The Teaching of Jesus of Nazareth


What follows is a transcription taken from a reading by Bart Marshall of a section of his forthcoming book Christ Sutras .

 The book compiles the complete recorded sayings of Jesus Christ from twenty-five different gospels, not just the four canonical.  Marshall says his intention in compiling the book is to create a document containing all of the recorded sayings of Jesus so that the reader may come to an understanding on their own of who Jesus was, what he lived for, and what he taught.

This is done in order to bring awareness to the fact that the four canonical gospels, while perhaps the gospels which best tell the story of Jesus, are not the only sources for the words of Jesus.  In this excerpt, Marshall has compiled a single sermon containing what he sees as the essential teachings.  The teachings which are expressions of his true message and are most likely to be the words of Jesus and not the follower or the church putting words in his mouth which fit their narrow agenda.

Bart Marshall has already released a very well done  book of Buddhist, Taoist, and Indian sutras called The Perennial Way.  

This is posted here with the intention of resurrecting Jesus – reclaiming the true depth and significance of his message for the human being.  It is the worst kind of tragic irony that the teachings of one of humanities greatest seers have been distorted and paraded by those who understand it the least and are diametrically opposed to the essence of his message.

Jesus was above all a true revolutionary and a guide for the liberation and awakening of Man.  His life and teaching cannot be presided over by any institution or organization.  It is a medicine given directly to the individual for the dis-ease which is the human condition and plagues us, as well as a call to action for you, here this day, to become a light unto yourself in the quest for freedom and the kingdom of heaven.


The Teaching of Jesus of Nazareth

My peace I give to you.
It is necessary for us to speak to you of certain things
        Because this is the teaching for the perfect. 
If you desire to become perfect, you must observe these things. 
       If not, you shall be called ignorant.
((((((((((((   The True and the False   )))))))))))))
It is impossible for a wise man to dwell with the fool,
      For the wise man is perfect in all wisdom.
While the fool cannot even discern between good and bad.
The wise man is nourished by truth
      Like a tree growing by a meandering stream. 
The ignorant, although they have wings; are attracted to the visible forms
        Things that are far from truth
        For that which drives them, the fire, gives them an illusion of truth
It shines on them with perishable beauty
          Imprisons them in dark sweetness
          And captivates them with fragrant pleasure
It blinds them with insatiable lust and burns their souls
It becomes for them a stake in the heart they can never dislodge
And like a bit in the mouth, it leads them according to its own desire
It fetters them with its chains and binds all their limbs with the bitter bond of lust for visible things
       Things that decay and change and swerve by impulse
They rejoice over the concern for this life with madness and derangement
Some pursue this derangement without realizing their madness, thinking they are wise
They are beguiled by the beauty of their body, as if it would not perish
And they are frenetic
       Their thought is occupied with their deeds
       And thought is the fire that will burn them
The ignorant are always attracted downwards
And as they are killed they are assimilated into the substance of all beasts
The substance of the perishable realm
A great difference exists between the imperishable and those who will perish
Everything that comes from the perishable will perish since it comes from the perishable
But whatever comes from imperishableness does not perish
      But itself becomes imperishable
That flesh comes into being because of spirit is a wonder
But if spirit came into being because of the flesh it would be a wonder of wonders
Indeed I am amazed at how the great wealth of spirit has made its home in the great poverty of flesh
Which falls away, flesh or spirit?
Flesh falls away
That which you have within you will save you if you bring it forth from yourself
That which you do not have within you will kill you if you do not have it within you
((((((((((((  I Am  )))))))))))))
All natures, all forms, all creatures
Exist in and with one another
And they are resolved again into their own roots
For the nature of matter is resolved into the roots of it’s nature alone
He who is of woman…… dies
He who is of Truth…… does not die
The multitude of men go astray because they do not know this difference
       And they die
Whoever has ears to hear about infinities…..  let him hear!
It is those who are awake that I address
I come from the One that I might tell you all things
It is to those who are worthy of my mysteries that I tell my mysteries
Whoever finds the truth of my words will not experience death
My teaching is not mine but of the one who sends me
He who sees me, sees the one who sends me
He who receives me, receives the one who sends me
I come as light into the world that whoever receives the light may not remain in darkness
There is light within a man of light and he lights up the whole world
If he does not shine he is in darkness
It is in light that light exists
Fear not
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end
I am the first and the last
The living One
I am he who was dead and behold I am alive forever more
Before Abraham was: I Am
All authority is given me in Earth and in Heaven
I and the Father are one
I came to make the things below like the things above
        And the things outside like those inside
I came to unite them in that place
I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life
All who come to the Father come through me
If you know me you know the Father
          Henceforth you know him and have seen him
It is I who am the light above the all
It is I who am the all
From me does the all come forth and to me does the all extend
Split a piece of wood and I am there
Lift up a stone and you will find me
He who will drink from my mouth will become like me and I myself shall become he
        And the things that are hidden shall be revealed to him
I shall give you what no eye has seen
      And what no ear has heard
      And what no hand has touched
      And what has never occurred to the human mind
I am the light of the world
He who becomes as me will not walk in darkness but will be the light of life
He who becomes as me will also do the works that I do
      And greater works than these will be due
(((((((((((( Inquire – Ask – Seek )))))))))))))
While you yet have time in the world listen to me!
I will reveal to you the things you have pondered in your mind
You have received mercy
      Do you not then desire to be filled?
Your heart is drunken
      Do you not then desire to be sober?
If you consider how long the world existed before you and how long it will exist after you
You will find that your life is but one single day and your sufferings one single hour
If you knew. You, now in this, your day; the things that make for your peace
     But they are hidden from your eyes
While you have the light, receive the light, that you might become sons of light
Take heed of the living One while you are alive
     Lest you die and seek to know him but be unable to do so
He who lives from the living One will not see death
I know that in faith and with your whole heart you question me
Therefore I am glad because of you
I am truly pleased and my Father in me rejoices in me that you thus inquire and ask
Your boldness makes me rejoice and it affords you life
Inquire then and I will tell you all you wish to know
and I myself will make known to you what you do not ask
((((((((((((  The Truth  )))))))))))))
You ask how your end will be?
Have you discovered then the beginning that you look for the end?
Where the beginning is there also is the end
Blessed is he who abides in the beginning
He will know the end and will not experience death
Blessed is he who is before he comes into being
For he who is ever has been and ever shall be
He who is, is ineffable
       No principal knows him
       No authority, no subjugation
       Nor any creature from the foundation of the world until now except he alone
             And anyone to whom he wills to reveal himself
Through him who is from infinite light; forever more I offer this great salvation
He who is, is immortal and eternal; having never been born
Everything that is born will perish
He is unbegotten, having no beginning
Everything that has a beginning has an end
Because no one rules over him he has no name
       Whatever has a name is the creation of another
He is unperceivable, he has no form
       Whatever has form is the creation of another
He has a semblance of his own, not like any you have perceived or thought
But a strange semblance which surpasses all things and is greater than the universe
It looks to every side and sees itself, from itself
He is infinite and ever incomprehensible
He is unchanging good
He is faultless
He is timeless
He is imperishable and has no likeness to anything
He is eternally blessed
He is not knowable, yet he ever knows himself
He is immeasurable
He is untraceable
He is perfect, having no defect
He is called: Father of the Universe
Before anything that now appears becomes visible the majesty and the authority are in the Father
He encompasses the whole of totality, nothing encompasses him
He is all mind, and all thought, and all reflecting and all authority and all will
These are equal powers and they are the sources of totality
And the whole creation, from first to last is in his foreknowledge
      That of the infinite, unbegotten Father
There comes a time in an hour where what comes next is to go to the Father
((((((((((((  The Life  )))))))))))))
What must you be doing to be doing the work of God, the Father?
The work of God is to become as him who he has sent
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me
I am gentle and humble of heart and you will find rest for your souls
My yoke is easy and my burden is light
Come, follow me. Let the dead bury their dead
Keep my commandments and follow my way
Without reserve, without delay, without respect of persons
Walk the straight, direct and narrow path and in every respect the father will rejoice concerning you
He who knows and keeps my commandments loves me
He who loves me will be loved by my father and I will love him and manifest myself to him
And if you ask anything in my name I will do it
If you love me therefore, keep my commandments
The lord our God is one
You shall love the lord our God with all your heart
       With all your soul
       And with all your mind
       And with all your strength
This is the first and greatest commandment
The second commandment is like it: love your neighbor as yourself
There are no commandments greater than these
As I love you therefore love one another
By this all men will know you are my disciples; that you love one another
Love your brother like your soul; guard him like the pupil of your eye
Do not tell lies
Do not do what you hate
For all things are plain in the site of heaven
Nothing hidden will remain unmanifest
Nothing covered will remain uncovered
Do not worry about your life, about what you will eat or what you will drink
Nor about your body, about what clothing you will put on
Do not be concerned from morning until evening and evening until morning about what you will wear
Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds of the air, they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns
Yet your Father in heaven feeds them
Are you of not more value than they?
Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow.  Let tomorrow come with tomorrow’s things
Sufficient for the day is its own arising
Love one another and honor each other that continual peace may reign among you
What you do not want done to you; that do to no one else
Love your enemies
Do good to those who hate you
Bless those who curse you
Pray for those who spitefully use you
To him who strikes you on one cheek offer the other also
From him who takes your cloak do not withhold your tunic
Give from everyone who asks
And from him who borrows your goods do not ask for them back
As you want others to do to you; do to them likewise
Judge not that you be not judged
Condemn not that you be not condemned
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful
Love your enemies
For with what judgment you judge you shall be judged
And the measure you give will be the measure you get and still more will be given you
Forgive and you will be forgiven
Give and it will be given to you
Good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will be put into your bosom
It is to the good, guileless, sincere ones that the mystery of death is revealed
They shall know the kingdom of those reborn in Christ
Thus you shall become perfect
Just as your Father in heaven is perfect
The Lord's Prayer
((((((((((((  The Way  )))))))))))))
Enter by the narrow gate
For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction
      And there are many who go in by it
But narrow is the gate and difficult is the way that leads to life
      And there are few who find it
Come to hate falsehood and the evil of thought
For it is thought that gives birth to falsehood and falsehood is far from Truth
Recognize what is in your sight and that which is hidden will become plain to you
For there is nothing hidden that will not become manifest
Ask and it shall be given you
Seek and you shall find
Knock and it shall be opened to you
For everyone who asks
And he who seeks
And to him who knocks
     It will be opened
For the one who speaks
      Is also the one who hears
And the one who sees
      Is also the one who manifests
And the one who seeks
      Is also the one who reveals
Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds
When he finds he will become troubled
When he becomes troubled he will be astonished
And he will rule over the all
((((((((((((   The Word   )))))))))))))
Whoever keeps my word and follows my way will be a son of light,a son of God the Father
It is for the sake of those who keep and do my word that I have come from heaven
Become earnest about the Word
For as to the Word the first part is faith
The second is love
The third is works
From these come Life
Whoever would become as me
Let him deny himself
Let him take up his cross and follow me
For whoever would save his life will lose it
But whoever loses his life for righteousness’ sake will save it
What should it profit a man if he gained the whole world yet loses his own soul?
Whoever does not forsake all that he has is not a disciple of my way
Truly, he who loves his life shall lose it
But he who renounces his life in this world shall know eternal life
When you leave behind the things that cannot follow you then you will know peace
He who truly wants to enter the Kingdom of Heaven will enter it
There is no-one who has not left house, or brother, or sister, or mother, or father, or children, or land
For my sake and for the gospel of Truth
Who will not receive a hundred fold now, in this time in mothers, fathers, and children, and lands
       And in the age to come: eternal life
For many who are first will be last and the last, first
Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness
And all these things shall be added unto you
       ((((((((((((   The Kingdom of God  )))))))))))))
The Kingdom of God is not found by looking out
No-one can tell you “look here” or “look there”
The Kingdom of God is within you
The Kingdom will not come by waiting for it
It will not be a matter of saying, “I found it” or “there it is”
The Kingdom of God is everywhere but you do not see it
If those who lead you say the Kingdom of God is in the sky, then the birds of the sky will precede you
If they say to you it is in the sea, then the fish will precede you
Rather, the Kingdom of God is inside you and before you
The Kingdom of God is with men
He dwells with them and they are his people
Truly the Home of God is within you
For he is your God and he himself will wipe every tear from your eyes
Death shall be no more
Neither shall there be sorrow, nor dying, nor suffering, nor pain
For the former things shall all pass away
Have faith and be of good courage
Truly I say to you, such a rest will be yours
Where there is no eating, nor drinking, nor mourning, nor singing
Nor care, nor earthly garment, nor death
You will no longer have your part in the lesser creation
But will belong to the incorruptibility of the Father
And you will not perish, for you are with Christ always, and Christ is always in the Father
((((((((((((  Faith  )))))))))))))
Until now you have asked nothing in the name of Christ
Ask and you will receive, that your joy may be full
Whatever you ask in prayer; believing, you will receive
If you can, believe
Do not fear, only believe
All things are possible for him who believes
Truly, if you have but faith the size of a mustard seed
You can say to this mulberry tree, “be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea”
And it would obey you
If you had but faith the size of a mustard seed
You could say to this mountain, “move from here to there”.  And it will move
Nothing will be impossible for you
Believe me, whoever says to this mountain, “Be taken up and cast into the sea”
And does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass
It will be done for him
I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer,
Believe that you have received it, and it will be yours
The things which are impossible with men are possible with God
Have faith in God
((((((((((((  Entering The Kingdom  )))))))))))))
The Kingdom of God is when the two become one
When that which is without is as that which is within
When the male and the female are neither male nor female
For when you make the two, one
You become a son of God
And when you say “mountain move away”
It will move away
To enter the Kingdom become like an infant
When you make the two, one
When you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside
And make the above like the below
And when you make the male and the female one and the same
And when you fashion an eye in the place of the eye
And a hand in place of the hand
And a foot in place of a foot
And a likeness in place of a likeness
Then you will enter the Kingdom of God
Truly whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God as a little child shall not enter it
For the light of the body is the eye
If therefore your eye is single your whole body is light
But if your eye is divided, being part darkness, your whole body is darkness
Take heed therefore that the light within you is not darkness
For if the light which you are is darkness, how great is that darkness
He who is undivided is filled with light
He who is divided is filled with darkness
When you come to know yourself you will become what is known
       And you will come to realize that you are sons of the living Father
But if you do not know yourself you dwell in poverty
       And it is you who are that poverty
For whoever believes that he is less than the all is completely deficient
He who does not know himself knows nothing
      But he who knows himself knows the totality of the all
Blessed are your eyes for they see and your ears for they hear
Many prophets and righteous men desire to see what you see yet do not see it
      To hear what you hear but do not hear it
Heaven and earth will roll up in your presence
For whoever finds himself contains the world
So also can you receive the Kingdom of Heaven
But unless you receive it yourself through direct knowledge you will not be able to find it
No-one will ever enter the Kingdom of Heaven at my bidding
       But only because you yourself are whole
Hearken to the word
Understand knowledge
Love life
No-one persecutes or oppresses you other than you yourself
See rightly
The Kingdom of Heaven is within you
Hasten to be saved without being urged
Be eager of your own accord and if possible arrive even before me
Our Father will love you
Truly, he who receives life and enters the kingdom will never leave it
Not even the Father can banish him
You therefore be courageous and do not fear at all
I am with you and no enemy shall ever prevail over you
Peace be with you
Be strong
Become better than me
Become sons of the holy spirit
Everything I have said you have heard and received in faith
If you know these things for yourself, they are yours
If you do not know them for yourself, they are not yours
Now I go to the place from where I came
If you wish to come with me
Father, into your hands I commit my spirit

2 thoughts on “The Teaching of Jesus of Nazareth

  1. Nice to read The Word outside of context – no numbers or gilded pages or etc. First time reading in many years and it felt a lot different than the mantras of Sunday schools past. Thank you. I almost could have mistaken it for a Whitmanian poem!

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