Jesus said, take heed how you understand. To those that understand more will be given. To those that have little what they have will be taken away.
At the same time he said, if you keep my words, you will do the works that I do, and greater works than these will you do. Because I go on to the father.
It seems he left a part unspoken, I go on to the father and you have time here to learn and grow further in some respects than I did.
And shame on us if we don't.
It was not necessary for Jesus to have the benefit of 21st century neuropsychological research and advances to fully embrace and embody the vision he was given; which essentially is placing ones every breath under the control of their holy spirit, their soul, their limbic system, their mammalian brain.
But shame on Us in 2023 if we do not utilize the neuropsychological science now available to bolster our confidence in applying his vision to our own lives for the joyful life of it, and leading others in the same direction.
Though far from an inspired or perfect work, and invaluable meta-analysis from Harvard psychologist George valliant, who was at the right place at the right time on the Harvard campus to see multiple disciplines contributing to a new understanding, his book, "spiritual evolution" is a profoundly valuable resource.
In a nutshell, multiple disciplines over the last 15 years have found that the common wisdom, that the brain tissue between the hypothalamus, the reptile brain, fight flight food and fornicate, the tissue between that and what is revered as the human brain sadly, the cerebral cortex, just a really really useful tool, the head, the tissue between these of very considerable mass, thought to be inert, is anything but inert. It is not the reptile brain. It is not the human brain, it is the mammalian brain. It is the seat of the soul, what Jesus experienced as the soul and all its features.
Throughout this Jesianity repository the notion of spirits of the soul, the holy spirit, and spirits of the head and flesh, greed, lust, anger, fury, selfishness, envy, pride.... Are referred to as features of the three different body parts, brain parts mentioned above.
The neurophysiological underpinnings of spirits are not identified as we understand it so far. And that's not necessary. You can feel them, we feel them.
Whatever they are, like gravity that exists whether we know how to explain it or not, the truth of the human condition as we experience it is that the only control we have is over which Spirit or spirits we allow to control our life.
And really the only choice is, every breath, either to invoke our spirit that is holy, our holy spirit, in charge of us, or if we don't do that then absolutely for certain we will be under control of the spirits of our flesh/head.
Jesus said, you judge according to the flesh. Designating the flesh/head spirits in charge.
Jesus said, the father never leaves me because I always do what pleases him. Designating the soul, holy spirit, head in charge.
Neurologically we understand the limbic system, to be the seat of the soul, and all its features, unconditional love, wonder, aw, inspiration, intuition, vision, epiphany, communion with the great holy Spirit, wisdom, soul, our holy spirit....