“If thou art the Son of God, come down from the cross! Save Thyself and us!” These were the scornful words addressed to the Son of God as He suffered in agony on the cross in the burning rays of the sun. Those who shouted thus considered themselves especially clever. They scoffed, they triumphed and they laughed hatefully without any real reason; for surely Christ’s suffering was no reason for mockery and ridicule, much less for laughter. Their laughter would have ceased if but for one moment they could have “seen” the simultaneous happenings in the Ethereal and Spiritual Realms; for their souls were firmly bound by it for thousands of years. Even though their punishment could not become immediately visible in the material world, it did come in all the subsequent earth-lives which these wicked souls were forced to live on account of it.
The scoffers of that time thought themselves clever, but they could have given no better proof of their narrowness than these words, for they reveal the most childish view one can think of. Those who speak thus are far from any understanding of Creation and the Will of God operating therein. How depressing and sad is therefore the realization that even today a great number of those who still believe in God at all and in the Mission of His Son at that time are quite convinced that Jesus of Nazareth could have come down from the cross if He had only wanted to.
After two thousand years there is still the same sluggish narrowness without a change towards progress! According to the naive opinions of many believers Christ, having issued from God, must be unlimited in His actions here on earth.
This expectation, stemming from a most unhealthy naiveté, is a faith borne of indolent thinking.
By becoming human the Son of God was also “placed under the law,” that is, He subjected Himself to the Laws of Creation, to the unalterable Will of God in Creation. There could be no changes in connection with the physical and earthbound body. In obedience to the Will of God, Christ voluntarily submitted to this Law. He did not come to overthrow it, but to fulfill it through becoming human on this earth.
He was therefore bound to everything in the same way as man on earth is bound, and even being the Son of God, with all His Divine Might and Power, He could not come down from the cross as long as He was in a physical body of flesh and blood. That would have been the equivalent of overturning the Divine Will in Creation!
This Divine Will, however, is perfect from the very beginning; everywhere, not only in the World of Gross Matter here on earth, but also in the Ethereal World and in the Worlds of Animistic and Spiritual Substantiality, with all their sub-divisions and transitional stages. It is the same as in the Divine Sphere and also in God Himself.
Divine Activity, Divine Power and Might never manifest in public displays. The Divine in particular will only live in the strict fulfillment of the Divine Will, and never wishes to act otherwise. The same holds true for the human being who is highly developed spiritually. The more highly matured he is the more strictly will he submit to the Divine Laws in Creation, voluntarily and joyfully. But he will never expect arbitrary acts which lie outside the valid Laws of Creation, because he believes in the perfection of the Divine Will.
If a physical body is firmly nailed to a cross it cannot free itself without outside physical help. That is the Law according to the Divine Will in Creation, which permits of no exceptions. He who thinks differently and expects something else does not believe in the Perfection of God and in the immutability of His Will.
The fact that men still have not changed despite their alleged progress in knowledge and know-how, and that they still stand where they stood in those times, is demonstrated when today they again call out:
“If He is the Son of Man, He can bring about the catastrophes that have been prophesied as soon as He so wills.” To them this is a foregone conclusion. In other words, however, this means that: “If He cannot do so He is not the Son of Man.”
Yet men are very well aware, as Christ the Son of God Himself already pointed out, that no one but God knows the hour in which the Judgment begins. Therefore, if men now speak these words they express a twofold doubt. They doubt the Son of Man and doubt the Son of God's Word. It is also proof of their lack of understanding toward the entire Creation, and of their complete ignorance in all the very things which are most urgently necessary for everyone to know.
If in becoming man the Son of God had to submit to the Will of God in Creation, it follows naturally that the Son of Man also cannot stand above these Laws. Indeed it is utterly impossible to stand above the Laws in Creation. He who enters Creation thereby also becomes subject to the Law of the Divine Will, which never changes. This applies also to the Son of God and to the Son of Man. A great handicap to their ability to comprehend all these things is imposed upon men by the fact that they have never sought these Laws in Creation and thus, until today, they have had no knowledge of them except for small fragments upon which they happened to stumble here and there.
If Christ performed miracles that are quite beyond man’s ability this does not justify the idea that He did not need to observe the Laws of the Divine Will resting in Creation: that He reached beyond them. That is impossible. Even when he performed miracles He acted in complete accordance with the Laws of God, not arbitrarily. He only proved thereby that He worked in Divine Power, not in spiritual power, and that thereby the effects naturally also far surpassed anything humanly possible. But these miracles were not outside of the Laws in Creation; rather they were in complete accordance with them.
Man’s spiritual development is so far lagging behind that he cannot even fully realize the spiritual powers at his command. Otherwise he, too, would accomplish achievements that would appear miraculous by present standards.
With Divine Power, however it is naturally possible to create far superior works, which can never be attained with spiritual power, and which even differ in their nature from the highest spiritual working. But despite this, every happening remains within the bounds of Divine lawfulness. Nothing goes beyond it. Men are the only beings that commit arbitrary actions within the limits of the free will given to them, for they have never really attuned themselves to the Will of God. Wherever they have a certain liberty to act in accordance with their own will, they have always put their own will first. And in so doing they paralyzed themselves and could never soar above what their own earthbound intellectual volition permitted.
Thus men do not even know the laws in Creation which cause or release their spiritual power, the laws in which they can unfold their spiritual power.
They are all the more amazed at the unfolding of Divine Power. However for the same reason they are unable to recognize Divine Power as such, or they expect it to accomplish things that lie outside the Divine Laws in Creation. This would include the descent of a gross-material body from a gross-material cross.
Raising of the dead through Divine Power is not outside of the Divine Laws as long as it happens within a certain time after death, the length of which differs for each human being. The more spiritually mature the soul is when severing itself from the physical body the quicker it will be released, and the shorter will be the time during which the lawful opportunity exists to recall it, because this can only happen while the soul is still connected with the body.
The soul, which is animated by the spirit, must obey the Divine Will, i.e., the Divine Power, and at its call must return along the ethereal bridge, to re-enter the already abandoned physical body as long as this bridge has not been pulled down.
If we speak of Divine Power and spiritual power, this does not refute the fact that in reality there is but one Power which has issued from God and which permeates all of Creation. Yet there is a difference between Divine and spiritual power. Spiritual power is ruled by Divine Power from which it has issued. It is not by any means a weakened Divine Power but rather a changed power which, through being changed, has become a different species, thereby becoming more limited in its effectiveness. Thus there are two species working differently, yet in reality only one power. This is followed by the animistic power, which is a changed spiritual power. Hence there are three basic powers, of which the spiritual and the animistic powers are nourished and governed by the Divine Power. All three may be called one. There are no other powers, only many sub-species which originate from the basic spiritual and animistic species, and each of which is also different in its effect. Each sub-species through change again produces correspondingly changed laws which, however, are always linked logically to the fundamental species although in accordance with the change of power that has taken place, they appear different outwardly. All the species, however, including the fundamental species, are bound to the highest Divine Law of Power, and within their own changed laws can only be different in their outward forms. They appear different because, with the exception of the Divine Will Itself, every species and every sub-species forms only partial-species, thus, being in themselves incomplete, they can also have only partial-laws. These strive to unite with the perfect whole, the Pure Divine Power from which they are derived, and which is identical with Divine Will and becomes manifest as immutable adamantine law.
Each power with all its sub-species works in the existing ethereal and gross material substances according to its nature, forming therein, on account of its own distinct nature, different worlds or planes. Individually judged, each of these worlds or planes, if compared with the whole of Creation, is in each case only a piece of it, since the power that formed it is also only a correspondingly changed piece of the perfect Power of God with laws that are not complete but only partial. Only when all the laws of the various world planes are combined do they again result in the perfect laws which were established through the Divine Will in Primordial Creation, in the Pure-Spiritual Realm.
Therefore a seed-germ of the human spirit has to traverse all the world-planes in order to personally experience their individual laws and bring them to life within itself. After he has gathered all the good fruit from them, these laws will really have become a part of his consciousness; and if he makes proper use of them according to the Will of God he may then enter Paradise; indeed he will be carried there by the effects of these laws and from there he will intervene knowingly in the planes below him, helping and furthering, as the highest task of every mature human spirit. There can never be overcrowding since the world-planes now existing can be extended without limit as they float in infinity.
Thus the Kingdom of God will become larger and larger, forever being developed and extended by the power of the pure human spirits, whose field of activity will be Subsequent Creation, which they can direct from Paradise, having themselves already wandered through all its parts and thereby become thoroughly acquainted with them.
These explanations are given here only so that no misconceptions will arise through the reference to Divine Power and spiritual power, for in reality there exists but one Power which issues from God and out of which the different species are formed.
He who knows of all these processes will never childishly expect things to happen which can never happen because they lie outside the individual laws in Creation. Thus it is not possible for the Son of Man, by stretching out His hand, to cause instant catastrophes. That would be against the existing and immutable Laws of Nature. The Son of Man, as servant of God, sends the Divine Will, the Divine Power, out to the various basic powers, which in turn follow the new direction that was given to them through the ruling Divine Will. In so doing, however, they act exactly according to the given direction, albeit precisely in accordance with their partial laws which they cannot circumvent. Although there is the greatest possible acceleration, this too is always bound by their potentiality.
Thus the spiritual is more mobile and lighter, thus faster than the animistic. For this reason the animistic will require more time to manifest than does the spiritual. Consequently the animistic, i.e., the elemental happening must naturally also take place after the spiritual happening. Likewise these powers can move ethereal matter faster than gross matter. All these laws must be fulfilled; they can neither be circumvented nor broken.
These Laws are known to the Light and the dispatch of special orders, or the messengers who fulfill, are so arranged that the final effects converge as God willed it.
An effort of a magnitude far beyond man’s power to comprehend has been necessary for the Judgment that is now at hand. But it works precisely so that in reality there are no delays except for those points where human volition is required to co-operate. Men alone, with foolish obstinacy, forever try to remain outside every fulfillment, or even to malevolently interfere with its accomplishment in earth-binding vanity.
But fortunately this was taken into account after the great failure of mankind during the life on earth of the Son of God. Through their failure men can only make the earthly path of the Son of Man more difficult up to a certain point, forcing Him to wander on by-ways and make detours. They cannot, however, prevent the happenings ordained by God, nor in any way postpone the predestined outcome, for the backing of the Darkness, which gave them strength for their foolishness, has already been taken away from them, since the bulwark of intellectual activity behind which they take shelter while shooting off their poisoned arrows, will soon collapse under the pressure of the advancing Light. Then all will collapse around them, and no mercy will be shown to them after all the harm they have constantly created in their evil thoughts. Thus the day so ardently longed for by those who strive for the Light will come not one hour later than was originally ordained.