How do we die to self, that we might live? We have all read in the Bible, that should we refuse to walk as God, we shall die as men. Jesus said, (John.16: 24) "if any man come after me, (if any man might choose to walk as I walk) let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it." So how do we lose 'our' life? Most definitely we shall lose it as we grow old and die. But how do we lose it that we might never die? For did He not say (St. John. 11: 26) that 'he who liveth and believeth in me, shall never die? Well here is how we 'lose it'! By realizing that God (the Father), is the "I" within us, and the 'person' we believe ourselves to be (the person our parents created when they 'named' us) is but the illusion in which the whole of the human race is walking! God is the reality of ALL mankind! He is the "I" within each of us!
That we might realize that God is our reality, the REAL you and the REAL me, is the purpose of the Spiritual Rebirth! But the concept of the Spiritual Rebirth that has been promoted by the Evangelical religions throughout the World, and is still being promoted, is ERRONEOUS! Through their concept we can NEVER attain a consciousness of Oneness! (We can never 'enter' the Kingdom of God.) For the Kingdom of God is not a 'specific' place, it is a State of Mind! A state of KNOWING that the "I" within us is God! Then can we 'think' As God... as Jesus thought! That is what we were admonished to seek (Matthew 6: 33) 'But seek ye first the kingdom of God (the consciousness of God) and his righteousness (the right use of our newly discovered 'consciousness') and all the things we need, shall be ours'! And we cannot 'think' as God, until we realize that He is the "I" within us! And then, through faith in this truth, we can indeed walk AS the Father. For as Jesus said, He is the "I" within us! (I and my Father are One!) Then what you see me do, you can do also. (But ONLY when we realize that the "I" within us IS GOD!) We can only die to self when we realize that the person we believe our 'self' to be is but the illusion in which we walk! (The "I" within us is our 'real' self, and that "I", is God... the Father!)
It was not 'Jesus' who died on the cross! It was God the Father that they crucified! It was just that Mary and Joseph were told to name Him ('their' son) 'Jesus'! As I have said a thousand times, 'every child that has ever been born on planet Earth, has been (and always will be) God (the Father), in the infant stage of development'! (Or do we not believe He made us in His image and likeness?) Mary and Joseph named 'their' child 'Jesus'. My Mother named Him ('me') Robert. And 'your' Mother named Him the name 'you' go by! That we all might realize that 'man' and God, are One, was His most ardent prayer. 'That they all may be One, even as we are One. (St. John 17: 21-22) We die to self by realizing, acknowledging, and choosing to function AS the Father (Who is the "I" within us) Only then can we die to self!
Think of the conversation Jesus had with his disciples and Peter. 'But whom do 'you' say that "I" the son of man am'? And Peter replied 'thou art the Christ, the son of the living God'! (Keep in mind that Jesus walked AS the Father, but He also knew that Peter walked AS "Peter"!) So He said 'and thou art Peter, but, getting back to your 'revelation', 'Upon this 'rock', this Truth (that children of men, are actually children of God) I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it'. (Ever 'child ' born of a woman, (male or female) is actually a 'child' of God! If we only realized it!) And all that is necessary to enable us to 'realize' it, is to 'see' (spiritually speaking) that God is the "I" within us! This was why He said 'call no man your father upon the Earth, for one is your father, which is in heaven'. Did God not make 'Adam and 'Eve' in His image and likeness? YES! They were God embodied! But they did not realize this! But that made no difference as to what manner of beings their children were! They gave birth to children AFTER their kind! And nothing has changed! Children of 'men', are actually children of God, but like Adam and Eve, no one is aware of this! Thus the necessity of the Spiritual Rebirth (the realization that God (the Father) is the "I" within us!) Then, through FAITH in that realization we can indeed function AS the Father! (As 'Jesus' did!) It is the purpose of the Church that we might realize this!
Because I am an old used car salesman, virtually no one believes me. But if someone sees it who is highly respected and associated with the Church, then perhaps others might be more inclined to consider it. For until the World sees that there is actually no one besides God, or other than God, there will be no peace on Earth. Jesus disciples failed to see it. Phillip did not see it. Show us the Father, and it sufficeth us, he said. And Jesus replied 'He that hath seen me, hath seen the Father'. No matter who we are looking at, (male or female) we are actually 'looking at the Father'! Believe it or not!