Flawed Human Linear Reasoning: Thus, those who are portrayed as achieving thirtyfold and sixtyfold, are those who are the “good ground” that are in the process of entering into The House with the One Teacher and True Prophet. Those who are portrayed as having achieved a hundredfold, are those who dwell “In The House” — while the rest of the hearers were those who were portrayed as being “without” and under the control of the “Citizen …of the Far Country”. And that human reasoning, the quasi-religious dogma of man’s religions and his philosophical schools of thought, are always in error by virtue of their blindness to the higher reality of the soul and the Mysteries of the Kingdom of God — which reality Paul presented in the words: “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world…” (Col 2:8 NIV). And the degree that the seeker of Truth is to abandon and reject the dogmatic and philosophical reasoning of this world, is further presented in the words of the Apostle Peter who is quoted in the writings of his disciple Clement: “…therefore great care is to be taken, that when the law of God is read, it be not read according to the understanding of our own mind. For there are many sayings in the divine Scriptures which can be drawn to that sense which every one has preconceived for himself; and this ought not to be done. For you ought not to seek a foreign and extraneous sense, which you have brought from without”. (see The Spiritual Disenfranchisement Of The Mind).
In making reference to The True Prophet who Jesus portrayed as the One Teacher, Peter warns that: “Hence, O beloved Clement, if you would know the things pertaining to God, you have to learn them from Him alone, because He alone knows the truth. For if any one else knows anything, he has received it from Him or from His disciples”. If we ask the question: What is being said to the believer who desires to be faithful to the Gospel Teachings? In the same way that the believer is commanded to seek out the One Teacher, and the commandment that “…when the law of God (scriptures) is read, it be not read according to the understanding of our own mind” — it is being stated that there is only One Source of Truth — and that the wisdom of man will misguide the seeker. By design, human reasoning is incapable of understanding the true meaning of the scriptures — i.e., “…therefore great care is to be taken, that when the law of God is read, it be not read according to the understanding of our own mind.” And neither should you listen to other men’s gravely flawed interpretations of the scriptures — i.e., “…For you ought not to seek a foreign and extraneous sense, which you have brought from without”. Jesus taught that there is only ONE Source of Truth, and the disciple/seeker must learn directly from that One Teacher. And thus, these words which are representative of the core Gospel teachings, are inconceivable to the modern faith-based believer who is divided and disenfranchised from the very essence and objectives of the Gospel teachings — overwhelmed and anchored to a carnal mindset that is of the“outer darkness” — spiritually disenfranchised by innumerable manmade opinions, factions and sects which totally alienate the believer from the Truth and the Kingdom.
In the long ignored Epistle of Peter and James it is warned that if the more spiritual scriptures that contained the more pure esoteric knowledge were to became lost and corrupted as the Church had done to the scriptures they had been given, that “…it will remain even for those who really seek the truth, always to wander in error“ (see Most Important Scriptures Never Given To The Church). And that the modern Church does not at all understand how and why they have remained in the Spiritual Diaspora of this world — i.e., the Far Country — totally blind and ignorant to the Inner Kingdom and the reality of the One Teacher that Jesus said was the Source of all Truth. Why? Because the leaders of the congregation of Christian believers threw away the Key of Knowledge in the manner that the carnal Jews did before them. And that by ignoring the warning of Paul when he stated that the congregation of believers would reject the esoteric knowledge of the teachings of TheWay as utter “foolishness” (see Mystery Of The Gospel), they remained too carnal to enter “In The House”, and receive the essential teachings directly from the One Source and Teacher.
Thus, in the Gospel of Thomas it proclaims: “But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty… Whoever finds himself is superior to the world”. And thus, it is impossible for those who lack an understanding of the cosmology of their own minds, to even begin to understand why Jesus taught in parables — i.e., that each person could only hear and understand in accord with their own spiritual condition. Why? Because if each person’s consciousness and depth of mind is limited to the organic sphere of this earth — and all people were equal in their perception and comprehension — then teaching in parables would in fact be a worthless endeavor. But that each of us is not only different — but is in fact born different — and some have the innate ability to be awakened to a higher reality that the majority of people remain totally oblivious to — is the missing link to the equation of why Jesus taught the multitudes only in parables — i.e., allegorical accounts that utilize Universal Symbols of Mind that have the power to act as a catalyst that can connect that part of us that is conscious in this world, with the higher consciousness of our soul-self that is not manifest in this world — and Ultimately, the Mind of God which man portrays as the Logos. What this means is that the more advanced a soul is — regardless of the fact that they don’t remember their more distant past prior to this life — the more that person is able to reach beyond the barrier of their physical consciousness and tap into the higher reality of the soul and ultimately, the indwelling Logos/Son of God/True Prophet — and that both the parable and the allegorical scriptures act as a catalyst that connects the person to the inner higher reality that those who dwell in the “outer darkness” remain totally oblivious to, is representative of the very purpose and spiritual objective of the scriptures.
The only reason why Jesus could teach in parables is presented in the words of the early Church Father Origen when he wrote: “Every soul… comes into this world strengthened by the victories or weakened by the defeats of its previous life” (Origen, De Principiis). And what this means is that only those souls who in their past lives had spiritually advanced themselves, were in this life “…strengthened by the victories” which, in accord with their spiritual condition, enabled them to perceive and comprehend the true spiritual meaning of the parables (see Early Church On PreDestination). And when Jesus taught in parables, those people in the crowd of hearers who had advanced themselves in the past lives their soul had lived, were the ones who became spiritually awakened as to the esoteric meaning of the parable. In the words of Thayer’s Lexicon: the parable revealed “…A hidden or secret thing, not obvious to the understanding. Of God: The secret counsels which govern God in dealing with the righteous, which are hidden from ungodly and wicked men…” — and this revelation that could only be received by those who were themselves righteous, was in accord with the spiritual condition that had been achieved in the past lives of each of those who Jesus taught. Thus, Origen further explains that: “For God the Creator makes a certain vessel unto honor, and other vessels to dishonor; but that vessel which has cleansed itself from all impurity He makes a vessel unto honor, while that which has stained itself with the filth of vice He makes a vessel unto dishonor. The conclusion from which, accordingly, is this, that the cause of each one’s actions is a pre-existing one; and then every one, according to his deserts, is made by God either a vessel unto honor or dishonor. Therefore every individual vessel has furnished to its Creator out of itself the causes and occasions of its being formed by Him to be either a vessel unto honor or one unto dishonor” (see Early Church On PreDestination). Those people who Origen portrays as vessels of honor, were the few who could grasp the spiritual meaning of the allegorical parable with the necessary depth of comprehension that the multitude of hearers were blind and deaf to. And that this greater depth of self that lies beneath the organic limits of the physical body-vessel, is a reality that is only understood by those who fulfill the teaching in the Gospel of Thomas: “But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty… Whoever finds himself is superior to the world”.
If, as openly stated above, it is true that Jesus taught those who are portrayed as initiates very differently than the multitude of people who he spoke of as being “…outside”, then a true seeker must conclude that every article of faith promoted by the Church today, would have to be totally re-evaluated. Thus, the question: What is the scriptures conveying to the reader with respect to why it is portrayed that Jesus only spoke to the people in parables? To ignore this question in the manner that the faith-based Christians do today, is to reject the whole foundational objective and revelation of the Bible. Jesus was stating that only those who become separate from the thinking and ways of this world, and became true disciples of Messiah/Christ, and become the “good ground” which is the only environment of body and mind that is prepared to comprehend the higher reality of the soul — only these faithful disciples are able to perceive and understand the secrets of the Kingdom of God — and in the Greek language, this sacred Knowledge which is received directly from the Source, is called Gnosis. And by the very meaning of the word that is being presented that cannot be revealed “…to ordinary mortals. A hidden or secret thing, not obvious to the understanding” — it is of the utmost importance to recognize that what is being conveyed is the fact that “…spiritual understanding is restricted to those who have become spiritual…”. Why? Because man in his organic or “natural” condition of mind, has yet to develop the facilities of mind necessary to receive and comprehend this higher spiritual knowledge that the biblical authors are making reference to. And this fact of human life that everyone must eventually come to terms with, is demonstrated in the Gospel of Thomas in the saying: (17) Jesus said, “I shall give you what no eye has seen and what no ear has heard and what no hand has touched and what has never occurred to the human mind.” And these words — i.e., higher realities that “…has never occurred to the human mind”, parallels the statement of Paul that even the baptized and committed Christians will reject the higher reality of the soul and the Mysteries of the Kingdom as utter “foolishness” (see Mystery Of The Gospel).
It is not that either Jesus or the disciples wanted to hide or conceal higher spiritual facts and realities from anyone — but rather, the organic human mind which is limited by the consciousness and vibratory spectrum of thought of the physical body, simply is incapable of comprehending any thoughts, impressions and realities beyond what the organic human body/mind will accommodate, without evolving through the process of transformation that was — and remains — the primary objective of the Gospel message and teachings. Jesus came to lead the lost prodigal sons and daughters who are his brothers and sisters, out of the Far Country, in a return journey of the soul into the kingdom> But, for the inner “narrow strait gate” to open, the body and physical mind must become what is allegorically portrayed as the Final Temple. What this means is that the authors of the scriptures compose the body of the text using a quasi-historical setting which seems to promote the beliefs of the people, in order to both preserve the esoteric truths for those who have the eyes to see and ears to hear the higher wisdom of the spirit — and further preserve the scriptures so they can be retrieved by these same Mystic/Gnostics when their souls returned to this life in the future.