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Lesson 10: The Cross and The Crown

(262-34 to 262-38)

What is Christ's purpose?
To bring us back to "be One with the Father."
How did Christ achieve this purpose?
Through the Cross and the Crown.
How can we help with Christ's purpose?
Through the Christ Way - by loving and serving others.

Yes time to make a stand for Christ --
The choice can be now (or later.)
A few of the members of the first study group left during this lesson because
they did not accept Christ.

It is easier for me to accept Christ because
I have been taught about Christ since I was a child.
It may be harder for someone who was brought up with a different religion.

This lesson asks "where are we in life now?"
Then suggests a better way which is the way of Christ.
We must therefore test the way of Christ in our lives.

We must make the decision of the way of Christ.
Eventually a personal stand must be made.
Do we accept Christ as the driving force in our lives now?
Let us bear the cross for our sake and for Christ.

To find out where we are:
we must compare the pattern of our life
and the pattern of Christ's life -- the ideal --
and then make adjustments
by bringing into our life Christ's Way.

"Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer.
I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you,
and you will suffer persecution for ten days.
Be faithful, even to the point of death,
and I will give you the crown of life."
(Revelation 2:10)

God to all (not yet personal to some)
Father to some (personal to those who seek).

AFFIRMATION

Our Father, our God,
as we walk the way of Christ:
which will give us a better insight of what He bore in the cross,
which will give us an insight of what His glory may be in the crown,
may Your blessings - as promised through Him -
be with us as we study together in Christ's name.
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INTRODUCTION

"You shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
(John 8:32)

If we came to understand these lessons and to where they are leading us,
and if we hope to lead others in the way,
we will need to analyze ourselves as to
what is, what has been, and what may be
the driving force in our lives.

This lesson asks "where are we in life now?"
Then suggests a better way which is the way of Christ.

We must discard everything that speaks of selfishness
or the magnifying of physical desires
that are gratifying only to the carnal influence in our lives.

In previous lessons, truths which could be applied
in anyone's daily life have been presented.

In studying this lesson, "The Cross and the Crown",
we have the opportunity to take a definite stand,
if we accept the following decision as our own:

"For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and that he was crucified."
(1 Corinthians 2:2).

Do we feel that the cross represents something very definite
in the life of each of us in our activities through the earth?
The Christ Spirit has presented the truth in every age, in every clime.
Christ came at last to the cross.
Christ triumphed over death, hell, and the grave.

We choose Christ's way not in an attitude of narrow mindedness,
but with the knowledge of the freedom which Christ's way brings -
that is the light and truth of the eternal and universal Spirit of the divine Creator.

Let us pause as we take up the study of this lesson and ask ourselves this question:
"Why have I chosen the way of the cross?"

To troubled minds and tired hearts Christ's way seems long and hard.
Bypaths and shortcuts beckons us invitingly,
but the eternal self cannot be silenced for long with the things that do not satisfy,
the eternal self urges us ever onward toward Christ.

In passing through various experiences in the earth plane
we come at last to recognize and accept Christ's way:
(1) the way of service,
(2) the way of sacrifice,and
(3) the way of selflessness.

We come to realize that there is no other way
to attain our ultimate goal -- to be one with God --
except the one walked by Christ who made the supreme sacrifice
that we might find our way back to the Father.
We come to realize that there is no other name given among men
whereby we can be saved from self except through Christ.

The way of the cross which Christ chose will lead us out of our dissolution
and into the light of understanding of our true purpose in the world;

The cross becomes a symbol of that which must be carried and overcome in every life.
It is natural that as we study, the purpose of our trials becomes more apparent.
We begin to realize that we must overcome if we would go on;
those things in our hearts that hinder our progress must be torn out and cast aside.
This is not easy to do without Christ's help.
Christ, having gone all the way, understands all our trials and temptations
and, in love, willingly gives strength to us.

"I am the way and the truth and the life."
(John 14:6)

In Christ is all, and when accepted, the way is made so plain that we need not stumble.
Christ is, indeed, the Light that lighteth every man.
Christ came into the world understanding the laws of all things visible and invisible,
and demonstrated His power over all forces, even death.

Christ showed that the way is the "way of love."
As we emulate His example by taking up our cross daily,
our desires are more and more to help others.

We take upon ourselves joyfully the cares, the troubles, and the crosses
of those whom we contact in our little world.

It is because of this "divine love,"
which is thus manifested in our lives,
that we can rejoice in that we are counted worthy
to choose the way of the cross and suffer for Christ.

With our Ideal, the Christ, as the pattern,
we have the satisfaction that our approach to the Father is assured.

We know that Christ Spirit is already bearing witness with our spirit,
that we are heirs and joint heirs with Christ.

There is a consciousness of Christ force, Christ power,
and Christ activity in every element of action.

So, in bearing our crosses we overcome those conditions
that would hinder us in meeting the issues of life.

When this is realized, the reason for choosing the way of the cross becomes evident.

Not to choose is to acknowledge a misunderstanding of the purposes of life
and the way toward the realization of life eternal.

Who has learned obedience otherwise than through suffering?

WHY DO WE NEED TO BEAR THE CROSS?
Because Our Crosses are of Our Making?
Should Someone else Carry our Cross?
Can we overcome Our Crosses and be One with God again?
Let us Crucify our Flesh and do away with earthly things for our Spirit.

Our crosses are of our own making now, as well as in the beginning.
The world was lost in the delusion of creative thought,
seeking to reverse the process of God's law and
find gratification in the lower forms of vibration.

Thus we are confronted daily by crosses
arising from our participation in the delusion of our senses.
As we meet, again and again, the seeds we have sown,
we come to realize that it is only by overcoming them
that we can ever hope to reach again the estate from which we have fallen.

Rebirth is the opportunity given to the sons of men by which this may be accomplished.
Each life stands out, crowned with an opportunity to develop through overcoming,
and it is only through selfishness or the gratification of the carnal nature that we lose.

All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
The law must be met, either through keeping of the law ourselves as under a taskmaster,
or in the way provided through Christ, who took upon Himself the burden of the world.

Christ overcame the world through experiences.
In each experience Christ bore a cross,
reaching the final cross with all power and all knowledge.

Christ accepted the cross, hence doing away
with that so called karma that must be met by all.

The immutable law of cause and effect is evidence today
in the material, the mental,and the spiritual world;
but in overcoming the world, the law, Christ became the law.

The law then become the school master, or the school of training.
We who have named the Name are no longer under the law as law,
but under mercy as in Christ - for in Christ, and with the desires,
there may be made the coordination of all things.

In bearing the cross,the flesh is crucified that Christ Spirit may be made manifest in the world.
Each obstacle overcome adds strength for overcoming the next.
We learn to overcome all that hinders us from becoming one with Christ.
This is made possible in service.

It is a glorious thing to know that we are helping Christ through our service to others,
to make known Christ's purpose to bring mankind back to the Father.

We never lose so long as we give.
God gave His only begotten Son and received back
a glorified Son who had shown a world the way back to the Father.

It was the Son, in whom the Father was well pleased,
who gave His all, even His life for His brethren.

It is necessary that we bear the cross for our own development;
but it is most glorious to have the opportunity to bear the cross
for the sake of Christ who made the way of escape possible for us.

WHY WAS IT NECESSARY THAT CHRIST,
THE MAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH, SHOULD BEAR A CROSS?

The God force become ensnared in matter and, in the first Adam, fell.
It was necessary, therefore, that the God Force, the Creator,
individualize Himself as an example and by overcoming the world become the Law,
in order that man might know the way out.

So, in the last Adam (Christ) all are made alive.

Christ, the Maker of heaven and earth,came to earth to bear the cross
that He might add His experiences and activities to ours.

Christ's purpose was and is to lead the sons of men back to the realization
that they are, indeed, sons of God and are at one with the Father.

In Christ bearing the cross, "It is finished," (John 4 19:30)
so far as the overcoming of the flesh and worldly things is concerned.

Christ paved the way for His followers of every age.
It was necessary that Christ, the Son of God, the Co-worker with the Creator,
come to earth to demonstrate that the flesh could be overcome -
thus giving glory to the Father who had made man for His glory.

Christ bore the cross of materiality that He might change it to the glorified cross of spirituality.
Christ left burning in the hearts of His followers the declaration,
"When I am lifted up... will draw all men to myself."
(John 12:32) and again,
"Anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing.
He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father."

Christ went all the way.
Christ was tempted in all ways, like unto us.
Christ was numbered with the transgressors.
"He was pierced for our transgressions... and by his wounds we are healed," (Isaiah 53:5)
and in all Christ was more than conqueror.
"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command.
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business.
Instead, I have called you friends for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
You did not choose me, but I chose you." (John 15:13-16)

What was the object of the cross?
For what was the supreme sacrifice?
That we through Christ's strength
(1) might come to the knowledge and understanding of the way,
(2) might be able to overcome all things, and become kings and priests unto God.

Again, it was Christ's way to show to mankind what divine love could do,
and how it was possible to live a perfect, blameless life
with all the disintegrating influences that surround us day by day.

In every period of development through the ages,
Christ has walked and talked with men.
Those who understand know that whenever there was a need for man's awakening,
the Christ entered the earth plane.

The cross became the emblem of Christ who offered Himself of Himself.
For that cause, for that purpose came Christ into the world that He Himself,
in overcoming the world, might gain the crown.

WHY DID CHRIST COME INTO THE WORLD AS A MAN THAT HE MIGHT BEAR A CROSS?

It was through Christ's thought and will that man took physical form.
Only through the physical could the spiritual essence be aroused,
awakened from its slumber, and set upon the path of spiritual progress.

The question is answered:
First, because Christ's own need to conquer the world in material manifestation, and
Second, because of the need of mankind for a guide, a teacher, and a saviour.

The first is expressed in the following: "Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered"
(Hebrew 5:8);
and second is,
"I am the way and the truth and the life." (John 14:6)

Christ chose to take upon Himself the responsibility of overcoming the physical
or making Himself the law through His fulfillment of all requirements.
By adding Christ experiences and activities to ours Christ links man with God,
bringing man in a closer attunement with God and
causing him to become conscious of the Oneness of all.
Christ came to show and teach us fellowship with God through our service to others.

As man, Christ knew the physical trials
-- doubts and fears, weakness and turmoils --
of spiritual beings encased in material shells.

Christ showed His ability as a man
to demonstrate the possibility of man, as man,
to bring spiritual harmony into physical vibration.

Christ ever stressed the oneness of all force,
demonstrating the direct relationship between man and the Creator.

Christ came in the flesh to show that we in the flesh could become as Christ, God in Spirit;
and taught that we may be one, even as He and the Father are one.

Then this one, the Adam that first entered the world, must become the Saviour of the world.
It was commit into His care.
"Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it."
(Genesis 1:28)

Hence, the first Adam, the last Adam, (Christ) was given power over the earth,
and as in each soul, the first to be conquered was self.

Then all things, conditions, and elements are subject unto Christ.
So Christ became that One who was able to take the world, the earth,
back to the source from whence it came.

All power is given into Christ keeping in the earth which Christ has overcome.
Self, death, and hell became subservient unto Christ through the conquering of self.
"In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning."
(John 1:1-2)

The Word came and dwelt among men,
the offspring of self in a material world.
The Word overcame the world;
hence the world became then as the servant
of that One who overcame it.

WHY DO WE, AS INDIVIDUALS,
NECESSARILY BEAR MUCH THAT CHRIST BORE,
AND YET SAY THAT WHEN TAKING CHRIST'S YOKE UPON US
AND CROSS BECOMES EASY?

We must bear what Christ bore because
we must travel the same way to perfection that Christ traveled.
Along that way are experiences that all must have
in order to gain the power and the knowledge of overcoming.
As Christ took upon Himself the burden of the world, so we, in our own little world,
must take upon ourselves the burdens of those about us.

The yoke is easier because the burden is lighter.
Christ bore it all. We bear only our part.
In so doing we may become conscious of our real purpose to glorify the Creator
and come to know that, after all, our crosses are only
misunderstandings and misapplications of Christ laws.

To practice, not preach, demands strength, power, and faith in the Ideal.
Experience alone in overcoming can give a complete understanding
of what it means for other to suffer, and yet not yield - to bear and forbear,
and through it all love and forgive.

Christ's yoke is easy because His presence abides with us,
protecting us and sharing the burdens that otherwise would be too heavy for us to bear.
Then too, as we come to understand the meaning of our crosses and Christ's abiding presence,
our sufferings become lessons of wisdom, our turmoils more peaceful,
and we rejoice as we find ourselves growing more and more
into the likeness of Christ who, by the way of the cross, became the Lord of lords and the King of kings.

His presence within is ever a bulwark of reserve power
that enables us to resolve to acquit ourselves as men,
to fight the battle, to win the race, and to wear the crown.
(See Samuel 4:9)

Our Advocate with the Father keeps open the channel through which spiritual energy flows to us,
so that we can make ourselves fit channels for passing on the truth to others.

Spiritual understanding brings the knowledge that
matter is the tool with which we may shape the nobler life
into the likeness of the Creator.

Harmony with Christ's will, understanding, and application of Christ laws will bring at all time
peace, not tumult; joy, not sorrow; love, not hate; and strength, not weakness.

With Christ's aid and the knowledge of Christ Spirit bearing witness with our spirit,
the yoke that we are called upon to bear becomes, in fact, easy;
and the burdens laid upon us are, indeed, light.

DOES THE LIFE LIVED
ACCORDING TO OUR OWN FAITH,
OUR OWN UNDERSTANDING, AND
OUR OWN WALKING IN HIS PRESENCE
EXPLAIN WHY EACH SOUL MUST BEAR A CROSS?

As we seek to apply that learned in previous lessons
dealing with "qualities of the soul" which should be magnified through our daily activities,
we begin to realize our lack of application of those essential elements or features of the soul.

We realize that we bear crosses because we have not yet learned
to give complete expression of our soul faculties.
We gradually realize how much of the inner self we have covered up, pushed aside
for what we considered more important desires of the conscious self.
In so doing we have pushed ourselves further and further away from God.
How well we begin to comprehend that our crosses are created by ourselves!.

On the other hand, as we learn and apply these attributes of the soul,
there comes joy and peace in the realization that the inner self is awakening
and that it is ever on the alert to express itself
through the exercising of faith, virtue, and understanding.

Our relationships with others are made more perfect, and the ideal is set in Christ.
We see our crosses in a new light;
We begin to catch a glimpse of the glory of the crown.
We come to the realization of having, in truth, a part of the divine plan.

WHY HAS THE CROSS BEEN CHOSEN RATHER THAN SOME OTHER PHILOSOPHY
THAT MIGHT CORRELATE THE MATERIAL AND SPIRITUAL LIFE?

The cross is the emblem of the subjective self of Christ who bore the burden of the world.
The cross is chosen not because of the personality of Jesus the man.
The cross is chosen because of the way to the Father made plain through Jesus the Christ.
The cross is the symbol of the life and teachings of Christ
who stirred the souls of men to express in all other forms of truth.
The cross is a part of the truth of the world and the whole truth for those who choose its standard.
The cross answers every question of the soul that is ready for light and satisfies the longing of the inner most being.
The cross is a symbol of the way of truth and light, universal in appeal, eternal and impelling, yet personal in application.

In seeking the Divine, we have taken Jesus the Christ as our Ideal,
for we find in Christ the embodiment of all truth throughout the ages.
Others may point the way. He said, "I am the way." (John 14:6)

WHY IS THE CROSS, THE EMBLEM OF SHAME, NECESSARY FOR THOSE WHO SEEK THE CROWN?

We consider a cross an emblem of shame,
for innately we realize the cross is symbolic of opposition to God's law.
As in the beginning, the misuse of power given to us brought suffering in this material world.
The cross is the emblem of shame to those who in the material world judge from appearance.
The cross calls for suffering, not retorts.
The cross calls for patience, not recklessness.
The cross calls for love of enemies, not hatred.
The cross calls for forgiveness, not unforgiveness.

All this must be carried in the cross that the crown may be laid
upon the brow of the real heir, and not the usurper,
who would never understand his subjects nor the road to true development.

Who else has cleared the way for mankind and said to all,
"For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother."
(Matthew 12:50)

In bearing the cross we come to know
the real meaning of the crown,
the joy of completing a work,
and the success that is the reward of a finished race.

As we develop day by day, the idea of shame passes and
there comes the joy of being one with Him in the great work of redeeming mankind.
It is, indeed, an emblem of opportunity,
and we come to see more and more the face of Christ reflected in each cross we bear.

The cross does not always remain the cross of shame.
In the life of the Christ, the Holy One, the Son of God,
it became glorified in having been overcome.

Just so with us; each cross met, bravely carried, and overcome,
becomes radiant with light and brings us into a more perfect understanding
of the purpose of life and the glory that may be in the crown of life.

There was a cross that fell on me
with shadows dark and long
It crowded out my sun, my light, and
blotted out my song;
But when I raised my eyes for help,
I saw a Radiant One,
That stooped to lift my heavy cross -
'Twas Christ, the Blessed Son.
(Personal Experience)

WHY MUST I, AS A SOUL IN A MATERIAL PLANE, BEAR A CROSS?

This is a question that each of us individually should ask ourselves.
The manner in which we answer determines our spiritual status.
This question is the spiritual gauge of our development since the fall of man.

Whenever this question has been considered, many go away and walk no more in the way.
"You do not want to leave too, do you?"
(John 6:67)

Shall we not reply,
"To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life."
(John 6:68) (See 262-35)

Shall we evade the cross that is ours to bear,
especially at this time when mankind is entering
the greatest test period in the history of the world?

The words of the prophet seem to come ringing down the ages,
"But who can endure the day of his coming?
(Malachi 3:2)

Know we not that it is only those whose loins are girt about with truth?
Who shall be able to abide to take this stand?

As individuals in the material plane,
we must of necessity bear many things
coincident with His earthly experience,
and by recognizing our obligations
as children of the living God, as He did,
and learning from Him the lesson of meekness and lowliness of heart,
we exemplify through service and sacrifice the life He lived.

Knowing that the purpose of life is to be one with the Father,
we have to wait if we expect to see results in material manifestation.
There is no surer way of realization than "to keep on keeping on"
in the way of Christ.

While our efforts may seem wrong in the eyes of everyone,
there is a Power that takes hold in our extremities and adjusts every situation.
As we trust that Power, our strength is renewed.

As we meet the crosses, endure the temptations, and overcome them,
we become heirs and joint heirs with Him to the crown of glory.

All who fulfill the purpose for which they are called to bear their crosses
not in sorrow, not in wailing, but in the joy of the Lord.

As a sign to us who have met our crosses and have overcome them,
there comes that ability to meet other and greater crosses in the joy of the Lord,
and to rejoice that we are counted worthy.

(1) Let us enter into the service that may be our part as channels of blessings to others.
(2) In so doing we become conscious that our lives are spent in the way He would have us go,
(3) and that His presence abides with us.
(4) The door is open.
(5) Virtue and understanding find activity.
(6) Faith is renewed day by day, for we are more able to understand conditions that arise -
whether from the mental, the material, or the spiritual.

Access to the Father may be held as a cooperative force
in whatever sphere of activity we may engage when in service to others.

It is not in times or seasons or in any place -
but in every place, every day, and every hour that we may show forth His love to those we contact.
By our lives others may know that He walks with us and is our friend.
Upon what is the glory of the crown conditioned?
Faith-ful-ness.

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262-034

As there has been presented in the lessons
that which may be applicable in the thought and study
through any activity of an entity, so in the lesson
The Cross, The Crown, there is made
the definite stand of the activities
OF an entity, that must come to stand
as that which is first and foremost in the minds
mentally, the minds spiritually, of each entity.

As given,
"I am determined to know nothing among men
save Jesus, the Christ, and him crucified."

So, He, with the Cross, represents something
in the experience of every entity in their activities
through the earth, and has led in all of the experiences
of thought in any of the presented forms of truth
in the earth, and comes at last to the Cross.

So, this should be the central thought,
the reason of the Cross, the Crown;

For, as ye may be known by the Name
that He has given, so must the central theme,
the basis of each individual's approach be:
Not "what is my cross?" which is the usual first question
in every material mind, but rather
"How may I with His aid best meet my cross,
in my approach to the Crown of Righteousness?"
and not as of a temporal or even a mental kingdom,
but the Cross of Glory, the Crown of Glory, in,
through and by His Name.

Our Father, Our God,
As we approach that that may give us
a better insight of
what He bore in the Cross,
What His Glory may be in The Crown,
May Your blessings
- as promised through Him
- Be with us as we study together
In His Name.

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"The Cross and the Crown."

As indicated by the outline, or the basis of thought,
as well as the meditation and the questions
that each should ask themselves, the group,
the individuals, have reached then that place
in their study, their work, where - as it were
- they are, as individuals, to apply that in their experience,
in giving out to others in the lessons that are being
and are to be prepared, that they have experienced
in preparing themselves for the various channels
of blessings each are to be in the service as
of furnishing data in lessons for others.

Much in this manner:
Why has the way of the Cross been chosen by the group?
Why is it necessary that each must bear a cross?
Just because the cross was borne for us by another?
Why was it necessary that He, the maker
of heaven and earth, bear a cross as a man?
Why did He come into the world as a man,
that He might as a man bear a cross?
Why do we as individuals necessarily bear much
that He did, yet we say taking His yoke
upon us the cross becomes easy?
These and similar questions must be answered
by each individual, and give in their own hearts an answer
that will satisfy them in the light of that which has been
their experience through the living of the lessons
that have been given to others.
Does the life, do the lives, lived in accordance
with thine own faith, thine own virtue and understanding,
thine own walking in the Presence,
make for the explanation of why each soul
must bear a cross?
Why has the Cross been chosen, rather than many
of the other philosophies of thought that make
for a unison of conditions in the experience
- and make for the correlation of the material
and spiritual life?
Why is the Cross the emblem of shame
yet necessary, for the Crown that is to be in
the experience of those that bear same?
For we have reached that place in the experience
where we, as individuals, will walk no more
with this thought or else say as Peter,
"Thou alone hast the words of eternal life,
to whom shall we go?"
These, then, are the questions that each individual
should ask self, and put into the lesson; as:
"Why I as a soul, in the development through
this material plane, must bear a cross."
Then, when this portion has been received by selves,
and the answer written, we may give
"Why the Crown."

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"Why the Crown"

In the study, in the thought, this is found to be experienced
by all - that there was the necessity, for man's understanding,
for the entering in of the Son of man, and that the Cross
becomes the emblem of Him who offered himself,
of himself.

For that cause, for that purpose came He into the world,
that He himself - in overcoming the world
- might gain the Crown.

So, each in their respective lives, their own experiences,
find their cross overcoming the world, overcoming
those things, those conditions, those experiences,
that would not only enable them to meet the issues
of life but to become heirs with Him of
the Crown of Glory.

What, then, is this Crown of Glory?
Does this bespeak only of those things, those conditions,
that have to do with the spiritual life?
Did the overcoming give the authority?
Did the overcoming make this Son of man
the Lord, the Glory, the Crown of Life?
So He, as the pattern for each, makes the way clear,
the way open that each soul - as it meets the crosses,
endures the temptations and overcomes them
- may become an heir, jointT heir with Him to
the Crown of Glory; with power temporal, power mental,
power spiritual to become the Sons and Daughters of God,
as many as are called - and all that fulfil that purpose
for which they, as individuals, are called
- and carry on in that manner, overcoming, meeting,
bearing within themselves.

Not in sorrow, not in wailing, but in the joy of the Lord.

Then, the first of the signs that may be given
- to as many as have met the cross, as have endured,
is given that which enables them - in whatsoever state
they find themselves in meeting their crosses
- to do so in the joy of the Lord. Happiness
and joy go hand in hand.

He that overcomes, then, is joyous in the knowledge
that power to meet, power to use, power
to overcome is given in his understanding.

With joy, then, do such individuals enter into
the service that may be their part, their portion,
as the channels, the ways in which they may serve
in the making known to others the Way of the Cross
and the Crown of Glory that comes with the same,
in the knowledge of the life being spent in a way
that He would have one go; for His presence
then abides ever.

The door is open.

The virtue and understanding finds activity.

The faith is renewed day by day, for self is understood
in the relationships of each and every condition
that arises - either from the mental, the material
or the spiritual forces; for the access of the Father
is held as a cooperative force in whatsoever
sphere of activity an individual is engaged
in this service.

Then, let each know that in enduring the cross,
the patience that makes for the awareness
of the soul - finds its kinship with the Father
in the manner of service that may be rendered
day by day.

As He has given, and as has been presented
again and again, not in times nor seasons,
not in new moons nor in any place, but every day,
every hour we show forth His love in a manner
that makes for the knowledge of all contacting us
that He walks with us, that He is our friend.

With the cross comes the crown to those that
are faithful in the few things, and their joys
shall be many in the service that each are
called to do; for His ways are made known
to those that seek.

As He has given, he that seeks shall find,
to him that knocks shall it be opened.

Ye shall enter into the joys of thy Lord,
enjoying that crown that brings joy, happiness,
harmony, peace; for He is the Prince of Peace.

What is His glory in the Crown conditioned?
Faith-ful-ness.

"He with the cross, represents something
in the experience of every entity in their activities
through the earth and has led in all the experiences
of thought in any of the presented forms of truth
in the earth and comes at last to the cross."
As we have given, and as was given by Him,
in the beginning He was the Son - made the Son
- those of the Sons that went astray; and through
the varying activities overcame the world through
the experiences, bearing the cross in each
and every experience, reaching the final cross
with all power, all knowledge in having overcome
the world - and of Himself accepted the Cross.

Hence doing away with that often termed karma,
that must be met by all.

The immutable law of cause and effect is,
as evidenced in the world today, in the material,
the mental and the spiritual world; but He
- in overcoming the world, the law
- became the Law.

The law, then, becomes as the schoolmaster,
or the school of training - and we who have
Named the Name, then, are no longer
under the law as law, but under mercy as in Him;
for in Him - and with the desires - may there be
made the coordination of all things.

Remember the pattern in the mount, in self,
in the physical body, in the mental body,
in the spiritual body.

That is the mount!
So long as there is perfect coordination
in the mount, all things work together
for the good of the mount.

When there is the rebellion in the mount,
then there is disconnection, destruction,
disconcerted effort, and the coordination
- the cooperation of activity - is made awry.

Hence death in the physical ensues,
by the disintegration, through the disconcerted
action, through the incoordinated action
and this mental, and physical, and spiritual.

So, in overcoming all He set that as the Throne,
or the mercy seat, that is within the temple,
as the pattern, as in the mount - and in the mount,
"I willL arise and go to my Father, in Him,
through Him. I Will! I Will!!

What is to be understood by the definite stand
we all must now take?
As the reason, materially, that the Cross
- rather than the mental, or any other phase
of experience - is accepted as the Ideal.

262-037

"The Cross - The Crown."

In the preparation of selves, in the study
- as there may be given through each that which
may enable others to comprehend and understand
the lessons, the causes for the selection of this
means of approach to that as should come
in the next lesson, The Lord Thy God is One,
so does each individual find the necessity
for analyzing themselves as to that which is,
which has been, which may be, the impelling influence
in their lives.

And there must be put out of same that as would
bespeak of selfishness, or the magnifying of those
desires that are gratifying only to the carnal influences
in lives.

"Ye may be known by the name He has given."
As He gave, there is no other name given among men
whereby they may be saved.
Saved from what?
For what purpose?
So, in the expression given, this name which has been chosen
should stand for the answering of those questions
in the experience of each individual.

For, as has been given, to those whom He has called
gives He the power to become the sons of God.

And called for a service in some specific
direction or channel, that each may be
a channel of blessing to someone.

What is meant by the mount as patterned in the physical body.
A whole volume might be written on this subject!
The reference is given as to the pattern given
in the mount as for those under that particular
dispensation, for their edification in the approach
to that they worshiped through that period.
And the pattern in the mount is represented in
the body through that shown in the glorification in
the mount, as seen upon transfiguration,
showing the specific reference as to
the Cross and the Crown.

For, as the pattern in the first approach of man
that came to the outer court (the physical body),
the inner court (the spiritual man) is approached
through the mental body (to the holy of holies),
where the Father may speak as face to face.

So, in the vision - or the representation in the mount,
the law and the prophets were represented
in the physical, the mental, the spiritual; in Moses,
Elijah, and the Christ.

So, in selves do we find the physical, the mental,
the spiritual (in self) as the patterns that must
find the counterpart in the experiences of others,
the application of the many, and the direct application
of self in this present experience.

The way is set before self
- and to remain faithful in that which is undertaken,
leaving Him as the guide from day to day.

As the reasoning of self leads the way, in
the experiences of the awakening in self
of those activities from day to day,
so keep self in the way of following in HIS guiding ways.

Unto him that hath been given much is much required,
and as there is seen the necessity of meeting
those conditions that must answer for the hope
that is within self, renew same only in the strength
of that as must be the guide through all phases
of the experience.

That in self that would make for the renewing
of the hopes within self.

Keep in the way that is open before thee,
in giving to those that self contacts the concept
of the vision held by self that lies ahead.
(See 262-40)
 
As those conditions arise that make for the testing
of self's own hold upon the promise, know these
are efficient and sufficient unto thee;
that these will guide in those periods when there is
the need of same.
Faint not, for the Crown is ahead.

Keep self close to that mental and spiritual awakening
that comes with the communion with Him in thine inner self,
for He is able to guide through all shadows that may arise.

Keep the faith, for he that endures will wear the Crown of Life.

As the way is opened for the giving out of that gained
through the activities of the mental and material in
the spiritual relationships, be ever ready
- as He gave, "Go call thy brother."

As the awakenings come in the varied experiences,
through the study of those hardships that come to self
or to others, so may the cheering hand bring that of peace
and harmony to thy fellow man.

In the promise that in thee may come the blessings
to many, make thyself - then - as a perfect channel,
that the glory may come to those that seek His face.

Keep the way open and the heart attuned to those calls
from within, that His glory - through the activities
in the mental self - may gain the more of the peace
and harmony from contentment in His service.

In keeping thy face to the light the shadows fall far behind.
His strength will sustain, His love is sufficient,
His power does not abate - to those who are faithful
in His service.
Spend self in the love for His ways.

Keep the way that brings for gladness
in the strength of the power of His might in thy life.

The door is open, the way is before thee.
Let that as makes for a closer walk with Him
guide thy every footstep in the choosing
of the way before thee.

In the way of the Cross is light.
Though it may have its crown of thorns,
it has also its glory that passeth understanding
in the finite mind.
Yet, as the infinite opens the way the thorns
become less and the way the brighter.

The glory of the Lord is in the service of self
day by day, in HIS ways being made known
unto others through the life that self shows
in the experiences that may be given to others
as signposts along the way.
For, he that endures will bear the cross and the crown.

The way before thee is in His keeping.
Trust ye in Him.

Be joyous in thy service day by day.
Let not trouble bar thee from knowing the peace,
the happiness, the joy in the Lord.

Keep the heart singing.
Keep the glory of Him before thee.
Amen!

262-038

"The Cross - The Crown"

Why choose the Way of the Cross as their way.

If ye know the truth the truth shall set you free.

In the Cross then, there must be more freedom
than is ordinarily termed or considered in a way of the cross.

262-039

"He that findeth his life shall lose it;
and he that loseth his life for my sake
shall find it."? (Matthew 10:39)
The literal application is as given by Paul
in Colossians, as to how the body perisheth
that the renewed life may be made manifest
in material things.

So, as given in the text referred here,
he that loseth his life shall find it in
the service of Him that is life!
What, then, is Life?
how is it found?
How is obtained?
Life is the manifestation of Creative forces
in a material world, in whatever form we
may become conscious of it in.

For, there are within the material experience
of man many forms of life; even matter,
even in the various strata of activity
about the individual that man is not conscious of.

And in obtaining the consciousness of it,
through the aplication of individuals,
how many lives have been lost?

In accomplishing that, in the use of that
as it is manifest, in any particular plane
or sphere, how many lives have been lost
and gained?

Applied; making application, then, materially - see?

"The first shall be last and the last shall be first."?
As illustrated, when life ends it begins.
The end is the beginning of the transposition,
or the change.
The first is last the last is first.
Transposition.

There is evidence of an awakening in many
of the group of the presence of the Creative Forces
in the activities of many in the group.

Would it not be worth
the while then to prepare self in such a manner that the Master
- as He spoke with thee - might, through thee, speak
the lesson of Love that He so well represented
and presented in His experience as the man of Galilee?

Is it not worthwhile, then, cleansing the body, in thought,
in all manners as necessary, to raise the flesh vibrations
to such an extent that there may be no harm to same
in the experiences that may be had by all during
the periods of preparation on such a lesson?

Has not there been the promise that through thee,
in part, may come one that may be a blessing to many,
that many may speak with those higher forces,
higher sources, as face to face?
Is it not well, then, that the body be cleansed,
be purified, be renewed, that there may be that power,
that vigor necessary, that there may come that in power,
in might, as respecting that influence as comes
in the life with the union of the expressions
that may bring same to pass?

Then, how may this be accomplished?
Thou knowest that as is well with thine soul.
Thou knowest that as is well to be accomplished
in the body, in the flesh, that there may be the power,
the might, the glory that may come to others.

Be faithful, as given, to the trust which has been given
into thine hands; for the glory that comes with faithfulness
is as but short to the Crowns of glory that will be with
His presence in this - even this - material world!

Study to dwell together in unity of thought.
Cooperate in every way as to show forth His love,
that may be manifest in thee in thine own
particular phase of endeavor or activity.
Faint not.

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Updated: 8 August 2013