Love, Faith & Stewardship

"Verily, I say unto you, this generation shall not pass away until all that has been hidden is brought again into the light; for it is the epoch for the fulfillment of promise"
Oracles of Celestine Light, Nexus 1:21

Sermon on the Mount

CHAPTER 45

Yeshua delivers his most famous sermon to thousands of people on a big hill northwest of Chorazin. He speaks with authority and wisdom as he covers many topics, and his poetic and profound words amaze the people.

1 The following day, at sunrise, Salome first learned the Contemplative Movements as she stood barefoot upon the ground outside of the house of Yeshua, following the movements she watched Yeshua, Miriam, Martha, and the children doing and listening as Yeshua explained the significance of each movement while he was doing them.
2 Miriam gave her some of her garments to wear, and they put away Salome’s expensive bejeweled clothes from the palace so that undue attention would not be drawn to her.
3 Later, Yeshua told the Apostles who she was, but asked them not to reveal her true identity to others for a time.
4 From that day forth, she remained with Yeshua, Miriam, and Martha, and if there were any who condemned them, it was only in their thoughts, for none spoke ill of the arrangement.
5 Within a week, a small room had been added to Yeshua’s house by three men from the community so Salome could have a place of privacy of her own as he had promised.
6 Soon after daybreak, multitudes of people began to gather at Yeshua’s house from every direction.
7 The eleven Apostles came with their families within two hours of first light, as Yeshua had asked them to do the previous day.
8 Some people called out from the crowd for Yeshua to heal them or to heal one of their relatives that were with them, but he moved about as if he had not heard them.
9 Once Cephas arrived, he spoke to the multitude and asked them to have patience and promised that Yeshua would speak to them soon. And they were calmed by his words insomuch that no longer did any call out to Yeshua to be healed.
10 On the third hour of light, Yeshua, Miriam, and the Apostles commenced a walk toward the hills to the west and all of the people, including Salome and Martha and the children, followed them.
11 The day was beautiful, warm, and sunny, and there was almost a festive atmosphere as people spoke with smiles and cordiality as they followed Yeshua up into the hills.
12 Northwest of Chorazin, about the distance to Capernaum, was a large hillock, and upon this hill, Yeshua and the Apostles settled at the top and the multitude sat down on the ground below him, spreading their linens and setting up their Sun tarps. Many of the children played at the base of the hill while their parents sat up higher to hear the words of Yeshua.
13 Spreading and raising both hands high into the air, Yeshua said unto them, “On this beautiful day, with the Sun’s light and warmth upon you, and the blue sky above you, and the green hills beyond, and the magnificent expanse of lake below, and the songs of birds upon the air, give thanks to Elohim for the glorious world that was made for you to live upon.
14 And I say unto you: Blessed are those who are humble in spirit, for humility opens the gate of Heaven.
15 Blessed are the challenged; those who long to live in the Celestine Light, but are faced with many impediments which block the path to the light. Elohim shall give them comfort.
16 Blessed are the calm; those who are not overcome by their own desires or the chaos around them, but trust in God. They shall have peace in their hearts in the world and inherit the Earth to come.
17 Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness. They hearken to the still, small voice and, with desire and action, seek to fulfill the will of God. They shall be filled overflowing with the Celestine Light that they seek.
18 Blessed are the merciful, who see in the misfortune of others their own life that could be and help others as they would wish to be helped, not just with alms, but also by giving of themselves and their time. They shall be blessed with the mercy of the Almighty.
19 Blessed are the pure in heart; those who are upright and sincere, honest in every thought and activity. They will have the Holy Spirit abiding always with them, and they shall see God with a special witness.
20 Blessed are the peacemakers, both among nations and among neighbors, those who have a peaceful mind and a harmonious heart to resolve the disputes of men. They shall be the treasurers of Elohim, guiding divine peace from the heavens to light the lives of men upon the Earth. And they shall be called the Children of God.
21 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake; they that live the highest light despite the condemnation of the world. They shall rise a step in Heaven for every lash they take upon the world, and the kingdom of Heaven shall be theirs.
22 Blessed are you, when you resist evil, and men revile you and persecute you by word and deed and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
23 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in Heaven, and thus did they persecute the prophets which were before you.
24 You are the salt of the Earth, but take heed not to lose your savor or be contaminated by the impure; else with what will the food find its flavor? It would thenceforth be good for nothing, but to be cast out and trodden under the feet of men.
25 You are the Celestine Light of the world. In the example of your life, how you eat and speak and dress and live, you should be as a city upon a hill that cannot be hidden.
26 For you do not light a candle and then hide it under a basket, but put it on a tall candlestick that it can give light to all who are in the house.
27 The world is your house. Therefore, do not hide the Celestine Light of Elohim that burns within you, but hold it high that all the world might be illuminated by your light.
28 Let your light so shine before the world that those who condemn you will know in their hearts that they condemn a Child of God and that those who are lost Children of Elohim will see your light and find their way home.
29 Think not that I have come to uphold the law and the prophets, for I have not come to uphold any but those of truth and to fulfill the promise of Elohim given to men and destroy those that are not.
30 And there is far more to be trampled underfoot than to be upheld, for the teachings of God have been taken and the teachings of man have been given.
31 I am he who is the builder, and I have come to tear down the feeble works of man and to restore the mighty temple of God.
32 Some of you here are of the world, but conquer yourself and you can be numbered among the Children of Light.
33 Some of you here are Children of Light that have been lost in the world, and now you have found the source of the light, but cannot see how to reconcile the life you have lived with the life you know you should live.
34 Choose that which has eternal significance and you shall have joy, both in this life and the life to come.
35 Some of you here are Children of Light who have committed in your heart and shown by your deeds that you are Children of Light indeed.
36 Unto you, I say that your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, for much has been given to you and much is expected.
37 You know that it is the law that you shall not murder, and whosoever murders another shall be judged in both this life and the next.
38 But I say unto you that there are far more ways to murder than killing the body, and all are accountable to God and should be accountable to the laws of men.
39 Therefore, let whoever has a raging anger against another, be it a man or a woman or an animal, be liable to judgment on the Earth, even as they shall be in Heaven.
40 For a raging anger is a murderous anger. It is an anger that misses the final blow of murder only because of fear of the consequences.
41 Therefore, I say unto you that a man who has barely controlled anger without a righteous cause and injures a man or a woman or an animal, either in their body or their spirit, must be judged the same as the man who attempted murder and failed.
42 Knowing this, let peace and calm always flow in the heart and mind and thoughts and words of the Children of Light, save in defense against that which is unrighteous.
43 When you speak, speak with respect to all men, and to all women, and to all who work for you, and to all animals. Though you may command them to do this or to do that, do it only with kindness in your words and respect in your thoughts and actions, except for those who do not reciprocate the respect which you give.
44 And if a Child of Light should curse another person without cause or spit Raca unto another, giving contempt without cause, let him come before the council and be held accountable for his actions.
45 Let the Children of Light always be the embodiment of the Celestine Light, especially among one another, especially among husbands and wives and their children.
46 If you have a disagreement with someone, speak of it together and come to a solution with words and reason and respect and love.
47 Do not sulk in silence, for that is only fuel for the fire and shows a disrespect, not just for others, but for yourself and for Elohim.
48 Almost as bad as anger is to treat another, especially a husband, wife, or child, as if they are an idiot and that their thoughts and opinions are not even of worthy to listen to with intent to hear.
49 To not listen with respect to the thoughts and opinions of your husband, wife, or children, or brothers and sisters of light, even when you are in disagreement or even when they are simple in their method of explanation, is a grievous sin in the eyes of Elohim, needing not only repentance before God, but restitution to those you have wronged by your words and actions.
50 When you are wrong, admit your wrong with humility and ask the forgiveness of both God and the person you have wronged. And prove your sincerity by restitution to the person you have wronged.
51 Do not think you can alleviate your sin by making an offering before the altar of God and then go your way. First, you must be reconciled with whoever you have wronged, and only then will Elohim recognize your gift before the altar.
52 Do not be hardheaded and unreasonable when you are in the hands of your adversaries, nor docile like a sheep, allowing others to do with you as they will. Endeavor to give them no cause to do worse to you while you are in their hands, but neither stand idle in defense of righteousness and fairness.
53 Keep your peace until you can stand before the fair and impartial to present the facts. If no fair and impartial are to be found, call upon Elohim to deliver you.
54 You know that by the laws of God and men, it is said that you shall not commit adultery.
55 But I say unto you that whosoever looks upon a married woman or man with lust in their thoughts has already committed adultery in their heart.
56 You see my wife Miriam, beautiful, with her face uncovered, and it is not a sin to look upon her. Nor is it a sin to look upon her and admire her beauty, for she is a creation of Elohim, and you honor Elohim by admiring the creations of Elohim. It would be no different if she were standing here before you naked in all of her splendor.
57 Yet the man who looks upon her with lust, who thinks impure thoughts of her, but does not act upon his thoughts by either word or deed for fear of the consequences, has nevertheless already committed adultery in his heart.
58 This silent adultery may not be punished by man, for it is kept hidden and unknown from men. But it is known to Elohim and shall be punished by God, both in this life and the next.
59 Therefore, if you are weak to lust, you must separate yourself from the temptation, lest you are burned by the fire you start.
60 If your eyes cause you to sin, cover your eyes that you will not see the temptation, for it is better that you are blind to temptation than your whole body and soul is cast into the rubbish dump.
61 Verily, your eyes are the windows of your soul, and what your eyes see, your body becomes. Therefore, let your eyes be focused only upon righteousness, that your whole life may be full of light.
62 And if your right hand is causing you to sin, tie it to your side, lest it lead your whole body away from the light; so demeaned of value that it must be cast into the garbage pile of Ge Hinnom and burned in the fire.
63 Now lust is the greatest temptation of the adversary within: lust for a woman or man, lust for power, lust of gluttony, lust for money. All things of lust lead man to commit acts for which the eternal consequences are far more painful and enduring than the pleasure of the fleeting fulfillment, which is here today and gone tomorrow.
64 Of these, lust for a woman, be she married or not, often clouds the better judgment of man, more so than all other types of lust. Therefore, against this lust must you ever guard.
65 To prevent this lust, by law and tradition, women cover themselves from head to toe in uncomfortable garments that men cannot look upon them and lust.
66 Yet it is not the woman who is sinning, but the man. Therefore, it should not be the woman who must be covered in uncomfortable coverings, but the man.
67 Let the woman dress in comfort and freedom. And if a man finds that seeing the bare skin of a woman causes him to lust, then let the man hide himself away in his house or cover his eyes with a hood or coverings so that he is nearly blind. The woman should not have to suffer because of the sin of the man.
68 That the fires of lust may be righteously quenched, all men and women should also be wed, and this they should do while they are young, shortly after their eighteenth celebration of birth, that the natural lust which Elohim gave to men and women for pleasure and procreation can be satisfied righteously within the bonds of marriage.
69 For the man or woman who is receiving pleasure and fulfillment within their marriage will not give into temptation to look elsewhere.
70 It has always been so, since the beginning of time, that there are more righteous women of light than there are men of light.
71 This will not be changed by all the proselytizing and preaching that you may do, for Elohim has always sent down into the bodies of women, the greater portion of the virtuous and faithful spirits of Heaven.
72 Therefore, let some among the righteous men of the Children of Light take another wife, one chosen with love by the wife they have, that all righteous women will have the opportunity to be married to virtuous men in this life.
73 And a plural marriage is not just a man to another woman, but also the new wife to the wife that stands already with the man, and among them there shall be no secrets.
74 Nor is it meant for women to be always with child, for how then are they to have a life beyond caring for children? And this is easier to accomplish in righteousness in a house with multiple wives.
75 Verily, the spirits of Heaven wait with joy to come down into a body upon the Earth, that they might further grow and expand their light by their choices and experiences.
76 But use alternatives in your intimacy to insure you do not bring children into the world until you are prepared to nurture their hearts, bodies, minds, and spirits, for all who are married will be held accountable, not only for choosing in selfishness to not have children, but also for choosing to have children when they were not prepared to care for them in all ways to encourage their growth, expansion, and happiness.
77 It has been the law that whosoever desires to put away his wife shall give her a certificate of divorce.
78 But I say unto you that wives may put away their husbands as well for just cause and demand lifelong support.
79 But neither the husband nor the wife shall put away the other, save it be for just cause, which is fornication or adultery, or violent or continual torment of the spirit, mind, or body.
80 And whosoever marries someone who has been divorced for fornication or adultery commits adultery by their marriage, save there has first been a true and contrite repentance, including restitution that has washed away the sin of the sinner.
81 Again, you know that the laws of old say that you shall make an oath to God before men to prove the seriousness of your intent.
82 But I say unto you: take no oaths to God before men to demonstrate your veracity or intent, but to men only say yes or no.
83 Let any oaths to Elohim only be for the purposes of Elohim, not for the purposes of man, and these only in private or within a close circle of your brothers and sisters of light.
84 You know that the laws of old say that there should be an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. Yet have you ever known of a judge to demand an eye for an eye or a tooth for a tooth? No, not in all the history has it been so.
85 The meaning of this law then is that when an injury has been given by one to another, that the compensation to the injured must be equal to the injury suffered. No more or no less. And this is a true law of Elohim.
86 But not for all injuries does this apply, but only for those which cause a man grievous or irreparable harm to his life or income.
87 When grievances are more petty than grievous, let them be settled one man to another, one brother to another, one sister to another.
88 When petty disagreements and grievances cannot be settled brother to brother, then let there be a mediation of the family.
89 If the family decides the outcome, but one brother cannot abide the decision, let there be a mediation of those with that responsibility in the Family of Light, and after hearing the facts and circumstances, let their decision be final.
90 Avoid the courts of law except for the most grave matters; those that are so grievous or have caused such irreparable harm that they cannot be reconciled by your family or the Family of Light.
91 Other than this, courts of law will inflict both the petitioner and the defendant with a poison to both their spirit and their life, from which they will not easily recover.
92 There are times when you will be burdened by the unreasonable actions or requirements of others. When these are in opposition to righteousness or of great seriousness, you should oppose them.
93 But often, they are merely an irritation, the acts of bullies and people in power. In such cases, it is better to affect indifference and even go beyond what is demanded, for then you take away their sport and they become bored and let you be.
94 Therefore, if a Roman comes and compels you to carry their pack for a mile, offer to carry it for two.
95 If a man slaps you in the face without cause, turn your other cheek to him as well, provided you or your family or the Family of Light are not threatened with real harm.
96 But if your family or the Family of Light is threatened, or your own life or safety, do as you must to defend yourself, but in that, do nothing that will make the matter worse.
97 If a man asks your help, turn him not away. And if a brother or sister asks to borrow that which you own, let them have it as long you are not in need of it at that time and think not for its return until they either bring it back to you as a good steward should or you have need of it again.
98 You have heard in the laws of old that it is said to love your neighbors and to hate your enemies.
99 But I say unto you, hate not your enemies; love them as misguided children of God. Ask for blessings upon those that curse you that they might find the errors of their ways and do good deeds even for those that hate you, that their hate might be turned into admiration and respect.
100 Pray for those who spitefully use you or persecute you, that you might always be an example of the higher path walked by the Children of Light, who show by their lives that they are true sons and daughters of God.
101 Remember Elohim loves all the children of men and makes the Sun to shine and the rain to fall for the blessing and benefit of everyone, both the good and the evil, the just and the unjust. Can you do any less than your Mother and Father in Heaven?
102 For if you only have love for those who love you, what could be your reward? For even the Publicans do the same.
103 And if you give greetings only to your brothers and sisters of light and ignore the wayward in the world, how are you any different than the Publicans or Pharisees, for do they not do the same?
104 Therefore, strive each day to be better in every way than the day before and strive each day to live your life in ways that are loving and virtuous and just, even as Elohim is loving and virtuous and just with you, even in your imperfections.
105 Take heed that when you give alms, you do not do it before men to be seen. Do not sound a trumpet for the poor to gather and know that it is you who is their benefactor.
106 But when you give alms, do it in secret, that only those overseeing the largesse’s may know from whence it came, and even then, if you give in anonymity, it is more pleasing unto God. And that which you do in secret shall be rewarded openly to you by Elohim.
107 When you give alms, do so without consideration for how much you are giving, except to be sure that it is not too little. Other than that, do not let your right hand, which gives alms, know how much your left hand took from your purse.
108 And when you pray, do not be as the hypocrites who love to pray long and tedious prayers, standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets so they may be seen by men. Verily, they shall have their reward, and it will not be what they think it will be.
109 But when you pray, go into a closet or a room where you are alone and shut the door that you can have privacy and pray to Elohim in secret as a friend speaks to a friend, and Elohim, who remains hidden from the eyes of men and is your truest friend, shall answer you openly.
110 When you are asked to publicly pray as a representative of your brothers and sisters, do so only in humility, with gratitude for the honor you have been given, and speak only with words that truly express the feelings, desires, and beliefs of those who have called you to represent them before Elohim.
111 When you pray, except in prayers of sacred ritual, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do, for they think that they shall be better heard by God for their many repetitions, but in fact, God hears them not, for their repetition shows that they pray only with their words and not with their hearts.
112 Verily, I declare to you: Elohim does not listen to the words of men said in prayers, except prayers that are said with feeling from the heart and with sincere love of God. To prayers other than this, God is deaf.
113 Understand that Elohim knows everything you are in need of before you ever ask. But by asking with passion and feeling from your heart and with sincere love for God, you demonstrate that you actually value that for which you ask.
114 When men sin against you and do not repent and confess to you and make restitution to you, you have no obligation to them.
115 But when men sin against you and are truly sorrowful for their action and offer a sincere repentance and honest restitution to you, then you must forgive them in full and remember their sins no more, even as Elohim forgives you in full and remembers your sins no more when you have given a sincere, full, and contrite repentance.
116 When you fast, do not be like the hypocrites who wear a sad countenance and stumble along that men may know they are fasting. Verily I say unto you they shall have their reward, and it will not be what they think it will be.
117 But when you fast, make yourself clean and tidy, wear nice garments, have a smile on your face and warmth in your countenance that men may not even guess that you are fasting, unless they are fasting with you. And Elohim, who is in secret, shall reward you openly.
118 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the Earth, where moth and rust decay and where thieves break through the gate and steal.
119 But lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, such as acts of kindness and love, of honesty and fidelity, and of goodwill and good stewardship, for these are the treasures which neither moths nor rust, or any of the plagues of men, can decay or corrupt. These are the treasures which thieves cannot break in and steal.
120 These are the treasures of enduring value, which mark you as a man among men in life and a prince among princes in the world to come.
121 The love of money and power are the Gods of the world and if you pursue and lust after either, let it be a warning that you have strayed from the path of Celestine Light.
122 For you cannot serve two masters; you cannot serve money or power and Elohim; either you will hate one and love the other or favor one and deny the other or hold to one and despise the other.
123 You cannot be a Child of Light and also love and avidly pursue money or power, for they are oil and water to one another and cannot mix, and only one can be first in your priorities.
124 But what shall become of you if you do not pursue money? Fear not; do what you love, and trust in God. Verily, I say unto you: do not be anxious about what you shall eat or what you shall drink or how you shall clothe yourself.
125 Be content with less, not working endlessly for more, for life is more than food and drink and the clothes you wear. It is more than the house you live in or the men that you command.
126 Life is meant to be lived in tranquility and joy, and these come from contentment with less, not always seeking more of the things of the world.
127 Fulfillment and happiness come from quiet days with your wife or husband, playing with your children, listening to the concerns of your brothers and sisters of light, being of service to your community, being a good steward of the land and to all the creatures of the Earth.
128 If you have all the treasures of the Earth, but you have not these things, you are most destitute among men and a pauper in the world to come.
129 Behold the fowls of the air; they neither sow nor reap, nor gather into homes, yet Elohim feeds and cares for them. If Elohim so loves the birds of the air and cares for their needs, how much more are you loved and cared for?
130 Why do you worry about tomorrow? Sufficient is the day for itself. Which of you by worrying or planning for a tomorrow that may never come can add one day to his life?
131 Verily, in worrying and working for the tomorrow that may never come, you sacrifice the day that is in your hand.
132 In that sacrifice, you lose more than a day; you lose the moments with those you love that never were and prevent the moments that would have been from ever becoming.
133 And why do you worry about the clothes you wear? Consider the lilies of the fields, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin.
134 Yet I say unto you even King Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
135 Wherefore, if God so adorns the flowers of the field, which are here today, but wither tomorrow, and are cast into the oven, shall not Elohim so clothe you, O you children of little faith?
136 Therefore, take no thought, saying, ‘what shall we eat or what shall we drink, or where shall we live, or how shall we be clothed?’
137 After all these things, those who are lost seek and sacrifice their lives for emptiness.
138 But Elohim knows you have need of all of these things, and if you do not pursue them foremost in your thoughts and actions, but instead store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, then all these things shall come to you as you have need.
139 Like the birds of the air and the flowers of the fields, look to the Earth to provide your needs, from the food you eat to the clothes you wear, to the homes you live in, to the money you need to buy little pleasures.
140 The Earth has been given to you that you may have all of these things and have them in abundance, if you have faith; seek that which you desire to find, do not expect it to simply fall out of the sky, and remain balanced in your life between your needs and your desires.
141 Therefore, do not live today for tomorrow, but live today for today. The days to come will have their own challenges. When living a life of peace, joy, and true fulfillment, sufficient is each day for the challenges therein.
142 Do not condemn others for their lifestyles and choices that are different from yours and do not despise those who do not believe as you do or hold the same things of value.
143 The more you judge others, the more they will reciprocate and judge you. And with the disdain that you show, so shall you be disdained.
144 Be careful not to speak with critical words or critical inflection in your voice to members of your family or your brothers and sisters of light, if they have not asked for your critical opinion.
145 Every fault you see in them, you likely have even greater in yourself, and only because of that can you recognize it in others.
146 Therefore, rather than criticize your brothers or sisters by word or even inflection or even by what you may think is a friendly suggestion, seek first to improve yourself and wait for them to seek out your opinion if they desire it.
147 When your brother or sister is ready for help, they will ask for your opinion or advice; therefore, a suggestion unasked for, that does not seek to improve without judgment, but first belittles by word or inflection, are words that should never be spoken.
148 When you desire to praise another, shout it from the hilltop, but when you think to criticize another, chew upon your tongue.
149 Give not that which is holy to the dogs; neither cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet and turn again and rend you.
150 Each day, there are only so many hours, and in your life, only so many days. Therefore, every day is precious and should not be squandered, trying to help those who do not desire your help or teach those who do not desire to be taught or uplift those who prefer to stay in the pit.
151 Be of good service, but only to those who value the time you give, only to those who seek the help you offer, only to those who desire to hear the good news you speak, and only to those who wish to be tomorrow more than they are today, not in the ways of the world, but in the ways of the Celestine Light.
152 Ask with faith, with selflessness, for anything of righteousness that is a need of in your life, and it shall be given to you. Seek with faith for anything of merit, and you shall find it. Knock with faith upon any door where you need to enter, and it shall open unto you.
153 For every person of virtue, who asks with faith, with selflessness, shall receive, and every person of virtue who seeks with faith shall find and every person of virtue who knocks with faith will find all doors open unto them.
154 Which one of you, if your son asked for a loaf of bread, would instead give him a stone?
155 Or if he asked for a fish, would instead give him a snake?
156 If you who are with faults still know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall our Father and Mother in Heaven, who are without fault, give good things to the Children of Light that ask of them?
157 Therefore, all the good things whatsoever that you wish men would do for you, do you even so for them; verily, this is the fruit of the law and the prophets.
158 I have spoken often of the Children of Light, and many here have wondered who they are and if they are one.
159 Verily, the Children of Light care not for the ways of the world, but are enraptured with the ways of Celestine Light and the Community and Family of Light. They walk a different path than the path of the world, a path that leads them to peace and fulfillment and community in this life and overwhelming joy, exaltation and expansion in the life to come.
160 A Child of Light comes not by birth or by decree, but by choice and the conviction to follow the precepts of Celestine Light they know to be true, because both their heart and their mind say it is so, and their prayers confirm it.
161 Many are called to be Children of Light, but few are chosen because only those who tend the orchard are allowed to harvest the fruit.
162 Many have not been called, but are still chosen because having seen the Celestine Light, they make the choice to abandon the darkness and live the light. Like a wayward son, they are welcomed into the arms of Elohim.
163 If you would be a Child of Light, enter in at the strait gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction; and many are those that go that way.
164 But strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life in the Celestine Light, and few are those that find it.
165 Beware of false prophets, for there shall be many that shall spread like a plague upon the land. They will come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly, they are ravenous wolves.
166 Everyone who preaches in my name is not of me, but only those who live the teachings of Celestine Light that I have given.
167 Words are like dust; alone they are worthless. It is only when someone speaks the teachings I have taught and their words are proven with actions of love, and service, and humility, and virtue, and respect, and stewardship that you may begin to accept that they are from me and true emissaries of the Celestine Light.
168 It is not by miracles that you will know them, but by knowledge that works miracles.
169 It is not by wealth that you will know them, but by austerity, that they give their excess above their needs to the poor.
170 It is not by having many men to command that you will know them, but by seeing them toiling by the sweat of their brow in common with their brothers and sisters of the community.
171 It is not by power that you will know them, but by a tenderness and stewardship for all life.
172 It is not by great oratory that you shall know them, but by the teachings of the Celestine Light they demonstrate with the example of their kind and virtuous life.
173 It is not by the deference that men give them that you shall know them, but by the respect and attentiveness they give to others, especially those of little means or position.
174 Therefore, though false prophets shall abound, there is no need for you to be led astray. Look to the things which I have given, by which you may separate the false prophet from the true. Then go in private and ask God to confirm the conclusions of your mind and the feelings of your heart.
175 Simply remember that you will know them by their fruits and that the life they live is a greater witness of their veracity than any of the words they speak.
176 Remember, you shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from the thorn bushes or figs from the thistles?
177 Every good tree brings forth good fruit, in harmony with the teachings of Celestine Light I have given and the life I have shown to you. But a corrupt tree brings forth fruit that does not come from the vineyard and orchard of Elohim, and it is fit only to be discarded upon the ground to rot.
178 Now some will say that they receive a little good fruit from the teachings of a false prophet, and therefore, they just ignore the words which have no harmony in their heart and lift themselves up with the words that do.
179 But I say unto you that every good tree brings forth only good fruit. There is not a good tree that has one branch that bears sweet fruit and an adjacent branch that bears rotten fruit. And when fruit is gathered into a basket one bad fruit will spoil the basket, even as a single bad influence can decay that which would otherwise have remained good.
180 A truly good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit; neither can a tree corrupted bring forth good fruit that is not already tainted with its demise.
181 Every tree that does not bring forth good fruit must be hewn down and cast into the fire, lest it taint the purity of that which is good.
182 Wherefore, remember this test of a prophet and of a Child of Light: By their fruits of their life, you shall know them.
183 But do not think that a Child of Light or even a prophet or an Apostle will never have fault or err in their personal choices or that a leader of the Communities of Light will never sin and be in need of repentance. If they were already perfect, they would be translated in the blink of an eye and be no more upon the Earth.
184 But in the life they live, you see them live as I have shown you and taught you to live. Not as the world lives, but only as the Children of Light live.
185 Nor should you think that everyone that calls out to God or praises Elohim or who claims to be acting in the name of God will actually ever enter into the kingdom of Heaven, but only those who live the life and truly do the will of my Father and Mother in Heaven.
186 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? Have we not cast out devils in your name and in your name done many wonderful works?’
187 Then I will profess to them, ‘I never knew you; you spoke in assuming words, but you never prophesied for me; you cast out devils, but they only laughed, for you had no authority; you have done many good works in my name, but with vanity for your glory, not in humility for mine. Depart from me you that work iniquity.’
188 Therefore, whosoever hears my words and lives them, I will liken to a wise man who built his house upon a rock.
189 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and his house did not fall, for it was founded upon a rock.
190 And everyone who hears my words and lives them not shall be likened unto the foolish man who built his house upon the sand.
191 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon his house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
192 And it came to pass that when Yeshua ceased to speak, the people were astonished at what they had heard him say, for he spoke doctrines that put down things they had believed and presented doctrines they had never heard.
193 But he spoke teachings that made sense and resonated in their hearts. He spoke as one with authority, not as one of the scribes. An aura of divinity spread over them, emanating from him insomuch that his words pierced them that they had tingles throughout their body. And though many might choose to not heed the words they had heard, none could doubt the veracity of what he had spoken.