Christ Unveiled

Neville 3-15-1963

CHRIST UNVEILED

Tonight’s subject is “Christ Unveiled.” That is quite a tall order, for we are told in Mark 13:21: “If anyone

says to you, ‘Look, here is Christ!’ or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it.” And I will endorse that one

hundred percent. Listen to it carefully and see the pronoun used in that sentence. “Here he is, believe him

not.” So, here, who is Christ? What is Christ? Where is Christ? Paul found him and, having found him, he

said: “From now on we regard no one from a human point of view even though we once regarded Christ

froma human point of view, we regard himthus no longer.” (1 Cor. 5:16) He regards himnot, from now on,

as man. He thought he was man and went out to destroy those who believed in Christ as a man.

Then we are told in I Peter 1:10,11: “The prophets who prophesied of the grace that was to be yours

searched and inquired about this salvation; they inquired what person or time was indicated by the Spirit of

Christ within them when predicting the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glory.” They thought they were

looking for a person, or time, and they wondered whether he would come. There was no reply to that, save

“It was revealed to themthey were serving not themselves but you” (v. 12)What is Christ? I tell you Christ is

“The Way” of salvation. Christ is “The Way” to the Father.

Now we will turn back to the Gospels where we have these events together, for Scripture, as we understand

it, says the New Testament is based on the affirmation that a certain series of events happened in which God

revealed himself in action for the salvation of man. Did they happen? I tell you from experience, they

happened. Not only they happened, but are happening. They are taking place every moment of time in our

world. If you have not experienced these events may I tell you: you are going to. Not a thing in this world that

you will ever do will stop it. God will not fail – not in one being in this world. Here we are told the events

were assembled and Luke, in his first four verses, makes the statement: “Inasmuch as many have undertaken

to compile a narrative of the things which have been accomplished among us, just as they were delivered to

us by those who fromthe beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word, it seemed good to me also,

having followed all things for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus,

that you may know the truth concerning the things of which you have been informed.” So, here we have the

oral tradition. They all talked about it. These things happened and they are telling it, but come the moment in

time that many undertook to put it into written form and he thought it wise to do the same thing. And so he

said: “Having observed all things closely for sometime past.” He thought he, too, would put it in written form

for one he called Theophilus – meaning “one who loves God.” He is speaking to you. You love God, I love

God. He is the source of everything – the source of our life and the end of all things. And, so, he is addressing

his remarks to you – O dear Theophilus – that you may know the truth concerning the things of which you

have been informed.

And so, we heard it orally. I did as a child, but when I began to read and write I could read it for myself, but

did not understand it. Before I could read it, mother taught it to me and I was sent to school and it was taught

to me in school. Then I was sent to Sunday school and I heard the story told by the teacher. And, so, we

heard it orally. Then came the moment in time we could read it for ourselves. Then came this closed book.

Now, let us see if we can unveil Christ tonight. In Matthew 16:13, one called Christ Jesus turns to his

disciples and asked this question: “Who do men say that the Son of man is?” And they replied, “Some say

John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” Then he said to them: “But

who do you say that I am?” Right away that second question identifies it with the son of man. The first

question is: “But who do you say that I am?” So he is asking the question about the Son of Man. Then he is

asking about himself. “But who do you say that I am?” He identifies himself with the Son ofMan. And Peter

replied: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And to this he answered: “Blessed are you, Simon

bar Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.” He confesses

that no flesh and blood could have told it, it has to come by revelation. Where do we find this flesh and blood

revelation? In Galatians 1:16, 17. “When it pleased God to reveal His son in me, I conferred not with flesh

and blood.” That, mortal mind could not reveal, no matter how it rationalized or tried to unravel this mystery.

It cannot, it has to be revealed – it has to be completely unfolded, in the individual. So, he said: “I amthe Son

ofman.”

Now, we go back in the Old Testament to find this cue. Where did God promise this? We turn to 2 Samuel,

7th Chapter. This is a vision. We are told between the 8th and 17th verses, that Nathan received a vision,

and “according to all these words and according to all this vision, Nathan spoke to David.” This is what he

told David: “And the Lord said unto me – the Lord of Hosts O go to my servant David and say to David,

‘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, and I will be his father, and he shall be my son.’” Here, we have to now

spiritualize the vision ofDavid. Here is David, a man. If “I will raise up your son after you,” then he is David’s

son. I cannot deny it. “I will raise up your son after you who will come forth fromyour body.” “I will (now the

Lord is speaking) be his father and he shall be my son.” If he is the son ofDavid then he is the Son ofman. If,

on the other hand, the Lord adopts him, “He shall be my son,” then he is the Son of God. So, in this case,

who do men say the Son of man is? And they all thought of all kinds of things. He said then: “Who do you

say I am?” “You are Christ, the Son ofGod.” Now right away you think in terms “You are Christ, the Son of

God” and yet – the Son ofman, you think of a man. And it is not so at all.

Here is a man as you are – male or female – walking the earth. You have heard the story orally, but when you

began to read you could read it for yourself, but you did not understand it. You are playing your normal part

in this world and one day when you least expect it – in fact, you never expect it – you thought it happened

2,000 years ago to one person and that was it – well, you are that person. It is happening to you. You go

through the entire series of events as recorded in Scripture, and then you know [who] Christ is. Christ is “The

Way” to the Father – and there is no other Way. “I am the Way.” To what? To everything in this world! But

especially to the Father. “I am the Way. No one comes unto the Father but by me,” as told in the 14th

[chapter] of John. But no one comes unto the Father but by me.” So, here is the Way. What is the Way?

Then you search the Scripture and find the Way, and the Way you do not determine – it was in the beginning.

Listen to the statement carefully, in Paul’s Letter to the Colossians (1:15-17): “He is the image of the invisible

God, the first-born of all creation; for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and

invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities – all things were created through himfor

him. He is before all things, and in himall things hold together.”

“He is the image of the invisible God – the first born of all creation.” Now where is this said in the Old

Testament? Because the New is only the fulfillment. The whole is in the Old and the New is fulfillment. You

will find it in Proverbs 8:22, 23: “The Lord created me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old.

Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth . . . when he marked out the foundations

of the earth, then I was beside himlike a little child.” (v. 29) Here is God’s way of salvation. But God’s way

in Scripture is always personified. Every attribute ofman’s mind, which is God’s mind, is always personified.

If it is wealth, you see wealth as a man. If it is power, you see power as a man. When youmeet Infinite Might

– it is a man. All the attributes of mind are always personified, for God is man and man is God. So He

personifies this Way – the Way that was in the beginning. This is not improvised. Before God brought the

whole vast world into being, he plotted and planned a way of redemption for all of us. This is not an

afterthought of God. It came first. “I amthe first of his acts of old,” before he brought forth the world – the

universe, anything – he planned a Way, and the Way was to God, personified as a little child. “And I was

daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the sons of

man.” (Proverbs 8:30, 31)

Now listen carefully: “He who finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord; but he who misses me

injures himself; allwho hate me love death.” (Prov. 8:35, 36)Where is it in the New Testament – the second

part ofwhat we just quoted? The very first words uttered by Jesus recorded in Scripture you will find in the

last few verses in Luke 2. It takes place in the synagogue – the temple – and his parents said to him: “Son,

why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously.” And he replied:

“How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” And they did not

understand the saying which he spoke to them.” But, the mother kept these things in her heart, and then Jesus

grew in years, in wisdom, and in the favor of the Lord. The first recorded utterance of Jesus in Scripture

when he was only a lad, a child: “Did you not know that I must be inmy Father’s house?” He said heaven is

the throne ofGod and heaven is within you. Where would you find him? You are asking me? Where would

you seek me? They sought him elsewhere, but they could not find him until they found him in the father’s

house – for you are the temple of the living God. It is called synagogue, outwardly. You are the synagogue,

but you are the temple of the living God. I will not find the way until I find him myself. And find him without

searching for him. One day when it pleases God – for it comes with the fullness of time and he sees in me the

ripeness he is looking for – then he unfolds me by this series of events, in his home.

First the birth, then the discovery of his son, and then the splitting of the temple. And I amtaken into his home

– and his home is within. Just as described in the 13th Chapter of Mark, there is the most frightening

earthquake when you are taken into his home, and you are the cause of it. When youmove up and move into

that heavenly state within you, there is a vibration you have never experienced before. The whole vast world

within you begins to shake because you have been redeemed. You are brought in and there is joy beyond the

wildest dream you could ever conceive, because one more has been brought into the temple, into the house

ofGod.

It is true as I have told you. So Christ is the Way, the Way of redemption, and the Way is man. “The Lord

created me at the beginning of His Way, the first of his acts of old.” Before he brought forth the stars or

anything, he created a way of return to himself, and that way is called Christ in the Bible. And the people

sought himand the prophets inquired as to what person, and to this day, in 1963, they are still looking for a

person. You will see it in the papers – they are always looking for some person coming into the world that will

be Christ and they are so eager to find a Christ on the outside. They thought they found one in Hitler, or in

Stalin, or someone else – always a savior of the world. But, as quoted earlier fromMark 13:21: “And then if

anyone says to you, ‘Look here is the Christ!’ or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it.” You will never find

him in another. In no being in this world will you find him. You either find him in yourself as the Way that

leads you to God, or you will not find him. But you will find him- everyone will find him. And when they find

him, they find himas a “Way.” He said: “I amthe Way, I amthe Truth, I amthe Life; I amthe Resurrection; I

amthe Door.” There is no other door. You cannot get through it in any other way, and this is the Way of the

Father. The Way is inwoven in every child in this world and that child will find the way when God is ready for

him, for only God knows that moment in eternity when he will awaken that child.

Now, why are we called in 2 Samuel 7: “Those who sleep with the Fathers?” Here we are three billion in the

world today, 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 fromyour body, and I will establish his kingdom.” And you think those were

the fathers. May I tell you: you are the fathers. You have already fulfilled your day in preparation, and now

you are sleeping with the fathers. You are sound asleep, but you don’t know it. You came here tonight as a

conscious being and you will go home tonight – drive your cars or get off the bus at the right points, you will

go to bed fully conscious of the fact that this is when you are going to sleep and that prior to that you were

awake. You did all these things conscious.

I have observed my brother Bruce; from the time he was born he was a sleep walker. Bruce would come

down stairs and go to the larder, unlock the larder for some milk and bread and jam. He would walk around

naturally. We would do everything to make him fall on his neck, but he never did. He walked around the

chairs or anything else in the room and then came back upstairs and went back to bed, totally unaware he

had done anything unnatural, and the only person in the world who could convince him he did it was my

mother. He would oppose us, but not mother. Not that she would have done anything violent, but he could

not mistrust my mother. She was to us the ideal. She would not lie to us. So our brother Bruce trusted her,

but he would rack his brain to find out why he did it. We put obstacles in his way but he would walk around

them.

That taught me a lesson in my mature years when I was awakened to find that I had been asleep all through

the ages and I did not know it. All through the ages I have been sleeping – and how long are these ages? Paul

tells us in his letter to the Colossians, “The mystery hidden for ages and generations . . . which is Christ in

you, the hope of glory.” (Col. 1:26, 27) He tells us a mystery – the mystery – the mystery is Christ in us, the

hope of glory. I did not understand it anymore than the world understands it, and one day it happened. And

God, in his infinite mercy, looked uponme and found me ripe, and he woke me. I awoke for the first time in

eternity, and I was sealed in a tomb, and the tomb was my skull. And God rolled away the stone and I came

out. But until that moment I never thought for one moment I was asleep. Not only asleep, but the sleep was

so deep, so profound, I was dead. For when I awoke I was in a tomb, and you do not put anyone in a tomb

unless they are dead. So when you enter that tomb you are dead, and you are one with Christ, who died for

you. He is the Way. Together you are completely sealed in a tomb. But you don’t know it. I did not know it.

But I have never been more awake in eternity. When I saw things around about me and saw them all

objectively, and they could not see me, I understood the words: “He is the image of the Invisible God.” How

could you be the image of something invisible? But those are the words: “The image of the invisible God” –

the first of all that was created. How could I actually reflect something invisible? It was true, you are the

image of the invisible God and nothing that is mortal that looks at you can see you. You are more real than

anything in the world. And the whole thing began to come back and I began to see the experiences I have

come through and I wondered, for it puzzled me. Looking at you – looking at myself, bathing, shaving, taking

care of the body, and it seemed so alive and so independent of anyman’s perception of it. I could leave the

roomwhen I wanted to and do the things I wanted to do but at this moment in time I realized this is not so at

all.

When I awoke, I then realized an experience I had many years before. God was bringingme to that point of

awakening. In one moment in time he took me into a world just like this and showed me a power that would

be myself tomorrow. He allowed me to exercise it just for a moment and I saw people just like you. As I saw

them, I arrested withinmyself a rhythm – an action. As I did it, the people I observed stood still – everything

stood still. I wondered how it could be, but they could not move. But when I released the activity within me

that I arrested, they all moved on and completed their intention. Then it broke. Then I understood what he

meant: “As the Father has life within himself, so he has granted to the son to have life in himself.”

So everyone is destined to have life within himself. Then you wonder about these garments and all these

things round about us – this thing called Neville. What are all these things? Are these really costumes? Is

something being formed in us that is the image of the Invisible God and we have to play these parts and wear

these costumes for the moment? I have concluded that it is true – that, as Shakespeare says, the whole vast

world is really a stage and all men are merely the players. And one man plays many parts in his time, and the

being playing it all is God – individualizing himself and begetting himself, as told in 2 Samuel 7: “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.” Out of

this human body something is coming forward that is going to be called the Son ofman, because it comes out

ofman. But it will be the Son ofGod, and it is the image of the Invisible God – something born in man and he

brings him forward. And may I tell you: it is your own sense of I-ness. No loss of identity when you are

awakened. None whatsoever. You will know me in eternity and I will know you.

But for all the sameness of identity, we will know each other. But there is going to be a radical discontinuity of

form- a radical discontinuity. You have no idea how beautiful you really are. Human face, yes. Human hands,

yes. Human feet, yes. The human body – no. Not this body, not for one moment, but I cannot describe it to

you. Not that I wouldn’t, if I could, but I can’t. If I made an attempt, it could only be radiant light, like a

rainbow. Yet I would know you and you will know me, for there is a sameness of identity and human enough

we can recognize each other. But the form – a radical discontinuity. You can display it and you know who

you are, then you return to this – this garment, that you will one day put down forever, and this is essential.

Before this came into being, God mapped out a way, and The Way was called Christ. No one understood

who Christ was. They thought it was a man who would come and save the world. (People are always looking

for a man that will come and save the world.) That man is you. You are David. He brings forward your son,

but that is his son. Then you will understand the great opening statement of Matthew: “The book of the

genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” Then he brings up the question, “What

think ye of the Christ; whose son is he?” The question is not complete until you listen to the past part – “son

of David.” “Then why did David, in Spirit, call him father?” And you will see the Son ofman is also the Son

of God. But the Son of God and God are one. “I and my Father are one.” You get it? I and my Father are

one, and yet I amthe Son ofman.

This is man, and out of man comes a being that is God’s son. And then David – who played this fantastic

part, which is now universal humanity – becomes the Son ofman. You follow it? The Son of man is one with

the Son of God. But that out of which the Son of man comes (who is the Son of God) in turn becomes the

Son ofman. You follow it? Son of man – Son ofGod – God. The Son ofGod and God are one, if the Son of

God cannot deny the product ofman.

The question is asked in the 16th [chapter] of Matthew: “Who do men say the Son of man is?” Naturally,

because He is the Son ofman they have to think in terms ofman, and they say: “Some say John the Baptist,

others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” So they mention man. He does not quarrel

with that. He changes it, now: “But who do you say that I am?” He is asking: “Who is I?” He tells you: “I am

the son of man – but who am I?” They mention “the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Then he tells them;

“Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in Heaven.” Then he comes down to the

foundation – who is the Son of man? The Son of God? God? It comes out David. That is the promise given

to us.

David is collective humanity, and out ofDavid comes the Son ofman and that Son ofMan is the Son ofGod.

When the Son ofGod awakes, he has to have a son, and it is David. Jesus never got beyond that age of 12

where he appears in the temple, and they ask: “Where were you? We have been looking all over for you.

Why did you do this unto us? And He says: “Why did you seek me? You found me in my Father’s house.

Why did you seek me elsewhere. You can’t find me, but if you find me you find life and receive the favor of

the Lord.”

When you find life, you will do to everyone in this world what it has been my privilege to do. In these

moments I was taken, in the Spirit, and put into sections of humanity and stopped them. Then I released it,

and they completed their action. And I stopped themagain and they could go no further. A bird. A leaf. And

then you ask fantastic questions in the depths of your soul. And you come to the conclusion that this whole

vast world – everything in it – is a resultant state ofGod’s first creative act, and this was brought into being as

a resultant state, and you are not these garments of flesh at all. Something is being formed in this garment of

flesh. What is being formed? It is called the Son ofman, but God calls it his Son, and his Son and himself are

one. So God is begetting himself inman – his very own Self – and the day will come the individualwill be able

to say to himself; “He is not only begetting his Son, he begot his son in me, and I and my Father are one.”

When you are awakened there is no other being but you and you, yourself, awake in yourself to discover you

have been sound asleep and really dead for these unnumbered ages.

So when he tells you in his Letter to the Colossians: “The mystery hidden for ages and generations . . . which

is Christ in you, the hope of glory,” there is a way in man that leads him to glory. But man does not know it.

He thinks he is completely awake and independent. I can go back 30 years ago and I would walk on

Broadway, and it happened often. I was young and strong. Not a thing was wrong withme, and yet I would

walk up Broadway and all of a sudden I knew someone was arrestingme and I could not walk. And I would

stop in the street and I could not put one foot in front of the other, but I did not understand it, and I would be

released and walk on. Then it would happen again – on the sidewalk. I could not move, and I was fully alert

and conscious, but I was still. And I know, now, someone was doing to me then what I, years later, was

taken in Spirit to do to others. I was being trained and prepared to do the same thing to another that was

done to me. I could not move. And yet, I was playing on Broadway. I had my vaudeville shows and played

everything east of the Mississippi. I was a professional dancer and nothing was wrong with me and, yet, I

could not move. I could feel something holding me – not embracing me – but something binding me. I stood

paralyzed. And after a minute or so, whatever it was released me. I was used as the guinea pig by someone

using this power within himself as I, years later, used it on others.

So, “As the Father has life in Himself, so he grants the Son also to have life in himself,” and he is about to

awaken that son and he knows it. We are being ripened – we must all conform to the image of the invisible

God. When the image is coming into view, he introduces that being to the power that he will exercise

tomorrow, so he takes himin spirit and shows himthis fabulous world and he has control over it.

What is the world? It is a stage, but you are not the garment you are wearing. But I will recognize you. There

is a sameness of identity and we will know everyone in eternity. But there is a radical discontinuity of form.

So, this body of ours – face, hands, feet – yes. But not the body. You are beautiful beyond your wildest

dream!

Now let us go into the silence.

QUESTION: The Bible speaks of perfect love casting out all fear.

ANSWER: If you came into a world, and you could multiply this to encompass the entire world – but should

you come into a place, say, as large as this room, with an audience like this, and suddenly you knew in the

depths of your soul that you, by stilling – not them, but stilling an activity in yourself, everyone would be

stilled; and you did it and proved the truth of your intuition – who then could disturb you? If you were faced

now with the most horrible thing in the world and you by stilling an activity in yourself made it still, and it is so

still it could outlast marble; if you didn’t release that activity in yourself you wouldn’t have to embalm it, it

wouldn’t decay, it would stand just as it is.

Suppose you were faced with an army ofmillions, armed to the teeth, but they were earthlyminded, and then

you stilled the activity in you that gave them motion. And suppose in you, you could change their intention or

direction. You could by changing their direction march theminto the ocean and when they got beyond sight,

you released the activity within you, then what would happen to them? They would be once more flesh and

blood and they would drown. Do you know that? But you wouldn’t do that, because you would not be afraid

ofman and they are onlymen.

So all this is processing that God is extracting his sons fromman. It is from man, therefore it is man’s son. “I

will raise up your son after you who shall come forth from your body, but I will be his father and he shall be

my son.” So God is begetting his son inman, bringing him out ofman; but he can’t deny he is a man therefore

he is man’s son. It is man’s offspring but it is God’s son now, for this is going to be done differently. This that

comes from the world, my son, comes fromthe womb ofmy wife; but when my son in this world came from

the womb of his mother, he is brought forth fromthat body. He will also be brought forth fromhis skull. That

is the second birth. There are two births; one is fromthe womb ofwoman and one is from the skull of man.

That is the second reaching forth fromthe skull, – that is God’s son.

Now the question is asked in the Book of Timothy: “And how willwoman be saved?” Because man does not

quite understand generic man. The answer is wrongly translated. “Woman will be saved by the bearing of the

child.” Unfortunately they put that in the foot-note and they gave as the answer: “Woman will be saved by

bearing children.” It hasn’t a thing to do with any bearing of children. “Woman will be saved by the bearing of

the child,” just as man is saved. But they can’t believe that man could bear a child. He can sire one but he

can’t bear one. Yet the question is asked in the Book of Jeremiah: “Can man have a child, can he bear a

child?” The question is not answered but God answers it by stating that he is seeing, having asked the

question. “Can a man bear a child? Why then do I see every man with his hands delivering himself, pulling

himself out of himself just like a woman in labor.” (Jeremiah 30) And in the 2nd Chapter of Timothy: “How

then willwoman be saved?” and I tell you the true translation of that phrase is “By the bearing of the child.”

The foot note uses it and they tell you the literalGreek is “Bearing of the child.” But they cannot understand it

anymore than they could understand Jeremiah, so they say: “Woman will be saved by bearing children.” It

hasn’t a thing to do with bearing children. Salvation does it entirely differently – out of the skull of generic

man, male or female. The symbolismis the first step in the greatWay called Christ. Christ is the way, and the

first [step] is the birth of the individual by being resurrected, symbolized in the birth of a child.

They find the sign they were told they would find when this event takes place in eternity. They will find the

sign and the sign is the child, and they will tell you it is your child. They will give it to you and you will hold it,

as told in the Book of Luke, and you will have a joy in the Way of salvation.

There is a definite way and there is no other way. People say: “Well, there must be another way.” I swear

there is no other way. Foundation is the only salvation. Don’t try to get away fromit. It is the only foundation.

It is all in the Hebraic world as a promise. So, it is said: “He opened unto thee the Scriptures and they said

within themselves: “’Did not our hearts burn when he opened to us the Scripture,’ and beginning withMoses

and all through the prophets and the Psalms he interprets to them all concerning himself.” The whole thing is

about himself – that is, you. Moses rejoiced. He rejoiced for what? “He endured all the fires of Egypt; he

gave up all the treasures of Egypt, because he considered the wealth of Christ far greater, and he endured as

seeing him who is invisible.” He endured. Read the story of Moses. How would you say that Moses, who

preceded himby thousands of years, endured as seeing him? That is told in the 11th chapter of the Book of

Hebrews: “Moses endured as seeing himwho is invisible.”

Now we are told that “Abraham rejoiced that he was to see my day. He saw it and was glad.” How could

Abraham rejoice? Everything was in preparation and then came that moment in time when the first could be

brought forward, but from that moment on all are being brought forward. How many in the world? I don’t

know, but all are being brought forward and not one will fail. So what is doing it? “He who began a good

work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” So the day is coming when that moment in

time you are the image of that invisible God, God is bringing forth. He can’t bring you forth until you conform

to the image of the invisible God, for youmust be one with your Father. That you are one with him in the true

essence of the word: “I and my Father are one.”

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