2 Chronicles 3-4 / Ezekiel 40 / John 6
No one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.
This sentence explains the mystery of why everything the humans do and say with regards to getting to the truth about God seems to fall short of being genuine. It is a simple statement from the real Son of God that the humans love to just pretend isn't there—amongst the other words they make into the rules by which their institutions rely for their "guidance," and their leaders maintain their little human power trips to rule over the fearful—satisfying the powerful egotistical cravings of the animal to be someone special—on the path they claim leads them, by which they claim to lead the others, to the God of the bible they presume to represent. If they took this phrase to heart though, everything that they assume makes them pleasing to God would just wither away because they would realize that it doesn't matter what they do, think or claim for themselves as the controllers of the truth they assume to possess.
It doesn't matter what they promise to those fearful ones who believe them, who are worshipping them like they were the experts they claim to be—by their arrogant demeanor and the position they accept from other humans (expert, leader, closer to God than the others)—all of which is a sham that has nothing to do what the living God who hides from the humans. How can any of them expect that the experts can know any more than any of the others? What they have studied and know more than the others is the system they are a part of, created and controlled by the humans. These are the various human institutions run very much like any other human business—run by humans the way they choose to run them for their own good and the good of those who trust that they are the experts they claim to be. Each of them is based on the model coming out of Rome in the early centuries. If they actually believed the Jesus of the bible more than what they've made up, they might understand that one must be specifically called and chosen by the Father in order to come to the Son and be able to follow him back to the Father, where He wants that called and chosen one to be—with Him where He is, which is the reason for why He chose and called him.
I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.
The real Jesus said, "Only those who hear the unhearable voice of the secret Son and hidden Father, who feel the pull on them (the calling), will be able to respond because only that specific calling which happens inside of them will be the genuine deal. All you others will be responding because you want something from me, the food that will fulfill your animal appetites for instance." Only that will be genuine and it will not exist as another part of the human experience as they know everything else in their lives to be, because the human experience is limited to the natural world that can be observed and manipulated by the human animals. The other motives were driven by their assumption that by following him, he would bestow on them some honorable position in the extended Davidic kingdom they may have believed he was going to restore (even the disciples thought this when they were arguing about who would be greatest). Other motives would have logically been to get something from the God that this Jesus was claiming to be the Son of; a happy ending to their struggle to survive and the ultimate form of survival—being resurrected into the eternal family of God, whatever as Jews they thought that might look like.
This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain--first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.
Over and over Jesus tries to tell them, "You think you know what the kingdom of David is going to be like, but you don't have any idea. You think it's one thing when it's quite another, what you haven't even thought of because the true nature of that actual kingdom about which the prophets spoke and wrote is secret and mysterious. It is not disclosed or open for public consumption, as though the living God would make it all so dull and plain as to be able to be corralled and manipulated by you hypocrites like you do with the human culture you use for your own gain and purpose—which by the way was set up by God through the Moses you claim to follow as quite another thing than that which you have made it into, like you make everything into—something to serve your animal needs to survive, get rich, be honored and respected, all the while having no concern for the God you claim to follow, whom you actually have made into the god you think you can keep locked up in a box like the genie who caters to your base cravings to get things for your own fat selves, growing fat by exploiting those you were commanded by God to take care of and protect."
The same kind of criticism can be applied to the modern leaders who think they can box God up and control Him to satisfy their own animal cravings. The modern extensions of these animal assumptions are what drives the leaders (experts) who claim to be closer to God than the rest. They accept positions of honor and respect as leader and expert because of that super powerful instinct of the animal nature driving them, identified by us as the egotistical component. It is a more complicated type of survival—beyond the mere physical—the craving to be someone special, honored and revered with a good name amongst the culture of human animals. They like their fathers have no idea that the living God is hidden and secret, along with the plan He has, which may not include them like they assume it does. What Jesus said to the ones he knew were specifically chosen by the Father to become sons in His mysterious and secret kingdom, he says to all the sons:
The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so that, "`they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!
It seems odd upon reading of this that God wouldn't want people to turn and be healed. After all, isn't the overriding assumption of the christians who claim to follow the God whose Son said these words that God is all-loving and all-forgiving—that He loves everyone the same no matter who they are, just as long as they confess they're "sinners" and "believe" in the same Jesus who said he was purposely speaking in riddles just to confuse them, so they wouldn't know what he was talking about? Either Jesus is going against the most fundamental character of the all-inclusive, all-loving God; or else maybe the human (christian) perception about God is totally wrong and they have no idea who God actually is, what He wants, or what He's doing.
Perhaps God is secret and hidden, along with His character and plan, from the humans who always assume they can just figure Him out. Perhaps that goes along with how God kept the real Jesus hidden from the majority of humans, and only revealed his true identity as the great prophet and Messiah that Israel had been waiting for so long. Maybe it even explains why Jesus would say such an outlandish thing like this—that the actual kingdom of God is a secret mystery, and the revealing of the mystery has to be purposely and specifically given to those of the secret God's choosing (the disciples falling into that camp is why he was revealing the mystery of the secret nature of the kingdom to them and not the others). They were those who stayed loyal to him even though it was so difficult (because they could hear a secret voice that the others couldn't), while those who didn't hear just fell away because it wasn't what they wanted, or were able to accept.
From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
"You do not want to leave too, do you?" Jesus asked the Twelve.
Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God."
Then Jesus replied, "Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!" (He meant Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, who, though one of the Twelve, was later to betray him.)
Judas is the representative of the one who is called, who is given the ability to hear what the others can't hear, but is so given over to the human experience and the plan as he thinks it should go, that he is unwilling to conform to what the secret God tells him that He wants him to become. He represents the one who is completely unwilling to conform to another idea of what his life might look like than he has in his own mind. He is so in love with the animal and so stubborn to being able to accept any other view, that he is actually willing to go the whole way, not just abandoning him but actually betraying him into the hands of the animals who do the deed of killing the Son.
Judas exists as a warning to the sons about listening to the teacher and being willing to conform to another reality than the one which originally exists in them as they are being called. His life and actions demonstrate the power of the animal to not want to conform to the way of the Father and the Son, just because the way of the animal is so enticing, alluring and powerful. The whole point of the Judas story being preserved is to warn the sons, all the way down to his comprehension of the heinous betrayal followed by his regret-filled sorrowful repentance then seemingly immediate suicide, about what not choosing the Father's way will be like. It is intended to be a fear-inducing wake up, which is obviously a possibility for any of them because the choice must be real for it to mean anything real to the Father or any of the sons who choose Him over the alluring animal that lives in them as the choice which makes their lives valid to the Father and the whole family of sons who have each and every one of them, chosen Him over their choice of the animal that lived in them to be that real choice.
They said, "Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, 'I came down from heaven'?"
By their animal faculties they thought they could just figure Jesus out, and be able to determine whether this guy was from God or not. Their so-called knowledge of who they thought they knew he was worked against him, because of what they observed about him (they saw him grow up like any other ordinary man, so they figured he couldn't be the One he said he was). This is why he said, because of this very experience, that a prophet isn't ever welcomed in his home town—because those who don't welcome him as a prophet are acting on their animal instincts which tell them that they know who he is and what the hidden God is doing inside him.
Then he warned his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.
What a prophet looks like to the Father is something that isn't seen by the humans because it always happens in secret. That's why when some guy stands up in front of a bunch of people and claims he is something, or someone who can lead them all to God if they believe what he's saying, he's full of excrement. It won't be God who's prompting it in him, but the very base and ubiquitous animal craving to be someone special and honorable amongst the other animals. Someone who is truly from God, as Jesus the Son of God was, purposely keeps himself secret so as to not be tempted to exploit that animal craving that so powerfully tempted him to jump off the temple so everyone would see that he was the One, and there was no other.
"Stop grumbling among yourselves," Jesus answered. "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.
In effect Jesus says, "Stop trying to figure it out, and don't worry about the consternation and what it looks like on the outside. You won't be able to figure your way to the truth about me—who I am and what I'm saying. There is only one way to actually be able to hear me and respond to me, and that is if you are pulled toward me by that spirit which tells you that I am from God and what I say is actually true."
It is written in the Prophets: 'They will all be taught by God.' Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from Him comes to me."
No one can come except the sheep who are taught not by men, but directly by the Lord, via the spirit of truth living in them for the purpose that they become transformed into sons, and no other reason because that is the end and purpose of the Father for this creation—that out of it He will draw His secret family of the sons who know and love Him, and are like Him because they are sons, not strangers as all the animals must be and remain as, strangers who are afraid of God and hide from Him, who are separated from Him by that nature of selfishness and survival that keeps them where they are. What was true for the sheep who heard his voice speaking to them then is also true for the sheep who have and will hear his voice in the coming age.
The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.
The Jews gathered around him, saying, "How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly."
Jesus answered, "I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father's name speak for me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
It's not a big open invitation for everyone who can be talked into believing some things, who can then learn some principles and carry on some human traditions. It is about responding to that pull (the calling) inside, which is the spirit telling us it is true. Jesus was calm about it, because he knew God was in control. He knew from experience that the same spirit which took hold of him and convinced him because He lived in Jesus' body, would also convince the men given him, to whom he was to be a shepherd. He went before them and learned the way of the one true, only living God. It told him exactly what God wanted him to learn, because it was God. Then he taught the others what he learned.
These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching.
All your sons will be taught by the LORD, and great will be your children's peace.
No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest," declares the LORD.
On hearing it, many of his disciples said, "This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?"