THE HOLY MARTYRDOM OF PETER

BY:  EDMUND and VERA LYNN BARKDOLL

 

THE ETERNAL REWARD

MYSTERY OF THE CROSS

TRUE NATURE OF MAN

THE PASSION OF LIGHT

THE RIGHT HAND FELLOWSHIP

FAITH AND WORSHIP

THE UNSEEN, UNHEARD, UNKNOWN

THE FLESH OF ALL LOVELINESS

 

And when Peter came to the place (of execution) he quietened the people and said, “You men, who are soldiers of Christ, men who set their hopes on Christ, remember the signs and wonders which you saw through me, remember the compassion of God, how many healings he has performed for you. Wait for him that shall come and reward everyone according to his deeds. And now do not be angry with Agrippa; for he is the servant of his father’s influence; and this is to happen in any event, because the Lord has showed me what is coming. But why do I delay and not go to the cross?”

Then when he had approached and stood by the cross he began to say, “O name of the cross, mystery that is concealed! O grace ineffable that is spoken in the name of the cross! O nature of man that cannot be parted from God! O love unspeakable and inseparable that cannot be disclosed through unclean lip! I seize thee now, being come to the end of my release from here. I will declare thee, what thou art; I will not conceal the mystery of the cross that has long been enclosed and hidden from my soul.

You who hope in Christ, for you the cross must not be this thing that is visible; for this (passion), like the passion of Christ, is something other than this which is visible. And now above all, since you who can hear, can (hear it) from me, who am at the last closing hour of my life, give ear; withdraw your souls from every outward sense and from all that appears but is not truly real; close these eyes of yours, close your ears, withdraw from actions that are outwardly seen; and you shall know the facts about Christ and the whole secret of your salvation. Let so much be said to you who hear as though it were unspoken. But it is time for you, Peter, to surrender your body to those who are taking it. Take it, you whose duty this is. I request you therefore, executioners, to crucify me head-downwards in this way and no other. And the reason, I will tell to those who hear.”

And when they had hanged him up in the way which he had requested, he began to speak again, saying, “Men whose duty it is to hear, pay attention to what I shall tell you at this very moment that I am hanged up. You must know the mystery of all nature, and the beginning of all things, how it came about. For the first man, whose likeness I have in my appearance, in falling head-downwards showed a manner of birth that was not so before; for it was dead, having no movement. He therefore, being drawn down, he who also cast his first beginning down to the earth, established the whole of this cosmic system, being hung up as an image of the calling, in which he showed what is on the right as on the left, and those on the left as on the right, and changed all the signs of their nature, so as to consider fair those things that were not fair, and take those that were really evil to be good. Concerning this the Lord says in a mystery,

‘Unless you make what is on the right hand as what is on the left and what is on the left hand as what is on the right and what is above as what is below and what is behind as what is before, you will not recognize the Kingdom’,

This conception, then, I have declared to you, and the form in which you see me hanging is a representation of that man who first came to birth. You then, my beloved, both those who hear (me) now and those that shall hear in time, must leave your former error and turn back again; for you should come up to the cross of Christ, who is the Word stretched out, the one and only, of whom the Spirit says, ‘For what else is Christ but the Word, the sound of God?’

So that the Word is this upright tree on which I am crucified; but the sound is the cross-piece, the nature of man; and the nail that holds the cross-piece to the upright in the middle is the conversion (or turning point) and repentance of man.

Since then thou hast made known and revealed these things to me, O Word of life, which name I have just given to the tree, I give thee thanks, not with these lips that are nailed fast, nor with the tongue, through which truth and falsehood issues forth, nor with this word that comes forth by the skill of physical nature; but I give thanks, O King, with that voice which is known in silence, which is not heard aloud, which does not come forth through the bodily organs, which does not enter the ears of the flesh, that is not heard by corruptible substance, that is not in the world or uttered upon earth, nor is written in books, nor belongs to one but not to another; but with this (voice), Jesus Christ I thank thee, with silence of the voice, with which the spirit within me, loves thee and speaks to thee and sees thee, makes intercession.

Thou art known to the spirit only. Thou art my Father, thou art my Mother, thou art my Brother, thou art my Friend, thou art Servant, thou art House-keeper; thou art the All, and the All is in thee; thou art Being, and there is nothing that is, except thou. With Him then do you also take refuge, brethren, and learning that in Him alone is your real being, you shall obtain those things of which He says to you,

‘What eye has not seen nor ear heard, nor has it entered the heart of man.’

We ask then, for that which thou hast promised to give us, O Jesus undefiled; we praise thee, we give thanks to thee and confess thee, and being yet men without strength we glorify thee; for thou art God alone and no other, to whom be glory both now and for all eternity, Amen.”

But as the crowd that stood by shouted Amen with a resounding cry, at that very Amen, Peter gave up his spirit to the Lord.  Acts of Peter

THE ETERNAL REWARD

NOTICE IT READS; “You men, who are soldiers of Christ, men who set their hopes on Christ, remember the signs and wonders which you saw through me, remember the compassion of God, how many healings he has performed for you. Wait for him that shall come and reward everyone according to his deeds.”

Here we see that at His coming, Christ will REWARD everyone according to his deeds. Let all of us now who are the true soldiers of Christ seek with all our heart, more and more, the knowledge of His heavenly Spiritual law, so that we may walk in it and have it written upon our hearts, so that we may receive its ETERNAL REWARDS. For great, very great, is the ETERNAL REWARDS found in it, as it is written, “The law of the LORD (i.e., THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT for THE LORD IS A SPIRIT, 2 Cor.3:17, and the Law of the lord is SPIRITUAL, Romans 7:14, and must be seen SPIRITUALLY not carnally in order to convert the soul.) is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.” Psalms 19:7-11

Also, for all of you who are just now starting to repent of your sins against the Lord’s Spiritual law, and your carnal religion that teaches you vain earthly thoughts toward God (see Isaiah 55:8-9) and His law, come to the true heavenly Christ, come to His heavenly congregation now, so that you may hear and come to understand the heavenly life giving law of Christ AND INHERIT all of the above ETERNAL REWARDS.

MYSTERY OF THE CROSS

NOTICE IT READS; “O name of the cross, mystery that is concealed!”

Here we see that the WORD OF LIFE (THE GOSPEL), is only found in THE MYSTERY OF THE CROSS. Here we see that THE SAVING GRACE that is ineffable can be spoken ONLY IN THE NAME OF THE CROSS. For the apostle Peter said, “O name of the cross, mystery that is concealed!”

And again, “So that the Word is this upright tree on which I am crucified;”

And again, “O Word of life, which name I have just given to the tree,”

Here we see that for us who are soldiers of Christ who want the Word of life more than this world, we all must be willing to take up this cross of life of Christ. As we know, this is the preaching of the cross that is foolishness unto all that perish. But to us, the preaching of the mystery of this cross is the very power of God. As it is written, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Cor.1:18

This is the preaching that is foolishness to the lovers of this world (i.e., the carnal minded lovers of the carnal doctrines of this world), and they cannot get to know this heavenly spiritual doctrine, this mystery of the cross of God, as it is written of them,

“Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man (i.e., the sensual religious man, see James 3:15) receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Cor. 2:13-14

Let us then brethren continue to embrace this heavenly doctrine of God’s heavenly cross.

Also, for all of you who are just now starting to repent of your sins against the Lord’s Spiritual law, and your carnal religion that teaches you vain thoughts towards God and His congregation, come now to the heavenly congregation of God, so that your souls might hear the true Word of grace that is ineffable, but that is preached in the heavenly congregation. Come and find the true Christ, the Word of life that is being preached in it. Come be washed in this Word of life. For this Word of life and its heavenly congregation (its bride), is calling out to you to come, as it is written,

“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Revelation 22:17

And when you come and hear this heavenly way (i.e., this spiritual doctrine), this preaching of the Word of life, think it not strange that so few come to hear it and find it. For Christ said, “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matt. 7:14

Also, as we know, in the days of Noah only eight souls were in the congregation (see 1 Peter 3:20).

TRUE NATURE OF MAN

NOTICE IT READS; “O nature of man that cannot be parted from God! O love unspeakable and inseparable, that cannot be disclosed through unclean lip!”

O fellow soldiers of Christ, here we see that the apostle Peter states that the true nature of man cannot be parted from our God. And as we know this true nature of man, is the Word (see Hebrews 1:3), the very image and likeness of God. For man was made by the Word, in the image of God’s immortality, and the likeness of God’s divinity. And we know that this true nature of man will be ours, if we believe, and walk in the preaching of the mystery of the cross. Let us then with all our heart in this great evil time, go after the immortality of God’s image, which is found in HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS for it is written,

“For God created man to be immortal, and made him to be an image of his own eternity.” Wisdom of Solomon 2:23

And again, “For righteousness is immortal” Wisdom of Solomon 1:15

And again, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: (i.e., His heavenly spiritual kingdom righteousness, see Matt.6:33), for they shall be filled.” Matt. 5:6

Also, for all of you who are just now starting to repent of your sins against the Lord’s Spiritual law, and your carnal religion that teaches you vain thoughts towards God and His congregation, come now to the heavenly congregation of God, come to God’s heavenly congregation to hear the preaching of the mystery of God, so that you too may come back to your former nature which is found in God’s image and likeness.

THE PASSION OF LIGHT

 NOTICE IT READS; “You who hope in Christ, for you the cross must not be this thing that is visible; for this (passion), like the passion of Christ, is something other than this which is visible. And now above all, since you who can hear, can (hear it) from me, who am at the last closing hour of my life, give ear; withdraw your souls from every outward sense and from all that appears but is not truly real; close these eyes of yours, close your ears, withdraw from actions that are outwardly seen; and you shall know the facts about Christ and the whole secret of your salvation.”

Here we see beloved soldiers of Christ, that we are not to look on the passion of Christ as a visible thing, but to look upon it FOR WHAT IT TRULY IS. Here we see that it is commanded to us by the apostle Peter, that we are to withdraw our souls from every outward sensual (carnal, devilish) religious interpretation of scripture that men might speak about the passion of Christ, i.e., about our WISDOM ABOVE.

For it is commanded us by our most Holy Lord, that our souls enter scripture only by the strait and narrow WAY OF HIS SPIRIT (Matt. 7:14). And this we cannot do without first entering  His baptism on His cross of WISDOM ABOVE. For as we know beloved soldiers of Christ, the cross of our Messiah is WISDOM ABOVE as Christ himself taught the apostle John, as it is written,

“John, there must be one man to hear these things from me; for I need of one who is ready to hear. This cross of light is sometimes called Logos by me for your sakes, sometimes mind, sometimes Jesus, sometimes Christ, sometimes a door, sometimes a way, sometimes bread, sometimes seed, sometimes resurrection, sometimes Son, sometimes Father, sometimes Spirit, sometimes life, sometimes truth, sometimes faith, sometimes grace. And so it is called for men‘s sake: But what it TRULY IS, as known in itself and spoken to us, is this: it is the distinction (separation) of all things, and the strong uplifting of what is firmly fixed out of what is unstable, and the harmony of wisdom, being wisdom in harmony.”

Acts of John

Let us then, beloved soldiers of Christ, cling to this Holy Cross of light, which is to be our HEAVENLY LOGOS, Jesus, Christ, door, way, bread, seed, resurrection, Son, Father, Spirit, life, truth, faith, grace, our heavenly wisdom.

Also, for all of you who are just now starting to repent of your sins against the Lord’s Spiritual law, and your carnal religion that teaches you vain thoughts towards God and His congregation, come now to the heavenly congregation of God, come to God’s heavenly congregation to hear the preaching of the mystery of the Lord’s Cross of light.

THE RIGHT HAND FELLOWSHIP

 NOTICE IT READS; “Men whose duty it is to hear pay attention to what I shall tell you at this very moment that I am hanged up. You must know the mystery of all nature, and the beginning of all things, how it came about. For the first man, whose likeness I have in my appearance, in falling head-downwards showed a manner of birth that was not so before; for it was dead, having no movement. He therefore, being drawn down, he who also cast his first beginning down to the earth, established the whole of this cosmic system, being hung up as an image of the calling, in which he showed what is on the right as on the left, and those on the left as on the right, and changed all the signs of their nature, so as to consider fair those things that were not fair, and take those that were really evil to be good. Concerning this the Lord says in a mystery,

‘Unless you make what is on the right hand as what is on the left and what is on the left hand as what is on the right and what is above as what is below and what is behind as what is before, you will not recognize the Kingdom.’

This conception, then, I have declared to you, and the form in which you see me hanging is a representation of that man who first came to birth. You then, my beloved, both those who hear me now and those that shall hear in time, must leave your former error and turn back again; for you should come up to the cross of Christ, who is the Word stretched out, the one and only, of whom the Spirit says,

“For what else is Christ but the Word, the sound of God?”

Here we see that the Apostle Peter is telling all of us whose duty it is to hear, all of us who wish to be soldiers of Christ, that we must turn back to the kingdom of God, and come up to the cross of Christ.

Here we see that he is telling us that we must leave completely our former error, and not be like the scribes and the Pharisee’s of this world, who fought against the heavenly Messiah.

The scribes and Pharisee’s who pushed their vain man-made carnal doctrines upon the people (see Matthew 15:7-9, John 8:15).

Who by their carnal interpretation of heavenly Spiritual scripture, put darkness for light, and light for darkness, as Isaiah testified of them (see Isaiah 5:20).

Who were of their father the devil (see John 8:44). Who were from below and not from above (see John 8:23).

Who like their father the devil, belong on the left hand and not on the right hand (see Matthew 25:41).

Let all of us then who truly long to be on the right hand of God’s blessing, (see Matthew 25:34), seek with all our heart to obey Peter, and seek with all our heart for God’s right hand of fellowship. For only in God’s right hand of fellowship will we find the HEAVENLY GOSPEL of Jesus and His apostles. Only in God’s right hand of fellowship will we find God’s HEAVENLY LAW OF HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS that can save us, as it is written, “And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.” Galatians 2:9

And again, “Shew thy marvelous loving kindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.” Psalms17:7

And again, And this is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death. And he said The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them. Yea, he loved the people; all his saints are in thy hand: and they sat down at thy feet; every one shall receive of thy words. Moses commanded us a law, even the inheritance of the congregation of Jacob.” Deut.33:1-4

And again, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isa.41:10

And again, “Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself.” Psalms 80:17

Also, for all of you who are just now starting to repent of your sins against the Lord’s Spiritual law, and your carnal religion that teaches you vain thoughts towards God and His congregation, come now to the heavenly congregation of God, come to God‘s heavenly congregation to hear the preaching of the unspeakable blessing of the right hand of fellowship.

FAITH AND WORSHIP

NOTICE IT READS; So that the Word is this upright tree on which I am crucified; but the sound is the cross-piece, the nature of man; and the nail that holds the cross-piece to the upright in the middle is the conversion (or turning point) and repentance of man.

 Since then thou hast made known and revealed these things to me, O Word of life, which name I have just given to the tree, I give thee thanks, not with these lips that are nailed fast, nor with the tongue, through which truth and falsehood issues forth, nor with this word that comes forth by the skill of physical nature; but I give thanks, O King, with that voice which is known in silence, which is not heard aloud, which does not come forth through the bodily organs, which does not enter the ears of the flesh, that is not heard by corruptible substance, that is not in the world or uttered upon earth, nor is written in books, nor belongs to one but not to another; but with this (voice), Jesus Christ I thank thee, with silence of the voice, with which the spirit within me, loves thee and speaks to thee and sees thee, makes intercession.

Thou art known to the spirit only. Thou art my Father, thou art my Mother, thou art my Brother, thou art my Friend, thou art Servant, thou art House-keeper; thou art the All, and the All is in thee; thou art Being, and there is nothing that is, except thou.

Here we see fellow and true soldiers of Christ, that for us, the cross of Christ is THE WORD OF LIFE that we partake of daily. It is the place where our corruptible substance and its corruptible senses are put away. For we do not hear this Spiritual Word of life with the carnal ears of our corruptible flesh, but only with the Spiritual, incorruptible, ears of our soul, so that we might overcome death by eating the life which is in His paradise (see Rev. 2:7).

Fellow soldiers of Christ, let us like Peter not let our worship and faith in Christ rely on our carnal bodily organs at all. For as we know the letter of pen and ink that killeth and destroys (see 2Cor.3:6), and all those of it, will try to tempt us to rely upon it in regard to our worship of the incorruptible Word of life. But we must always believe that our good, pure, righteous, heavenly Christ faith is to be greater than this, even as it is written,

“For men were not created for such a purpose, to give confirmation to their good faith with pen and ink. For men were created exactly like the angels, to the intent that they should continue pure and righteous, and death which destroys everything, could not have taken hold of them.”

Book of Enoch 69:10

Also, for all of you who are just now starting to repent of your sins against the Lord’s Spiritual law, and your carnal religion that teaches you vain thoughts towards God and His congregation, come now to the heavenly congregation of God, come to God’s heavenly congregation to hear the preaching of this incorruptible doctrine of the Word of life in which the carnal senses are put to death, but the Spiritual senses are put to life everlasting.

THE UNSEEN, UNHEARD, UNKNOWN

NOTICE IT READS; “With Him then do you also take refuge, brethren, and learning that in Him alone is your real being, you shall obtain those things of which He says to you,

“What eye has not seen nor ear heard, nor has it entered the heart of man.”

Here we see fellow and true soldiers of Christ, that the heavenly life giving law (see Psalms 119:93, Romans 8:2), the Spiritual law of life that the carnal eye has not seen, nor the carnal ear heard, nor has it entered into the carnal heart of mankind (see Deuteronomy 29:4), will not be given to us if we are not willing to take refuge (flee back to) the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and be willing to learn that in HIM ALONE, i.e., only in this immortal WORD OF LIFE, is our real being. Amen.

Also, for all of you who are just now starting to repent of your sins against the Lord’s Spiritual law, and your carnal religion that teaches you vain thoughts towards God and His congregation, come now to the heavenly congregation of God, come to God‘s heavenly congregation to hear the preaching of the incorruptible doctrine of His Word of life, the incorruptible doctrine of the Messiah’s cross of light, so that hearing it, believing in it and being joined to it,  you may be able to sing with all the true Christian Brethren its baptismal songs of immortal life.

THE FLESH OF ALL LOVELINESS

 “Oh flesh of all loveliness, We see that our soul has put you on as a garment. Oh flesh of all loveliness, let our soul sing to you now the baptismal songs of our holy confession.”

I stretched out my hands and approached my Lord: For the stretching of my hands is His sign: My expansion is the outspread tree which was set up on the way of the Righteous One.”

I have been united to Him, for the Lover has found the Beloved. And because I shall love Him that is the Son, I shall become a son; For he who is joined to Him that is immortal, will also himself become immortal.”

“In Him I have acquired eyes and have seen His holy day: Ears have become mine and I have heard His truth. The thought of knowledge hath been mine, and I have been delighted through Him. The way of error I have left, and have walked towards Him and have received salvation from Him, without grudging.”

“And I was clothed with the covering of thy Spirit, and thou didst remove from me my raiment of skin; For thy right hand lifted me up and removed sickness from me: And I became mighty in the truth, and holy by thy righteousness; and all my adversaries were afraid of me; And I became admirable by the name of the Lord, and I was justified by His gentleness, and His rest is for ever and ever. Hallelujah.”

And I was enriched by His bounty, and I forsook the folly which is diffused over the earth; and I stripped it off and cast it from me: And the Lord renewed me in His raiment, and possessed me by His light. and from above He gave me rest in incorruption; And I became like the land which blossoms and rejoices in it’s fruits:”

My heart was cloven and its flower appeared; and grace sprang up in it: and it brought forth fruit to the Lord. For the Most High clave my heart by His Holy Spirit and searched my affection towards Him: and filled me with His love. And His opening of me became my salvation; and I ran in HIS way, in His peace, even in the way of truth.

 

And I drank and was inebriated with the living water that doth not die; And my inebriation was not one without knowledge, but I forsook vanity and turned to the Most High my God, And I was enriched by His bounty, and I forsook the folly which is diffused over the earth; and I stripped it off and cast it from me. And the Lord renewed me in His raiment, and possessed me by His light, and from above He gave me rest in incorruption”

“I am a priest of the Lord, and to Him I do priestly service: and to Him I offer the sacrifice of His thought. For His thought is not like the thought of the world nor the thought of the flesh, nor like them that serve carnally. The sacrifice of the Lord is righteousness, and purity of heart and lips.”

“And the Lord alone was glorified in His planting and in His husbandry: by His care and by the blessing of His lips, By the beautiful planting of His right hand: and by the discovery of His planting, and by the thought of His mind. Hallelujah” Amen.

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