Jesus said…'what shall it profit a man if he should gain the whole world and lose his own soul'. With that being said… what achievement on Earth could equal attaining the transfiguration and the ascension? What amount of fame or fortune could compare to this attainment? All the great men of the World throughout history have died, with the exception of Enoch, Elijah, Moses and Jesus. (Perhaps there are many others, but these are the only ones I am aware of who ascended into the Heavens as living Spiritual beings) Prior to the above statement made by Jesus, He said. "Whosoever will save his life shall lose it and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it, for the son of man shall come in the glory of his father with his angels, and then he shall reward every man according to his works". Yet the Worlds Churches have failed to instruct the masses on how we 'save our life', or how do we lose 'our life' that we might attain Eternal Life. Through their concept of the Spiritual Rebirth, we can never achieve the transfiguration. It can only be attained 'by the renewing of our minds'…through the acceptance and the realization that God, is the "I am" within us!
Those who know that God is the "I" within them, but refuse to live and function AS the Father, shall lose their life. But those who choose to die to self and live AS God, shall 'find it'. These… shall never die! While thinking on this another verse from the scriptures came to mind. It is in Philippians 2:12-15. Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God which 'worketh' in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure…that you may be blameless and harmless the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse Nation, among whom ye shall shine as lights in the World." All I can do, is pass on to you what "I" believe. What you do with it, is up to you. I cannot make you change your mind. ("Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind".) Only you can 'renew' your thinking! Because God is 'who' you are, you have 'free will' to think as you please. Only 'you' can decide whether to choose to die to self in order to function as the "I am" within you. or to go on living as the 'person' your parents created when they named you at your birth! The decision to live as this 'person' you believe yourself to be, or to live AS God…as the Father, is yours to make. Should you choose to live your life as the 'person' your parents created when they named you, you may do so. But you will most certainly die! Because we live as men, we will die as men! But should you choose to live and function AS your Heavenly Father… AS the Vine, you will never die! And to revert to my opening paragraph… what achievement on Earth could compare to this attainment? And the decision is yours to make! It lies within each of us to…"Choose you this day whom ye shall serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" (Joshua 24:15). But 'Joshua' died, because he had no idea that he and God were One! He 'served' the Lord…he did not function AS the Lord! Therein lies the key to Life Eternal!
Allow me to rephrase Joshua's statement… 'Choose ye this day whom you will be…the 'person' your parents created when they named you, or the Christ… the 'person' God created you to be'! The choice is yours! When my long time ministerial friend critiqued my book, he said "Bob" thinks he's God. He missed the message! It was not Bob 'who thought he was God', it was God who was made to believe he was 'Bob'. I was made to believe I was 'Bob'! But 'Bob', has no being. Only the "I"(the Father) has being.
The Spiritual Rebirth was unknown during the life of Joshua. The key to life everlasting, came from the Father… through Him who was known as Jesus of Nazareth"… they were one and the same! It was not 'Jesus' who told us we must be 'born again'…it was God Himself who gave us this message. He who was known AS Jesus, (God Himself) came in person to tell humanity that He was the "I" within us. "I and the Father are One", is the 'idea'…the 'seed', that sets in motion our Spiritual Rebirth. (Thoughts are like seeds… 'Seeds' that are sown in our 'consciousness') Only AS God, can we 'enter' the Kingdom of God…only AS God, can we function in God consciousness! This gives us the key to Life Eternal. The Law as it pertains to man is this…as a man thinketh, so is he. This law applies to every 'man' on Earth, because every 'man' on Earth, is the Creative Mind of God individualized! When we realize we are the 'Eternal' individualized, we have to realize that we need never die! We die because we have believed we are this 'person' our parents created when they named us! We die because we believe we are nothing more than mere men! But…as we walk AS God, the Father…AS the "I am" within us, we need Never die! This is what the World has failed to discover. This is why 'we' must "work out our own salvation". Only "I" can choose to 'renew' 'my' thinking! Only "I" can choose to function as my Heavenly Father…as the Vine! Only as 'I' choose to walk As God, can I experience the transfiguration and the ascension. No one can do it for us.