Crucifixion, the Master's Initiation

Crucifixion is "the act of crucifying, or execution on a cross; figuratively, it is an extremely difficult, painful trial, a torturous suffering."

Mystically stated, you must willingly lay personal or self will on the transverse of the Master's Cross until you respond only to the will of God for you. You assume full responsibility for lifting everyone and everything, as you polish your standard of honor, ethics and morals.

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? O my God, I cry in the day time, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded. But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him. But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts. I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother's belly. Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help. Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion. I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture. – Psalm 22:1-18.

Crucifixion of self is physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. It is the initiation of the fifth Degree of the Master. You begin making a thousand burnt offerings, a thousand days of perfection and surrender to Light of your emotional and mental leftovers.















Edna Lister on the Initiation of Crucifixion

Crucifixion is the last step in self-mastery. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 10, 1934

The Master forgave those who crucified him. You may not hold yourself to be of greater value to the Father than our Master. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 24, 1938.

You may have to take terrible blows, delays and crucifixions to pay all necessary spiritual debts. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 24, 1938.

The true crucifixion of self, the real surrender is never to turn back, look, act, speak, or think as in the past, but to die to self and to arise again daily. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 14, 1939.

They crucified Jesus; yet you whine, complain and feel noble when the world "crucifies" you. Soul desire, when it ascends, puts self-will on the crossbar for crucifixion. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 5, 1948.

Spirit is crucified on the cross of matter. – Edna Lister, A History of Astrology, January 29, 1951.

When one bears crucifying humiliations, grief or disappointments, everyone near is tested on his degree of blame, for judging false judgments from outer appearances and for a critical attitude that exalts itself by comparing its own safe, secure place with the other's disappointment. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 9, 1951.

You may not use idle or crucifying words to another at any time. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 13, 1953.

When you reach that higher sensitivity, the realms of idealism where the Master said, "What is that to thee? Follow thou me," it seems as though the devil himself is crucifying you. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 5, 1953.

You feel crucified whenever you focus your imagination downward into the world. – Edna Lister, Your Life's Plan, May 16, 1954.

You endure more suffering through retrogression than you do by paying your soul debts and ascending. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 1, 1954.

The Master gives you a cross as you begin to walk the Via Christa. You choose whether you will be crucified on it, or climb it as your ladder of Ascension. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 4, 1955.

We all build our own Gethsemane and crucify ourselves. You must experience it to get rid of the old, and to crucify the selfish will. You may do so in two ways, with the glory of God, or by demoting your soul. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 23, 1955.

Crucifixion happens when you forget to surrender. – Edna Lister, Truth: Your Plan, October 21, 1956.

All "crucifying" experiences occur to end habits of martyrdom, pride and stubbornness, and do not cease until you decide to be God's servant. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 9, 1957.

You must crucify self-centered will until you conquer it. – Edna Lister, The Wheels of Ezekiel, December 17, 1957.

By the time you reach mastery, you begin to understand the need to crucify will, to give up the self-will and become the servant of all Power. You crucify self an inch at a time until you learn to conquer by soul. – Edna Lister, The Wheels of Ezekiel, December 17, 1957.

When you hear someone criticizing and crucifying another, mentally put your hands over her mouth; declare a cross of fiery Light on her lips. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 26, 1958.

A crucifixion precedes each of the many marriages of the Lamb. [A marriage of the Lamb is the wedding of will and desire, of Wisdom and Love.] – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 28, 1958.

The going is rough in Crucifixion initiations, but you pay your spiritual debts. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 11, 1958.

You cannot divide the little self from the self; it crucifies itself. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 1, 1958.

To fulfill the law of Crucifixion, you must lay self-will upon the crossbar of the Master's cross and assume full responsibility for lifting everyone and everything. – Edna Lister, The Pioneering Mystic, May 5, 1959.

The law of Crucifixion is the death of self-will. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 5, 1959.

You ascend or die; make your cross a ladder to heaven, and do not let self crucify your soul. Of all the foolishness after the Master's sacrifice, none is worse than to allow yourself to be crucified by self. Don't be a martyr; never give another power over you. – Edna Lister, Heaven: A Place to Fill, April 10, 1962.

Self-pity is the underlying reason for choosing martyrdom or crucifixion. – Edna Lister, Heaven: A Place to Fill, April 10, 1962.

Crucifying the selfish will is necessary; concentration uses the great faculty of will, which is not a nerve relaxer. You must give up concentration and lift desire to mate with will so that it becomes the "I AM" superconsciousness. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, 1963.

You ascend in consciousness through countless crucifixions of your self's will and desires. Anyone who opens a new idea is crucified mentally and emotionally in the mud, criticism and force of resistance. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 3, 1966.

Ascension is the crucifixion of self. – Edna Lister, Yetzirah Paths of Quabalah: The Fiery Furnace, March 19, 1970.

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Thankfulness

Edna Lister created this Bible study outline for May 10, 1934. Scripture: Romans 8:14-17

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. – Romans 8:14-17.

The lessons contained in this scripture include three points. First, God judges each soul according to its individual effort to surrender self to be led by the Spirit.

Second, while you are not required to make payment for the other fellow's debt, you are required to pay your own. Also, as children of God, you must offer your brothers compassion.

Third, you are a joint heir with Christ, and when you have paid your debts, meaning that you have suffered the crucifixion of the self, your inheritance is to be glorified together with him.

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The Last Step in Self-Mastery

Edna Lister created this sermon outline for June 10, 1934. Scripture: Matthew 27:33-50.

And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, they gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. And sitting down they watched him there; and set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, and saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God. The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth. Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him. Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. – Matthew 27:33-50.

The initiation of Crucifixion through renunciation has two distinct phases. The first phase occurs in the high place, in the head, at the pyramidal decussation, below the pons of the medulla oblongata, under the skull. You must lift all selfish desires and will to the high place first.

Jesus' first choice was between sour wine, which represents vitality, and gall, which symbolizes bitterness. How do you give and receive life's offerings, in joy or in misery?

The second experience is to see your so-called possessions divided. You see folks take what you cherish, and experience the loss of what is precious, while giving up the need to possess things or people.

The third experience is to receive contempt in situations where no one can see your history of success. For example, even the robbers, who were also strangers, cast reproach on Jesus.

You must offer even your raised vitality in sacrifice. For example, you may have found many old ideas to have been pleasurable. Yet pleasures, which are those who rob you, laugh in reproach as did the one thief.

You come to the same place under the same laws as the outer world. The reaction is that the higher you lift, the more responsible you become.

Darkness covered the land from the sixth to the ninth hour. The sixth hour represents complete mastery, in which you balance Mother Love and Father Wisdom to become a creator.

Three hours of darkness is the time between finally passing the Crucifixion initiation and the subsequent release of Power to perfect and to polish the creature soul. The ninth hour holds the three trinities, the physical, mental and spiritual, Mind, Substance and Power, Wisdom, Love and Selflessness.

To complete an initiation you must fulfill its requirements. Imagine the Christ principle descending to fill Jesus: He had to pass this great test alone, until he had wiped out, crossed out his last bit of personal will so that he had no need to be nailed onto that cross.

To reach the final glory, you must pass through the Crucifixion to renounce self. Then you achieve the fulfillment of the soul.

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The Unknown God

Edna Lister created this Bible study outline for December 1, 1935. Scripture: Matthew 27:17-24 and Acts 17:22-28.

Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ? For he knew that for envy they had delivered him. When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him. But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas. Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified. And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified. When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. – Matthew 27:17-24.

Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, To The Unknown God. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; and hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. – Acts 17:22-28.

Pontius Pilate's wife, Claudia Procula, was a recent convert to Judaism, according to The Gospel of Nicodemus, an Apocryphal book. When the Sanhedrin brought him before Pilate, "he knew that for envy they had delivered him."

When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him. – Matthew 27:19.

The true story of Pilate is found in The Report of Pilate to the Emperor Claudius.* His story illustrates how you pay for a thirst for universal power to use as personal power in petty ways.

Do you appreciate the challenges of Jesus' life? His suffering? Imagine your personal mental agony just in leaving earth behind. His was a universal mission.

Do you really know God as your Father? Have you plumbed the depths of His abiding love for you and all mankind?

In Egypt, Greece and in Rome, men built altars to the "unknown God." Humanity has always been unconsciously seeking upward to find Him.

Accept Jesus' sacrifice and his promises. Make your sacrifice to the "unknown" but "knowing" God.

* The Report of Pilate to the Emperor Claudius is found in the Greek Acts of Peter and Paul and as an appendix to the Gospel of Nicodemus in Latin. The translation is from M. R. James as given in Quasten's Patrology, vol. 1, p. 117.

Pontius Pilate unto Claudius, greeting.

There befell of late a matter which I myself brought to light (or, made trial of): for the Jews through envy have punished themselves and their posterity with fearful judgements of their own fault; for whereas their fathers had promises (al. had announced unto them) that their God would send them out of heaven his holy one who should of right be called their king, and did promise that he would send him upon earth by a virgin; he then (or this God of the Hebrews, then) came when I was governor of Judea, and they beheld him enlightening the blind, cleansing lepers, healing the palsied, driving devils out of men, raising the dead, rebuking the winds, walking upon the waves of the sea dry-shod, and doing many other wonders, and all the people of the Jews calling him the Son of God: the chief priests therefore, moved with envy against him, took him and delivered him unto me and brought against him one false accusation after another, saying that he was a sorcerer and did things contrary to law.

But I, believing that these things were so, having scourged him, delivered him unto their will: and they crucified him, and when he was buried they set guards upon him. But while my soldiers watched him he rose again on the third day: yet so much was the malice of the Jews kindled that they gave money to the soldiers, saying: Say ye that his disciples stole away his body. But they, though they took the money, were not able to keep silence concerning that which had come to pass, for they also have testified that they saw him arisen and that they received money from the Jews. And these things have I reported (unto thy mightiness) for this cause, lest some other should lie unto thee (Lat. lest any lie otherwise) and though shouldest deem right to believe the false tales of the Jews.

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Righteousness

Edna Lister created this Bible study outline for April 7, 1954. Scripture: Matthew 27:33-44.

And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, they gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. And sitting down they watched him there; and set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God. The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth. – Matthew 27:33-44.

Righteousness is soul vision in action, a state of living right. To be right, you must lay your personal will on the transverse of the cross of Crucifixion.

Wisdom is the masculine Emanation of illumination as "I AM" consciousness. Wisdom operates as will in man, called "free will" or "free choice." Love is the feminine Emanation of intuition as "I AM." Love expresses as desire in man, and is the creative fire.

You cannot kill desire or get rid of will. Neither can you sacrifice will or desire, but you can cleanse the self. To achieve balance, mate desire with will. As desire ascends, it becomes the flame to purify will, if you have laid it on the transverse of the cross.

The world is divided between those who are giving up self will and those who are expressing "free will." The intellectuals argue that God bestowed the gift of will on us and we therefore must use it. They fear that by giving up their free will, they will become nonentities. So, they fear nonresistance.

To compound this conundrum, Eastern philosophy and puritanical religious sects have advocated killing desire, lumping the good with the not-so-good and calling it all "bad," "dirty," or "evil."

You express divine Love as desire, and divine Wisdom as will. To do so, you may choose to be a vessel, a channel, or an instrument of Love and Wisdom. Yet you cannot truly discover what free will is until you know what love is.

It is not that you have or do not have free will. Will and desire are functions of the soul indwelling the body. The action of free will is smooth, sweet and rhythmic, but the exercise of personal selfish will is a bumpy ride on a flat tire.

The real question is, How do I want to use my God-given, untouchable free will? Do I want to be a vessel, a channel or an instrument? A vessel* holds something, usually a liquid, but unless you pour it out, its contents will evaporate and the residue will stink.

A channel** is just a groove, dug in the dirt. Like the man in the parable, who buried his talent, a channel gains and retains nothing.

A musical instrument gives. It stands ready to be used by the Almighty Symphonist to create beauty and harmony wherever it is played.

You are free to choose what you give. Many people offer the world only static noise: "Do not scold me. Do not tell me I'm wrong. Pet me. Love me as I am. Praise me for being noble. Love me in spite of the rude noise I make." Such static whining only deafens your soul.

Truth is harmoniously beautiful, something that you hear, accept and become. Then you desire that others love you "because of" what you are becoming.

Eventually, you freely lay all self upon the transverse of the cross for sacrifice. Then you shall be ready to ask, What do I want my free will to do for others?

*Vessel: Phineas Parkhurst Quimby (1802-1866) was a philosopher, healer and inventor. His work is widely recognized as contributing to the New Thought movement. Mr. Quimy popularized the metaphor a being a vessel.

** Channel: Frederick Lawrence Rawson (1859-1923) was an ardent Christian Scientist, who founded the Society for Spreading the Knowledge of True Prayer in 1917. He was present at the founding of the International New Thought Alliance in London, 1914. Mr. Rawson popularized the metaphor of people being channels.

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Your Life Plan 1

Edna Lister created this sermon outline for May 16, 1954, and also used it June 6, 1954. Scripture: Matthew 16:24-28.

Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, 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. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 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. Verily I say unto you, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom. – Matthew 16:24-28.

The keys of the kingdom are the faith of God, the love of God, and the joy of God. These three form a high voltage atomic charge, which explodes as your physical, emotional and mental energy.

Faith is the servant of God. Love fulfills the law, and joy is all atomic Power in action.

To apply these principles, you must fit your keys into the doors of the kingdom. This text deals with death, Resurrection and Ascension.

The first step is to deny self, which is a death. It says to "take up your cross," which we read as "take your cross up with you." Lift up and give up all pain, sorrow, willfulness and rebellion.

Paul said that you "die daily," and you do. If you feed self, you starve your soul, little by little. Or you can and feed the soul until the little self "dies" to God.

Resurrect the buried soul that the little self has dragged down. If you try to save little self's life, you lose the life of soul.

Ascension is to the individual soul what atomic research is to a scientist, a refining process that you cannot see, but whose results are visible. Living by soul shows, both in your daily life and in your outer results.

When you ascend selfish desires and will to become one with your soul desires and the free will of God, they fuse as Love and Wisdom in balance, which we call the "I AM" consciousness of super-conscious mind.

Desire and will express as the soul faculties of intuition and illumination. When "I AM" takes charge as Christed consciousness, imagination, which you used for imagery in the past, turns upward and becomes your guardian of life as soul vision.

Whatever you bind on earth, you also bind in heaven. Yet, by your spoken Word, you can free your thinking, imagination, and desires, emotions and feelings on earth, through statements and declarations of glory. You free and release joy in heaven, because the Father must say yes.

To choose a "right" way, you must have an inner conviction to stand, and the courage to stick to it. Your life's plan must have a goal, which comes only from knowing what you want to do.

Then you must want it enough to "die daily" for it. To face the death of self daily opens you to life.

When you say, "I love you," love from friends and all over the world moves in through the heart and fills the solar plexus. It pushes up to open the throat, brow and crown centers of Power from within, to meet the Power descending. The resulting explosion of Light is the presence of God on earth through your surrendered will.

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Your Life Plan 2

This Edna Lister sermon transcript is dated May 16, 1954. Scribe: Ruth Johnson. Scripture: Matthew 16:24-28.

Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, 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. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 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. Verily I say unto you, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom. – Matthew 16:24-28.

This text reveals how to enter the kingdom of heaven and reach oneness with God, which means loving God in complete comprehension. "I will give you the keys of the kingdom."

The door to the kingdom has a triple lock, and the keys are the principles of faith, love and joy of God, which form a high voltage charge that explodes into energy, physical, mental and emotional.

Faith is the name of the original potential energy, the invisible life sparks imperceptibly whirling with no apparent active vibration in the "void." Then God manifested as three Emanations: Wisdom Love and Energy.

Wisdom is the Father, who forms the pattern of the walls that hold the universe. Love is the Mother, who pours Substance into and strengthens those walls. The Logos, the Son of Energy, opened the vibration of this primordial substance as joy. So, the faith of God comes first because faith is the original substance that had to move from potentiality to actuality.

Substance can express only when God has given the soul conscious direction and control over it. Substance is the Love of God in action.

Joy, which combines the Father and Mother's qualities and quantities of eternal time and infinite space, has always been the Son's name as Christ consciousness. Yet entire cultures have buried it under the desire to seek peace, which is a lesser expression of divine joy.

The soul has no joy principle without the fusion of Father Wisdom and Mother Love. "I love you" is a password for joy. To love God enough will give you all creative keys, but you must put these principles to work in your life and create the keys to unlock heaven's door.

If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. – Matthew 16:24. This sermon had to deal with ascension, which follows death and resurrection.

To deny your self is death to the self. Resurrect your self, lift it up, and give it up. Take your cross of pain, sorrow, willfulness or stubborn rebellion up with you.

Paul said, "I die daily." You can either live by self and die to God, or feed your soul. If you live by self, God will take the little that you have, as in the Parable of the Talents. No one else, including your family, can experience your illumination, yet by loving them enough, they can receive their own greater illumination.

Those who consider time and years ("I can't do what I did at thirty-five"), lack enthusiasm toward life, and form a pattern of mental deterioration. People die in their heads before their bodies die.

You will die to the false god of intellect unless you die daily to the little self and lift it onto a cloud continent of Light. You may not want to sacrifice your negative ideas and emotions, but to waste time with opinion and prejudice is like wearing a new dress over old rags.

Self can dig a hole large enough to bury your soul. Resurrect the buried soul, which you have allowed the little self to drag down. Bury the dead self daily, but change its burial plot. Buy a cloud of Light instead, and bury all limitations there.

Whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. – Matthew 16:25. If you hold an idea that you are in bondage on earth, or fear stepping out on faith, you will lose your life. Choose and resurrect every dream. Death and Resurrection are inseparable when you decide to bury the dead up on a cloud of Light.

It is never too late, just too soon. Grandma Moses began painting when she was eighty and became a famous success. Years do not matter, but you must want to comprehend and love enough.

Ascension is to a soul what the search for atomic substance is to science, a process of refining what God has given us. Selfish desire and will become the "I AM" of Christed consciousness when you ascend to mate them with soul desire and the will of God for you. Soul desire becomes intuition and soul will becomes illumination.

Imagination, which you turned down in imagery, turns up to form a pyramid-shaped cornucopia in the midbrain neurons, opening your personal soul records to become spiritual vision. Imagination as soul vision then becomes the guardian of life.

Intuition and illumination serve as interpreters of vision, and apply the keys to Resurrection and Ascension. You prevent true interpretation when you fail to turn your imagination up in vision.

You can prepare for success in four steps, which are I accept, I surrender, I arise and I ascend. Success has five keys, which we call approach, choice, plan, responsibility and fulfillment.

Choose your life plan and goal carefully, for you cannot do a million things at once. The main thing is to choose the right way, make a plan and stick to it.

Your plan must include the faith, love and joy of God, three keys that open the next door, but joy is the key that opens all locks. Joy is the highest state of Christed consciousness, and it grows from the inside, like peaches on a tree.

Hold an inner conviction of the rightness of "deny self, take up the cross, and follow me." You can take up the cross, but your inner conviction lifts the cross until you are no longer "cross conscious."

You feel crucified when you focus imagination downward. Your descent into a puddle of self-pity is as instantaneous a miracle as your ascension. So you curse or bless God, depending whether you go down or up in consciousness.

You are a creator and your life plan must create the new, letting the old die. From the moment you speak, God says yes. He put you here as a creator, and you create right when your inner conviction is Light.

You go through three stages to become a perfect instrument. Phineas Quimby taught about vessels.* Someone must fill a vessel, since it cannot fill itself.

Everyone starts as a "vessel of truth" living in Egypt, where they begin to hear about truth, but hold onto what they hear until it dries up and stinks. Vessels eventually smell as though they are dying.

Channels** have no conscious identity and cannot move. A water pipe does not consciously direct its content. Water just runs through it. F. L. Rawson, in Life Understood, wrote about metaphysical channels who do fine, prosaic but "dirty work."

A channel lives in the Promised Land and may heal many, but just lets Light flow out, which is not enough to be a creator servant. Vessels and channels cannot actively create, but always do the same old work the same old way.

A creator uses an instrument to produce something. A creative instrument ascends from Egypt to the Garden of Eden to become the vitalized servant of almighty Power, to let "I AM" consciousness take charge.

As a true creator of good, ascension empties the self-delusion and illusion until you hold no detrimental thought. Covered by the love of God, you cover others with the love of God.

Once you ascend and pray your lines of Light taut, you are the mouthpiece for God's truth, an instrument upon which almighty Power plays a symphony of glory. All Power can use you when you become a perfect instrument for the One to speak through, direct and control.

You can breathe the same atomic substance that a hydrogen bomb releases, and can gather that substance to run your physical equipment as a perfect instrument. An instrument declares everything good, knows that he has created his own enemies and can recreate them into friends of God, all by taking these keys and turning imagination upward.

Power moves to heal wherever you consciously center your attention. Then you speak the Word and direct it to where God needs it for healing and divine activity, following every declaration with "Thank You, Father."

Joy is the keynote of miracles. Stop being a miraculous slider-downer. Be a miracle climber. Let soul vision guard your life as intuition and illumination interpret what you hear. Ascend to your Garden of Eden.

* Vessel: Phineas Parkhurst Quimby (1802-1866) was a philosopher, healer and inventor. His work is widely recognized as contributing to the New Thought movement.

** Channel: Frederick Lawrence Rawson (1859-1923) was an ardent Christian Scientist, who founded the Society for Spreading the Knowledge of True Prayer in 1917. He was present at the founding of the International New Thought Alliance in London, 1914.

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The Cross 1

Edna Lister created this sermon outline for June 23, 1963. Scriptures: Hebrews 12:1-15 and Matthew 10:38.

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children: My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him: For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but He for our profit, that we might be partakers of His holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; and make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled. – Hebrews 12:1-15.

He that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. – Matthew 10:38.

All history points to one fact: Civilization everywhere has, to some extent, a fear of God and a fear of darkness. From the earliest times, man has been afraid of God.

The Eskimos believed that God was angry when winter came, and prayed all winter long for Him to set aside His anger. When spring arrived, they believed God had answered their prayers.

The cross has always been a religious symbol, even before Christ. To early Christians and to many even now, the cross means "sorrow, a burden, sacrifice, or retribution."

The cross really symbolizes the Way of the Holy Spirit. It is also represents a ladder to heaven, which you build, rung by rung, through sacrifice and discipline of self.

So, to them who are willful and stubborn in opinions and prejudices, it means a daily crucifixion, to take up the cross of self each day, and "follow me." When people are opinionated and stubborn, the cross and self mean the same thing.

Chastening self means to subdue, refine or correct the self through suffering. As you take up the cross of self, it follows that you must discipline, subdue, refine and correct the self, which causes the self to suffer.

To make all experience into a ladder of Ascension automatically places you on your path of destiny, on your own chord of life, into your own rhythm. Taking up your cross involves six steps of awareness, recognition, acceptance, surrender, obedience and faithfulness.

First you become aware of God and of your ability to choose. You may also become aware of something greater than self and not choose.

Then you must recognize this new thing as belonging to you. Then you must accept it as your identity with God.

Once you have accepted God and your identity with Him as His son or daughter, you must surrender to His Power to be used by it. Then you need enough devotion to be obedient to His commands, and faithfulness through love enough.

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. – Hebrews 12:2-3.

Jesus is the author and finisher of your faith. When you become aware of your Source, you endure the cross, despising the shame. Of what are you ashamed? You feel the shame of your failure to follow when you forget, the shame of fainting in your mind, of growing weary.

"Despising the shame" means ignoring it and lifting. The "contradiction of sinners" has multiple meanings, beginning with gossip and idle words.

Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children: My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him: For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. – Hebrews 12:4-8.

To "resist unto blood" requires burning desire. The law chastens you to subdue self, to change, and finally to conquer the little self.

Bastards are unwanted, unclaimed, counterfeit. Having no identity with God, they are not in the right place, but always an outsider.

If you chasten yourself, you lift up your cross, and God has no need to chasten you. When you identify yourself with the Source, you may not hold any bitterness, or defile anyone with your grimness or peevishness.

Disciplining the self, which is chastening, is hard. It seems grievous and it hurts. Yet you do lift up your hands, which hang down. You do strengthen your feeble knees. You do not turn from your path because it is hard. You declare, you decree a healing.

To conquer the self is a glory. Stand at the banker's window of life to collect your share of God's inheritance. Recognize that what you gave up was an old, outgrown paradise. Every old paradise eventually contracts and pinches everywhere.

You outgrow last year's hats, dresses, suits, coats and shoes. Last year's beautiful is this year's shabby.

A new paradise opens, and you find all good waiting there. Who can separate you from your own? Who can conquer you? Who can subtract from you?

Through awareness, recognition, acceptance, surrender, obedience and faithfulness, you have chastened self, made a ladder of ascension of experience and added all of heaven to your earth. You stand in a new paradise of God's glory.

* Cross: Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Third Edition. G. & C. Merriam Co., Springfield, Massachusetts, 1929.

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The Cross 2

This Edna Lister sermon transcript is dated June 23, 1963. Scribes: Ruth Johnson, Lotus Landis and Irene White. Scriptures: Hebrews 12:1-15 and Matthew 10:38.

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children: My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him: For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but He for our profit, that we might be partakers of His holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; and make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled. – Hebrews 12:1-15.

He that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. – Matthew 10:38.

All history points to one fact: Civilization everywhere has, to some extent, a fear of God and a fear of darkness. From the earliest times, man has been afraid of God.

The Eskimos believed that God was angry when winter came, and prayed all winter long for Him to set aside His anger. When spring arrived, they believed God had answered their prayers. Something of that attitude remains today among many people. For example, Spanish-speaking people say, "Via con Dios, Go with God," which means you must ascend.

This fear has a universal reason, a cosmic reason. A vast time elapsed between the first and second verses of Genesis. The span of the cycle of a great Day of Manifestation is too great for finite minds to comprehend, seven times forty-nine times forty-two billion years, a mystical number.

We are closing out a lesser cycle now, preparing to enter a lesser Night of Rest and Assimilation, when all supernal Light is withdrawn from the planets. The heat of this Day's suns will not be withdrawn, but nature, all life will fall into a deep sleep.

Only those who have taken up the cross will remain aware during the withdrawing of Light. Finally, Light will awaken them. Thus the cross became the symbol of Crucifixion because of a memory of fear of losing the Light.

"Cross"* means "crucifixion, to cross over a bridge, or an obstacle." So we say, "he has crossed over," when a person passes to the other side. "It crossed my mind" means you thought of something briefly.

To cross means that something occurred "to thwart, to be peevish, to be contrary, to be ill-natured, out of humor, of irritable disposition." The prefix "dis" means "out of place." Disposition means one is out of place, or off the path of destiny.

The cross has always been a religious symbol, even before Christ. To early Christians and to many even now, the cross means "sorrow, a burden, sacrifice, or retribution."

The cross really means the Way of the Holy Spirit. It is also symbolic of a ladder to heaven that you build, rung by rung, through sacrifice and discipline of self.

So, to them who are willful and stubborn in opinions and prejudices, it means a daily Crucifixion, to take up the cross of self each day, and "follow me." When people are opinionated and stubborn, the cross and self mean the same thing.

A ladder, stairs or an escalator, all are symbols of this Path of Ascension. Declare, "Now is my ascending escalator through time and space." When you dream of climbing a ladder, it symbolizes taking up your cross and following him.

If you dream of a broken stairway, it means breaking the process of giving up self, so you may step through and fall to the bottom. The stairway or ladder of Ascension is solid only if your giving up of self is lavish and free.

Fear is nothing more than memory impressions of the past. For example, many have an instinctive fear of change. Some fear to take a new step in life. It is even hard to move to another house or city.

When you live through a period of lifting fear of change, you are lifting not only for yourself, but for the whole world. When you look to the self, filled with bitterness, you move down under the cross of pain. My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord. – Proverbs 3:11. If you chasten yourself, you lift up your cross and God has no need to chasten you. It is hard to discipline or chasten self, it is grievous, it hurts, but you do lift up your hands which hang down. You do straighten your feeble knees.

Do not turn from the path because it is hard. Declare, decree healing because you know that it is a glory to conquer self.

Chastening self means to subdue, refine or correct the self through suffering. As you take up the cross of self, it follows that you must discipline, subdue, refine and correct the self through suffering, to make all experience into a ladder of Ascension. This automatically places you on your path of destiny, on your own chord of life, into your own rhythm.

Taking up your cross involves six steps of awareness, recognition, acceptance, surrender, obedience and faithfulness.

To begin, the creature in human form experiences instinctive emotions. Then he becomes aware of a God of Light and mercy, that he is more than just a body, then of his ability to choose, and to make his own heaven.

During the pause between the shock of awareness and subsequent action, you must recognize this "me" as the little self, and let this awareness of the first glimmering of your identity as a son or daughter of God take charge. Too often people do not accept their identity, because it seems too hard, too much responsibility.

Unless you ascend into complete acceptance of your identity with God, loving God first, you do not remain on the path. You must lavishly accept to lift self into soul, and be devoted to surrender to be used by the Power.

How great is your surrender to be used by the Power? God created you for the Power to use. Remember, "I don't do the work. God does."

Ask yourself, "Am I really accepting my responsibility and surrendering all self?" You must be obedient, faithful and loving enough to be a responsible ensample of truth. Being faithful is easy, after you start.

Jesus is the beginning and the end of your strong foundation of faith, the author and finisher of your faith. Surrender in obedience to his commands. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame. – Hebrews 12:2. To "despise," in this case, means to ignore. You endure the shame of your failure to follow when you forget, the shame of growing weary, despairing, and ignoring your responsibility for lifting.

Jesus left the mandate, "Ask in my name," which gave him perfect joy despite the cross. It was the Father's gift to compensate for the cross, to let him know that he would lift all life through the Gates of Light and save earth. You can look at an ill person, see Jesus' face and form, and that perfection can manifest. If you keep building your steps, the rungs in your ladder of ascension, you can take up your bed and walk. Speak the Word in his name, believing, and you shall have it.

They ridiculed Jesus, and he endured the hostility of sinners. Everyone has experienced ridicule and hostility from others. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. – Hebrews 12:3. We have all been weak sisters at some time. For instance, you pray for abundance then wonder if it will come, which crosses out your prayer.

Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. – Hebrews 12:4. This verse rebukes their lack of burning desire. And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him. – Hebrews 12:5. The law chastens you to subdue self, to change and finally to conquer the little me.

You find the way to carry the cross through suffering. The very idea of suffering when you pick up your cross is exquisitely agonizing to soul because the little self is in pain when it surrenders. Never forget that subconscious opinions and prejudices block prayer.

For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. – Hebrews 12:6. Law tempts and tests you to see if you really have surrendered and been obedient. You challenge God when you say, "I will never do that again," and are scourged through the testing of your words.

We have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. – Hebrews 12:9-10.

Bastards are counterfeits. When you become a son of God, then return to arrogance, you fall on your face and become illegitimate.

Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. – Hebrews 12:11.

Be joyous. The first chastening of self never seems joyful. When the Holy Spirit moves in, it hurts, like an arm or a leg falling asleep. Later, if you keep your aura expanded about you, the Holy Spirit will lift you until you will walk lightly as a feather.

Do not let the world enter through the holes you've poked in your armor by succumbing to cross vibrations. Let your joy be so great that you forget the pain. When you identify yourself with the Source, you do not have a "root of bitterness," or defile anyone with your grimness and peevishness.

Compliment one whom you criticize in your heart, and your ill thoughts will make no impression. Otherwise, your blame contaminates their vibration and destroys joy. Keep the path straight before you, and walk the straight and narrow.

Stand at the banker's window of life to collect your share of God's inheritance. Stand before God's teller counter to receive His bounty.

What are you doing with your share of the River of Life? It is always there for you, full of God's substance. You can stamp inner substance with your name and number for everything you truly desire. Make sure that you are stamping your molds in the name of Jesus the Christ. Wait upon the Lord.

Declare all debts paid, the balances to be returned to you ten times over. Bless your money as you pay bills. Be as lavish as God is with the abundance He wants to pour on you.

Expand your paradise through surrender of self and love of God. See that what you gave up was old, outgrown. Every old paradise contracts and pinches. You outgrow last year's hats, last year's dresses, last year's beauties, last year's shabbiness.

A new paradise opens, and you find all good waiting for you, for who can separate you from your own? Who can conquer you? Who can subtract from you? Every past good is carried forward to add to the shining and new.

Through self-awareness, recognition, acceptance, surrender, obedience and faithfulness, you chasten self, make experience a ladder of Ascension and add all heaven to your earth. Pick up your little self and follow the Light. You stand in a paradise as God's glory.

* Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Third Edition. G. & C. Merriam Co., Springfield, Massachusetts, 1929.

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New Testament on Crucifixion

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for Christ's sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. – Matthew 5:10-12.

Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. – Matthew 5:44-45.

Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. – Matthew 10:28.

He that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. – Matthew 10:38-39.

If any man will come after me, 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. – Matthew 16:24-25.

Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me. – Matthew 26:36-46.

Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. – Mark 8:34-35.

Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets. – Luke 6:22‑23.

I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. – Luke 6:27‑28.

The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day. And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. – Luke 9:21-24.

I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. – Luke 12:4.

Whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. – Luke 14:27.

What king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand [appetitive soul] to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand [rational soul and Oversoul]? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. – Luke 14:31-33.

I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. – John 6:38-40.

I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. – John 10:11.

Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour. Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him. Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die. – John 12:23-33.

I [Christ] have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done. – John 13:15

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know (the Via Christa). Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. – John 14:1-6.

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. – John 15:12-13.

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. – John 15:18-25.

In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. – John 16:33.

Vicarious Atonement: For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. – Hebrews 10:1-6.

The Atonement: Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. – Hebrews 10:7-14.

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. – 2 Timothy 3:12.

Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. – James 5:10-11.

For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. – 1 Peter 2:19-25.

Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. – 1 Peter 4:1‑2.

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. – 1 Peter 4:12‑13.

If any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. – 1 Peter 4:16‑19.

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Etymology crucifixion: Middle English crucifien, from Old French crucifier, alteration of Latin crucifigere: crux, cruc-, "cross" + figere, "to attach."


Crucifixion is an initiation of the Seven Degrees of Ascension.


References

The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).


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See Jesus" Crucifixion


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