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Now we come to Chapter 5 of our book, and this chapter introduces us to the book, sealed with seven seals. We read,
“And I saw, in the right hand of him that sat on the throne, a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals, and I saw a strong angel, proclaiming with a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to open the book and to loose the seals thereof?’ And no man in heaven nor in Earth, neither under the Earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.”
The book, as used here, refers to our own individual self, or the sum total of our present development of consciousness. The seals on the book represent barriers to our process of insight. Evidently most persons are not yet capable of full insight into themselves because of the presence of certain mental or emotional barriers, or blocks, seals. But this fact changes when the lamb of God is found, for we read,
“And I beheld and lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts and in the midst of the elders, stood a lamb. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat on the throne and when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the lamb, and they sung a new song, saying ‘Thou art worthy to take the book and to open the seals thereof, for thou hast slain and thou hast redeemed thus to God by thy blood out of every kindred and tongue and people and nations.”
The lamb of Revelation stands for the gentle, kind, and forgiving nature of our inner Christ self. The Christ self of us is completely and totally harmless, absolutely understanding and forgiving, and mighty with a power, which cannot be measured. Only in this Christ-awareness, the lamb of God of you, can you or I ever gain insight into our whole nature, which leads to that eventual, priceless blessing called self-understanding. Open the seven seals.
Eventually we will come to realize that the lamb of God within us is the only part of us which can correctly do the work of opening the seven seals, which have kept our book of self-understanding closed. Only that lamb, that state of non-negative, non-violent, emotional purity has the power to open all the seals, that is, gain complete insight for us. Any lesser part of us that tries to do this job will only fail, such as the intellect, as has always happened before.