Modern Bible Scholars tell us that Paul (St. Paul) actually only wrote seven authentic Epistles (letters). The Roman Church attributes thirteen to him. So, which is it then? Critical Bible Scholarship using Truth seeking investigations inform us that six of these Epistles are simply counterfeit. Deliberately anti-Gnostic, and purposefully written by the Roman Church scribes to refute Paul's mystical and non-historical Gnostic Gospels. These were the writings of early Christians 200 years or more before the formation and rise of Orthodox Roman Christianity.
In the original seven Epistles, he writes allegorically and mystically about spiritual mysteries “hidden from the foundation of the world” that affect the Soul of man and it's sojourn here in the Physical world of matter ... Earth, in form/body. Paul speaks of the “indwelling Christ” which is the Divine Spark of God - the Christ Soul - within EVERY human being. Like a pearl within an oyster. Never does Paul refer to an outside Christ, or a historical-Literal Christ in these seven authentic Gospels. This, was for very good reason.
Paul was speaking of the Gnostic Cosmic Christ, relating to the universe or cosmos, especially as distinct from the Earth. “Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the Kingdom, but to them it is not given” ... because these teachings were hidden and veiled among myth and parables ... allegories and metaphors. They were held for worthy initiates into the Inner Mysteries. The “mystery” of the indwelling Christ (Christos), was intended to awaken all of humanity to the incarnated God WITHIN them ... not without them.
And what exactly was this mystery? Before the rise of Roman Christianity, it had been taught for more than two centuries:
“the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now made MANIFEST (phanerou/φανερόω in Greek) to his saints: to whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the gentiles; which is ... CHRIST IN YOU - the hope of glory.”
Now let's look more specifically at the word "Phanerou" from the Greek (φανερόω):
"to make MANIFEST or visible or known what has been hidden or unknown, to manifest, whether by words, or deeds, or in any other way"
Note now that the Greek word “phanerou” means to make appear and manifest something from within itself not apparent to the senses. Something not apparent to others who may be simply looking at you. This is the root word we get for the English word "Phantasm." Also, "Phaneros" from the Greek meaning “shining forth ... becoming luminous.”
On the Road to Damascus, Paul had such a spiritual awakening. He changed drastically after that experience of awakening. He came to the realization that the coming of Christ occurs IN men, not TO men:
“Awake though that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.”
In other words, awaken from the coma of physical Life, and become one with the Spirit of God dwelling within all of creation. Study the early Gnostics, and Kabbalah, and you will find the Bible to be a guide veiled by allegory for the spiritual journey of what takes place within mankind. Paul was a Gnostic, and the church did it's best to rid the world of Gnostics ... but then came the discovery of the Nag Hammadi Library, and many other ancient texts that had not been destroyed by the church even though it tried its best, and the new findings in the last 200 years have set the Spiritual World on its ear. Research everything you've been told. You owe it to yourself to find the Truth. Knock, and the door shall be opened.
Just a thought ...
Justin Taylor, ORDM.