Picking back up where we left off in Chapter 2, Harold tells us that “Jesus speaks not of himself as person, but of living truth, Father of being, to be identified by the same word in all mankind. He says:
“If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me… the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken of myself…” (John 5:31, 7:16, 8:14, 12:44-48)
And what is the WORD, the SAME? On another occasion Jesus has said, “…have you not read what was said to you by God, I am the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob?” [Ethelbert] Stauffer writes, “God says to Abraham: ‘Seekest thou the God of Gods?… I am He. …I am before the days were’….” and in another passage he speaks of the emphatic “I’s” that appear in ancient Hebrew literature: “I and not an angel; I and not a seraph; I and not the envoy; I, the Lord, I am he and no other.” The WORD, the SAME, the NAME of God appears to be “I.”
A particularly helpful way to understand this concept is to put the words “the” and “is” on either side of all “I AM” statements in the Bible. For example, the above quotes would then read:
The I AM is the God of Abraham… The I AM is he… The I AM is before the days were.
Transferring this concept to the sayings of Jesus would result in:
The I AM is the way, the truth, and the life… The I AM is the gate… Before Abraham was, the I AM is… etc…
“I” appears to be the name of God declared to men by Jesus, proclaimed again just before He goes out out the Garden of Gethsemane, that men might know themselves to be “I.” (John 12:28, 14:6-10, 17:26) But as one tries to explain that only through “I-being” in man can man reach the truth of his and all other men’s being, he becomes object or pretender to diety, all of whom speak in terms of “I,” for they can speak the truth in no other terms as they try to share it with their fellowmen. Lord Krishna says:
There is no past when I was not,
Nor you, nor these; and we
Shall – none and never – cease to live
Throughout the long to-be.
At this point I am reminded of the Book of Revelation. In chapters 2 and 19 references are made to a name given by the Son of Man and to the name of the Son of Man himself…
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.” 2:17
His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems; and he has a name inscribed that no one knows but himself. 19:12
And what is the name that only the one who has it knows? What is the name only the person who has it can call him or herself? It’s “I!” I cannot call you, the reader, “I.” I don’t know you as “I.” I cannot call anyone else in the entire world “I,” except I myself. “I” is the eternal subjective, infinite, self-referential name – the name of GOD.
Our author concludes the subject of God’s name:
The name of God in man, “I,” is deeply buried in the human “tell.” Jesus sought to clarify the concept, but to begin to understand His revelation one must observe that His words describing the inner kingdom parallel psychology’s description of the UNCONSCIOUS, although they also reach beyond psychology’s present concepts.
In my next post we’ll dive in and begin to explore the unconscious in the human being. Yes, we’ll be swimming in some deep waters! See you at the pool! Until then, peace…