“Mankind had its beginning in the group-soul [led by Jehovah] and then advanced to a state of independent, personal existence, in which every individual experiences the “I AM,” and the Christ is the force that has brought it to this consciousness of the ‘I AM.’” Rudolf Steiner Gospel of St John Lecture 3
Christ is the cornerstone of all spiritual knowledge – we cannot know anything unless we know Christ. We cannot know Christ unless we have a personal experience of our I AM.
This is the reason all my books focus on discovering the I AM within us and the essential role Christ played. In the New Testament we find the I AM in the Greek words ego eimi; in the Old Testament (when there was no personal experience of the I AM) we find it in the Hebrew words ehyeh or eh jeh (note the first letters of the name Jehovah) when the burning bush spoke to Moses in Exodus 3:14
Earlier in the lecture quoted above, Steiner encapsulates the purpose of our journey from the previous evolutionary cycle on Old Moon to our present cycle on the Earth.
“Thus we may say that a creature, like a kind of seed, came over to the Earth from the ancient Moon, consisting of a physical body, derived from the divine, primal Word; an ether or life body having its source in divine Life; and an astral body issuing from divine Light.
Within this creature’s inmost being, during life upon the Earth, the light of the ego itself was now enkindled and this three-fold bodily nature, physical, etheric and astral, became capable of saying to itself “I AM.”
Thus, in a certain sense, we may call the Earth evolution, the evolution of the “I AM,” the evolution of the self-consciousness of the human race. This “I AM,” this capacity for full self-consciousness, developed slowly and gradually in the course of the evolution of Earth humanity. We must clearly understand how this evolution of Earth humanity proceeded, how slowly and gradually the ego, that is to say, full self-consciousness, made its appearance within it. https://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/GA103/English/AP1962/19080520p01.html
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Salvator Mundi (Latin for “Savior of the World”) by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, dated to c. 1500.