The Gospels – The Gospel According to Matthew
The origin and consequences of thoughts
Matthew 12:33-37 “Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit. (34) You brood of vipers! how can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. (35) The good man out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. (36) I tell you, on the day of judgment men will render account for every careless word they utter; (37) for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Nothing is more clear in the way Jesus explains one of the cornerstones of the Divine Will; the Law of Reciprocal Action. The Law of Sowing and Reaping. Also the nature of men is made abundantly clear. A man who is good, pure in heart can only produce thoughts which are in accordance with his nature, and vice versa. The good man through his nature can only speak good words, produce good thoughts and also only do good deeds. It is simply the lawful consequences that everyone knows about. It simply cannot be otherwise.
Every word that we utter, every thought that we produce and every action that we perform are our responsibility. These are our works and we must bear the consequences for these works. There is no indication here of His carrying the sins of anyone on His shoulders. The Laws are there from all eternity, why should Jesus Who had said that He had not come to overthrow the Laws of God go against them? The Laws have always since the beginning of Creation taken care of reward and punishment for all mankind. Why should they suddenly change with the coming of Jesus. These Laws are inflexible, eternal and perfect. They would not be deemed so if they changed their nature all the time. Jesus, being out of God also was perfect and would not go against the Laws that He was part of.
Some will say that if we believe in Jesus then that is when He can carry our sins on His shoulders. Well, no. If we believe in Jesus and we truly follow His Word then we will become better human beings and we will produce better thoughts, better words and better deeds. These good works will cling to us and gradually will nullify our previous evil works. That way our previous sins will be forgiven because through the Laws of God our good works now counteract our previous evil works. There is no carrying of sins on anyone’s shoulders. We have to do all the work ourselves.
This is the effect of Christ’s words. This is the reason He spent so much time trying to exhort us to change for the better. Changing for the better leads to the forgiveness of sins only in the way mentioned above. Christ knew this and this explains His emphasis on righteousness and good works. Of course belief in Jesus is a first step but we must do what He asks of us and this is the reason He said that “Not all those who say Lord, Lord but those who do the Will of God will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”
His Words are meant to induce a change for the better in us. This change then leads us to produce good works, which works backwards to nullify the old. We pay back our debts in this way. There is no other way out. If we do not do this, then we bear a double guilt of first, ignoring the Word from the Light which was meant to help us and secondly we not only fail to eliminate the old evil, we even add to them.
We are all judged by our works. The spiritual standing of every human being is determined by his works which are the forms of his thoughts, words and deeds. If our works are good, we rise higher and if evil, we descend lower. The Judge sees our works because they are attached to us and through the Laws, He allows the consequences of our works to return to us in retribution, no matter how small. Everything is accounted for and recorded, nothing is lost in this Creation. This is why Jesus said that not a word, not a jot will escape being accounted for.
Through our activities, we will be judged. If our works had been predominantly evil, then we go to places which correspond to our natures and vice versa. Another Law comes into effect here: the Law of Spiritual Gravity. Our works are either heavier or lighter depending on their nature. If they are dark and evil, then as a natural consequence, they are heavier and if they are good, then they are lighter. These works are attached to our spirit bodies and they make them lighter or heavier as mentioned above.
Those whose works have been predominantly evil will have heavy spiritual bodies and those who have been good will have light spiritual bodies. The effect of this is that those with light spiritual bodies will be able to rise in the Beyond to places corresponding to their weight through the activity of this Law of Spiritual Gravity. On the other hand those whose works have been predominantly evil will sink to regions which correspond to their weight. This process is entirely natural and automatic. In the places where they find themselves, they will meet human spirits of like nature and also the forms which they have produced through the exercise of their free wills. So we are judged and segregated through our works.
Matthew 12:38-42 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” (39) But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign; but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. (40) For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so will the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. (41) The men of Nin’eveh will arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here. (42) The queen of the South will arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.
In spite of all the signs that Jesus had wrought, these people still asked for signs. The Son of God was amongst them and had performed signs never before seen, yet they ask for more signs. If He complied, they would ask for still more. Tribes which had lesser prophets incarnate amongst them listened to these prophets and repented, but the Israelites, who had the ultimate asked for more signs. Here we are not talking of some obscure prophet or perhaps an earthly king. Here it was a question of a gift of God to an ungrateful generation. Jesus had already with this passed judgment on those who were present at that time and who refused to heed His Word.
Matthew 12:43-45 “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, he passes through waterless places seeking rest, but he finds none. (44) Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. (45) Then he goes and brings with him seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. So shall it be also with this evil generation.”
The lot of those who hear the Word and do not use it is explained here. Those who hear the Word and do nothing with It are ten times worse than those who have never heard It. The Power in the Word which has been given to those who receive It must be put to use to make them change for the better. If not used, then this Power Itself will turn against them and destroy them. It would help push them back into their former faults and in a much more serious way. This is what is meant by this parable.
The man in question heard the Word, was happy, got rid of his former faults but with time he failed to continue to exert himself. When his former faults returned, he allowed these faults room to come in and backslided. His former faults grew stronger in him because it was now able to attract similar forms to itself. He would now be forced to make far greater efforts to free himself than he initially did and he runs the risk of further sliding downwards and the faults may prove too strong for him to overcome. The reason he got worse was that the Power of God that he rejected will now work against him instead of in his favour. It will become a curse to him instead of a blessing. It is like any talent that is not well used becomes the downfall of those who fail to use them properly.
Since that generation had rejected the Word of Jesus, the Power in this Word will now be a curse to them, It would now act against them and help push them into the abyss. The darkness will seize them since the Light will no longer raise Its Hand to help anymore. They had rejected the help that the Light had offered. Their fall will be swift and decisive. Let this be a warning to all of us.