Faith in Jesus? - By Swami Nirmalananda Giri
FAITH IN JESUS?
Swami Nirmalananda Giri
January 21st, 2009
What do the Gospels really say about believing in Jesus?
Those without a clear understanding of Jesus' nature, mission, or
message, like to insist that believing in or accepting Jesus as our
Savior is necessary for salvation. To support this they quote:
"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:31).
This seems to be only following the teaching of Jesus, Who said such
things as: "He that believeth on me hath everlasting life" (John
6:47). "Whosoever believeth on me shall not abide in darkness" (John
12:46). "Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die" (John
11:26). "This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath
sent" (John 6:29).
The Greek word for "in," is "en," but in each instance quoted, Jesus
uses the word "eis," which means "into." (Or rather, Saint John,
writing in Greek, was very careful to use only eis, so Jesus' inner
meaning would be conveyed. Jesus, of course, spoke in Aramaic.)
Therefore Jesus is not saying "believe 'in' Me," but "believe 'into'
Me." He is urging us to merge our consciousness into His
consciousnesswhich is not the limited consciousness of an individual,
but the boundless Christ Consciousness. First we unite our
consciousness with Christ, the Divine Consciousness immanent in all
creation, and then through That we shall be enabled to unite our
consciousness with the transcendent Consciousness of God the Absolute,
God the Father.
The Christ Consciousness acts as the bridge by which we pass into God
Consciousness. And this is what is really meant by the intercession
and mediatorship of Christ: something far beyond the scope of
exoteric, limited "Christianity." "It is Christ who maketh
intercession for us" (Romans 8:34). "Wherefore he is able also to save
them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth
to make intercession for them" (Hebrews 7:25). "For there is one God,
and one mediator between God and men" (I Timothy 2:5).
We must become one with Jesus in Christ Consciousness; then we shall
inherit the kingdom of God: God Himself. "Wherefore thou art no more a
servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ"
(Galatians 4:7). "And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and
joint-heirs with Christ" (Romans 8:17).
"Eis" also has the connotation of moving toward that into which we
shall eventually enter. So we must begin believing toward God right
now by orienting our consciousness, will, and aspiration toward the
Supreme. It also means a continual movement toward the goal. And
lastly, it means actually inside or within something. So our faith
must be manifesting within the Being of God. Just sitting outside God
saying we believe in Him means nothing. We must be inside that Light
for our faith to be of any effect.
Jesus is exhorting us to meditate, for it is through meditation that
we enter into the Consciousness we seek. Then we shall no longer
believe, but KNOW.
Related articles (also by Swami Nirmalananda Giri):
What Did Jesus Really Say in the Sermon on the Mount?
Mercy and the Law of Karma
The Authentic Christian View on Reincarnation