1 Corinthians 15 BHT, Paul’s Earliest Witness of the Resurrection into Christ Consciousness, the “Gospel”
FEBRUARY 15, 2019
This original translation of 1 Corinthians 15 by Bryce Haymond, is provided with added notes from Awakening to the truth of self, which may help better understanding.
1 And now, my dear family, I want to repeat the “good news” that I taught to you before, that you heard and received, and in which you have established yourselves.
2 It is through this that you are saved, liberated, and are whole, but only if you are always mindful and remember what I taught to you. Unless you’ve been persuaded for the wrong egoic reasons.
Note: The word mindful is understated here, it is the cornerstone of Christ Consciousness, the aim is to move to a state where all thoughts are supressed and you sit patiently with an open channel to the divine. This takes some practice, you must first learn how to quieten the mind, then you have time to inspect every thought, before you choose to act on it. From here (the difficult part) you will learn to discern mundane thoughts from divine inspiration.
3 The very first and most important thing I gave to you was what was given to me: that in Christ consciousness the ego dies for its sins of separation, as it is written,
Note: In Christ Consciousness, you will ultimately be acting on divine instructions, and to do this all ego-based misconceptions/concerns/worries must be gone. But you won’t “kill” your ego, you will learn to love it, by teaching it to be you.
4 that you pass through a dark night of nothingness, and that you are raised up again or awakened to the eternal Present day in God, as it is written.
Note: This possibly refers to ego death, which happens when an individual realises they are not their ego and rejects all previous learnt behaviours stored in ego. This rejection causes a collapse of all those ego constructs, causing the individual to be born again. This can often be the first step towards achieving Christ Consciousness. It clears the mind from it’s sinful ego, which has been telling lies about you, and such lies, which cause the individual to act against the will of self, are the source of most of our sins.
Ego death is often associated with an increase of connection to source, as the persons internal lies about self, fall away, so the flow of source energy, and the sense of connectedness to source will often greatly increase.
5 And this Christ was seen in Peter, and then in the twelve apostles.
Note: Christ Consciousness was achieved by the apostles and Peter.
6 Then Christ was seen in over five hundred of our family on one occasion, most of whom are still with us, but a few have passed on.
7 Then Christ was seen in James, and in the rest of the apostles.
8 And very last, Christ appeared within me too, because I was reborn quite late.
9 For I am hardly an apostle or good messenger, and I’m not even worthy to be called such, because I criticized and harassed those who were gathering in God.
10 But by God’s gift of Grace—I am what I am. And God’s Grace in me has not been worthless, rather, I have worked far more effectively than all of them. But it wasn’t this ego-self “I,” but the Grace of God’s Self that was in me.
Note: When you move into the Christ state, all doubt will be removed, you will naturally get more done, you will always have confidence you are doing the right thing. However, this takes time and practice for spirit also provides distractions, some of which are deeper lessons but others can be seen as a waste of time, gaming for its own sake.
11 So, whether it was from them or me, we taught you this, and you put your trust and commitment in it.
12 And now that we have taught you that Christ consciousness is raised up again from the death of separate ego selves, why do some of you say that there is no such resurrection from death?
Note: Christ Consciousness does not prevent the physical body from dying, it means you will stand side by side with god, as your own highest self, your own god-self.
13 If there is no resurrection from a dead state, then Jesus was not “raised up” either.
14 And if Jesus was not “raised up,” then our teaching is futile, and your trust and confidence is futile and empty too.
15 And even more, we would be nothing more than lying about what we’ve experienced in God, because we have attested that God raised up Christ consciousness in us. And God did not raise up Christ in us if it was not from that which is dead.
Note: The point here is that for all it was a truly amazing thing, the resurrection, it was not what Jesus Christ came to teach us, he came to show us that we each have Christ Consciousness within us, and this is the route to salvation.
16 If there is no resurrection from that which is dead, then Christ is not raised up either in us.
17 And if Christ does not rise up again, then your convictions are useless, and you are all still in your sins of separateness.
Note: Jesus Christ will return
18 And those who have died into Christ are all simply destroyed.
Note: Nothing is destroyed, if, when you die, you have not attained Christ Consciousness, then you will return to the reincarnation cycle. At the end, all will be raised to Christ Consciousness, however it’s better that you start working towards it now – look within yourself, you will find the divine.
19 If it is only for this particular instance of life that we have hope and trust in Christ, then we are of all humanity most lost.
20 But Jesus did, in fact, rise from a dead ego state, and became one of the first of those consecrated to God among those who are still spiritually dead to God.
Note: These days, most people are not spiritually dead to god, however their beliefs have limited their interactions with the divine, this is all for good reason – divine timing – we were never really allowed to see the full truth, however, there is now a clear understanding of how to get that truth, it is time.
21 Because it is by egoic human consciousness that mortality is recognized, so it is by egoless human consciousness that we transcend mortality.
22 As in Adam we all “surely die,” so it is in Christ consciousness we all realize we are Life.
23 But everything happens in its natural order: Jesus was one of the first so consecrated, and then all those in whom Christ consciousness comes and is present.
24 Then when the end of life comes, those in Christ consciousness give up the Kingdom within them to God their Source, after having rendered ineffective and impotent every single rule, and all the authorities on Earth, and every power known to humanity.
Note: A person in Christ Consciousness is absolutely connected to their truth of self, which is also their truth of the divine. Such people won’t adhere to manipulation by state or peers, they beat to their own drum.
25 Truly, it is necessary that Christ consciousness reigns supreme, even until all enemies, hostilities, oppositions, hatreds, and enmities have come to an end.
Note: One day, soon, we will all awaken to our Christ Consciousness, we will all go home.
26 And the very last “enemy” that becomes impotent is mortality itself.
Note: We will rise to “heaven”, and will stand side by side with god.
27 As it is written (Ps. 8:6), “God puts all things under this Christ consciousness.” Now when it says “all things” are under this, it should be clear that this does not include God, who puts all things under this.
28 And when all things are put under this Christ consciousness, then will Christ also be put under God who put all things under Christ, so that God remains everything in everything, everywhere, the Supreme, the One.
29 If there is absolutely no resurrection into Christ consciousness, then why are they baptized for the death in their egos? If the spiritually dead are not raised up to Life, then why are they baptized for the cleansing of this death?
Note: Baptism is the symbolic death of ego, it should commence a period of deep self-introspection to discover the truth of self, and to make sure we only learn what is good for us. That does not mean following a book about what should happen, for that journey into self is in itself a mystical and highly unique journey. No two people follow exactly the same path and so it is with the divine, every one of us must first find and unite all aspects of self, in order to truly know self, and from that comes the loving of self.
30 And why would we put ourselves in danger all day long?
31 For I swear, my dear family, that I (ego) die every single day, but am raised up again in my exhilaration of you which I have in Christ consciousness, as exemplified in Jesus, our true Self.
32 What would I have gained if I, as a mere human ego, fought with the wild beasts in Ephesus, if the dead are not raised up to Life? As it says in Isaiah 22:13, “Let’s just party tonight, because tomorrow we will die anyways!”
33 Don’t be fooled by all of these people, for as the Greek poet Menander said, “Bad companionship can defile good morals.”
Note: Remember, these are the morals of self, which are far more wide-ranging than anything written. Would a human being that loved everything kill another? Of course not, this is a decision made without the need to look for any rules. Being lead astray is most likely to happen in groups, here there is a dynamic where we can sometimes find ourselves acting out of character due to crowd dynamics.
34 Wake up to the just and the right, and do not separate yourselves in sin. For some among you do not have the direct knowledge of God. I say this to call out your confusion and errors.
35 Some of you may ask, “But in what way are the dead raised up again to Life? And with what kind of human body do they come again?”
36 This is egotistical, caring only about your human self. That which is planted does not come alive unless it is has died first to its ego-self.
Note: The point here is that we are much more than a single human being. This is just a single aspect of what has been created in us by God. The human experience is just a means to an end, it is not our final form of existence, within you lies the truth about who and what you are.
37 When you plant a seed, you don’t plant the form of the living body that it will be, but rather the bare naked seed, maybe of wheat or some other grain.
Note: The environment into which we are born is hostile, and specifically hostile to our connection to the divine and aspects of self.
38 And it is God alone that gives it the body or form as God or Nature wills it, and each and every seed is raised to Life with its own particular body or unique form.
Note: Most people go through childhood experiencing some form of neglect, abuse and trauma which causes them to reject and suppress aspects of self, until they have lost any idea of what true self is. The journey to Chris Consciousness is the process of finding these lost aspects of self until the individual becomes whole again, which also activates their spiritual self.
39 All flesh is not the very same human flesh! One kind of flesh is of humanity. Another kind of flesh is the animals. And another is the fishes, and yet another is the birds.
40 And there are also bodies in the heavens above, like the planets and stars, and bodies on the Earth here below. And the majesty and beauty of the heavenly forms is of one quality, and that of the Earthly forms is another quality.
41 There is a particular glory in the sun we see in the sky, and there is a different grandeur we see in the moon at night, and yet another magnificence in the stars, and even the stars differ from one another in beauty and glory.
42 This is how it is when the dead are raised up to Life again. The body, or ego, that is put into the ground of that dark night dies, is destroyed, and it decays, and from that rises up that which is pure, innocent, genuine, and undefiled.
43 It is “planted” in the ground in infamy, being heavy with sin, shame, errors, and delusions, but from that rises up again in spectacular wonder and radiance. It is “planted” in that dark night in its weaknesses, diseases, deformities, and imperfections, yet from that rises up again that which is powerful and excellence unimaginable.
44 It is put into the “ground” as a natural human body or human ego, but from that is raised up a Spiritual body full of the Spirit of God. There are two sides to all forms—there is a natural outward material egoic mortal body and there is a Spiritual inner immaterial egoless immortal “body.”
45 That is why it is written in Genesis 2:7, “Humanity as Adam first emerges as a living breathing being or person;” but this last “Adam” in Christ is a life-endowing Spiritual consciousness.
46 Now, you’ll notice that the first thing that came was not this Spiritual consciousness, but rather the natural and material air-breathing body, and then later was realized the Spiritual “body” or consciousness which lives and “breathes” Spirit.
47 Humanity is at first made up of the ground of the Earth (“Adam”), carnal, material, sensual, concerned with outward physical forms; the One that comes second (“Christ”) is the true Self from heaven, from the Cosmos, at-one in our deeper Source in God or the totality of ultimate Reality.
48 Those who are materialistic are like that human made up of the soil of the Earth; and those who are of the Cosmos, or Spiritual nondual consciousness, are of that transhuman Spirit, even Christ.
49 And in the same way we have appeared like mere humans made of the Earth and flesh, so too in that realization will we appear like the Cosmos itself, the fullness of all Creation, even the Christ.
50 Here is what I’m saying, my dear family, that the flesh and blood physical bodies of humans cannot receive that Kingdom of God consciousness, just as that which decays in the Earth does not again receive the very same Life.
51 But look and listen carefully, and contemplate! I will point to a deep and hidden mystical Mystery, which is this—we (the true Self) does not actually die, but rather our minds will all be transformed or transfigured!
52 It will hit you suddenly, like the blink of an eye, at the very end of the ego-self, like the final note trumpeted in a symphony. And that last trumpet of the ego will come to a perfect silence, and that’s when the dead are raised up to that consciousness which is pure, innocent, genuine, undefiled, and immortal—our minds are transfigured, and the whole Cosmos becomes transfigured along with it!
53 Our perception of these physical and individual bodies that decay and die is transfigured such that they are endowed or clothed with all purity, beauty, goodness, and innocence. And our perception of this mortal flesh and individual self is arrayed in everlasting, eternal, or atemporal Presence of Life itself.
54 At that point, when that which decays and destroyed is endowed in consciousness with that which is perfectly innocent and pure, and this mortality is endowed with the consciousness of Life itself, that is the moment when the saying as is written in Isaiah 25:8 will happen to you, “Death itself is destroyed in a total blowout!“
55 Then we’ll say in ourselves as the prophet Hosea wrote, “Oh Death: where did all your worries, your anxieties, your torment, your distress all go? Oh Grave and Hell itself: where in the hell is your win?“
56 The pains and suffering that we associate with death and hell come from the “sin” of separateness, from our separate ego-self; and external outward laws of performance give the egoic self its power and strength.
57 But through the Grace of God/Reality, we are given the blowout victory by consciously waking up to our true Self, just as Jesus did, which is the “Christ.”
58 For that reason then, my dear dear family, be like a solid Mountain, firm and established, which is utterly immovable unless you choose to move it, at all times and in every Present moment of the now, the today of Life, be overflowing with an abundance of doing the compassionate work and good deeds of the true Self, because you know deep in your heart that all your intense and tiresome work and hard labor, all your blood, sweat, and tears that are shed, none of this is worthless, futile, or without fruit—in Christ!!