Neville Goddard Lectures: "The Last Days By A Son"

Neville Goddard Lectures: “The Last Days By A Son”

2/18/1964

“The Last Days by a Son,” this is taken from the epistle to the Hebrews. It’s an unknown author. Many scholars believe that Paul wrote it, but if you read it carefully along with the letters of Paul, you will come to the conclusion that it is not Paul. Whoever wrote it, the unknown author, certainly had one of the most profound understandings of this great mystery. And I say mystery advisedly, for most of us think it is history, human history, and it’s not. In this you will see he is not speaking of Jesus Christ that the world thinks of when they use the words Jesus Christ. Yet he uses the word Jesus, ___(??) him first in the 2nd chapter, the 9th verse. But before that he establishes a cosmic Christ; he is speaking only of a cosmic Christ that is God himself.

Now listen to the words: “In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He reflects the glory of God and bears the very stamp of his nature” (Heb. 1:1). Here he establishes this presence. He reflects the very glory of God and bears the very stamp of his nature. If I say to you “Jesus Christ,” were you a Christian you would think in terms of a being who lived and died approximately 2,000 years ago. If I say to you “Joshua,” you would think of an ancient patriarch, an ancient prophet, the author of the sixth book of the Bible, but you wouldn’t associate Joshua with Jesus, would you? You’d think they were two entirely different beings, Joshua and Jesus, and yet both words spell the same thing. Joshua is the Hebraic form of Jesus, and Jesus is Jehovah. You spell Jesus, Yod He Vau Shin Ion. That’s how you spell Joshua. You spell Jehovah, Yod He Vau He. So why do they differ in spelling as to the last two syllables, the last two letters? Because, listen to it carefully, God in creative activity is called the Son. Infinite love in unthinkable origin is God the Father. Infinite love in creative activity is God the Son. Infinite love in eternal procession is God the Holy Spirit…all God…one God, not three Gods. But, God in creative activity is God the Son. The word translated “reflect”—he reflects the glory of God—that word can either mean “reflect” or “radiate.” A radiation is a creative activity. It is this God, this infinite love that actually became us, every one of us. It is this God in man.

Now listen to it carefully, for when I use the words Jesus Christ I do not think of a unit, one little man born in an unnatural physical way 2,000 years ago, I do not. The being of whom I speak is not born in any physical unnatural way. He is born of flesh and blood. He comes into this world, clothed as you are clothed, in the most normal, natural conception, as I was conceived and you were conceived, in the same manner, in a family, a large family. And while walking the earth and he knows his real name ___(??). Well, Jesus Christ now is the name given to God in creative activity, buried in man, all men, the cosmic Christ. It’s Jehovah himself that is buried in us. When we say “I am” that’s Jehovah, and the word Jehovah is Jesus, same thing.

So here, when I speak of Jesus Christ…listen to the statement carefully, I take it from the last letter, the last chapter of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, the 13 chapter of 2nd Corinthians, it’s the 5th verse: “Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you?” Well, if you ask that of the average person in the world and if they say yes, they don’t really mean it, not really. For when they think of Jesus Christ they do not for one moment feel his presence, feel him in them as their own very wonderful human Imagination, they don’t. If they begin to rationalize it, they may say to you, “Well, yes, I will accept that.” But let them be honest with themselves, and when they think of Jesus Christ they see him as some historical character back in time 2,000 years ago. So the words are not contemporary with them at all. So when you read the words, “Do you not know, do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you?” These are the words. Well, if you realize it, it’s that one I’m speaking of this night. That is the one and the only concern of God the Father. God the Father is going to resurrect in you his Son. When he rises in you, you are he. He resurrects only Jesus Christ that is God himself. So the grace of God is linked with a specific event, and that event is the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Now, there are many who believe that because of a certain experience they have experienced this birth of which I speak. Now, there are definite patterns that we follow in this birth. It’s given to us so vividly in the 1st letter of Peter, the 1st chapter, the 3rd verse. Listen to it carefully, “By his great mercy we are born anew through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” You dwell upon it. By his great mercy we are born anew by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But if Jesus Christ was once and for all resurrected 2,000 years ago, you have already then been born anew. And you have not been born anew. Therefore, it is simply the unfolding of the cosmic Christ in all, individualized as you. And when he is resurrected in you it begins the new age; a completely different age begins with the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the individual. It does not begin with the birth. The birth is the other side of the coin. It begins with the resurrection. No one has the birth prior to the resurrection. The resurrection begins Christianity, it begins on that note; but within a matter of moments after the resurrection comes the wonderful heavenly birth from above.

So, “In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets.” In what way? Well, he spoke in that 19th Psalm, the very first verse: The heavens are speaking of the glory of God; and the earth shows forth his handiwork. Today, our astrophysicists, through their telescopes and their trained mathematical minds look off into this fabulous world of ours, and they become excited…and the stories they tell us of this enormous display of the glory of God. Then, our geophysicists, they look down to the earth itself and what they tell us of the structure of this wonderful world of ours, made of one substance differently arranged in many patterns. A rearrangement of its pattern of one substance, and instead of having gold we have silver. Another rearrangement, we have coal. Another rearrangement, we have something else like gas. But one unit, one substance in a complex pattern produces this variety of things in our world, and our great scientists look at it. But he said, “That was secondary to his revelation by the Son.”

“In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets.” And you can find it in the 1st chapter, the 20th verse of Romans, “Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly seen in the things that have been made.” Looking for his power? See it through the microscope of the great geophysicists or the great chemists today, and you see this power was always there. He tells us, “Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and his deity, were clearly seen in the things that have been made.” Well, you can’t say that he turned from that. As Paul tells us in his very first chapter to the Romans, 1st chapter, the 20th verse, when you read it you transcend that view, and tells us now we transcend it when now the Son speaks to us.

The Son is not now this cosmic Christ. The Son…and he gives now the quote in 5th verse of the 1st chapter of Hebrews. For he bases his argument only on scripture, everything is based upon scripture, and so he either quotes or refers to scripture in every chapter of the entire thirteen chapters of Hebrews. He begins with two quotes: “For to what angel did God ever say, ‘Thou art my Son’”? Or again, to what angel did he ever say, ‘I am your Father, and you shall be my Son’”? To what angel did he ever say that? He’s trying to tell you how infinitely great man is beyond all the forces of nature, including angels and archangels and all the beings in the world. For it was not to them that he came. They are his servants, we’re told, the angels serve man.

Because God came to man, and fused with man, this infinite pulsing being that is God in action, which is God the Son but still God the Father. Only, when he is in action he’s God the Son. For we are told, through him also the world was created. So when God goes into creative action that is called in scripture the Son, the cosmic Son. It is that that he’s going to awake within you. And when he awakes him in you, you are not another—there is no change in the sense of I—only now you include within your being this cosmic being. But you are told he has given him the entire inheritance, to him all things are given; but your heavenly inheritance cannot become actual, or it’s not fully realized by you, while you’re still wearing this garment of flesh. When you take off this after you’re resurrected, and may I tell you, in the Book of Luke it shows you so clearly it takes nine months to complete the entire mission, from the resurrection to the end, which is the ascension into heaven. Resurrection; birth; discovery of the fatherhood of God, which is yourself; and then the ascension into heaven, and it’s only nine months. So the entire, I would say, missionary work required of the central character of scripture is given nine months in Luke, if you read it carefully. It’s not any long, long years. All he’s concerned with is that one, that little section of nine months. From his mightiest act which is to resurrect you, resurrect his Son, which is himself in creative activity. But when he resurrects his Son in you, why then you are fused with the Son and you are that being, and you rise in yourself. So resurrection is an event happening within, not on some outside place; within the life of the individual, within this earthly life of the individual. This all takes place right here.

So here, when I speak of the last days they are these days. Not when the whole vast world will be consumed, no. When your world, this age, has ceased to be and you enter on a new age, an entirely different world. Well, how am I clothed for that world? Listen to the words carefully, from the 3rd chapter of Philippians, speaking now of this cosmic Son, Jesus Christ: “He will change our lowly body”—and the word change literally means “refashion”—“He will change our lowly body to be like his.” The phrase “to be like his” literally means “of one form with”. That’s what it means. “To be like his” literally means “of one form with his glorious body.” So your future body is actually that of the radiant exalted Christ, not another. One body, one being, for God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit are one. And God the Son, which is a seeming certain aspect, which is only his creative aspect, became you, raises you to be one with him. So really in the end, you’re not less than, you are one with the Godhead. Seems mad, doesn’t it? But I am not speculating. I’m not asking any being outside of my own experience to throw light on it. I’m telling you exactly what happened.

Now our scientists tell us that only that which is scientifically proved can be relied on. Our scientists, not all of them, there are a few, like Alexis ___(??) who still remains a devout religious person, even though he did so much in the scientific world; and there are others who still remain willing to accept what they cannot prove through a test tube. But the majority of them, many scientists and philosophers, will not admit as explanation anything that comes from beyond or above this world of nature. If you can’t prove it to them scientifically, then they will not accept it. And yet, I tell you there is not a test given in science today that must meet that acid test that this must meet if you will accept what the mystic must accept. The Old Testament is his frame of reference. You can have all the visions and all the dreams in the world, if you can’t find the parallel in that book it’s only a personal communication between the depth of your soul, which is God, and you. It’s meant for you; it’s not part of the great unfolding drama of God.

You go back and you read the ancient script for intimation and foreshadowing of that which you have experienced. If you can’t find it there, then look upon it as a private communication between you and God, and try your best to ask for light to interpret it should it come in the form of symbols. It may come in a direct, simple manner and it needs no greater interpretation than your simple intelligence. If it comes in symbols, ask for light as to the meaning of these symbols. But if you don’t find it in scripture, then it is not part of the unfolding play. The unfolding play must meet the most acid test. And I tell you from experience it begins with the resurrection. It’s the exact opposite of the way man on earth thinks. Here, everything begins with birth. A man cannot be resurrected until he first dies and here it begins with the resurrection. So what is this death that we speak of, and in the next four or five weeks we are all really observing? That has taken place. Read it carefully in the 6th chapter of Romans: “If we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his” (verse 5). So here we have the crucifixion is over. Everyone has been crucified with the cosmic Christ or you could not breathe. No one could cross the threshold that admits for conscious life unaided by the crucifixion of God, couldn’t do it. But that’s behind us.

But the real mystery begins with the resurrection. You walk the earth and do not think for one second that you are entombed. Who could think himself entombed? He goes to the cemetery and he sees sepulchers, he sees tombs; he knows he isn’t there. He will say, yesterday they put some friend of his in one of them…but he isn’t there. And he doesn’t know the great mystery. He is walking in his dream…he isn’t moving…in his dream. He is so sound asleep he doesn’t know that he was placed in a tomb. And every child born of woman was placed in a tomb by that clothing of flesh and blood and completely encased in his skull. God’s mightiest act, when he least expects it, will descend upon him, that merciful act, and arouse him. It will awaken him, and he will awake to find himself completely entombed and sealed in a sepulcher; and that tomb is his skull.

After the initial panic, he will come out, in the same manner that a child is born. But he doesn’t feel a child, he doesn’t feel himself any little baby, he is the same man, the same woman that he is now and was just one second before he was awakened. And when he is awakened he thinks it’s a normal awakening, that’s what he thinks. Only the intense vibration is something he’s never experienced before. It hits him in his head, and he thinks, “This must be it”—not awakening, this must be death. It’s the opposite of death; this is now really awakening unto life when he awakens in the sepulcher. You only put dead people in tombs, therefore, he must have been dead to be so sealed in a tomb…and the tomb is his skull.

It is only then that he realizes that he was all through these unnumbered ages dreaming in his tomb. And then he comes out; and then the symbolism of the first chapter of Luke begins. Then the whole thing begins to unfold and he is the one spoken of in scripture. He goes back into the ancient scripture now to find not only that which the New one tells…for the New Testament interprets the Old, not the other way around. The Old is a sealed book until the first breaks the seal. What is the name of the first one? We call Jesus Christ outside of it—because everyone who breaks the seal is Jesus Christ. There’s only one Jesus Christ and there’s only one God; and Jesus Christ is God.

Now, what is this ___(??) trying to show us? He speaks to me now not only through the cosmic Christ, he’s going to speak to me through a Son, and he names the Son and where to find him in scripture: “To what angel did he say ‘Thou art my Son, today I have begotten thee’?” and again, “To what angel did he say, ‘Thou art my son and I am thy father’”? And then we go back into the 2nd Book of Samuel, the 7th chapter, the 14th verse, and there we find him. Did I have the experience? Well, then listen to it…and you begin to feel, well now, that all has taken place in me; I have just had that. You mean something written 3,000 years ago foretold, that foreshadowed the experience of last night? And you go back and you read it over and over, and you can hardly believe this whole thing is all about you, and that’s all that it is about. The whole Bible is about God, only God. And God became us because he loves us, because God’s nature is love. Yes, he’s infinite power, infinite wisdom, infinite all these, but they are only attributes of God. God’s true nature is love, infinite love, that’s his true nature.

And God’s real name now he’s about to reveal to you through this Son. Now, who is spoken of in the 2nd Psalm, the 7th verse? For that’s what he’s quoting. He uses only scripture to support his argument, and that’s what he quotes, the 7th verse, the 2nd Psalm: “Thou art my Son, today I have begotten thee.” Well, these words are addressed to one called David…David. Now the next one, “And when your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your son after you, who shall come forth from your body. I will be his father, and he shall be my son” (2 Sam. 7:12,14). To whom is that spoken? Read it carefully. That’s spoken by the prophet Nathan to David: “Go unto my servant David and say, ‘When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I (the Lord) will raise up your son after you, who shall come forth from your body. I will be his father; he shall be my son.’”

You read it, but you haven’t had the experience. And then one day this fantastic thing happens within you, and you begin almost to explode, and you do, something explodes, and here standing before you is David. There is no uncertainty as to who he is. I don’t care what sculpture of David is now in the Vatican. I don’t care what painter paints the David. Until you see him you can’t paint him. And I defy anyone to capture the beauty of that David on canvas, that David in marble. You can’t do it! He’s radiantly beautiful! He stands before you and he is the David of biblical fame. He looks you right in the eye. He’s just as described in the Book of Samuel, the 17th chapter…or the 15th chapter of Samuel, just like that (1Sam.16:12). And you have no uncertainty as to this relationship. And what does he call you? He calls you Father. And you know you are his father, and he knows you are his father, and you also know he is your son. You are looking right into the eyes of this spiritualized being.

Well, what is he? You didn’t even know he was buried in you. You had no idea that was the thing that God in the beginning hid in man, as told us in Ecclesiastes: “And God has put eternity into the mind of man, yet so that man cannot find out what God has done from the beginning until the end” (3:11). The last days…in the last days when he is departing from this age and entering through the series of mystical experiences into that Age, clothed in the exalted body of Christ Jesus, the cosmic Christ; because he took my lowly body and changed it be like his glorious body. And so we are departing. So in the last days it will be revealed what God hid in the mind of man. And what did he hide?—David. The very word tells you: Olam. He hid Olam in the mind of man, and Olam means “the eternal youth”; it means “the lad, the stripling, the eternal youth.” So eternity now is revealed not as an old man but this radiant lad. And he is God’s spiritualized son to reveal fatherhood, because without a son there is no father. A son, there must be a father, and the son comes to reveal you as God the Father. So it’s God’s purpose to give every child born of woman himself, and no one will thwart God in his purpose. His purpose is to give you himself, as though there were no others in the world, just God and you. Finally, the gift is so complete when the Son comes before you, just you, because he so gave himself to you, you are he.

So when God rises in man, man is just like him. So you are told in the epistle of John, the 3rd chapter of 1st John, “It does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know when he appears we shall be like him” (3:2). Don’t go looking for any being in the world as your leader. You are Christ Jesus; he’s buried in you…because we are like him. And his sleep is so profound, which is now your sleep but you don’t know it, that it is as though he were dead. And the day is coming—and it may be this night because who knows?—but I’ll give you a cue as to how you will know when it is coming, and the Bible gives it. It tells of a peculiar famine that comes upon man when he’s about to return to the Father. It’s called the return of the prodigal son. What caused the prodigal son to come to himself and resolve to go to his father?—a famine. He was eating the husks; instead of giving it to the pigs, he ate the husks. And the world thinks it means husks of corn. No, the whole vast world is husks compared to the reality that is God. No matter how ambitious you are and how you realize all your ambitions, they all turn to dust. The rich man dies like the poor man, the wise man like the fool, the strong like the weak, and all is vanity, and vanity of vanities.

So this is husks. No matter how ambitious you are, you can realize it by God’s law. But after you realize all of your dreams in this world, they turn to ashes, so they’re called husks in the Bible. And when man grows tired of feeding on things that always pass away, that they wear out like a garment and they dissolve like smoke, then he changes the nature of his hunger. But God changes it for him. And the words are these, in the 8th chapter, the 11th verse of Amos: “The Lord will send a famine upon the land. It will not be a famine of bread nor a thirst for water, but of the hearing of the word of God”—a hunger so intense that nothing but that can satisfy it. It is not for money, it is not for greatness, not to be the president, not to be a dictator, not to be anything in this world that is known to men, but a hunger for the word of God. Not a thing in this world can satisfy that hunger but to understand the word of God, and the only way you understand it is to experience it.

Scripture must be experienced for man to see how truly wonderful it really is. You can analyze it as scholars do, you can take the grand exegeses and see this most wonderful display of words, what the original words meant when it was used, and it’s exciting, it’s thrilling, and you may know Greek backwards and Latin backwards and Hebrew backwards, and really understand it from the scholarly point of view. But you don’t know scripture until you experience scripture. You get…all the scholars of world cannot by their learning extract the wisdom of that book until they experience it. They must experience scripture to know really what it is. So you can speak with all the tongues of men and angels, and know it in and out, but you don’t know scripture until you experience it. And the day will come, may I tell you, everyone will experience it, for that is God’s plan. “As I have planned it, so shall it be; as I have purposed it, so shall it stand” (Is.14:24) and no one in the world is going to change it.

So until that hunger comes, take God’s law, and eat more and more of the husks, doesn’t make any difference. You’ve been eating husks all of the time since you started the journey, and you will continue to eat husks until the nature of the hunger changes and it becomes the hunger for God’s word. But only an experience of God’s word can satisfy that hunger. So let no one tell you while the hunger is for this building or to join a club or to be some prominent person in the world that it’s wrong. It isn’t wrong. God gave it to you. You needed that kind of mood at a certain moment in time. He gave you that hunger, you feed upon it. Learn his law by which you can satisfy the hunger until that moment in time like the prodigal son, you turn around. And when you are brought in what does he give the prodigal son?—commanded the servants, “Put the best robe on him”—there is no second best in God’s kingdom, the best robe. “Put the ring on his finger”—that’s the insignia of being the heir to it all; and “put shoes on his feet”—for only the slave went barefoot. When you put shoes on him…but now he’s free man. He has found David, and he who sees David, his father is made free, as told us in the 17th chapter of 1st Samuel. Anyone who finds the one who destroys the enemy of Israel I will set his father free (verse 25). So to be a free man you must be shod with shoes, for only those who are slaves go without shoes. This is all symbolism but it’s beautiful symbolism.

So when the hunger comes upon you, real hunger, I would say to you the time is drawing near for the fulfillment of God’s promise. He’s promised you to give you a son that is his son; and when he gives you his son as your son, he has given you himself. That’s the only way God could ever reveal to man that he has fulfilled his purpose to give himself to man is through the medium of a son. “So no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him” (Mat.11:27). Well, the moment will come in your life when the Son will choose to reveal you as his Father, and his Father is God. So in the end there is only God.

So when asked, “What is the greatest commandment?” the reply was, “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord” (Deut. 6:4). The Lord, spelt just like Jesus, it’s Yod He Vau He, that’s how you translate the word “the Lord.” Yod He Vau He, we call it Jehovah, but so as not to mention the name, they translate it “the Lord.” Sometimes Adonay is called the name, but it means the same. Well, in this case it was Yod He Vau He…you’re going to say Jesus. The next word is Elohim; it’s a plural word meaning gods. The first time it appears in the Bible, the very first verse, “In the beginning God created the heavens and earth”…that word is plural (Gen. 1:1). If you properly translated it, it would be gods…but God. Here is a compound unity. For in the end you will not lose your identity, I will not lose my identity, no one will lose their identity, and yet we are one…a compound unity, one made up of others.

So, “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord.” Hear, O Israel, Jehovah our Elohim is one Jehovah, one Jesus Christ. Not a little man, but all are that cosmic Christ, the second aspect of divinity that is creating. So infinite love in creative activity is God the Son; infinite love in eternal procession, God the Holy Spirit—because the same thing is going to happen to every child born of woman, so it’s eternal procession. So he makes the statement, “I will send the Holy Spirit upon you.” Because when the Holy Spirit comes it’s eternal procession of the same thing: It is resurrection; it is birth; it is the discovery of the fatherhood of God through the Son, David; and the ascent into heaven. So, the eternal procession—it doesn’t alter the pattern.

If anyone has any doubt as to “did I really have the experience of being born from above,” I say to you, were you resurrected? If you say no to that answer, then it is no to the other. You cannot be born until after the resurrection. It’s an entirely new world. You’re resurrected into a new world and born into that world, but the resurrection precedes the birth by a matter of seconds. But it does come first. If you haven’t had the resurrection…and no one who experienced it could ever forget it in eternity. You can forget what you had for breakfast, you can forget what you had for dinner, you can forget the last telephone call you made and to whom, but you can’t forget the resurrection. You can’t forget any of these four stages, you can’t do it. They are indelibly imprinted upon you and you can’t forget them.

So no one need ask did I have it? Many of us in our anxiety and our eagerness to experience it will conjure in the mind’s eye a certain experience of a child. We are eager…and who can blame anyone for being eager to have the experience…and we’ll conjure it. It’s a false birth. For the birth is so unique that it defies description. How are you going to describe it? I tried my best, I tried not to embellish, not to add to or take from, tell it just as it happened to me. As you’re told in those five words in the Book of Luke, “They related their own experience.” Almost the entire Bible could be wrapped in those five words; they told what had happened. When they told what had happened, it seemed like the words of an idle tale, and they did not believe them.

So it seemed like the words of an idle tale. For our priesthoods of the world taught us to believe that because Jesus Christ, a man, born physically in an unnatural manner, was resurrected from the dead, you who believe in his name and believe in him as a being outside of yourself, not buried in you, then you will enter the kingdom of heaven. May I tell you, don’t believe it. Listen to these words, “Of all born of woman none is greater than John the Baptist; yet I tell you the least in the kingdom is greater than John” (Luke 7:28). I need not analyze it for you, it tells you John is not in the kingdom. Doesn’t it tell you that? The least in the kingdom is greater than John, therefore, John is not in the kingdom. John belongs to this world and he was the most perfect born of woman. Wasn’t born from above…born of woman. He tried to change his nature. He thought by a change of nature he would bring about the birth. Can’t do it. It’s wonderful to change from being violent to being kind, marvelous. And people will say, “But he must have been born again because look, I recall him when he was a thief. Look at him now, a gentle, kind, wonderful person. I knew him when he was violent in his reaction to everything. Look at him now, how loving he is. Surely he has had the spiritual birth.” Not at all.

Listen to these words of William James, “The greatest revolution in this century was the discovery that man by changing his inner attitudes of mind could change the outer aspects of his life.” Anyone can practice that and you’ll amaze your friends. They all stand dumbfounded when they see you, the man that you are, as against the man that they knew. But it doesn’t mean that because they see that radical change in your physical life that you have experienced the spiritual birth. That is something that is not shown on the outside. Hasn’t a thing to do with what you are now doing on the outside. It’s something that is a gift: It’s the gift of God. And the grace of God is always linked with a specific event and that event is the resurrection of Jesus Christ in you. That’s his grace. For when God gives you his grace, it is when he awakens himself in you as you.

For, Jesus Christ is God, believe it or not, and God is infinite love. Infinite love is buried in man. Yes, even the man this night who may be going to the chair, having in cold blood killed one or a dozen people. That being who could do such a thing, that dastardly act—still buried in that man that we in the world of Caesar will now exact from him a life for a life, and take his for the twelve that he took—buried in that man is the God of love. But, so sound asleep, and the nightmare of the being who is walking the earth is so intense that he is totally unaware of the presence in him of Jesus Christ. And may I tell you, Jesus Christ could not emerge from a man in whom he does not now exist, couldn’t do it. What could come out of the ocean that is not now in the ocean? What could come out of man that is not now in man? So Jesus Christ is the life of man, he is in man.

And the day will come when God the Father who is Jesus Christ—but not in creative activity—Jesus Christ is God in creative activity; and it is he in man that will be awakened by that infinite, merciful act of God the Father, who will simply arouse him with the most intense vibration you will ever experience right in your head. And when he arouses him, it’s you, you awake. The fusion has taken place. And then you know that wonderful mystery of the 54th chapter of Isaiah, “Your Maker is your husband” (verse 5). For bear in mind, through him ___(??) created the world. So “the Maker” is “he who created the world.” This is God in creative activity, called God the Son. He is your Maker and he is your husband, the Lord of hosts is his name. And what must a husband do? We are told in Genesis he must leave all and cleave to his wife until they become one, not two. So here, you are his emanation yet his bride ’til the sleep of death is past (Gen. 1:24). He emanates man…that’s his creation. He creates it by emanation, and then falls in love with his emanation, and cleaves to his emanation until they cease to be two, God and man, and only God. You’ll become one with the being who cleaves to you. So when you awake, no loss of identity. But now you have inherited a presence. Aside from inheriting a kingdom you inherit a presence, and that presence is God the Father.

So this is what I mean. And the first three verses of that wonderful epistle to the Hebrews: “In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days”—for the turn of the age is now to the individual who experiences it—“in these last days he has spoken unto us by a son” (1:1). And this son he gave all things. This son created all. This son which is himself reflects the very glory of God, and this son bears the very stamp of his nature. It is this son that is changing our lowly body to be like his glorious body, so that in the end the body you will wear will be one in form with that of the exalted Christ.

But, this night, if your hunger is on an entirely different level, take the advice of William James. He certainly proved it. He could have read this great advice in the Bible, but he was a great scientist, a great psychiatrist, a great philosopher. He taught at Harvard for years, his brother Henry wrote these fantastic books, and they were brilliant minds; but like all of these brilliant minds they don’t really read the Bible. I saw in last week’s New York Times that the Bible Society last year in 1963 distributed thirty-three million Bibles. That’s one house, the biggest, granted, but only one house. Harper, Enroe, they publish Bibles, Schribner publishes Bibles, Nelson and Son publishes Bibles, all the big publishers publish Bibles; but one house, the Bible Society of America, distributed thirty-three million Bibles. Now add to that what the other parts of the world sold in Bibles. And then you will take all the best sellers of the entire year, put them all together, multiply them by a very large number, and they would only come to a fraction of the sales equal to that of the Bible. And yet, these best sellers, may I tell you, they are read, and the Bible, with a hundred million distributed, isn’t read.

You give it to a girl at confirmation, or a boy; he’s confirmed, and he thanks you for the Bible, takes it home and puts it where it gets dust. When one gets married, they go to their lovely Bible before they consult a priest, and he keeps that as a wonderful memento, that’s all, never opened the book. And so, it’s the most unread book in the world, and year after year it is a fantastic sale. If you take all fifty million in our land—for thirty-three in one house, surely the others would make it fifty million—and then take England, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and all the other parts of the world, France, Germany, all Christian nations, and see what there would be. And these books, I tell you, they’re not opened. People who ride the subways in New York City if they have a Bible, know what they do? They put a cover on it. They’re embarrassed to be seen, especially a man. A lady who had a Bible she wouldn’t mind showing it, but a man on the subway with a Bible? He puts a false cover on it. He doesn’t want anyone to know that he is so feminine that he’s reading a Bible, the greatest book in the world.

And until man actually experiences the Bible he remains on the wheel of recurrence. So when the hunger comes to know the word of God which is the Bible, I say the time is drawing near for the promise of God to be fulfilled in that one who has the hunger.

Now let us go into the Silence for a moment.

We’re supposed to close, you know, at the end of this month, that’s by my contract, but I have an extension to the 26th day of May and then I close, and I will not be back here until the middle of October. I’m leaving on the 27th for New York to attend my daughter’s graduation, and then we’re going off to Barbados for a couple of months. Then my next stop will be in San Francisco in September. So I will not be back here until the middle of October. But I will be here through until the 26th of May.

Another point I want to make, these Tuesdays and Thursdays come to an end with this month. They have committed this room for Thursday night, and so we have to go back to our old stand of Friday night. So it will be every Tuesday and Friday beginning in March. Then I have scheduled the program for March and I would say five-eighths or three-quarters of it will be on the law. There will be enough of the promise woven into it, but it’s going to be on the law, much of it, beginning with the very first one “Is Causation Imaginal?” We hope to prove to you with case histories and all kinds of proof that imagining does create reality. So, we have just a few left in the present series, and I hope maybe by Thursday night to have them for you. But, anyway, before we close the new programs will be out.

Now are there any questions?

Q: ___(??) man that thou has made him a little lower than the angels?

A: That’s the 8th Psalm. The new translation does not. The word is Elohim; it is not angels. So, the translator of the King James Version could not bring himself to believe that God thought so highly of man that he would see him as himself. Because the word translated “angels” is the very word that is translated, the very first verse of Genesis, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” And in the 26th verse, “Let us make man in our image” and the word is “and God said” and the word God is Elohim. That same word Elohim is now translated in the 8th Psalm as angels, the only place in the entire Bible. So the translator could not believe that man could be that dignified, that great in the eye of God. So the new translation which you’ll find in the Revised Standard Version, “He made him a little lower than himself.” For, to come here and take on the limitations of flesh and blood it would have to be lower than “infinite love in unthinkable origin.” So, coming down and assuming the limitation he would have to empty himself; so God emptied himself of his primal form, his immortal body, and took upon himself the form of a slave (Phil. 2:7). That’s what we’re told. So he was not left as an angel. The angels, as told you in the very first chapter of the Book of Hebrews that we quoted tonight, are the servants of men…as the winds and the fire they are the servants of the Lord and therefore servants of man. So man can say “I am,” that’s God’s name.

Q: (inaudible)

A: The Holy Spirit, as we said, is infinite love in eternal procession. He said, “I will send to you the Holy Spirit. It is not for you to know the times or the seasons fixed by the Father in his own authority; but wait for the promise of the Father, for you shall receive power from above when the Holy Spirit has come upon you” (Acts 1:7). The Holy Spirit is active in all of this. The night that you are born from above, you have never heard such a wind in your life. I personally have not gone through a cyclone. I’ve gone through a hurricane, many a hurricane at sea and on the land. If a cyclone differs in intensity from a hurricane, I don’t know, but I know what winds of hurricane force sound like. It doesn’t compare to the wind that you hear the night of the birth, the night of the resurrection, followed by the birth. So that 2nd chapter of Acts, when that mighty rushing wind which they call the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, it is just like that. It comes like a rushing wind and you hear it, you are disturbed, but it is the Holy Spirit…his presence is there. And so he plays every part in the unfolding of this eternal drama. He doesn’t vary it, one to the other; all go through the same series of mystical experiences as they are recorded in scripture. So the Holy Spirit, it is ___(??). It’s simply another aspect of infinite love, but it’s infinite love. God the Son is infinite love, God the Father is infinite love, and the Father and the Son are one. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are one. They aren’t three, they aren’t many. It’s this compound unity of ___(??), all of us together, to be one God. As told us in Zechariah, “And the Lord will be king over all the earth; on that day the Lord will be one and his name one” (Zech.14:9). And that name is Jesus.

Q: (inaudible)

A: No, I wouldn’t put it that way. Just think of God, the 43rd chapter of the Book of Isaiah, “I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…and besides me there is no savior.” Forty-third of Isaiah, “I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…and besides me there is no savior” (verses 3,11). So bear in mind when I say Jesus I mean Jehovah. They’re spelt alike. But Jesus—Jehovah in creative expression—is buried in you. That’s his love for you. That’s Jesus Christ in you, as told us in Corinthians, “Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you?” (2 Cor.13:5). Now, every minister of the world leads man outside of this inner being that is his savior, and tries to worship something on the wall. “Make no graven image unto me” (Ex.20:4); yet man goes around all day long making graven images; and with the consent of the priesthoods of the world they sell these indulgences. They sell them, and people go home with them and think they have a holy image of the one. And “Make no graven image unto me” (the Second Commandment), none. But man will not obey that Commandment; he makes images after images after images. And you’re told, “If anyone should say, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘Look, there he is!’ believe him not” (Mark 13:21). And yet man still, in spite of that, points to this one as the Christ and that one as the Christ. Do not believe it if any man should ever say, “Look, here is Christ!” or “There he is!” do not believe him—in the 13th chapter of the Book of Mark—don’t believe him!