Kingdom of God Now? … 1 John 2:15-17 … with comments by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 10 September 2015; transcribed on 24 December 2018

  • INTRODUCTION
    • 1 John 2:15-17
  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • A Time of Choosing
    • Lust of the Flesh
    • Lust of the Eyes
    • Pride of Life
    • Death of the World Puts an End to Desire
    • Aligning with God Is a Deathless State
  • FOR MORE INFORMATION

Dear Ones,

INTRODUCTION

Here is 1 John 2 on making good choices in life ..

1 John 2:15-17 (KJV, public domain)

15  “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16  “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

17  “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

There is a lightly edited Summary after the video …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice. I Am of the Stars.

Right now I have three verses for you that I liked very much. They are in the First Epistle General of John, Chapter 2, verses 15-17. I liked them because they provide immediate direction about the Kingdom of God, and how to be in the eternal Light of God.

A Time of Choosing. The first verse goes like this …

 “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” –1 John 2:15

So here it is saying … you have heard this, right? … you have to choose whether to love the world or to love God the Father; that the love of the Father is capable of lighting up the heart of a person that loves the Father. But if we turn our attention and our love to the things of Creation, then it becomes much more difficult. We have to be very single-pointed. What do they say? To have ‘one eye’, right?

“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” –Matthew 6:22 (KJV, public domain)

We have to be very single-pointed about what we do in life, because life is kind of short, you know? … Reading onward …

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” —1 John 2:16

Now this is good, because it explains what is meant by the world and mammon …

Lust of the Flesh. So, “the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” … interesting, do you not think? And very poetic. [sighs] … Lust of the flesh most likely would be sexual desire that is not tempered by chastity or love for, say, one’s spouse. That is what I guess … You may have other ideas.

Lust of the flesh, according to Arthur Powell, compiler for the School of Theosophy, is like the desire elemental I have discussed in another blog …

Link: “The Desire Elemental,” by Alice B. Clagett, Published on 31 July 2015 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-5Ub ..

Arthur Powell’s associates always said that we have a desire elemental so that we can relate to this reality, this world. But the spiritual person needs to be constantly training and containing that energy, so that it serves the purpose of the Soul in this incarnation.

Lust of the Eyes. That might be the desire for possessions; the desire for riches and wealth and lands.

The thing about wealth and lands is that, if we think about them as something that we possess … instead of something that is assisting us, for the moment, in our Soul purpose … we get snagged up on that stuff, you know? It is better to think of the things that we see as an ever-changing Soul lesson that we are learning, than to think of them as things that we possess, because that snagginess kind of prevents us from learning our Soul lessons. That is what I think.

Pride of Life. I think that has to do with feeling that you are somebody in the world, you know? You have the social status. You have a certain arrogance of being a particular way in the eyes of other people.

You know, what do we really have, to be proud of, when life is really given to us by God, you know? We get it from God, and eventually give it back to God. So this pride of life consists of a kind of snagginess too; it is like we get stuck on what is happening at this very moment, and forget the beginning and the end of it, you know? … which is the Godliness from which we come and to which we go. So it is short-sightedness, I think; and stuckness, in the flow of the river of eternal life. You know? Last verse …

Death of the World Puts an End to Desire

And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” –1 John 2:17

Nice, huh? So he is saying, all this snag stuff will come to an end. The minute we pass on, none of that stuff will exist. The desire for it also will pass away, because the desire elemental leaves us, at the moment of death, and goes off to be with somebody else, I guess.

Aligning with God Is a Deathless State

” … but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” This is the main point here; the point is: Align now with the will of God. Right now, do God’s will in this lifetime, even though all these distractions exist, right? 

When it says “abideth forever,” It does not mean ‘after death’, I feel. You could consider that the minute we align with the will of God, we are already in the eternal flow. So death holds no fear, because we continue, even after death, in the eternal flow of the will of God.

Very nice! See you all later. Take care.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

Link: “The Causal Body and Ego,” by Arthur E. Powell … http://www.hermetics.org/pdf/theosophy/Arthur_E_Powell_-_The_Causal_Body___The_Ego.pdf … Search the chapter: The Desire Elemental

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