HE IS CALLED World Teacher not because He is to teach the World, and will perhaps found a religion that unites the World, or more specifically the earth, or better still humanity on earth, or that holds sway over the earth; but He is called World Teacher because He explains the “World” and brings the teaching about the World.
That which man really must know!
He teaches how to recognize the “World” in its automatic activity, so that earthman may adjust himself accordingly, and thereby be able consciously to ascend in the recognition of the actual Laws of the World!
Thus it is really a question of cosmology, of instruction about the World, about Creation.
Behind this true World Teacher, visible to pure clairvoyants, stands radiantly the great Cross of Redemption, as once it did with Christ!
It can also be said: “He bears the Cross”!
But that has nothing to do with suffering and martyrdom.
This will be one of the signs which, “living and radiating”, no sorcerer or magician however accomplished is able to simulate, and by which the absolute genuineness of His Mission can be recognized!
This “beyond-earthly” happening is not disconnected, not merely arbitrary, therefore not unnatural.
The connection will immediately be understood as soon as the true significance of the actual “Cross of Redemption” is known.
The Cross of Redemption does not have the same meaning as Christ’s Cross of Suffering, through which indeed mankind could not be redeemed, as I explain in detail in the lecture “The Crucifixion of the Son of God and the Lord’s Supper”, and repeat many times.
It is something quite different, again of apparent simplicity, yet of immense greatness!
The Cross was already known before Christ’s time on earth.
It is the sign of Divine Truth!
Not merely the sign, but the living form for It.
And since Christ was the Bringer of Divine Truth, of the genuine One, and came from the Truth, was in direct connection with It, bearing a part of It within Himself, It also clung to Him inwardly and outwardly in a living form!
It is visible in the living, thus shining and independently radiating Cross!
It may be said that It is the Cross itself.
Where this Radiant Cross is, there also is Truth, since this Cross cannot be separated from Truth; rather they are both one, because this Cross displays the visible form of Truth.
The Cross of Rays or the radiating Cross is therefore the Truth in its original form.
And since man can ascend only through the Truth, and in no other way, the human spirit finds true redemption only in the recognition or knowledge of Divine Truth!
Again, since redemption lies only in the Truth, it follows that the Cross, that is, the Truth, is the redeeming Cross, or the Cross of Redemption!
It is the Cross of the Redeemer!
The Redeemer, however, is the Truth for mankind!
Only knowledge of the Truth and, connected therewith, making use of the way that lies or is shown in the Truth, can lead the human spirit out of its present derangement and error upwards to the Light, can liberate and redeem it from its present state.
And as the Son of God Who was sent, and the Son of Man now coming, are the sole Bringers of the undimmed Truth, bearing It within Themselves, They must both naturally also bear inseparably the Cross within Themselves, that is, They must be Bearers of the Cross of Rays, Bearers of Truth, Bearers of Redemption, which for humanity lies in the Truth.
They bring redemption in the Truth to those who receive It, who thus walk on the path shown. –
What is all the clever talk of men beside this? It will fade away in the hour of need.
For that reason the Son of God told men that they should take up the Cross and follow Him, which means to accept the Truth and to live accordingly!
To adapt themselves to the Laws of Creation, to learn to understand them fully and make only the best use of their automatic effects.
But what has the restricted mind of man once more made of this simple and natural fact!
A doctrine of suffering desired neither by God nor the Son of God!
And thereby they have taken a wrong path, that is not in accord with the path indicated, but leads far away from the Will of God, Which desires only to lead to joy instead of suffering.
It is naturally a terrible symbol for mankind that at that time the Son of God was nailed by them just to the earthly representation of the form of Truth, and tortured to death, thus going to His earthly destruction on the symbol of the Truth which He brought!
The Cross of Suffering of the churches, however, is not the Cross of Redemption!
It is said of the Son of God: “He who stands in the Power and the Truth”.
The Power is the Will of God, the Holy Spirit.
Its visible form is the Dove.
The visible form of Truth is the independently radiating Cross.
Both were seen – living – with the Son of God, because He stood in them.
Thus with Him it was a natural and self-evident manifestation.
The same will also be seen with the Son of Man!
The Dove above Him, the Cross of Redemption behind Him; for He again is inseparably linked with them as the Bringer of Truth, “Who stands in the Power and the Truth”!
They are the infallible signs of His genuine Mission to fulfil the prophecies.
The signs that can never be imitated, which are indestructible, warning, and despite the fearfulness of the severity also promising!
Before these alone must the Darkness yield!
As soon as the inexorable harbingers of His coming have appeared, clearing the way for Him of the obstacles that human conceit heaps upon it, the bandage will fall from the eyes of many to whom is granted the grace to recognize Him thus!
Then, forced by the power of the Light, they will have to bear witness openly.
Not one of the false prophets and of the leaders, today still so numerous, is able to stand his ground against this; for in these two sublime signs, which no one but the Son of God and the Son of Man can bear, God Himself speaks for His Servant, and all human wisdom must become silent because of them. —
Watch for that hour, it will be nearer than all men think.
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