BEFORE ABRAHAM, WAS I AM
The drama tonight opens to the 8th chapter of the Book of John, where the evangelist writes of the state into
which he has entered, saying: "Truly, truly I say to you, before Abraham, was I am."
The Bible is a recordation of the eternal spiritual states of the soul which everyone must pass through,
beginning with the state of Abraham and culminating in the state called Jesus Christ. It is important, therefore,
to distinguish between the man and the state he occupies at the present time.
Always remember that the Bible is address to the man of imagination and not to any mortal man. Blake said:
“It must be understood that the persons Moses and Abraham are not here meant, but are states signified by
those names. The individuals being representatives (or visions) of those states as they were seen by mortal
man in a series of divine revelations and recorded in the Bible." I have seen these states in my imagination. At
a distance they appeared as one man; however, as I drew near they became a multitude of nations. One man
- represented by multitudes and multitudes of men in harmony - appears as a single being. The ancients saw
Him and believing in what they saw they prophesied of the ultimate state, and personified him as Jesus Christ.
No one knows the true authors of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, but I can tell you, they were relating their
own experiences when they put words into the mouth of a personification of this ultimate truth called Jesus.
Turning to those who were present he said: "Your father Abraham rejoiced that he was to see my day. He
saw it and was glad." Those who heard him said: "Why, you are not yet fifty years of age, and Abraham saw
you?" And he replied: "Before Abraham, was I am." With that remark they took up stones and stoned him.
Now this was not a drama that took place in the secular world. The evangelist is telling the truth, however, for
being in the state of Jesus Christ he knew he was the immortal being who was before Abraham. He knew he
was God h