Twelve Tribes: Spiritual Israel
“To the twelve tribes in Dispersion: Greetings” (James 1:1).
This is a curious greeting and introduction in the Letter of St. James, and it is unique. We might ponder the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in this opening and consider its esoteric meaning, the secret mystery to which it points. Was James writing to Hebrew Christians? That is unlikely given that his teachings are intended for all believers and are universal; but also at the time of James most of the tribes were long lost, perhaps only two remaining distinct and intact in their lineage. Thus his meaning must run deeper than the plain surface meaning communicating a spiritual and metaphysical mystery of the Body of Messiah, Anointed Community.
First, understand, in the Messiah a New Israel is generated - the spiritual Community of Israel, which is the Body of the Messiah, born not of the flesh, but from above, from heaven and the Spirit of God, from the anointing with the Holy Light and Spirit. In this spiritual Community of Israel the twelve tribes correspond with the lineages of Light Transmission that were passed on through the twelve Holy Apostles who walked with Adonai Yeshua in the world and were direct witnesses of the revelation of the Risen and Ascended Messiah. These ‘twelve tribes,’ of course are united in the Risen Messiah and the Apostle of the Apostles, the Magdalene, and through her, as we know, the fullness of all streams, lineages, of Light Transmission flow, forming as it were a thirteenth ‘secret tribe.’
Understanding this, we may recall what we are taught in Pistis Sophia, that the Messiah joined with the souls of his twelve close disciples the spiritual powers of ‘twelve saviors,’ corresponding with the zodiacal signs and the fullness of the Human One of Light in the diverse array of humanity. From that Gnostic Gospel we know and understand that the Apostles are also Saviors, embodying the fullness of the Holy Light and Spirit as their Elder Brother, Adonai Yeshua did. Thus, in this greeting we may understand a direct reference to a living transmission of the Holy Light and Spirit, a play of initiation at the heart of Anointed Community - the spiritual Community of Israel.
Quite literally, a new humanity, supernal and divine, was brought forth from the Pleroma of Light with the Messiah, and this constitutes a New Israel - a spiritual elect of heaven and the Spirit, not earth and the flesh. In this new humanity is the Light Transmission (Anointing), which transforms bestial and faithful humankind into spiritual humanity, and yet more, into the the embodiment of God, the True Light.
“Tribes in dispersion…” indicates the emergence of this new humanity - New Israel, among all nations, all people; and we may say this emergence transpires in two ways. First there is the ongoing play of lineages of Light Transmission in the world from one generation to another, the continuum of Light Transmission flowing from the Magdalene and the Twelve Apostles; but then, as at the time of the First Coming, there are lofty and sublime souls sent as pure emanations that bear an innate knowledge of God Most High and the Light Transmission from the very outset of their incarnation - hence those holy tzaddikim who are called ‘maggidim’ akin to Yohanan the Baptist.
Now we may say ‘greetings’ to the twelve tribes is a call to remembrance, the remembrance of the inner aspects of the soul and the innate oneness of the soul with the Messiah and God Most High; hence, remembrance of the soul’s emanation from the Pleroma of Light, or its image and being in the Light Continuum (Yahweh). In other words, it is a call to the remembrance of who and what we are in God, the True Light, so that it may be joined with who we are in ourselves; hence, the generation of True Humanity in the Holy One (‘Christ Humanity’).
These were some thoughts the Holy Spirit inclined me to share today.
Today may many souls awaken and remember their true origin in the Light of the Infinite and Eternal One, and so be ‘reborn from above’! Amen.
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