The Proper Application Of The Key Of Knowledge: Once the scriptures are properly understood, they are very much the Key of Knowledge that if properly turned within and used to open the inner “narrow strait gate”, they will enable the seeker to learn directly from the One True Teacher, and bestow upon such a sincere disciple the Life that the Gospels promise to the faithful believer. Which means that even those who claim to believe, and yet fail to fulfill the spiritual objective of the Gospels within themselves, are those who walk upon the broad-way of self destruction — i.e., “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matt 7:13-14 NKJ). And when Jesus was asked directly when the Kingdom of God would come upon the earth as Jews and Christians believe, Jesus said it would never come upon the earth, because it is within us all: “Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:20-21 NKJ). That modern Christians walk the broad-way of self-destruction, is because long ago the Church threw away the Key of Knowledge in the manner of the carnal Jews — and thus, what was said of the Jews then, is true of the Christians today: “How terrible it will be for you experts in religious law! For you hide the key to knowledge from the people. You don’t enter the Kingdom yourselves, and you prevent others from entering” (Luke 11:52).
In the same way that Jesus expected the leaders of the Jews to properly apply the Key of Knowledge and enter the (inner) Kingdom (see GateOfEden.com) — and thereby become enlightened to the Truth directly from the Source of All Truth (see The True Prophet) — in their failure to properly apply the scriptures as the Key of Knowledge, they made themselves blind guides who were leading the people in the wrong direction down what Jesus called the “broad-way of destruction”, making themselves apostates to the Kingdom of God. Thus, the reality of the crucial questions that modern Christians close their eyes to is this: (1) How did the Pharisees and Jewish authorities “…hide the key to knowledge from the people”? (2) Why did Jesus condemn the leaders of the Jews for failing to enter the Kingdom themselves? — i.e., “…You don’t enter the Kingdom yourselves”! And, (3) how did the religious leaders of the Jews “…prevent others from entering?”
That the primary objective of the Gospel is to prepare and enable the seeker/disciple to enter the Kingdom, is further demonstrated in Jesus’ condemnation of the blind religious leaders as seen in the words: “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to” (Matt 23:13 NIV). Which means that the Kingdom of God is not something that will come as we wait for it to arrive in this world, which Jesus portrayed as the Far Country — but rather, it is a reality which man must seek, find and enter — which is why Jesus warned that those who do not themselves pick up their own cross and travail in TheWay, are neither believers or worthy to be called his disciples and followers. Allegorically, the restoration of the prodigal son to his rightful place in the Kingdom is portrayed as the resurrection — and that this resurrection can only be attained and brought about while in the body-vessel, is demonstrated in the statement of the Gospel of Philip in the warning: “Those who say that first they shall die and (then) they shall arise are confused. If they do not first receive the resurrection (while) they live, they will not receive anything (when) they die” (see Gospel Of Philip). But perhaps even more important is the fact that the Christians, like the Jews before them, have themselves thrown away the Key of Knowledge — and they have promoted the doctrines and traditions of pagan Rome — the Christians have preached a doctrine where they teach the people to “…commit apostasy” where they “…crucify the Son of God on their own account and hold him up to contempt” — and as an apostate to the New Covenant, Paul warns that “…there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins” (see TheLie.org ). And like the carnal Jews whose heart was hardened by their spiritually apathetic ways, they condemn the Truth and the Gospel Objectives as heresy!
The question should be posed: Can we just read the literal text of the scriptures and know the truth? In the manner that Christians attempt to do today? Paul called the written words of the scriptures the “letter that killeth” (2 Cor 3:6) — because most of the literal written word that appeared to be historical, was little more than “Jewish fables” (Titus 1:14). He warned the baptized believers at Corinth that until they undergo the necessary process of spiritual transformation, that their natural organic mind will be incapable of understanding the true meaning of the Gospel (see Mystery), and they will look upon the Mysteries of God as “foolishness” — i.e., “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). And he warned these baptized and confirmed Christians of whom it was said that they had received all the gifts and testimony of the Gospel of Christ, that their untransformed mind was yet too carnal to comprehend and begin to grasp the necessary higher realities of soul and spirit — i.e., “And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to babes in Christ” (1 Cor 3:1 NAS). Further explaining that what is known as the testimony of Jesus Christ and him crucified is the “milk” of the Gospel — meant for entry-level believers who have only begun their journey in TheWay — i.e., Paul warns: “I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able” (1 Cor 3:2 NAS).
To ignore this warning by Paul, as well as a parallel warning by Jesus himself, and a warning by Peter and all the early elders and leaders of the Church, is to cast one’s self into a Spiritual Diaspora of profound ignorance that will be near impossible to emerge from — i.e., biblically portrayed as the “broad-way of death”. Further, unlike the modern believer, the above words were written by Paul to a congregation of Christians who he (Paul) had himself taught the meaning of the Gospel. And what Paul was stating was that it would be impossible for them to understand the true meaning of the Gospel, until which time their minds became transformed and evolved into a state of spiritual maturity that would enable them to perceive and understand what was incomprehensible to those Christians who could only comprehend the Gospel and the meaning of the scriptures from a human physical perspective. And this fact was confirmed by Jesus in the parable of the Sower and the Seed when he warned those who had received the Word: “And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?” (Mark 4:13 KJV). And to put this great biblical truth in the more modern language of the New Living Translation: “But if you can’t understand this story, how will you understand all the others I am going to tell?” And what this means is that if you fail to understand and put into practice the essential teachings of the parable of the Sower and the Seed in every aspect of your life, that there is no means for you to perceive and comprehend anything beyond what Paul portrayed as the “letter that killeth” (2 Cor 3:6) — which was in fact the plight of the Pharisees who had thrown away the Key of Knowledge.