2nd Coming of Christ - D. Yamartino - 23 Para

CHAPTER 3 (Christ the Only Way) (3:1)

"I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life" (3:2)

In the Gospel of John, Christ proclaims: (3:3)

I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (joh 14:6) (3:4) see

Baha'is understand Christ to be the Word of God made flesh (joh 1:14). The Word of God is eternal: (3:5)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (joh 1:1) (3:6) see

And Christ is eternal: (3:7)

Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. (joh 8:58) (3:8) see

But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. (mic 5:2) (3:9) see

It is the Word, not the flesh, that is the way, the truth, and the life. (3:11)

The Word of God-exalted be His glory-is higher and far superior to that which the senses can perceive, for it is sanctified from any property or substance.. and is none but the Command of God which pervadeth all created things. It has never been withheld from the world of Being. It is God's all-pervasive grace, from which all grace doth emanate. (tbh 140-141) (3:12)

Every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God is endowed with such potency as can instill new life into every human frame.. (gwb LXXIV) (3:14)

Baha'u'llah teaches that God the Father is utterly inaccessible to human beings, and is exalted above all human understanding: (3:15)

To every discerning and illuminated heart it is evident that God, the unknowable Essence, the Divine Being, is immensely exalted beyond every human attribute, such as corporeal existence, ascent and descent, egress and regress. Far be it from His glory that human tongue should adequately recount His praise, or that human heart comprehend His fathomless mystery. He is, and hath ever been, veiled in the ancient eternity of His Essence, and will remain in His Reality everlastingly hidden from the sight of men. "No vision taketh in Him, but He taketh in all vision; He is the Subtile, the All-Perceiving." Gleanings, XIX (3:16)

Know thou of a certainty that the Unseen can in no wise incarnate His Essence and reveal it unto men. He is, and hath ever been, immensely exalted beyond all that can either be recounted or perceived. From His retreat of glory His voice is ever proclaiming: "Verily, I am God; there is none other God besides Me, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise. I have manifested Myself unto men, and have sent down Him Who is the Day Spring of the signs of My Revelation. Through Him I have caused all creation to testify that there is none other God except Him, the Incomparable, the All-Informed, the All-Wise." He Who is everlastingly hidden from the eyes of men can never be known except through His Manifestation, and His Manifestation can adduce no greater proof of the truth of His Mission than the proof of His own Person. (gwb XX) (3:17)

O Children of the Divine and Invisible Essence! (3:18)

Ye shall be hindered from loving Me and souls shall be perturbed as they make mention of Me. For minds cannot grasp Me nor hearts contain Me. (hwd Persian No. 66) (3:19) see

The exalted nature of God the Father is alluded to in these words of the Old Testament: (3:20)

But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built! (2ch 6:18) (3:21) see

And the Words of Jesus tell us that the Father is hidden from us: No man hath seen God at any time. (1jo 4:12) (3:22) see

Christ manifested to the fullest, to the perfect degree, the light, the power, and the knowledge of God. Were it not for Christ, Who appeared in the flesh to give us His teachings, to show us the example of His life, to demonstrate His humility and sacrificial love, it would not be possible for humanity to enter into a personal relationship with God the Father. For we have no access to that Infinite Being except through a divine Being Who appears in human form and Whom we can see and listen to. (3:23)

This is why the Bible states that Christ is the Way to the Father. He promised that He would Return, and that when He did, He would again be the Way to the Father. (3:24)

Baha'u'llah is the Return of Christ and, therefore, the return of that Way. (3:25)

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