2 John 1:7 - Those Who Deny Christ Came In The Flesh
“For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ came in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist” (2 John 1:7)
Based on this scripture, the typical argument states that John was aiming this scripture at the people who denied Jesus was resurrected in a physical body.
Keep in mind that the writer of John, was a Gnostic. Most Gnostics did not view any of the scriptures literally ... they were allegorical and metaphorical. As such, John’s statement is in perfect agreement with what a Gnostic would have believed.
To the Gnostics, the resurrection story of Christ wasn’t about the literal man; it was about the spiritual awakening of the divine nature that can happen within each individual. This awakening happens while still yet in the flesh.
So John’s statement rings true after all. Christ does come in the flesh. But this coming of Christ is the gnosis (mystical insight) attained by the individual going through a profound experience in higher states of consciousness.
This entire process happens while being in a physical body. It is the born again experience of the spiritual nature which rules over the physical nature. This spiritual nature is the Christ. This is the divine spark of God within every man.
Remember the Apostle Paul attests to this when he states that he "travails in birth until Christ be formed in you." And that "you are the body of Christ." Jesus himself affirmed several times his position. At the Sermon On The Mount, he said "you are the light of the world" to his audience. He is also quoted as saying "you shall do greater things than I."
How would any of this be possible if Jesus (the man) was the one and only God in the flesh? Remember also, the church teaches the doctrine of "Original Sin" (which they created). If all people are born in sin, then so then would Jesus since the church teaches that he was fully man, and fully God.
They try and wiggle around this HUGE problem with the "immaculate conception" meaning that his Mother Mary was without sin ... somehow bypassing the bloodline given of Adam by being impregnated by the Holy Spirit. Mary was an Almah in Hebrew, and in Greek a parthenos. Both of these words do not mean "virgin." They mean young maiden of marrying material.
The virgin concept is Pagan and makes much more sense when it is properly understood. And that is, that the Christ (or Christ Consciousness), the Divine Spark of God, enters mankind for the first time having never before been incarnate as the seed of God in humanity. It has nothing to do with sex and the breaking of a hymen.
Celestially, Virgo (the Virgin) carries a chaff of wheat. Wheat is used for bread. Bethlehem (Bethel-hem) means "the house of bread." I could go on and on but suffice it to say that there is much more spiritual Truth and symbolism beyond any literal of historical interpretation of the great ancient scriptures. One must dig. The Truth is hidden ... the pearl of great price hidden in a field. When something is uncovered, no longer hidden, revealed (revelation), we have an "apocalypse." The Apocalypse is not the end of the world ... it is a Greek word meaning to unveil ... to reveal that which is hidden. Seek and you shall find.
Just a thought ...
~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM.