The Purpose of Life is Enlightenment
Last Revised: 10 February 2005
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Dates: 43 B.C.– 18 A.D.
Tradition: Not known.
The things that I did not know and of which I was held in error were made known to me without anyone teaching. (ECST, 417.)
Subject: Zacharias, father of John the Baptist.
Dates: Unknonw; event 0 A.D.
And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost. (Luke 1:41.)
And [John the Baptist's father] Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying,
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people. (Luke 1:67-8.)
The dayspring from on high hath visited us. (Zacharaias, father of John the Baptist in Luke 1:78.)
Dates: 0 A.D. – 33 A.D.
Tradition: Avatar; gave rise to Christianity.
And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting upon him:
And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. (Matthew 3:16-7.)
Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. (Matthew 6:8.)
Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33.)
But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. (Matthew 10:19-20.)
He that endureth to the end shall be saved. (Matthew 10:22.)
O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, ... thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. (Matthew 11:25.)
The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and stowed in his field:
Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. (Matthew 13:31-2.)
The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. (Matthew 13:33.)
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. (Matthew 13:44.)
With men this is impossible; with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26.)
Thou shalt love the Lord the God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment. (Matthew 22:37.)
The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrite: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 24:50-51.)
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. (Matthew 25:1-13.)
Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, ye cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (John 3:5.)
Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for the meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you. (John 6:27.)
I will pray to the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive. (John 14:16-7.)
The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (John 14:26.)
And when [Jesus] had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost. (John 20:22.)
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. (Revelation 1:8.)
I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. (Revelations 1:18.)
And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end ... I will give him the morning star. (Revelation 2:26+28.)
Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. ... He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. (Revelation 2:10-1.)
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death. (Revelation 21:4.)
I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. (Revelation 21:6.)
The dead are not alive and the living shall not die. (GATT, 7.)
The Kingdom is inside you and outside you. (STJ, 19.)
Have you already discovered the beginning, that now you can seek after the end? For where the beginning is, the end will be. Blessed is he who shall stand at the beginning, and he shall know the end and he shall not taste death. (STJ, 22.)
Subject: St. Paul
Dates: b 3 A.D. – d 65 A.D.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23.)
But, as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit:
The Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. (I Corinthians 2:9-10.)
Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. ...
For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge...;
To another faith...; to another the gifts of healing...;
To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues;
But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. (I Corinthians 12:4 + 8-11.)
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know1 even as also I am known.2 (I Corinthians 13:12.)
Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
... And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. (I Corinthians 15:24 and 28.)
We all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. (II Corinthians 3:18.)
God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts. (II Corinthians 4:6.)
For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. (II Corinthians 5:2.)
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are made new. (II Corinthians 5:17.)
The fruit of [the experience of] the [Holy] Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-3.)
Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. (Ephesians 4:14.)
This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Phillipians 3:13-4.)
[Christ's faithful] have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him. (Colossians 3:10.)
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
... Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. (I Thessalonians 5:2 and 4-6.) The living God ... is the Saviour of all men. (I Timothy 4:10.)
Eternal life ... God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began. (Titus 1:2.)
Our God is a consuming fire. (St. Paul in Hebrew 12:29.)
Speaker: St. Peter
Dates: d circa 67 A.D.
[May] the day star arise in your hearts. (II Peter 1:19.)
We, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. (II Peter 3:13.)
Subject: James, son of Alphaeus, Apostle
How great a matter a little fire kindleth! (James 3:5.)
Subject: St. Luke
Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us? (Luke 24:32.)
Ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. ...
Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you. (Acts 1:5+8. Assumed author, Luke.)
And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people....
And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake. (Acts 6:8 + 10.)
He, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. ...
And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
And he kneeled down and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin at their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep. (Acts 7:55-6 and 59-60.
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing might wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:1-4.)
And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. (Acts 4:31.)
While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
And they of the circumcision were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also were poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. (Acts 10:44.)
And as I [Peter] began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.
Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. (Acts 11:15-6.)
Subject: St. John
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.1 (I John 2:15-7.)
God is love. (I John 4:8.)
God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. (I John 4:16.)
Perfect love casteth out fear. (I John 4:18.)
The first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. (Revelation 4:1-4.)
And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters. (Revelation 14:2.)
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. (Revelation 21:1-5.)
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