A very inquisitive mind might argue that Jesus Christ at one point ‘resisted evil’, by cursing the fig tree while he was hungry. Now Spirit is revealing to us the meaning of the cursing of the fig tree by Christ, different from what organized religion has taught us heretofore.  The Fig tree, belief in flesh and blood as a form of life (represented in the scripture as the vine that brought forth wild grapes) forsakes the Lord and provokes to anger the Holy One of Israel. Now let me sing to my well beloved, a song of my beloved regarding His vineyard: my well beloved has His vineyard in a very fruitful hill. He dug it up and cleared out its stones, and planted it with the choicest vine (Christ). He built a tower in its midst, and also made a winepress in it. So He expected it to bring forth good fruit, but it brought out wild grapes, Isaiah 5:2.

We are the planting of the Lord, the choicest vine (Christ) constituting our being. But instead of bringing forth fruit in the likeness and image of God, we brought forth wild fruit (mortality; flesh and blood consciousness), a state of non-existence; along came Christ hungry, seeking for expression through us and as us, but mortality in us brings forth wild fruit, not fit for consumption. Consequently, Christ is starved, and the fig tree that we are in our humanhood withers and dies. Thus if Christ, the reality of our being is not fed, is not allowed to express through us and as us, we wither and die. That is the inner meaning of the cursing of the fig tree.

Moreover, if you look at the event of upturning the tables of the money-changers and the seats of them that sold doves at the temple in Jerusalem, and Christ remark, “It is written, “My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves (Mathew 21:23)”, you will not see the violation of the divine Principle: ‘That yee resist not evil’. Christ is reminding us that our body is the temple of the living God, and when we are ignorant of this fact, we allow worldly thought – the money changers and religious rites and dogma in form of selling doves, rob us of the most precious treasure in heaven and on earth (conscious oneness with Christ).

Therefore, our consciousness that our body is the temple of the living God becomes the ‘whip that upturns’ the table of money changers and seats of dove sellers, and flogs them away outside the temple of the living God. Our consciousness that our body is the temple of the living God is the whip that cleanses the temple of the living God that we are. Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19). We honor God by steadily realizing that we are a spiritual being, that we are the temple of the living God.

 

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