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T
HIS ARTICLE’S TITLE, Christ is
the Divine Messenger, is a wonderful
statement. We shall at first read in the
Bible whether or not Christ is of divine
origin.
In Matthew 17:5 we are told: "…behold a bright
cloud overshadowed them; and behold a voice out
of the cloud which said, This is my beloved Son, in
whom I am well pleased; hear him." A similar
statement can be found in Matthew 3:17, in Mark
1:11 and 9:7, in Luke 3:23 and 9:35 and in
Deuteronomy 18:19, which says: "And it shall
come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto
my words which he shall speak in my name, I will
require it of him."
It seems that we can be sure, now, that Christ is
of "divine" origin.
Is He a Messenger? Certainly, as the New
Testament asks the reader to "hear him" and the
Old Testament informs us of "…the words he shall
speak in my name". And it is in the name of God.
How can we be sure that Christ speaks in the
name of God? We refer now to The Rosicrucian
Cosmo-Conception or Mystic Christianity, in
order to learn Who Christ is.
According to Mystic Christianity, the evolution
of man, in our present Great Day of Manifestation,
is divided into seven Periods called the Saturn
Period, the Sun Period, the Moon Period, the Earth
Period, the Jupiter Period, the Venus Period and
the Vulcan Period. We are presently in the second
half of the Earth Period. We have just passed the
end of our involution and are beginning our evolu-
tion, or the spiritualization of matter and our return
to God our Father.
In this scheme of evolution, Christ is the highest
Initiate of the Sun Period. This means that this
Initiate, Christ, has completed His union with the
Second aspect of God, or W
ISDOM
. According to
Mystic Christianity, the three Aspects of God are
W
ILL
, W
ISDOM
and A
CTIVITY
. The entity we call
the Father, has completed His union with the First
aspect of God, W
ILL
; then comes the Son, also
called Christ; then Jehovah, the Highest Initiate of
the Moon Period, who has completed His union
with the Third aspect of God, or A
CTIVITY
.
A messenger always bears a message, and Christ
brought us, in addition to His new Commandments,
a very important message. In order to understand
His message, we must study briefly the visible and
invisible composition of man.
The Rosicrucian Philosophy, or Mystic
Christianity, teaches that man is a complex being
who possesses:
(1) A Dense Body, which is the visible instru-
ment he uses here in this world to fetch and carry;
the body we ordinarily think of as the whole man.
(2) A Vital Body, which is made of Ether and
pervades the visible body as ether permeates all
other forms, except that human beings specialize a
greater amount of the universal ether than other
forms. That ethereal body is our instrument for
specializing the vital energy of the sun. It is seen
by clairvoyant vision to extend about an inch and
a half outside our visible body.
(3) A Desire Body, which is our emotional
nature. This finer vehicle pervades both the vital
and dense bodies. It is seen by clairvoyant vision
to extend about 16 inches outside our visible body,
which is located in the center of this ovoid cloud as
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Christ is the Divine Messenger
MYSTIC LIGHT
This text is mainly based on the Bible and on The
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the yolk is in the center of an egg.
(4) The Mind, which functions like a mirror,
reflects the outer world and enables the Ego to
transmit its commands as thought and word, and
also to compel action.
The Ego is the threefold Spirit, the God Within,
which uses these vehicles to gather experience in
the school of life. The three aspects of the Spirit
are:
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the Divine Spirit, which has emanated from
itself the dense body,
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the Life Spirit which has emanated from itself
the vital body,
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the Human Spirit which has emanated from
itself the desire body.
The Message of Christ concerns the vital body:
When we analyze the vital body of the human
being we find that it includes the four ethers and
that in man all four ethers are dynamically active
in his highly organized vital body:
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By means of the activities of the chemical
ether, the human being is able to assimilate food
and to grow.
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The forces at work in the life ether enable him
to propagate his species.
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The forces in the light ether supply the dense
body with heat, work on the nervous system and the
muscles, thus opening the doors of communica-
tion with the outside world by way of the senses.
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The reflecting ether enables the Spirit to con-
trol its vehicle by means of thought. This ether
also stores past experience as memory.
The ethers we shall particularly speak of now are
the life ether, the light ether, and the reflecting
ether, as Max Heindel gives a wonderful definition
of the C
HRIST
W
ITHIN
in The Web of Destiny, page
14:
As new forms are propagated through the sec-
ond ether of the vital body, so the H
IGHER
S
ELF
,
the C
HRIST
W
ITHIN
, is formed through this same
vehicle of generation, the vital body, in its higher
aspects embodied in the two upper ethers.
In order to understand why Christ must be
formed and born in all of us, we will refer to anoth-
er quotation in Mystic Christianity (Teachings of
an Initiate), which makes the subject quite clear:
Let it now be remembered that the qualifica-
tions necessary for our emancipation from the
conditions prevailing in Atlantis were partly
physiological: we had to evolve lungs to breathe
the pure air in which we are now immersed and
which allows the vital body to vibrate at a more
rapid rate than did the heavy moisture of
Atlantis. With this in mind we shall readily see
that future advancement lies in freeing the vital
body entirely from the trammels of the dense
body and letting it vibrate in pure air.
This is what happened in the lofty altitude exo-
terically known as the “Mount of Transfiguration.”
Advanced men of various ages, Moses, Elijah,
and Jesus (or rather the body of Jesus ensouled
by Christ) appeared in the luminous garment of
the liberated soul body, which all will wear in the
New Galilee, the Kingdom of Christ. “Flesh and
blood cannot inherit the kingdom” (1 Corinthians
15:50), for it would interfere with the spiritual
progress of that day; so when Christ appears we
must be prepared with a soul body and thus be
ready to part from our dense body to be “caught
up and meet Him in the air” (1 Thessalonians
4:17).
We see that the New Testament confirms the
statements of Mystic Christianity.
The soul body is called soma psuchicon by Paul
in his Letters, and it is the Christ born within.
The following quotations are taken from the
New Testament. They relate to the Christ born
within, also called the Soul Body in English, and
soma psuchicon in Greek:
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Romans 13:14 : “But put ye on the Lord Jesus
Christ, and make not provision for the flesh to ful-
fill the lusts thereof.”
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2 Corinthians 13:5: “Examine yourselves,
whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.
Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus
Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”
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2 Corinthians 6:16: “And what agreement hath
the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple
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of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in
them, and walk in them; and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.”
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Ephesians 2:22: “In whom ye also are builded
together for an habitation of God through the
Spirit.”
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Galatians 3:27: “For as many of you as have
been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ.”
Other passages in the Bible indicate more or less
clearly to mankind that Christ must be born with-
in, including the following:
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Matthew 1:23: “Behold, a Virgin shall be with
child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall
call his name Emmanuel which being interpreted
is, God with us.” The Virgin here spoken of is the
astrological sign Virgo. Let us give again the defi-
nition of the Christ within, or Higher Self, as found
in The Web of Destiny:
As new forms are propagated through the sec-
ond ether of the vital body, so the H
IGHER
S
ELF
,
the C
HRIST
W
ITHIN
, is formed through this same
vehicle of generation, the vital body, in its higher
aspects embodied in the two upper ethers.
The Old Testament gives us similar information:
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Isaiah 9:6: “For unto us a child is born, unto us
a son is given: and the government shall be upon
his shoulder; and his name shall be called
Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The
everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
In The Web of Destiny, we read that
…as a child that is born into the world requires
nourishment, so also the Christ that is born with-
in is a babe and requires to be nourished to the
full stature of manhood. And as the physical body
grows by a continual assimilation of material
from the chemical region—the solids, liquids,
and gases—so also, as the Christ [within] grows,
will the two higher ethers grow in volume and
form a luminous cloud around the man or woman
sufficiently discerning to set his or her face heav-
enward; it will invest the pilgrim with light so
brilliant that he "walks in the light," as a matter
of fact. By the exercises given in the Western
Preparatory School of the Rosicrucians, it
becomes possible in time to detach the two high-
er ethers, and the man may then step away from
his physical body, leaving it for a time invested
and vitalized only by the two lower ethers; he is
then what we call an Invisible Helper.
Let us gather, now, all the names given to the
Soul Body :
In Paul's Letters, we are told about a soma
psuchicon (1 Corinthians: 15:44, mistranslated as
“natural body”). The Soul Body, which is made of
the two upper ethers—lighter than air and there-
fore capable of levitation—is also the Golden
Wedding Garment and the Philosopher's Stone, or
the Living Stone, spoken of in some of the ancient
philosophies as the Diamond Soul, for it is lumi-
nous, lustrous, and sparkling—a priceless gem. It
was also called the Sidereal Vehicle and the Astral
Body and by the Mediaeval Alchemists, because of
the ability it conferred upon the one who has it to
traverse the starry regions. But this Astral Body is
not to be confounded with the Desire Body which
some of the modern pseudo-occultists mistakenly
call the Astral Body.
In the Masonic Legend, the Soul Body is given
another name, as we are taught how Hiram Abiff,
the Widow's Son, left his father, the Lucifer Spirit
Samael, after the baptism of fire in the Molten Sea,
and how he received the mission to prepare the
way for the kingdom among the Sons of Cain, his
brethren, by developing their arts and crafts as
temple builders—Masons—and teaching them the
preparation of the Philosopher's Stone or Molten
Sea.
A little further in the Masonic Legend, we are
told that the Molten Sea, "being of ultimate purity,
it would contain no color, but resemble a 'Sea of
Glass,’” which Sea of Glass is referred to in
Revelation, chapter 15, verse 2: "And I saw as it
were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them
that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over
his image, and over his mark, and over the number
of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the
harps of God."
And in Revelation, chapter 21, verse 11, we are
told that the "light of the holy Jerusalem ... is clear
as crystal."
In chapter 22 also, verse 1, we read that "a pure
river of water of life, clear as crystal, is proceeding
out of the throne of God and of the Lamb."
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Then, still further in the Masonic Legend, we are
told of a “stone,” and “this ‘White Stone’ knowl-
edge would even enable the person to lift the veil
of invisibility and meet the superhuman Hierarchs,
who work in the world with a potency undreamt of
by the masses."
And we gather more details on this precious
'stone' in Teachings of an Initiate. Thus, at his bap-
tism, Jesus became 'a Son of the Dove,' and was
recognized by another, 'Simon Bar-Jonah,' (Simon,
Son of the Dove). At that recognition by the sign of
the dove, the Master calls the other 'a rock,' a foun-
dation Stone, and promises him the 'Keys to
Heaven.' These are not idle words nor haphazard
promises. They refer to phases of soul develop-
ment which each must undergo if he has not passed
them.
What then is the 'sign of Jonah' which the Christ
bore about with Him, visible to all who could see?
It is the 'House from Heaven' (another word for the
Soul Body) wherewith Paul longed to be clothed:
the glorious treasure house wherein all the noble
deeds of many lives glitter and glisten as precious
pearls. Everybody has a little 'House from
Heaven.' Jesus, holy and pure beyond the rest,
probably was a splendid sight, but think how inde-
scribably effulgent must have been the vehicle of
splendor in which the Christ descended….
We find that these 'Stones' for the 'Temple made
without hands undergo an evolution or process of
preparation. There is first the Petros or 'Stone', the
diamond in the rough, so to speak, found in nature.
When read with the heart, such passages as 1st
Corinthians, 10:4—“And did all drink the same
spiritual drink; for they drank of that spiritual Rock
[Petros] that followed them: and that Rock was
Christ”—are illuminating in this connection.
Gradually, very gradually, we have become
impregnated with the 'water of life' which sprang
from the Great Rock.
We are becoming polished as 'lithoi zontes' (liv-
ing stones), destined to be grouped with that 'Great
Stone' which the builders rejected; and when we
have wrought well to the end, we shall finally
receive in the Kingdom the diadem, the most pre-
cious of all, the 'psiphon leuken,' (the white stone)
with its New Name.
There are three steps in the evolution of 'the
Stone of the Sage': 'Petros', the hard rough rock;
'Lithon', the stone polished by service and ready to
be written on; and 'psiphon leuken', the soft white
stone that draws to itself all who are weak and
heavy laden. Much is hidden in the nature and
composition of the stone at each step which cannot
be written: it must be read between the lines.
And this is the reason why, in the Mysteries of
the Great Operas, Max Heindel tells us that
It is exactly the mission of the Rosicrucian
Order, working through The Rosicrucian
Fellowship, to promulgate a scientific method of
development suited particularly to the Western
people whereby this wedding garment may be
wrought, so that we may hasten the day of the Lord.
And the Holy Scriptures give the same piece of
information, however in a more "veiled" way. In 1
Corinthians 15:37-38, 40 we read:
"And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not
that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may
chance of wheat, or of some other grain: But God
giveth it a body as it has pleased him, and to every
seed his own body… There are also celestial bod-
ies, and bodies terrestrial; but the glory of the
celestial is one and the glory of the terrestrial is
another."
In 1 John 3:9, we read: "Whosoever is born of
God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in
him and he cannot sin, because he is born of God."
The Bible Teaching enables us to become aware
of the fact that Christ must be born within. We
have also to understand very clearly that the Christ
which is born within us is our true Saviour, and not
the Cosmic Christ, that is to say the Christ without.
The Christ without, or the Cosmic Christ, helps us
in the task of having Christ born within; however,
it is our task to form the Christ within.
The Christ within, or Soul body, is the vehicle
mankind will need to live in the Sixth Epoch or
New Galilee.
THIS IS THE MESSAGE BROUGHT TO US
BY CHRIST, THE DIVINE MESSENGER.
—Marie-José Clerc
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