The Disciple, the Second Sacred Degree

According to Noah Webster, a Disciple is 1. "A learner; a scholar; one who receives or professes to receive instruction from another; as the disciples of Plato." 2. A follower; an adherent to the doctrines of another. Hence the constant attendants of Christ were called his disciples; and hence all Christians are called his disciples, as they profess to learn and receive his doctrines and precepts." A "modern" definition of disciple is "one who embraces and assists in spreading the teachings of another; an active follower of a movement or philosophy."

The Disciple's initiation is Baptism by Water. Surrender of self is the Disciple's key word. The second Buddhist Path is control of actions, controlling all outer expression under discretion. The Disciple stabilizes emotions ("water") into the Christ-life by surrendering emotional jags and reactions, including opinions, prejudice, resentment, blame, guilt and old, worn-out memories.

“A Disciple perfects his discipline of the self.”

The second great power of being under surrender is command of all inner forces under the process of growth. The process of growth deals with the principles of expansion and contraction. Expansion and growth come under acceptance and surrender. Condensation and crystallization come under contraction and repudiation. You earn command of all inner forces by stabilizing emotions until all healing Power moves through you to raise or lower the rate of vibration of substance. This is the power of healing. If you work for self-mastery, you already have self-control.

Ruth, a Moabitess who followed her mother-in-law, Naomi, back to Judah, became the archetypal disciple. She followed the law with perfect obedience and ended as the wife of Boaz, and an ancestress of Jesus the Christ.

God appointed Elisha to be Elijah's successor, yet it was Elisha's outstanding discipleship that brought his master's mantle of power upon him.

Our Master said, "It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord." – Matthew 10:25.

A Disciple is one who is submitting to discipline. The Disciple perfects his discipline of self. As a Disciple, you learn that what you fear is your vulnerable point. If you want something, you will think everyone wants it, and may fear not getting it.

You learn fortitude, which is to stand and endure joyously, smiling to make another happy. Integrity consists of absolute honesty, honor sincerity and loyalty. You must have integrity of intention and integrity of performance. In studying about the Disciple Degree, also studying the topic of discipline is essential.

Edna Lister on the Disciple Degree

The Disciple's keynote is forgiveness, to forgive and forget. All tests to the Disciple are on forgiveness. You can forgive only self: "What is that to thee? Follow thou me." – John 21:22. You have no right to judge another's soul, because you cannot see with God's eye. "Father forgive me lest I see imperfection and stumble." – Edna Lister, The Degrees, March 30, 1935.

You pass through different degrees while on earth, to return to God. The Disciple Degree symbolizes "The Illumination" that the soul receives while standing before the radiance shining through the curtains within the Temple. The Disciple's initiation is the Baptism by Water to cleanse the consciousness. Edna Lister, Illumination and Realization, September 25, 1937.

Seven Degrees to transformation progress from self awareness to soul consciousness: The first three degrees, the Neophyte, Disciple, and Adept all practice varying degrees of self-control. The Mystic stands at the center point of balance, the fulcrum between self and soul. As a Mystic, you commune directly with God, needing no other intervening agency, creed or dogma. The final three degrees, the Master, Priest and Christos all deal with soul conquering through absolute responsibility, service and surrender of the self to the soul. You work on all seven degrees always. – Edna Lister, April 13, 1945.

A Disciple is one who is studying to become law. When you have become law, your choice and expression of law are perfect. – Edna Lister, July 9, 1945.

The Disciple is learning to control his tongue and to manage his emotional life; therefore, he usually expresses his bitterness and rebellion in negative thoughts and retorts that react upon him as a depletion of vitality. – Edna Lister, Seven Churches of Revelation, October 11, 1946.

The Disciple vows include surrender of idle words, thinking and feelings to the Father. – Edna Lister, October 15, 1946.

As a Neophyte, you hear about and think about ascension of the body. The Disciple talks about it and tries it, hit or miss. All demonstration, which is finally doing it, comes under the Adept Degree. Edna Lister, October 2, 1950.

The Seven Degrees of Ascension, on which you are climbing, include the Neophyte, Disciple, Adept, Mystic, Master, Priest and Christos. You can enter the major Seven Degrees only through seven lesser degrees under each. An illiterate Neophyte can be living a Christos life. Thus, you pass through 49 Degrees from Neophyte to reach Christos, just as earning a doctorate requires having passed all the lesser courses of study. – Edna Lister, June 14, 1951.

When you assume a new position, you are a Neophyte. They give you on-the-job training to show you how to do it, and you become a Disciple. When you have learned how and can perform on your own, you are an Adept. These three degrees are under the law of self control. – Edna Lister, The Practice of Breathing, July 31, 1951.

A Disciple is a student who is dedicated to a cause or an idea mentally. As a Disciple, you must feel the teacher you choose is inspired. The Disciple often talks about ideas without doing anything about those ideas. They also listen to idle words of judgment, criticism and resentments without speaking to correct the record. – Edna Lister, March 4, 1958.

Baptism by Water is the Disciple's initiation, which is usually a process but can be an instantaneous act, if you love enough. The Disciple conquers his emotional life as Spirit is poured out as the waters of the River of Life. Water represents the emotional life, and walking on water symbolizes conquering the emotions. The Disciple governs the splenic center, which rules the islets of Langerhans in the pancreas and the hypogastric plexus. The splenic center controls emotions and physical/emotional appetites and insecurities, rooted in selfishness and possessiveness.

As a Disciple, you begin to draw in the five physical senses and sublimate them and the faculties into apperception. The Disciple learns mental balance by crucifying self-will. The second law of expression is to lift self-will to a state of calm under trial. The requirement for the degree is illumination while standing before the radiance shining through the curtains in the Temple of the Sun, and represents the second veil of illusion. – Edna Lister, The Pioneering Mystic, May 5, 1959.

The Neophyte, Disciple and Adept degrees deal with the principle of doing or right application of the laws you have learned. As a seeker after truth, when you find that a teacher has taught you all he knows, leave him behind and enter another class. Every bit of happiness you had there propels you to step into all beauty and become radiant. – Edna Lister, Transfiguration, Resurrection and Ascension, May 19, 1959.

Baptism by Water: The Disciple stabilizes emotions (symbolically water) into the Christ-life by surrendering emotional jags and reactions. Emotional reactions include opinions, prejudice, resentment, blame, guilt and old, worn-out memories. The Disciple's Power of Being is command of all inner powers of growth, and the principles of expansion and contraction. Expansion and growth govern acceptance and surrender. Contraction and repudiation rule condensation and crystallization.

To earn command of your inner powers you stabilize your emotions until healing Power moves through to raise or lower your rate of vibration. If you work for self-mastery, you already have self-control. The Disciple gladly says, "I arise and go into my Father's house." Jesus said, "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." – Matthew 16:24. – Edna Lister, Eight Great Powers of Being, June 23, 1959.

You use at least five levels of consciousness: unconscious belief, conscious belief, soul knowing, comprehension and illumination. I AM is the illumination of the Holy Spirit. You must surrender your self to be used by the Power of God. Declare, "I am good, I am obedient. I am good, I am beginning to see. I am good, I now comprehend I AM THAT I AM." That means "the person, thing, or idea indicated, mentioned, or understood from the situation." THAT is God’s name. Desire and will mate to become soul illumination and intuition. To declare, "I am good," will call on you a new living soul as great as your original endowment in Power, might and majesty.

Give up self. When you go before the altar, you cannot be a "yes man" for earth, but for God. Sit in silence raising your hands above the waist line, shoulder-height or higher before you draw in earth’s magnetic currents. Inhale and pull the abdominal muscles in to draw the magnetic currents to the solar plexus. "I am good" is the open sesame. Say, "You are good" to everyone you know on earth to release the Power on them. This is the key to life and death. God will increase the Power to help you hold your discipleship. Be joyous for on the wings of joy all things are added. – Edna Lister, June 25, 1959.

As a Disciple, you reconcile your life by "seeking first the kingdom of heaven" so all things may be added. You learn to love your enemies, and to agree and adjust, surrender self and eliminate inner conflicts. Under Baptism by Water, the Spirit of God descends with a new robe for your soul. The initiation is pureness and integrity of heart, mind and purpose. Integrity is a virtue, representing an absolute law, and means "honor above all things." You must crucify self-will and self-choice for desire (emotions), thinking and imagination. You can go wrong only on these. – Edna Lister, How Do I Wait Upon the Lord? June 28, 1960.

The Disciple talks about it and follows after it. – Edna Lister, Heaven, a Place to Fill, April 10, 1962.

Real discipleship is not that you choose to follow Christ, but he chooses you. You belong to Jesus Christ because he has chosen you. If you choose him as an insurance policy, for salvation here and after death, you never know the glory of surrendering to his authority, your purpose in life. He who chooses Jesus often does so to resolve confusion. As some grow older, they worry about death, and choose Jesus, hoping he can help them. Some choose Jesus for ethical, sentimental or moral reasons. The only discipleship that has lasting power is to know Jesus chose you and to surrender completely to his authority. He may stop giving you what you think you need and in his wisdom give you what you really need. If you acknowledge Jesus' authority, your discipleship is permanent. – Edna Lister, August 4, 1963.

By age seven the soul has matured into a separate individual, and begins to breathe its own soul substance with its own name and number. By age fourteen, he enters adulthood and begins to ascend in consciousness or show tendencies to regress as he learns to agree and adjust to life. This is the stage of the Disciple. The young are always following some authority, whether parents, teachers or the head of their clique.

When the rational soul has permeated the body, it begins to awaken the sacrum plexus nerve ganglia, and desires begin to stir the creative fire. Every time the child breathes deeply, a shot of Power descends to the sacrum and arises, finally touching the cortex, pituitary and pineal. This releases the rational soul substance to fill the body. When the embodied soul touches the brain's cortex, the Father bestows a part of its living soul. – Edna Lister, Seven Stages of Unfolding From Concentration to Comprehension, December 3, 1963.

The Disciple's last holdout to self is in controlling self and others. Here you learn that if you use self control, you are using Power. You must learn to conquer instead, then the Power is using you. Thus, as a Disciple, you surrender self. – Edna Lister, February 5, 1966.

When you accept and obey law, you qualify for further initiation and enter the Disciple degree. This does not mean you have finished the Neophyte degree. You can delay your soul's progress by regressing repeatedly to learn. You must accept illness or delay in your projects as "make up work," attending "summer school" because you misused God's time. The Disciple sits in the "hear about it" stage, the wavering period, Followers must "see to believe." Today you accept and obey, but tomorrow you may refuse and regress. Once you begin these ascension degrees, God puts a platform under you. You can punch holes in it, but it remains. As a Disciple, you begin self-mastery and learn discretion. You still want to show off in the "show me" stage. – Edna Lister, Eight Great Powers of Being, October 25, 1966.

The Disciple is the stage of making everyone over "in my image and likeness." Here you must conquer emotions because you cannot earn this degree or enter heavenly realms on self control. "I'm trying" is the most often used vocabulary until you finally choose. Say, "Peace! Be still" to your emotions. – Edna Lister, Eight Great Powers of Being, October 25, 1966.

The Disciple enters the pyramid's first ascending passage (the Hall of Truth in Darkness), and begins his ascent in consciousness. The Disciple's vow is complete obedience to God in all ways, which begins with perfect obedience to the Ten Commandments on the physical level. The Disciple knows that he is on the right track, but illumination and comprehension may not yet come. Still, desire and will are ascending to God, and the Disciple keeps this goal in mind. – Edna Lister, Religion from the Pyramids to the Modern Western World, October 22, 1968.

The Disciple who is judged as able to control his tongue and think before speaking passes to a higher degree. – Edna Lister, Greek Philosophers and Mystics: Pythagoras to Plotinus, November 26, 1968.

The first gate of illusion is the sacrum plexus, which opens when your desire is to be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect. Purified desire pushes aside the veil of illusion and you become a Disciple. The Disciple encourages others and does not return to God alone. – Edna Lister, Physical Body and Twelve Power Centers, June 17, 1969.

A disciple does something about his faith and begins to live it. The Disciple decides to follow law, and conquers emotion during the Baptism by Water. – Edna Lister, The Fiery Furnace, March 19, 1970.

A disciple is a disciplined person. The disciple finds then follows the teacher he has chosen, but still lives life by the fate line, not yet by his destiny. He is still seeking his full identity with God. – Edna Lister, The First Full Descent of the Oversoul, June 8, 1971.

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This Is My Father's World

Linda Mihalic, August 10, 2014, Cleveland, Ohio. Scriptures: Psalm 24:1-5, John 3:14-21.

"The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation." – Psalm 24:1-5.

"As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." – John 3:14-21.

The world today is in a greater state of unrest and outright violence than since the outbreak of WWII. The materialists and atheists are at it everywhere, demanding that they be assigned the task of monitoring Christian churches for compliance with their fabricated version of the separation of church and state. Christians would be banned from giving Bibles to non-Christians or passing out literature. Nothing at all is being said about the proselytizing efforts of other religions. [A recital of disturbing moral trends has been excised, yet the situation had deteriorated dramatically by 2020.]

In the midst of all this, we realize that what Isaiah said is true: "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" – Isaiah 5:20. What can we do? Today we need statements of truth that are so simple that anyone can understand them, so direct that no one can miss the point, and so all-encompassing that no one is able to exempt himself from their application. Such statements abound in scripture.

"God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness." – Genesis 1:3-4. The first act of Creation was the declaration of "Let there be Light," followed by "and there was light."

When you make a declaration, you must speak the Word out loud. The beginning of Creation was the Word: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." – John 1:1. When you speak out loud to make a declaration, you must begin with the word "let" to avoid using force. This is how you divide the Light from the darkness of self. Prefacing your declaration with "let" opens the way for your declaration to come to pass. For example, when you write a check, you make it payable to and enter the amount. This is your declaration. Then you must sign it. Declaring the object of your declaration good and very good is like signing the check drawn on your account with God.

"This is my Father's world" serves as a perfect underwriter's guarantee that your check will be honored. "This is my Father's world" is a deceptively simple declarative sentence. A simple declarative sentence is a group of words that express (or declare) a complete thought in one independent clause, independent because it neither needs nor accepts modification.

"The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For He hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in His holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation." – Psalm 24:1-5.

"The earth is the Lord's" is a simple declarative sentence stated in the possessive case, which indicates ownership, measurement, or source. A possessive noun ends with "apostrophe ess" ('s). The possessive pronouns are mine, yours, his, hers, its, ours, theirs. "The earth is the Lord's" proclaims ownership, which in turn, indicates "possession, occupation, tenure, or dominion."

"God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." – Genesis 1:26. Thus, like the earth, we also belong to the Lord, for He is the source of our being.

Dominion means "sovereignty"; its synonyms include supremacy, ascendancy, dominance, superiority, authority, mastery, control, command, power, or rule. Before you can rule a world, you must first prove that you can rule your self. Dominion is an inalienable right, a right according to natural law, a right that cannot be taken away, denied, or transferred. What is natural law? Natural means "inherent, having a basis in nature, reality and truth, not made or caused by mankind." Law is "an existing condition that is binding and immutable." As we say of principle, it is "the absolute, universal, unchangeable, undeviating immutable foundation upon which all universes are based and established."

Our Declaration of Independence reads "The Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle" us to equal rights. It further says, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."

If God ran the universe the way most people run their lives, the universe would have ceased to exist long ago. Instead, "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." – John 3:16.

Natural law is that truth of reality that your soul knows intuitively. It is the law that God wrote on the tablet of your heart when He made you. You know natural law clearly and completely according to how well your moral compass is functioning.

We count ourselves among those to whom Jesus referred when he said that "whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. To believe in him is to have faith in him, and faith is the soul's intuitive knowing through the moral compass.

Because you have faith in the reality of Christ's eternal identity, you also may have faith in your own soul's identity as a son or a daughter of God. This is your Father's world, and you are your Father's son, or your Father's daughter.

You have a mission here in this world. Your Father sent you here to stand up for the truth and speak the Word to end the attempts by darkness and the Father of Lies to take over and rule this world.

After meeting Edna Lister in 1971, I was startled to learn that at the changing of every age, God gives evil an equal chance to become good again, to choose the good over the evil, to choose Light over the darkness created by earlier choices. Because I pondered this concept for many years, I repeatedly enjoyed greater insights on how God runs His universe.

When God sent Jesus, His only begotten son, to earth, he gave the prince of this world, the Father of Lies, another chance to make good. Jesus spoke of this several times in the Gospel of John:

"Now is the judgment of this world. Now shall the prince of this world be cast out." – John 12:31. "The prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me." – John 14:30. "When [the Comforter] is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged." – John 16:8-11.

The Father of Lies is named Belial. The literal meaning of this name is "utterly worthless," or "with no redeeming value." In his second Letter to Corinthians, Paul wrote: "What concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?" – 2 Corinthians 6:15. The answer to these questions must be "none." Consorting with the utterly worthless is pointless and self-destructive, damaging to one's own soul.

Faith in God through Jesus Christ is our answer in every tough or confusing situation. "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do." – John 14:12. So, what do you believe?

God knows what is going on, even when you do not. "The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him." – 2 Chronicles 16:9. Your past choices may have been tragically stupid, but God will judge you in perfect wisdom, according to what is in your heart, not in your record.

Time and space are illusions that we have created and nurtured and maintained because we live in a sense-based consciousness. You have a body-awareness that colors all your perceptions of reality, binding them in illusion, in the world of appearances, not in the truth of reality. Therefore, you are self-limiting in a phase of consciousness that you share with all living things. We call this the "world mind" and foolishly we allow it to displace the intuitive illumination of wisdom coming to us through our moral compass.

Believing in the evidence of your physical senses and appetites forms the chains that bind your soul to the lowest levels of existence, not freeing you to see, know and participate in eternal life, in everlasting life. Endlessly you find yourself being born into the body, struggling to reach maturity, subject to the tempests of hormones, being driven by the lying devils of anger, resentment, hatred, selfishness, jealousy, you name it.

Suddenly you find that you are running out of time to make your dreams come true. No matter where you go, or what space you occupy, you believe that you are alone and are lonely in your mental and emotional separation and isolation. As Edna Lister said, you wonder where God has gone. This is all an illusion, a self-based delusion.

You suffer all these conditions and experiences because of hormones and neurotransmitters working in your physical body. How long will you allow your chemistry stronger than your will and desires? It will continue to be if you continue to believe in your sense-based body-awareness, letting it trump the intuition and illumination of your immortal soul.

The only way to find soul freedom is to discipline the self. Just say no to the chemistry, the drugs that your self, using your body, dispenses moment to moment, like an IV drip. Who will be stronger, self or your soul? You, the living soul of you, are responsible for this mess you have created through countless past lives by making poor choices. So, your past choices have brought you here, but "your next choice could begin to set you free."

Of the many jewels of wisdom I have found in Edna Lister's work, this is one of the brightest: In God as Consciousness Appears as Form, she said, "If you seek God 2 percent, God seeks you 98 percent." That 98 percent is "paradise gravity," the magnetic pull that the Source of your being, which is God, exerts on your soul. Listen to your soul. It is the voice of one who is crying in the wilderness, your personal internal voice of conscience. Resentment and regret are the voices of self and soul, respectively. When self is ascendant and strong in you, resentment snarls that everyone should leave you alone. When soul spreads its wings and bears you up into the Light, regret fills you with sorrow about the time you have wasted, the soul substance you have misspent.

How do you conquer this yo-yo consciousness, this seesaw in desire and will? Put away the childishness of self. Stand up and say, "This is my Father's world. I am my Father's son," or, "I am my Father's daughter." God has given you dominion over the creatures of this world, and that includes the creature soul of your self. Say, "I am born again this very moment. Nothing of my past can stop or hinder me from going home to God, who is my Father. I am in this world, which is my Father's, but my soul is not of the world. Only my body is based in this world. My soul is anchored in my Father's house above."

With your best friend, the Master, you can say, "I now rejoice because Christ has led me to overcome this world and the prince of this world. My soul really is stronger than my self. I open my being to God, my Father." Whenever you see, hear or read about the high tide of darkness in the world, stand on your rock of faith and proclaim, "This is my Father's world. And only His truth and reality exist in this Light."

The day I met Edna Lister, she quoted this scripture, "I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." – John 8:12. Then she said, "You have the Light, walk in that Light and be free." That simple statement was the ton of bricks that smashed the walls my little self had built. Like the walls of Jericho, that strongly entrenched selfish little Linda fell to the sound of a voice speaking the truth. I heard myself say, mentally, "Yes, Lord, let me walk in the Light, Lord." I have walked in that Light ever since, and it has been worth every minute of what I have experienced and learned.

We are all his disciples. Let's all follow him from today on into a future of bright glory. Say with me, out loud, "This is my Father's world, and I am His spiritual heir. Father, let me stand in Thy holy place with clean hands and a pure heart."

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Elisha, a Perfect Disciple

And it came to pass, when the Lord would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal. And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said unto him, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel. And the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel came forth to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Lord will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he said, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.

And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they came to Jericho. And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Lord will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he answered, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.

And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the Lord hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on. And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan. And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground. And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.

And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; and he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? And when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over. And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him. – 2 Kings 2:1-15.

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Edna Miriam Lister
1884 –1971
The original Pioneering Mystic
minister, teacher, and author
Edna Lister

Preface by Linda Mihalic

Etymology of disciple: Latin discipulus, pupil, from discere, to learn; from discipere to grasp intellectually, analyze thoroughly, from dis‑ apart + capere take. Greek mathētḗs (from math-, the mental effort needed to think something through) – properly, a learner; a disciple.

The Disciple is the second of the Seven Degrees of Ascension.

Smyrna: The Disciple's Church

"And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death."" – Revelation 2:8-11.


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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