As we are divine seed and also living stones, that is, living stones cut from a single rock, carved out of Christ, so in this faith we have become one with Christ, having become, as it were, his members, according to the word of the Apostle, “a body which has many members.”
Therefore we are inheritors of the kingdom of heaven. And what is in us, by which we can be called living stones, is one truth in us.
Thus we may believe that we are sons of God, and what beyond this is the night-side of man is lie and delusion, cannot in truth be called virtue or truth. For truth alone will pass safely through the trial of fire on the day of judgment.
In the same manner as we Alchemists seek for that gold of God which emanates from Christ, so there is the perfect truth which alone will pass through each trial of fire in which the true and glowing virtue is purified, glorified and made more radiant, as is clearly evident from the words of the Apostle ( 1 Corinthians 3:13).
In these words, therefore, lies the secret, the greatest mystery, and from them it follows that no man can be a true disciple of Christ who does not “ask” and “knock,” and thus find and recognize within himself that secret cross, and then follows worthily the chief of all mankind and leader of Israel from Bethlehem, carrying Christ Jesus within himself consciously. From this can be clearly seen that the true disciple of Christ must be a Brother of the Rosy Cross.