inheritance imperishable, undefiled and unfading, which has been RESERVED IN Heaven (Kingdom Within) for you, whom God in His power is guarding through faith for a SALVATION that EVEN NOW stands ready for unveiling at the End of the Age.” (1Peter 1:4-5)
“This “rapture” as it has been termed, occurs internally, within our consciousness as we experience union between God the Divine, and man.” -Barbara Symons, from the book Escaping Christianity: Finding Christ
Furthermore, when the Scriptures declare that “you will SEE the Son of Man coming WITH the CLOUDS OF HEAVEN” and that “He comes WITH CLOUDS and EVERY EYE shall SEE Him” it is NOT referring to the literal clouds in the sky. According to Paul, we are “compassed about by so great a CLOUD OF WITNESSES.” We are also told in Jude that false ministers are “CLOUDS without water carried about of winds,” which implies that “True Ministers” are CLOUDS WITH WATER flowing like rivers of Living Water out of their Innermost Being. In a prophecy from Hosea it says that He shall COME AS THE RAIN to water the earth (Spirit IN Humanity) and RAIN COMES through CLOUDS. “For He is coming to be glorified IN HIS SAINTS and marveled at IN ALL them that believe.” (Mark 14:62/ Rev. 1:7/ Hebrews 12:1/ Jude 1:12)
“Then shall we know, if we follow on to KNOW the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall COME unto us AS THE RAIN, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.” (Hosea 6:3)
The physical imagery of a “Personal Savior” Jesus appearing in the literal sky of fundamentalism (while it may have served a purpose at one time) not only perpetuates a sense of separation by objectifying the Source of Our Life AS separate from WHO WE ARE, it presents an external image of a man who supposedly raised the bar so high that there is no way anyone can ever get out from under his shadow, let alone attain to his stature.
“To know the Christ Person was to see through His actions and come to the understanding that we share in the same godliness (God-likeness) as He did. Knowledge of Christ the Man led to consciousness of Christ the Principle…..This is Christ Consciousness, something so much more potent, plausible, and viable than the religion bearing the name.” – Carlton Pearson, from the book God Is Not A Christian, Nor A Jew, Muslim, Hindu…
Despite popular opinion, Jesus did not have some kind of an “unfair advantage” over us. The scriptures declare that “he GREW in wisdom and stature,” “was TEMPTED IN ALL points like as we are,” and “LEARNED obedience through the things he suffered.” Just because he reached a state of Consciousness in which he was “WITHOUT SIN” (transcending any false identification with a carnal or mortal sense of self), does not mean he came out of Mary’s womb that way. Nor is being “conceived” by God limited to a “physical” Virgin Birth.
According to the book of Acts, “WE ARE His (God’s) OFFSPRING,” and Paul says that “He (Jesus) was the FIRST-BORN among MANY brethren.” (Acts 17:28/ Romans 8:29)
The Epistle of John tells us that “WHOEVER IS BORN OF God DOES NOT commit SIN.” For, when you are LIVING in an Awareness of WHO YOU ARE (Spirit), how can you (sin) walk in a false sense of Identity?
Paul asked it this way in Romans: “How can you who are DEAD to SIN live any longer therein?”
And stated later in Galatians, “If you WALK in the SPIRIT, you WILL NOT live according to the desires of the flesh.”
We must cease to live in the illusory belief that we have been charged with some unattainable goal, or that Jesus set a standard which no one can ever duplicate (let alone exceed). He himself said that “GREATER WORKS than these shall you do,” and Paul tells us that we were “predestined to be CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE of God’s Son,” and furthermore states, that we will “ALL come in the UNITY of the Faith and of the knowledge OF the Son of God (possessing the same Mind that was IN Christ) UNTO a Perfect Man (collective Identity in Christ), UNTO the Measure of the Stature of the FULNESS OF CHRIST.”
So let us lay aside every (weight of sin) false concepts of self which would cause us to perceive that there is any separation between US and GOD and “Let US GO ON to PERFECTION” (completion/ fullness).
For “In such an hour as you THINK NOT, the Son of Man comes (IS REVEALED).”
For it is at a point in time when we have laid down all of our mental conceptions, perceptions and preconceived notions about God, Jesus etc.. that we are able to experience the revealed Presence “coming” into our Awareness AS the Son of Man (the UNION OF Divinity and Humanity) in all its Fullness. It is when we “TAKE NO THOUGHT” that the Kingdom is revealed as a PRESENT REALITY.
For it is “in a MOMENT” (Gr. “atomos” = no division/ no separation), in the “twinkling of an EYE” (the focusing of our spiritual vision) that we are transformed….IT IS when the “EYE IS SINGLE (sees only Oneness), that the WHOLE BODY IS full of LIGHT.”
“For when He (the Father) shall APPEAR (is clearly apparent within Consciousness) we shall BE LIKE Him, for we shall SEE Him AS HE IS”….”For AS HE IS (not as he was), SO ARE WE in this world.”