John 3:3. “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Die to the Old
This blog has been discussing the 12 disciples of Jesus as states of mind that once disciplined and brought under control, produce heaven on earth. The Disciple of Judas Iscariot represents the ability to take action to die to the old so the new you may be reborn. This state may be metaphorically represented as that of a peach, which falls from the tree and uses the outer meat of the fruit to fertilize the seed. The seed is your soul and the outer meat is your old personality. That old personality must nourish, then give way or die for the “you” that is your soul to develop.
Heaven on Earth
While Judas is often condemned as the betrayer of Jesus, and this seems apropos for someone who would change a bag of money for turning in a friend, the meaning here is only discovered in context. The context is the complete development of the 12 disciplines. When this happens, the old you which is the previously inculcated, learned, and repeated habits which define you as part of mechanical humanity—people who have missed the mark (sinned)—this old you dies and you are reborn a spirit in a new world, which is heaven on earth.
In the next blog we review the 12 disciplines and join them together to understand the enlightened Christ consciousness.