In The Words Of Hillary Clinton: What Difference Does It Make? “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give of the hidden manna” (Rev 2:17) — and Spiritual Manna which is Spiritual Knowledge, can only be imparted to man directly by God — and can only be received by those who “overcome”, and are prepared to receive it. The Greek word for this secret spiritual knowledge that can only be imparted directly from God to those who are prepared to receive it, is called “Gnosis” — aka Spiritual Manna. Paul correctly stated that the faith-based Christians who are totally versed in what he called the (historical) “traditions of Jesus and him crucified”, were too carnal to receive the Spiritual Manna or Gnosis. Paul portrayed the baptized and committed Christians as still being of an “animal-soul” level of consciousness who were incapable of receiving the Divine Manna or Gnosis. And this reality is expressed in the meaning of the Greek text of Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians (2:14) where Paul states that the “natural” organic man cannot comprehend the higher reality of the Soul and the Mysteries of the Kingdom. Which profound statement provokes the question: What is meant by the term that Paul used when he described the very people who he had himself taught who were incapable of comprehending the higher reality of the soul and the Mysteries of the Kingdom when he portrayed them as being of a “natural” organic level of mind and consciousness? The Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary writes with respect to the meaning of the word in the original Greek language: “natural man—literally, ‘a man of animal soul’.” Further, the Treasury Of Scriptural Knowledge states of this ignored and profound statement at 1 Cor 2:14 which reads (quoting Paul): “But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” — wherein the proper interpretative-meaning of Paul’s words with respect to the reality of what is portrayed by Paul as the natural man is then presented: [Psuchikos,] the animal man, one who lives in a natural state, and under the influence of his animal passions; for [psuche] means the inferior and sensual part of man, in opposition to the [nous] understanding, or [pneuma,] the spirit. And this is not only true — but is a fact of life that all mystics and enlightened souls must deal with when interacting with organic man. Which is exactly why Paul profoundly stated to the very people who he had personally taught the Gospel message: “And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal” (1 Cor 3:1-3 NKJ). Stating to the body of confirmed and baptized believers who he stated had received all truth and knowledge pertaining to the elementary “traditions” of Christ: “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor 2:14 NKJ).
Mankind is of the Fourth Kingdom — i.e., mineral, vegetable and animal — and his lower nature and body consciousness is comprised and immersed in these three lower kingdoms as personified in the subheading: Organic Man Ruled Over By His Lower Animal Nature. Which is why in his Epistles Paul commanded to “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature” (Col 3:5 NIV) — further warning that “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live” (Rom 8:13 KJV). Yet, because important teachings were removed from the Gospels, and modern man does not at all understand the reality of his lower animal nature, he fails to understand that he can very well be portrayed as being of an animal consciousness who is walking the earth in the outward form of man — i.e., the fourth kingdom being ruled over by the lower three that comprise the consciousness of his physical body. Therefore, what Paul warned with respect to comprehending the higher reality of the soul and the Mysteries of the Kingdom is that “But the natural man [who is still of an animal-soul] does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually received” (1 Cor 2:14 NKJ). Therefore, the baptized and confirmed believers who Paul had personally taught were incapable of comprehending the higher reality of the soul and the true spiritual meaning of the Gospel, because they were yet too immature to comprehend man’s higher spiritual reality — i.e., “And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal” (1 Cor 3:1-3 NKJ). And this fact of reality remains true unto this very day. Without doing as Paul commanded with respect to the transformation of the lower animal-consciousness of the body, it will remain impossible to perceive and comprehend the true spiritual meaning of the Gospels. And it will make no difference if you study the scriptures in a university or seminary — in the same way that Paul himself could not convey to those he personally taught the spiritual meaning of the Gospels, neither can any man teach this meaning without the seeker/student undergoing the process of transforming the “natural animal-soul” consciousness of the physical.
The authors of the scriptures were Spiritual Seekers in search of Spiritual Knowledge — i.e., Gnosis or what can be defined as the Sacred Knowledge or the Divine Manna revealed directly from God to the Seeker of the Truth and the Kingdom. Gnosis has absolutely nothing to do with an historical people who were portrayed as Gnostics. There is no formal Church or secret order that can reveal Gnosis. Contrary to popular opinion, the term Gnostic does not in any manner denote an alternative historical tradition which the Church suppressed. Gnosis is not a set of dogmatic beliefs — or any phenomena pertaining to this world. In fact, all genuine scriptures are Gnostic at their core — i.e., Matthew, Mark, Luke and John — and the whole foundation of the esoteric knowledge concealed within the body of the scriptures, deals entirely with the Forces and Laws that control the Consciousness of Man, and Cosmology of the seekers own Mind and Being. But even more important is the fact that this body of knowledge exists no where else — i.e., it is totally absent from our modern colleges and universities — and therefore, it is impossible to teach Gnosis in a university or seminary. The very existence and reality of True Gnosis in fact remains an enigma to virtually all of man’s religions and philosophical systems today. Therefore, it is impossible to read and study that body of Knowledge which can be defined as Gnosis in any of the books written by man To the degree that Gnosis cannot be researched or studied in even the greatest of man’s libraries. And yet, it is the most important body of knowledge that man could possibly possess. To the degree that the Gospel of Thomas declares: “…But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty”. And while it is true that this esoteric body of knowledge lies concealed within the textual cloak of the scriptures, it remains an unseen and camouflaged enigma to the eyes and understanding of the vast majority of mankind who gaze into the textual-body of the scriptures, and who see only the reflection of their own beliefs and/or condition of mind reflected back to them. Which means that if we pose the question: What Difference Does It Make? It makes all the difference in the world!!!