"THERE is now therefore no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus."
Christ Jesus is the complete, whole manifestation---it is the Jesus who went unto his Father. The two halves of One---"I and my Father are One." Where is the "Father," and just what is this oneness or wholeness which is referred to?
Jesus, stating that he could of himself do nothing, and asking not to be called "good," suddenly arrived at a consciousness typifying "No condemnation." This is not reached through forgiveness or overcoming.
So many believe in the "forgiven sinner" and the "healed man." This is just a level where the condemnation has been raised from a person or thing. It is a mental place where the pairs of opposites constantly come into play. "Where are thy accusers?" The Magdalene could not find them, because the state of consciousness wherein they existed had completely vanished.
Yes, it is true, "The former things shall pass away; they shall not be remembered nor come into mind any more." It is true that in this ascended state of "Christ Jesus," which we are told is possible to all, there is a New Birth, or new mansion, given to us, in which we do not find ourselves "healed" or "pardoned." In the New Birth it is impossible to come under the belief which makes these things necessary. It is the place of Christ Jesus---the body and soul made one; the word made flesh; that which God hath joined together; the Father and I, to which nothing is impossible---which has the power to ask, receive, and appropriate the gifts of Heaven on earth. It is the Place (in consciousness) which understands the hidden mysteries, and views the underground treasures. In short, it is the full expression of the ascended body.
No wonder the Magdalene could find no accusers. The moment you have advanced, or become aware, of a new mansion, the things that were true of the former mansion, or state of consciousness, are no longer true. In the former place she had considered herself a sinner, and had much condemnation and accusation in her consciousness, which were bound to out-picture and be embodied in a crowd of stone-casters. She was being stoned to death, driven out of a state of consciousness by force, because she would not "rise and go unto the Father." She would not let go of the former things. Her own belief took form in a multitude of accusers, stoning her to death. When she found no accuser in herself, she found none on the outside.
No matter how you resist the idea, it still remains a fact that your universe is the out-picturing of your consciousness. What you recognize as true takes body and shape. As long as you have a belief in condemnation, you will have accusers in your life. It is both true and untrue that "as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." It is untrue from the standpoint of "who by taking thought." It is true from the standpoint of what you accept will embody itself in one way or another in the flesh. "Oh, but I never believed in this, that, or the other thing." How do you think it happened then? Were you conscious of the radio and its principles before it appeared? Even after it appeared, it had to be accepted. Do not argue with yourself. You have in your manifested universe that which you find to be true.
It is not strange, then, that Mary Magdalene could find no "accusers," for in the new mansion, or state of consciousness, there was nothing to be accused of, and never had been anything to be accused of. You could not accuse a butterfly of certain faults which had been true of it as a caterpillar. It is the Glory of the New Day, the New Revelation that is dawning over you. It is not a crawling out of an evil consciousness and becoming a long-faced martyr to forgiven sins. It is the holy recognition of the fact that "I Am of too pure eyes to behold iniquity"---an awareness of the Presence which brings a new consciousness. "Arise and shine, for thy light is come" ---do you hear? With the coming of this light you find the "accusers" (embodiments of disease, unhappiness, sin, and poverty) are no more. They were parasites feeding upon your belief in them, and have perished because you have deprived them of your thought, upon which they lived. It is glorious to know that you are, through the Christ within, lifted out of the "former things" so completely that there is no remembrance of them.
The Magdalene must have been well known in her day. She had probably contributed a great deal to the unhappiness of many homes. Yet when she "arose and went unto her Father," we find not only was she unable to find her "accusers," but that they could not recognize her. Truly the former things shall pass away. The moment they are out of consciousness they are out of the only place where they ever existed. The embodiment of evil and sin, which has been so adamant, disintegrates the moment you pass into the new mansion. "Is not this the Magdalene?" That was the faint voice of her former accusers trying to remember. The transformation was so complete they were confused and could not remember. Why? Because in reality the adultery of which they had accused her for years did not exist now, and never had existed in this state of consciousness. She was not a glorified, forgiven sinner, who had constantly to trade on an old idea. She was born anew.
Jesus was also so transformed and so completely beyond the limitations of his former self that the same question was asked about him: "Is not this the carpenter?" The old limited thoughts and manifestations could not remember. They were not certain, for the simple reason that it was not the same Jesus. It was the Ascended manifestation, Jesus Christ, wherein we find no condemnation. "There is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus."
"Happy is that man who condemneth not himself in that which he alloweth," is something with which to conjure. Does it mean that a man may do any evil and be happy in it? It means that a man who does the things for which he condemns himself, is committing the sin against the holy Ghost. He will naturally bring his own reward to pass. If you consider a thing a sin and then continue to do it, you are the judge and the jury and will try and sentence yourself. The fermenting mind, which is full of the desire to do that which he considers sin, and yet withholds merely because he is afraid, is already suffering the full punishment of the Law. The scorching flames within his own mentality are burning him up, and he is paying the full penalty. He tries to destroy in another the sin that is so dear to him and in which he is afraid to indulge. He leads the vanguard against his secret vice. His reason back of this is, "If I cannot enjoy it, no one else shall." He does not realize that the picture he sees is cast by the state of consciousness within himself. He may be soft-voiced and quote the Scriptures, but when he is hunting sin he is hunting himself.
Saul kicking against the pricks of his own limitation---out to destroy all who did not agree with him---is a long way from the gentle Master who gave us two lovely commandments
"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy soul,"
"Love thy neighbor as thyself."
A lovely sense of peace and quiet comes through the contemplation of this instruction. How can you love the Lord or the neighbor if you are filled with the burning desire to find out what is wrong with everybody but yourself?
Yes ! But Jesus condemned certain things. So the argument goes on justify yourself if you can. It is one of the most human traits. It is one of the things that tells of the inner craving. The so-called condemnation of Jesus was like the clean, sharp stroke of a sword, cutting asunder a belief, as compared to the cesspool of the human mind that feeds night and day on the hidden cause of its condemnation of another. Jesus condemned not to destroy, but to save. "I come not to destroy but to fulfill," and yet, "I bring not peace but a sword." The condemnation of Jesus, if you wish to justify your own capacity for condemning another, was for healing, for up building, and for bringing out the hidden Christ within; not for cementing a so-called evil upon another and then assuming the lordly, holier-than-thou position of the Redeemer.
There can be no life in the one who condemns. He is "full of dead men's bones." How does he know that the one he condemns will not enter into a new state of consciousness instantly, and be changed? How can he at one instant believe this possible and at the next try to fix a sin on another? As he judges he is prophesying his own future.
Envy and resentment are only inverted states of joy and acknowledgment. If you cannot recognize the presence of God in another, how shall you ever see it in yourself? When you perceive the truth that every whit of God recognized, praised, and glorified in another becomes possible to you, then you understand job's final victory. Failing to see, hear, or experience God in his own life any longer, he turned his captivity by recognizing God in another.
There is plenty of counsel for you when you are ready. Yes, "when you are ready I will do the works through you." Yes, when you are ready. "When you are ready I will do the work through you." What work? The work of revealing Heaven here and now. "A New Commandment I give unto you---that ye love one another as I have loved you" and that ye "Love your neighbour as yourself."
Condemnation, which is the recognition of evil as real, is finally wiped out of memory. You have moved into a new state of consciousness---into a new mansion wherein the former things shall not be remembered, nor come into mind any more. It is wonderful!
Do you hear?
Do you begin to see?
Do you begin to understand the necessity of secrecy---the "See that ye tell no man" in order that you may "show John"? Be not anxious. It doesn't make any difference what the man-in-theeet thinks. Let him think!
In the "twinkling of an eye" he will be asking in his puzzled, confused, human mind, "Is not this the carpenter? Is not this the Magdalene?" Yes, he will not be able to recognize you because you have passed from death unto Life. You have "performed" (passed through) death on the former state of things, instead of waiting for the "belief" to stone you to death. You will begin presently to see what wisdom lies in the statement, "Let your conversation be `yea, yea,' and `nay, nay.' " Argument will only cause you to accept the former things as true, and you are then receptive to the return of the parasite, which you designated as "My, problem." Be still! be very still, and you shall hear the "still small voice," and it will suffice you. It has more in it than the croaking voice of the intellectual one, or the great one, who knows all about how it is done, and places himself in the position of authority.
Yes, it is true that "Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart." She brought forth a Messiah because she "kept" these things and pondered them. Had she exposed the state of affairs to the small town in which she lived, at that time she might have been stoned to death. But she kept these things in her heart. She had the great thing to do that you symbolically have to do---embody the Messiah, bring forth the Christ. When she sensed the glorious Annunciation, she "kept" it in her heart, and pondered it, and contemplated it. It is wonderful! She typifies the average one who has felt the Annunciation, the urge that within him is born the Christ Idea, which is to reign in all its glory. This beautiful symbology floods the consciousness with a holy light which is so sacred that the darkness of human reason automatically fades out. But this glorious annunciation cannot take place in you as long as you are filled with condemnation for yourself or another. Condemnation is the Saul state of mind fighting and tearing up the earth, trying to get rid of its own limitations, which, through the glass darkly, appear to be the limitations of another.
The self-condemnation which goes on constantly is like acid poured upon a rose-garden. How can the lovely manifestation come forth if it is watered constantly with censure and resentment drawn from accepting the appearances?
The desert cannot "blossom as a rose" as long as you consider the desert as desert. You must certainly turn your attention away from the appearances and "magnify the Lord within" if you expect to see the transformation. When it has "blossomed as a rose" it is no longer desert; it is "rose-garden," and presents an entirely new and different set of thoughts and pictures. "Is not this the Magdalene?" Is not this the desert? It can hardly be remembered, so completely transformed is it. That is the, glory of this "Awareness of the Presence"; it lifts you to a new state of consciousness where the former things are not overcome---they just naturally do not and never have existed. If you are "born anew" you do not carry over the memory nor the condemnation of former things, and when you look, your "accusers" are no more, because they are not in you.
What is true of the egg is not true of the eagle. What is true of you in your state of condemnation and disease is not true of you the moment you "arise and go unto your Father." The same change can take place in you as took place in Jesus or the Magdalene.
The wisdom of the symbolical character of Mary, when she was performing that which every man has to perform---the bringing forth of a Messiah or the "Mind which was in Christ Jesus" which is to rule---is suddenly brought home to the one who hath ears to hear.
There is, then, a great and glorious reason back of the statement, "There is now therefore no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus."
Walter C. Lanyon