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Continuity of the teaching 
in the Bible and in our day
by Rev. Howard Ray Carey 


In this chapter I will show how the continuity of the Christ’s teaching has extended from His manifestation through Jesus in Palestine, right through to our present day. I have selected a number of the important themes of this teaching and provided examples of their expression from the Bible and from Maitreya’s Messages.

On giving or sharing

Jesus said to His disciples:

  • ‘‘Freely ye have received, freely give.'' (Matt. 10:8 King James version)
  • ‘‘Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back.'' (Luke 6:38)
  • ‘‘The King will say to those on his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me... Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.''' (Matt. 25:34-36,40)

Some Messages from Maitreya on sharing:

  • ‘‘The central point in My Plan is to evoke in men the desire to share, for on this Principle all else rests.'' (No. 57)
  • ‘‘A condition for My coming was that men should share. This Divine Principle now engages the minds of many. Already the leaders gather and seek to implement this Principle... My Teaching is, as ever, simple indeed. Men must share or die.'' (No. 135)
  • ‘‘Once again, I repeat: without Sharing and Justice, My brothers and sisters, man will know no peace... Take, then, the only open course and trust in Sharing to relieve the agony of the world... Know, then, the joys of Brotherhood.  The Principle of Sharing will lead you thereto. Commit yourselves to this cause and know the joy of Service.'' (No. 133)
  • ‘‘When man discovers in himself the ability to share, to love, to trust, from that moment begins his ascent to God.'' (No. 29)
  • ‘‘When you see Us you will know that the New Time, the New Age, has begun, the time of Sharing and Justice, of Love and Brotherhood, the time of the Law of God.'' (No. 136)

On service, then and now

From the Bible:

  • ‘‘A dispute arose among them, which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. And he said to them, ‘The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them...but not so with you; rather let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. For which is greater, one who sits at table, or one who serves? ...But I am among you as one who serves.''' (Luke 22:24-7)
  • ‘‘And he sat down and called the twelve, and he said to them, ‘If any one would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.''' (Mark 9:35)

Maitreya’s Messages on service:

  • ‘‘Never in the history of this world has man stood in greater need of those who love their brothers, who love them and wish, above all, to serve them. That flame of Service and Love believe Me, burns brightly in the hearts of many today.'' (No. 122)
  • ‘‘Make Me your own and take your brother’s hand. Lead him to Me and serve the Plan. Love Me and work with Me and know the joy of Service.'' (No. 110)
  • ‘‘Much may be learned from a study of your books, but much more by far from Service to the world. Serve then, My brothers, and play your destined parts.'' (No. 116)
  • ‘‘There is no quicker way to God than through the manifestation of Love, Justice and Service. Serve and grow in Love, My friends, and realize your Godhead. Grow through Love and Service and come with Me to your Source.'' (No. 106)

On love

In the words of Jesus:

  • ‘‘And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.''' (Matt. 22:37-40)
  • ‘‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man that this, that he lay down his life for his friends.'' (John 15:12-13)
  • ‘‘God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.'' (I John 4:16)

From Maitreya’s Messages:

  • ‘‘Take your place at My side, and work as never before. Help Me, My friends, to create a pool of Love so deep that all men may quench their thirst. My Teaching is simple: Justice and Love, Sharing and Peace will bring men to God... My Brothers and I form the Center of Love in this world.'' (No. 116)
  • ‘‘I aim to evoke from you the Love in your heart. I am the Prince of Peace... I am in your hearts as Love... By pure Love man will achieve... By My help all shall be achieved.'' (No. 100)
  • ‘‘My simple Truth, that God and Love are One, is awakening man to the promise of the future... My friends, show yourselves as men and women ready to act as heroes...filled with Joy and Love, ready for the tasks of succor and Love which will fall to you. Have no fear, My brothers, your shoulders shall be strengthened by Me.’’ (No. 99)

The light of the world

From the Bible:

  • ‘‘Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.' ’’ (John 8:12)
  • (To the disciples) ‘‘You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid... Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.'' (Matt. 5:14,16)
  • ‘‘In him was life and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.'' (John 1:4,5)

From Maitreya’s Messages:

  • ‘‘A new Light, My Light, shines over the Earth, and in its dazzle many stand amazed... May the Divine Light and Love and Power of the One Most Holy God be now manifest in your hearts and minds.'' (No. 128)
  • ‘‘Wherever I look today around the world, I see the shining points of Light of My people, those on whom I rely. These beacons of Light shall bring all men to Me, and thus the Plan will unfold. May it be that you will gather yourselves around Me in this way, that My Light may kindle your flame; and so together we can transform this world.'' (No. 85)

This article is a chapter from The Joy of Christ's Coming This book by the late Rev. Howard Ray Carey was published by Share International Foundation in 1988. It is not currently available in hard copy form. Copyright © Share International Foundation.  Biblical quotations are taken from the Revised Standard version unless otherwise indicated. 


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