This article claims fundamentalist and orthodoxy theologies have darkened the world for two thousand years. Paul’s message has been grossly warped to justify institutional religiosity compounding ignorance of the populace. From birth to death, from all corners of the earth, an appalling great schism, a major controversy resounds daily between the religious and non-religious. Society’s fracture is perpetuated, encouraged and inflamed by all sides. Believers and non-believers are lost, floundering in their want-to-be doctrines – called the doctrines of men. Both are bonded in in deep lifeless wastage of staid philosophies, ideas and deceptive theologies all well past their use by dates – the sun and moon having been turned back.
Paul’s epiphany written within twenty years of the Christ catastrophe clearly exemplifies that western Christianity has absolutely failed to exonerate his message. Paul’s epiphany is highly realistic denigrating all manipulative works of men. Paul holds high the pinnacle of the creative Spirit that led to a consciousness displayed in the populace’s daily actions. Such insights are written into a word story – called the “Word of God” for eternity. But how is Paul’s epistemology at odds with other works of men?
Paul’s epiphany was that Christ was within each individual – “Christ liveth in me” – Gal. 2:20, each person being a limb of the body. Christ was never just an icon, not a figure to be made a noun, but always indicative, ever completing daily action. Christ as such had no father, no mother, and no descendants – no ideology. Paul went out to preach this new Creative gospel which he called a “profession”. He said “we teach Christ crucified” – Cor. 1:23. Yes he was “teaching” not reporting. Being a Pharisee he was an eye witness to their tyranny. He preached a new gospel of oneness stretching back to the very beginnings energised by what he called the “Spirit”. Its application was through the Holy Ghost within the temple of the body. In the words of Paul there is no mention of a Mary (bitterness – book of Ruth) – no virgin (alma (unmarried to God) nor bethulah (with God) – from the book of Isaiah), no Joseph (increaser – in “Egyptian” captivity), no Emmanuel (from Isaiah’s Immanuel). These were later words adopted in the synoptics also annulling any possibility of a literal figure. Christ, the Son of God, was after the priesthood of Melchisedec, without precedent. The individual had ability a liberty of choice.
John of Patmos in the book of Revelation reveals a different Jesus Christ. Christ was incomprehensible after the massive wave of persecution, ending all hope of resurrection. There has been no resurrection! John’s tract substantiates Paul’s writings ending in a universal apocalypse. Everything we have inherited as tradition is turned inside out and light shines again – once Paul’s epiphany becomes apparent. In Paul’s works there is no manger, no wise men, no overturning of the tables, no sleeping in the garden and virtually nothing of the three synoptics. But why the synoptics were written after John’s Revelation will be dealt with in later articles. The conception of the Ancient writings will become clearer if you can stay the course. The later gospel of John collaborates, both Paul’s and John of Patmos’ “Revelation of Jesus Christ” – “the Word of God”.
Now let’s revere Paul’s epiphany to the Hebrews:
Heb. 1:1 – “God, who at sundry times and in divers manner spake in time past … Hath in these last days spoken to us by his Son”
Paul immediately states that the message has been known at many times and in many different ways – substantiated in Rev. 11:8 – “which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where our Lord was crucified”! But in these last days, the days after the persecution by the Pharisees and Sadducees, the message would be known by “his Son”. That is fairly clear is it not? Both Sodom and Egypt were metaphors of crucifixion for our admonition, too. But the new testament would be by words spoken.
Paul in Hebrews mentions the “Son of God” three more times:
Heb. 6:6 – “crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to open shame”.
Paul recognised that attempts to literalise had already begun to proliferate. To the Sadducees who did not believe in an afterlife the idea of a literally crucified Christ had much appeal. It would be the end of the matter – dust to dust. No resurrection, no more insurrections, and indeed no figurativeness posing questions to ponder. The Sadducees wanted to get on with business. The defeated persecuted populace had no choice but to favour a replication of the golden calf, a longing for firm and steady ground. So Paul stated that they “crucify afresh” the truth of Christ, the anointing oil of the inner spirit. Paul emphasised in Gal. 1:6 “ye are so soon removed … unto another gospel.” Regrettably, that gospel remains predominant today.
Paul gave an interesting insight into what is crucifixion meant when he said – “was Paul crucified for you?” – 1 Cor. 1:13. Was this a little blasphemous, maybe even falling under our definition of seditious language? This of course was a bit sarcastic, twinging our theologically correct vicarage. At least they do hold high respect and are morally trustworthy, aren’t they?
Heb. 7:3 – “made like unto the Son of God” abideth a priest continually.
Here Paul is not talking about a precise figure twenty years earlier. Christ, being the inner spirit, was “made like” and “unto the Son of God”. Paul is talking of Christ being made synonymous with the priesthood of Melchisedec, king of Salem (summit – completeness) … a priest “Without father, without mother, without decent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life” – who met Abraham (father of the multitude – the populace). Paul was referencing the roots of philosophical ponderings. All was speculative before history began – before created gods of innumerable persuasions. Mankind had to appreciate heaven(s) (shamayim – things heaved up) and be in the highest firmament on the right side. A fresh start had been given at Mt. Ararat (creation or holy land – those set apart, where all is at rest). We can and want to be there too. We are coming sometime soon.
Heb. 10:29 – “how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall be thought worthy, who hath trodden underfoot the Son of God, and hath countered the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing”.
Paul abhorred the immediate two decades of betrayal, subsequent to intensive persecution by the so-called worthy, the ones thinking they were “of the covenant”. Many commenced promulgating a literal Christ, a Jesus saves message, in lieu of preaching a profession of Jesus Christ an anointed oneness “made like” the Son of God. This anointed Christ had fought so strenuously for forty odd years against the principalities and high places – their sacred-civil oligarchy – they were taxed, hungry, laboured, impoverished, displaced and ritualized.
At Heb. 10:28 Paul is directing conversation back to those that “despised Moses’ law”, not the alleged crucifixion on a cross. Paul’s was recollecting an eternally Spiritual aura. He draws upon Moses’ laws. Paul’s vison was a wider angled panoramic, from alpha to omega. Paul wanted to resolve the question – “What is Man, that thou art mindful of him? Or the son of man that thou visitest him” – Heb. 2:6. Paul wanted to know if Man’s, “son of man”, can be made like a “Son of God”?
Paul’s solitary “Son of God” was a figurative sceptre holding of all sons. And that’s all of mankind (sons and daughters) – the sons of God (male and female) “came” to the daughters (life-givers) of men just as Eve (life-giver) came from Adam (male and female). The life-giving procreative had structural flair. These words are gothic symbols. Paul’s wavelength was so much higher pitched to that of James and Peter, the post-persecution Pharisees and Sadducees. James had insisted Paul ritually cleanse himself to prove his faith and deny rumours of teaching rebellion against the Torah. James presided over the mother church of Christendom and did not want any talk of revived insurrection, nor resurrection. James edged closer to Roman sanctioned procurators. Peter lost his way and wandered away. To Paul doomsday was foaming on the horizon.
The “sons of God” where first mentioned in Gen. 6:2, 4. These sons were each and every individual. In Paul’s writing the “Son of God” is a key symbol “likeness” to God displaying potential accomplishment of vox populi, community wisdom and individual integrity, buffering bondage and indoctrination. Paul says they were “taken by the hand” and lead out of primordial Egypt, looking way back to the distant past for inspiration. After two millenniums being blindfolded what hope is there for us. Can we glorify each day as a thousand years?
Paul is there to take us by the hand, today. Our mythos of modernity is a little incorrect and Paul is a little consternated with the sons of man. Paul stressed to the Hebrews that steadfastness of character had commended Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sara, Isaac, Joseph and Moses, all a long time back. That was paramount in his thinking. Paul’s contemporary governance was his concern. But he drew the substance from types of very ancient recall. He revered every evolutionary step of those who held the sceptre, the baton for God. But do we understand the messengers, the seals, the trumpets and plagues? Vicarious mankind had leaped the gap to “The Word of God” but the populace was illiterate. Not much filtered down.
The Son is the metaphor that Paul preached as a profession. Paul’s epiphany was contemporaneous. Turn, turn and turn again. He ended up going the Gentiles and one could say “suck the milk”, “eat the riches” to declare the glory. He knew they would “come to thy light” – all from Isa. 59-66.
Now let’s quickly and easily traverse the remainder.
Heb. 1:5, 6 – “Thou art my Son” … “when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world”
The first begotten always indicates the ongoing evolutionary oeuvre. Paul appreciated that there was a masculine and feminine in everything. Life would always move forward.
Heb. 1:8 – “unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom”
Paul was looking at the big picture not the immediate past. The symbolic seven days of Genesis indicates conscious potential is unlimited. God could rest for all time. Will, existing for ever and ever is righteousness (i.e. steadfastness much more accurate interpretation) is the sceptre of our kingdom. We all want to aid regeneration.
Heb. 2:1 – “give more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip”
Paul brings to our attention respect. Respect for the old stories, fables, metaphors, allegories and glyphs recalling those gemstones must never slip. We must more than just carry on. We want to teach our progeny and pass the baton.
Heb. 2:6 – “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? Or the son of man, that thou visitest him?”
Paul’s query was of man, the son man, never a solitary figure. A Son of God was a literary means to the end – a one body, similar to a judge – “knit together as one man” – Judg. 20:11, or a king (Saul – lion, David – bear, Solomon – leopard or a kingdom (Israel – 10 horns, Judah (little horn) – 7 heads). Enoch was a teacher-preacher emanating unity, equanimity’s energy if not banded. Cyrus and Judas Maccabees were renowned historical personages for their heroic acts. One must be mindfulness, ethereal, to go marching on. And of course all the sons of man would maintain the strain, if not distracted. It’s was a chaotic world of illiteracy, chaos, wastage – a squandering world where all was my and mine, truths in every corner where only the greatest survived. Overcoming is always daily possible.
Heb. 2:9 – “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels”
Seeing Jesus does not come easily. Jesus is only fully revealed in the great book of Revelation, the book that accumulates all ensamples into one. Revelation was never left to the later synoptics. Revelation reveals Christ – Rev. 1:1 as not a literal person but within man, defining man. Written after Paul’s epistles Revelation is highly patterned (messengers, seals, trumpets, plagues, all archetypes of early types, length, breadth, and height, male and female relationships, wheels within wheels, horses (red, white, black and bay), a new Jerusalem, two beasts and a dragon, the powerful (self-assured) and the fallen (of principalities, high places), sacred and civil, and all with multiple interactions of juxtaposed texts. There are many gemstones, many gates, but most importantly wedding bells, a marriage. But the bridegroom has to wait for the bride. It’s of universal dimension. It is only when you see Jesus as “The Word of God” – Rev. 19:13, after all the accumulation from alpha to omega, craftily formed by artisans from the very beginning, by all the sons of God, that you can come to know Jesus’ higher configuration.
Yes, Jesus is very real, a patterned construction, let’s make no mistake – very mindful. Jesus is not lost in a sanctuary above. Jesus is a new testament, glorified by apostolic diversity. It is in stark contrast to the chaotic and verbose. Paul surpassed the prolix by remembrance of steadfastness without vanity. Principalities could never accept that an abstractive reflection of the objective and the inner subjective. Paul’s epiphany “in the midst” of the decline of the seven churches of Asia, the shutting of the book, and revisionary governance (state-church), was never going to stop a long period of engulfing darkness. Paul only hope was to take the message elsewhere.
Heb. 2:11 – “For he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one”
Paul stressed the unity, the commonality in understanding.
Heb. 2:15, 16 – “ And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage … but he took on him the seed of Abraham”
The deliverance has always been of the people subject of bondage. These were those that took seriously the seed of Abraham – Paul again stresses that the message was devolved, not concentrated as espoused today. Many more overtures. Paul message was one of anointing. Hope eternally abided with a resourceful populace.
Heb. 3:4 – “he that buildeth all things is God”
Again Paul reveres the spark of life that everlastingly abodes. His spark unceasingly builds, makes, writes and constructs anew. All must be replenished, renewed and revered in our celestial-terrestrial conjunction.
Heb. 3:7 – “To day if you will hear his voice”
The message is always for “Today”. It never clogs. Silenced but never forgotten.
Heb. 3:13, 15 – But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day” … “To day if ye will hear his voice”
Paul’s message is easy to understand – an appeal for liberty for everyone. Act out each and every day, unencumbered. The best things were always to come. Paul had no short sightedness always concentrating on the bigger picture.
Heb. 4:7, 11 – “To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice” … “lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief”
Paul exonerated all to understand the power that resided within their temple. It had been misappropriated, not short-term, but “after so long a time”. Unbelief, was a failure to believe in yourself. To know thy self was Paul’s message. Governance had continued to regress. The Roman imperium was now first and foremost raising greater anxiety. Paul appealed to everyone to have a belief, that they could still have significance. Paul’s message was one eyed. The message was not ever about a two decade prior singular happening.
There is a complete void of circumstantial evidence in all of Paul’s writings of God being formed in the likeness of man named Jesus Christ, the conjunction of Joseph and Christ. His preaching was neither theistic nor atheistic. It is very wrong to blame Rome, Rome, Rome for the tyrannical reign of Herod the Great of Jewish descent. It was not until at least the fourth decade of the new century when Roman procurators were appointed in closer liaison. Rome wanted more influence. They repeatedly failed, and were replaced one after another due to incompetence. Nearly all contemporary books, films, academia down to the patronage tagged lay are heralds of the same bandwagon. But Paul and John of Patmos’ account were still very much admired by those resisting their Jewish status quo. Roman infiltration failed to such a degree that the burning of Jerusalem in 70 AD resulted. But Paul’s epiphany opened the book. Revelation’s archival of struggle and reverse, over and over, culminating in the great victory of Judas Maccabees was still a rocketed bright and shining light on a very storming sea.
Heb. 4:14 – “Seeing we have a great high priest … Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast to our profession”
Paul’s abstractive but very real Jesus (Joseph in Hebrew) movement was an enabler. I was a galvanizer. It helped stave off despondency after their crushing defeat around 33 AD.
The teaching of this Jesus was entwined, as the symbolic saviour “Son of God”, male and female, the sons of God recorded in Genesis. The sons of God were before recorded history began. From the reign of David onwards phonetics started transitioning to the written word. Orally passed down recollections could provide a pedagogical record of governmental styles.
Heb. 5:6 – “Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec”
Paul definitely wanted his Jesus to be without father, without mother and without descendants. Paul referenced his writing way back as far as possible – intentionally before the battle of kings – putting space between him and the pharisaic teaching, broadening the spectrum, substantiating the whole.
Heb. 6:1 – “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go into perfection … not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith towards God”
Astonishingly Paul admonished that we had to leave the principles of the “doctrine” of Christ to “go into perfection”. All running commentaries are “dead works”. So many reams have to be left on the shelves of time.
Heb. 6:6 – “to renew … seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and to put him to open shame”
By promulgating “dead doctrines” they “crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh”. Paul also said “I have been crucified”. Paul’s teaching was contrary to all high mountainous peaks who wanted a dead Christ. But Paul wanted a living Christ within each individual. Paul taught his new testament to all that would listen – not many.
Heb. 7:3 Melchisedec “Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, not end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually”
If Jesus had been born of a virgin (parthenos – one put aside), Mary, fathered by the increaser, Joseph, and had descendants, he would never have associated the Christ’s priesthood with the perpetual priesthood.
Heb. 7:15, 16 – “after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest” … “power of endless life”
Melchisedec was from Salem, peace. Paul longed for peace and love of thy neighbour. Paul knew good always triumphs with the power of endless life and that a charitable life edifies. Events had been local, had transcended to state level and were becoming universal. This was sequentially espoused by Paul’s contemporary John of Patmos. Paul’s theosophical philosophy was a theology adopting a grace abounding – the rock of all ages.
Heb. 7:22, 27 – “Jesus was made a surety of a better testament” … “for this he did once, when he offered up himself”
The suffering of the Jewish populace guaranteed its resurrection. The Jewish race had endured many such trials and tribulations. Eventually there would be a resurgence of an even better testament. Often two steps forward and one step back. Whatever the diverse portrayal methodology it is appropriate for that day and that stage. They had learnt through hardships that their ensample would never be forgotten. Hope reigns eternal. Paul knew each age needs to define their “better testament”. The Jesus antitype ensures us a better testament. Paul would have had a little doubt about modernity’s contribution.
Heb. 8:2 – “which the Lord pitched, and not man”
Wealth and power has always gallivanted to the rich becoming very rich and growing wings. But the hope of all others, the vast majority, always guarantees a longing for a higher elevation. Paul’s epiphany was not a simple philosophy of question and answers, nor years of study. The Ancients writers parodied life using the pegs “my” and “mine”.
Heb. 8:4 – “For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest”
Paul divulges that if Jesus “were on earth” he would not be a priest. This is a very direct exposition to our spiritual leaders. Of course Paul did believe Jesus was on earth but not in this earthly sense.
Heb. 8:6 – “he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises”
Paul refers to much earlier times when a better covenant was made with better promises. Was Paul talking of about a recent man-child when he longing for those better promises? Those promises were of a land of milk and honey (not a literal space) for the oppressed, poverty stricken, illiterate souls – the arthurs and marthas.
Heb. 8:9 – “I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt”
Would Paul be talking in this way if there had just been an earth shattering, clanging moment just twenty years beforehand? Surely he would be concentrating on that miraculous event. Paul once again generalised.
Heb. 8:10 – “I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts”
Paul wanted to win hearts and minds. He preached a profession, religiosity on high high-jacked his words. Later synoptics substantiate the endless betrayal of the Pharisees and Sadducees. The books of King’s and Chronicles likewise substantiated the diverse. John’s fourth gospel around 120 AD sought to reinvigorate Paul’s and John of Patmos’ caveats. Paganism and Christian paganism have dominated our mythos since the councils of knowledge. Christian mystics did well. Early art, and counter-reformation portrayals violated all dignity – evidence is in all our art galleries.
All are far, far, far removed from Paul’s perception.
Heb. 8:13 – “A new covenant, he hath made the first old”
The mythos of the logos is always being renewed. We must never cling to the old. Reinvigoration is set before us. Nothing is ever staid. Refurbish according to the needs of the day.
Heb. 9:8, 9 – “The Holy Ghost this signifying, the way into the holiest of all” … “was a figure for the time then present”
The Holy Ghost does reside. It is a figurative. It’s our ability. Application allows you into the holiest of all. The priest entering the holiest once a year portrays us. Life daily amazes. The priest set the example.
Heb. 9:11 – “But Christ … of good things to come … perfect tabernacle not made with hands”
Christ always anointing, oiling, smearing things to come. Everything is ever completing. Christ is the shining ones pouring out things to come. Paul experienced no anointing from the pharisaic. He did witness the masses in their struggle. He knew all the history. He was aware of Herod the Great’s, from 73 BC, absolute inflicted tyranny. He knew of the great persecution hanging from a tree. He knew any second coming had been annihilated. He knew of steadfastness. He knew Christ could be said to be in a heavenly sanctuary not made with hands. Paul knew his dialogue would be taken at face value by the demons.
Heb. 9:14, 15 – “purge your conscience from dead works … he is the mediator of the new testament”
Paul was an eyewitness to Christ crucified. He was a Pharisee every part and parcel. He had wanted total surrender, reversion back to the dogma of the Pharisees and Sadducees. But he came to see their failure. The administration of James and Peter offered no reform. Their acquiescence to Roman procurators only inflamed the pending storm. Many of the population also longed for messiah’s return. Many zealots had claimed to be that messiah. Someone would come to save them. It could not be them. It must be someone else.
Paul was antithetical to all these dead works.
Paul and John of Patmos plus many scribes set out the great writings completely de-literalising the idea of a single Christ-man.
Heb. 9:24 – Christ entereth “into heaven itself”
Paul refers to Christ, not a western version. It is a raised up acuity, a condition, far from all doctrines.
Heb. 9:28 – “unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time”
Christ never appears to perverted and simplistic ingenuousness – billboard displays catching eyes. Christ is not something in one ear and out the next. No not one hears. But if there is one in the city grace abounds. Water can turn to wine.
Heb. 10:7 – “Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me)
Paul haply chants Christ comes in the volume of a book, the Written Word. If Christ had been just literal there would be voluminous scrolls. Paul’s and John of Patmos’ sophistication exemplifies what was possible. All the O.T. books and existent libraries had profoundly shaped centuries before. Written words, the ink horn, was a long established weapon.
Christ’s typification is available to all who read the testaments and apocrypha as one. And it offers a philosophy vastly in contrast to surrounding Mediterranean cultures, governance at its very core. This ancient tradition surpasses the many Grecian influences that modern Christianity embraces. But even Grecian ethos is contrary to later paganised misanthropy.
Heb. 10:9 – “He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second”
Paul recognises the old passes away so that the second can be birthed. The time is ripe for harvesting. A new Christ is overdue. After any great era of persecution churches are enveloped by darkness – one has a little against them. However there is always goodness anywhere. Time passes, a second emerges. As sure as day follows night a third pronouncement comes, then a fourth. Long overdue it’s not on schedule. Paul tried but the circumstances were not in his favour. There’s a time for everything.
Heb. 11:23 – “let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering”
Paul called for all to hold fast to the profession. And it is time for the great revival. No doubting Thomas’ please.
Heb. 10:31 – “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God”
Moving to a living God is awesome. Moses said he was most fearful, apprehensive. Upsetting the apple cart has unforeseen ramifications. In a world of turmoil, violence, masculinity, gross deception, manipulation, possessions, extreme poverty, endless wars and media exoneration the consequences cannot be predicted.
Heb. 11:2 – “things which are seen were not made of things which do appear”
The Ancient writer’s employed the objects of their days for portrayal of the subjective-abstractive qualities. The Temple represented the temple of the heart and soul. The contents represented the things one could make. Paul said the “things which do appear” far exceed the “seen things”. Sentience is always ahead – science, medicine, mathematics, electronics, all enhancing life’s experiences, and pleasures. It always trickles down to all.
Heb. 11 – “By faith” – Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sara, Isaac, Joseph, Moses.
Paul ends Hebrews by acknowledging it was steadfastness of the very Ancients that enabled empowerment, abounding sacred and civil. Paul’s story shows the Holy Spirit residing, domesticated.
Heb. 12:1 – “and let us run with patience the race that is set before us”
Paul was patient. He urged all to run the race set before us. Once and once only. Paul ran well. Set sail, upped the mast. Was little, made tent playing his tune, performed well. Exonerated all.
Heb. 12:21 – “Moses said, I exceedingly fear the quake”
Why are we inclined to trepidation? We are all born naked and dust we shall return. But we have our great teachers set before us, a treasure chest of brilliance. The world moves on in mysterious and wonderful ways.
Heb. 13:3 – “Remember them that are in bonds”
Concluding Paul remembers all those in bonds. Looking around we cannot escape such pertinent sentiments.
Heb. 13:8 – “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and for ever”
So Jesus Christ is the same in all times – some may look for someone somewhere over the rainbow. But Jesus Christ, the increaser and anointer ever present, omnipresent.
Heb. 13:12 – “Jesus … suffered without the gate”
Jesus – outside the gate! It is time to reopen the book, investigate, intelligently debate, mediate, and ponder. Let’s move to the higher. That is Paul’s message.
Heb. 13:15 – “that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to his name”
Paul’s epistle to his own race is very persuasive, on the tip of our lips. We give thanks to the great insight Paul gives us in his epiphany.