You are gods (John 10:34)

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You are gods (John 10:34)

#1 Postby SophiasNemo » Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:44 am


I've been contemplating this passage from the book of John and have been wondering what exactly Yeshua means by this?

Yeshua answered them, “Isn’t it written in your Writings,[a] ‘I have said you are gods’?
- John 10:34 Tree of Life Version (TLV)

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Re: You are gods (John 10:34)

#2 Postby Tau Malachi » Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:19 pm

Greetings and blessings in the Holy Light of Messiah Yeshua!

In this passage Adonai Yeshua is responding to accusations of blasphemy from religious authorities of the day and so cites words of Moses which indicates that with the reception of the revelation of God in faith, and specifically the reception of the ‘word’ of the Lord, souls come into being as something more than human, something divine, participating in the Divinity of the Eternal God, Yahweh Elohim. Thus, chosen by God they are set apart from bestial humankind, being faithful and spiritual - holy people. Along with these words we may recall that elsewhere in the gospels Adonai Yeshua teaches, “Do you not know that you are all children of God?” Likewise elsewhere he says, “You will do greater works than you have seen me do.” When we consider such teachings the ‘Good News’ gets even better, sweeter, and we may realize that the message of the Holy Gospel runs deeper than many people among the common folk of Christian faith are aware, for according to Yeshua’s teachings the Word of God, the Messiah, is not isolate to him, but rather with the coming of the Messiah there an an emergence of the Messiah - the Anointing with the Holy Light and Spirit of God, within all humanity, all who have faith and who receive the Messiah, and so live according to that Truth and Light.

Now this passage, this saying of the prophet Moses that Yeshua draws upon, holds a layered message in its wording, a deep secret teaching is hidden in it. Perhaps with God’s help we may glean something of the secret wisdom it conveys. May God be with us in this! Amen.

First, if we go to the Holy Torah we find that the word translated as “gods” is elohim, and this is significant. As is known, Elohim is among the principle Names of God and it is the Name of God used in the story of creation, and in the Holy Kabbalah it is associated with the immanent aspect of God in creation. It is also, however, the name of a prominent order of angels, and rather than as “gods” is rightly translated as ‘divine beings’ or ‘divinities.’ In our Kabbalah this order of angels corresponds with the Sefirah Netzach, which may be translated as ‘eternity,’ ‘victory’ or ‘dominion.’ Understanding this, “You are elohim” carries a twofold meaning as we find in teachings of the Gnostic Path, or Straight Path.

Understand, in your inner being, the inner aspects of your soul, there is something like an angelic being, with a knowledge and power, and appearance in glory, like an angel of God; and so within you, deep within, there is something of an angelic spirituality and divinity, and it is rightly said that angels are siblings to human beings. When we receive the Messiah - the Holy Light and Spirit from above, and we are reborn from above, from heaven, so this spirituality, this divinity, is awakened in us and our subtle body, light body, will have a resemblance to that of angels. In this regard we may recall that Adonai Yeshua taught that in heaven we will resemble the angels. This is the meaning of “you are elohim.”

There is, however, a deeper meaning, understanding Elohim as the immanent aspect of God Most High in creation, and understanding that the soul within the Human Being (Adam) is the manifestation of the Breath of the Lord God (Yahweh Elohim), or the Essence and Being of God, or the Spirit of God. Understand, the inmost part of your soul - your unique essence, or divine spark, is a direct emanation of the Infinite Light of the Holy One, and understand that the Messiah and Holy One indwell it - God and Godhead indwells it; it is so holy that only God, the True Light, can enter it, even the highest among supernal angels cannot enter into it. Thus, truly, deep within you, and deeper still, there is this Divine Presence of the Messiah and God Most High, the Supreme, and this is the Divine I Am in you, the Christ Self or Divine Self, which is the revelation of God to us, with, in and through us. This grade of divinity within us transcends that of the angels, an it is on account of this that some among the angels became jealous of humanity and rebelled, and fell into opposition to God; hence, the ‘Satan and his angels.’

It is for the realization of this divinity, this innate oneness with God Most High, that the Messiah was sent, was incarnate among us, so that we too might experience conscious union with the Eternal One and embody the Divine Presence, Holy Shekinah, Holy Spirit, in full just as our Elder Brother, Yeshua, and Elder Sister, Mirya the Magdalene, did. the Living Word being embodied in one among us, so then all humanity, all who have faith and love, and seek true knowledge of God.

Understand, if indeed we pass away in the Holy One, and realize our innate oneness with the Messiah in the Holy One, so the Holy One, the Messiah and Holy Spirit, will become our seeing, hearing and feeling, our smelling, tasting and touching, and our speaking and walking here; so then, truly, something of God, Elohim, may be embodied and revealed with, in and through us, and as us - and so “you are elohim.”

This is not to say anyone entering into this Self-realization in the Messiah would claim to be God Most High, certainly not! Adonai Yeshua never made such a claim of himself, but he did speak of conscious union with the Father and the union of the Father with the Son - conscious union with God Most High, the Infinite and Eternal One.

Thus, in the Gnostic Path we labor with the Spirit of God (Ruach Elohim) to bring about this Self-realization in the Messiah and to enter into conscious union with the Messiah in God, the Absolute Light. This is why a play of Light Transmission - an actual communication of the Holy Light and Spirit, is at the very heart of the Gnostic Path and Gnostic Community, for it is in this way that we are established in faith and knowledge in the Sanctuary of Grace (Messiah) and we are empowered for this Self-realization, having direct experience of the Truth and Light that is the Messiah and God Most High (El Elyon).

So, then, quite naturally, as our soul ascends through various grades, or stations and states, first there is the manifestation of a resemblance to angelic being, and then to the Messiah, the Human One of Light - the Perfect Human Being, Supernal and Divine.

In this you may understand that from a gnostic perspective we are not just to become Christ-like, but cultivating a resemblance to Christ, cultivating qualities of God (El, Elohim), we are to be and become Christ, Messiah - the Anointing.

When St. Paul teaches that “God became human so that humans might become God” he is alluding to this deep mystery of the Gospel of Christ, the Gospel of Truth.

These are some thoughts I can share with you.

May the Spirit of God lead you into All-Truth! Amen.

Yeshua Shalom!
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Re: You are gods (John 10:34)

#3 Postby SophiasNemo » Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:37 am

Thank you so much! This has brought great clarification and wisdom to my contemplation!

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