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Chapter 132 - The salvation from the yoke of ceremonial service and the law.

1. (The Lord:) "With this I give you a divine precept of life, one as far removed from any ceremony as one celestial pole from the other. Then there is no need for a Sabbath, a temple, a prayer-house, fasting, a staff and coat of Aaron, a two-horned headdress, an ark of the covenant, a censer, or any blessed and, even less so, cursed water. With this teaching is man, as such, all in all and requires nothing but himself.

2. In the ancient, exemplary teachings, man was partially depicted in a more and more self-ennobling form, developing into a true spiritual man, yet entirely material still. It was therefore necessary to portray him in all sorts of spiritually corresponding forms, vessels and ceremonial rituals.

3. In this My new teaching, man is completely at one in and with himself, as if in a single point. In the same way I Myself am here united with all My former primordial and infinite Divinity in a single point, standing before you and telling you that, from now on, you need no longer search for the Kingdom of God and its righteousness in the temple at Jerusalem or on Mount Gerizim, nor must you worship God there; no, such divine service may be held wherever there is a human being!

4. The heart of man will be the living temple of the true, one and only God and the active love will be the only true service to God, and the love for God will be His one and only true worship!

5. However, since neither a true love for God without active love for one's neighbor, nor this without true love for God is even conceivable, both loves are essentially one and the same, and thus one and the same true worship of God. Whoever possesses this love within himself has everything, all law and all of prophethood united in his own heart, and no longer has need of anything else.

6. I hereby repeal all old forms, as well as the law of Moses; however, not in the sense that these should no longer be considered, far from it, but only insofar as they had previously been an external coercion to act in a certain manner, followed by earthly punishment in case of non-compliance. This way the law was a judge breathing down everyone's neck, and a permanent judgment from which no one could escape. But a human being weighed down by the burden of the law is evidently subjected to permanent judgment; yet he who is subject to judgment is spiritually dead and cursed by the inner, divine freedom of life.

7. Only when he makes the law his own and becomes subject to the freedom of his own freest will is man rid of all judgment and curse and death. I came into this world primarily to free all men from the yoke of the law, the judgment, the curse and death. Therefore, from now on I take away all that is external, I return yourself to you and let you truly come into your own, thereby making you true children of God and lords over all the law and judgment.

8. If you, as well as your disciples, abide by this norm unchangingly, no judgment will ever come over you, because you are above judgment; but as soon as you allow in one or the other ancient, external law and adhere to some ancient, external ceremony, you will once again subject yourselves to judgment, and death will take hold of you in the same measure as you have submitted to an ancient, ceremonious law!"

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