Faith, Hope, Love

Neville

FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE

Scripture makes the most profound statements in the world. You can believe them or reject them, but you

will never know their truth until scripture is experienced. When it is once experienced, you can no more deny

it than you can the humblest evidence of your senses.

I make the claimGod is love. Scripture tells us God is faith, saying: “Through faith the world was made by the

Word of God.” And we are told to “Put your hope fully upon the grace that is coming to you at the

resurrection of Jesus Christ in you.” Now, I can tell you that his name is I AM and that God’s first revelation

to man is that of the Father. I can tell you that all this is true of yourself; that you are God the Father; that you

are infinite love, infinite faith, and infinite hope, but you will not know this truth until it becomes your own

experience.

After you have experienced scripture, there is no power in the world that can persuade you that you were

hallucinating, for when you experience this truth you are on a far greater level of awareness than anything

known to man on this level. Whether he be an Einstein, a great financial giant, or a famous doctor, he is

aware only of this level and what I speak of here is on an entirely different sphere. What you experience is

separate from this world, and that experience is what I call “religion”. Religion is a devotion to the reality of

an exalted experience, [the reality] of which reason and the senses may deny, but you will know you had the

experience.

Now let me share with you three letters I received this week. One lady – who is very much a lady – writes,

“On the night of January 24th I was sitting quietly, meditating, when suddenly something turned or opened in

my head and I heard a voice say: ‘I am faith, hope and love.’ A moment later a deep, gloriously masculine

voice added: ‘I amthe Father.’ Those words touched me with such emotion that I burst into tears and cried

and cried.”

The shortest sentence in scripture is “Jesus wept.” At the very end of the drama, one who was supposed to

be the rock on which the whole would be established denied the story three times before the cock crowed.

Then, remembering all that was foretold, he wept bitterly. Now, to embrace an experience one must have an

experiencing nature, for it is only from an experiencing nature that the furnaces of affliction can refine the

essence of faith, hope and love.

Here is a statement from the 48th chapter of Isaiah: “Now you will know; now you will hear things that you

have never known before. From of old your ears have not been opened, but I tried you in the furnace of

affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake I do it, for how canmy name be profaned. My glory I will not

give to another.”

You may think that because you have perfect pitch and can hear the slightest sound that your ears are

opened, but they are sealed to the heavenly voices, completely sealed to the heavenly world. But now I tell

you:God is love, he is faith, and he is hope. His initial hope was “Let us make man in our image.” Having the

faith that it could be done, it took love to do it. It is love who is put through the furnace of affliction and –

although it seems to be hell while experienced – love turns Man into a living soul so Man can respond, for

without response there is no action.

In the silence this lady heard the words: “I am faith, hope and love” followed by a deep, masculine voice

saying: “I am the Father.” Now she knows that she incarnates God and that he radiates from her own

wonderful human imagination. Having had this experience, there is no priest, no minister or archbishop who

could persuade her out of it. This lady is unknown to the world, yet she has experienced that which is

unknown to its intellectual and financial giants.

I tell you scripture is true, and the day will come when the voice will reveal her as the Father. That is when

God’s only begotten Son stands before her and calls her “Father.” Then she will know and say: “I have found

David; he has called me My Father, My God, and the Rock ofmy salvation.”

Youmight think that a lady could not have the experience of being the Father, but in this dimension ofwhich I

speak we are the Elohim. We are not male or female, but God, yet God made up of many. The word

“Elohim” is a compound unity, one made up ofmany. We are all the one Father of the one and only begotten

Son, the quintessence of man’s experiences, personified as David. The voice who spoke to her declared

eternal truth, and when you stand in the presence of the Risen Christ and hear the words, “God is love,” you

will know its eternal truth. And when he incorporates you into his body, you will not be two any more, but

one. Then, as he incorporates himself into another and still another, we will all be gathered back into the one

body, the one Spirit, and we will all know we are the Father. There aren’t numberless Fathers. We all fell

from the one Father, and we are all gathered together back into the one Father, who said to the lady: “I am

the Father.” I can’t tell youmy thrillwhen I received that letter.

Now, to have a great experience you must have an experiencing nature, for only by an experiencing nature

can you devise the essence of faith, hope and love. And when it happens the tears fall. Peter was not

emotionally moved when the truth was intellectually heard, but when it was experienced and the whole thing

came to pass in him, he wept bitterly. One day you will experience scripture and know how true it is. I am

speaking from experience when I tell you that I stood in the presence of the Risen Christ and spoke the

words of Paul: “Faith, hope and love, these three, but the greatest of these is love.” Then I was embraced by

Man who is infinite love, who is God. And what I have experienced you will experience also.

There are those who speak of God as an over-soul, or impersonal force. They have become so abstract in

their concept of this creative and redeeming power. But God is not an over-soul or intangible force, butMan,

and he speaks with a voice as I speak to you now. You hear me in the tongue in which you were born. When

God speaks to you, you will hear him in your natural tongue. And when you stand in the presence of Infinite

love it is Man, and yet you will know he is all love.

Now let me share another experience. We are told in the Book of Genesis that when a dream is doubled,

God has fixed it and it will shortly come to pass. This lady had three dreams of elephants. In her first dream

she said: “It was the mating season, and I saw many elephants, all in the creative act.” This dream was

followed by a dreamin which she found herself standing by a river, surrounded bymountains. On the river’s

bank stood three stone elephants, and as she looked at them they became animated, entered the river, and

swam downstream. Watching them she said to herself: “This is the second time I have seen stone elephants.

The last time was when they came out of the mountains.” Then she added: “When I awoke I realized what I

had said was true.”

There is a language of symbolism that is universal. Regardless ofwhether you are in Africa, in China or here,

in the depth of the soul the elephant is the symbol of God’s creative power and wisdom, which is defined in

scripture as Jesus Christ. In her dream she remembered another dream, so this dream is bordering on

self-revelation, which is God revealing himself in her.

God’s creative power has made itself known to her and she will, in the immediate present, have tangible

proof of the fact that her own wonderful human imagination is Christ Jesus. All things are possible to God,

and by the exercise of this power she can prove that she is the creative power of the universe. Symbolized as

in the creative act, this power appeared as stone which has not been made alive. Something was seemingly

dead in her world, but it doesn’t matter, the power is not there. It’s not in space, in the stars, or teacup

leaves. Power is not in anything outside of the human imagination. All that you behold, though it appears

without, it is within, in your imagination of which this world of mortality is but a shadow. To prove this to

herself, she saw the elephants as dead, all made of stone. Is there anythingmore inanimate, more dead, than

stone? Yet the moment she beheld themthey became animated and entered the streamof life.

She was in a wonderful mountainous area, and all through scripture revelations took place from the

mountaintops. Jesus was on the mountaintop when he transfigured himself, and now, here in this mountainous

area, her own creative power was revealed. So I repeat: God the creator and your own wonderful human

imagination are one and inseparable; therefore, he will never be so far off as even to be near, for nearness

implies separation. Now she knows – as does the other lady – that she incarnates God, and God radiates

fromher as her own wonderful human imagination.

What are you imagining right now? Is it something disastrous? Or is it a wonderful thought that has caught fire

within you? No matter what your thoughts may be, they will come to pass, for there is nothing in this world

but that which was first imagined. In the January issue of a magazine called The NationalObserver, there is a

picture of a demolished railroad threshold. You see a large section of the train broken, with many cars

demolished and one suspended over the edge of an embankment. It is a photograph of an accident which

happened recently in Rubin, Idaho. This same picture had appeared in their December issue, and when a

reader in Springfield, Virginia saw it, he thought it strangely familiar. Then he remembered that nineteen years

ago he had been sketching, and a scene just came out of his imagination, a scene that was a duplicate of the

accident that happened this past year. Sending a picture of his sketch to The National Observer, he asked:

“Is it fate that my picture so closely resembles the actual accident?” He thought the train wreck was the actual

event, but it was the effect. He was the cause. This is a world of shadows. He drew the accident, even to the

trees surrounding it, and what he called the actual event was only the effect in the shadow world.

So I say to this lady: you have touched the depth of your soul, the creative power of God, and no one is

going to take it fromyou, for your power has grown to the point of revelation. You can’t turn back now and

believe in any outside God. Those who have not had the vision can still turn back. They are those on whom

the seed fell, and although they eagerly took it, the cares of the world took them away. Or those that,

because the seed fell among thorns, it was cast off. Or those that, traveling the highway of life, they tried and

proved their creative power but decided that it would have happened anyway, or that it was just coincidence.

But in your case, my dear, you can’t turn back. There is no power on earth that can turn you back to any

orthodox belief, for you have seen the symbol of the creative power of God. Starting as the creative act, you

turned stone into something alive and it has entered the stream of life. You know now that you have the

power to take something that is dead and barren as stone and in your mind’s eye resurrect it, breathe upon it,

and make it alive.

Now, the other letter was froma gentleman. His is on another level. In his dreamhe sees a house fromwhich

a glow radiates from its windows and doors. Someone near asked: “When you enter the house, how willwe

know you are doing it?” And he answered: “I only do what is necessary, but no matter what I do you will still

say it is a trick.” Then a voice spoke from within him saying: “I have power I know not of.” This gentleman

has the power to create, but he has not entered the state of consciousness to exercise it. He knows that when

he enters this house and things happen, it is he who says it would have happened anyway. There are no

others, there is only God in this world. Although he answered the question, there was doubt, and he always

takes it with him as he enters a new state of consciousness, therefore never quite sure that his imaginal act

was the cause of the phenomena of his life.

Here we see various levels of the revelation of God within Man. The first one was the fantastic “I am the

Father” and in the not distant future she will know this truth in the most intimate manner. No longer will it be

as a voice coming from the depth of her soul, but she will know she is the Father when God’s only begotten

Son stands before her and calls her “Father.” In the meantime God is radiating from her own wonderful

human imagination. She knows that I amFaith, I amHope and I amLove. She has read it in the 13th chapter

of Corinthians. She has heard it from the platform, but she knows it now from revelation. She heard the

words coming from within herself and when David, in the Spirit, calls her Lord, she will prove to herself that

everything I say fromthe platformis true.

So I repeat:We will not know scriptural truth until it is experienced, and then we cannot deny it any more

than we can the humblest evidence of our senses. God’s first revelation to Man is Power, Almighty God, El

Shaddai. His second revelation is I AM. “My name is in you, listen, take heed, harken to my voice, for my

name is in you.” And his final revelation is that of Father.

In the 40th Psalm it is said: “Thou hast given me an open ear.” This is repeated in the 10th [chapter] of

Hebrews in this manner: “Sacrifices and offerings thou hast not desired, but a body thou hast prepared for

me.” The open ear of Psalms has now become a body, an immortal body that cannot die. Something turned

and opened, and although from of old the lady had not heard, now she hears. Your garment of flesh and

blood has ears, but I speak of an entirely different body. I speak of the body which has been put through the

furnaces, which has been prepared for the heavenly kingdom. So judge not from appearances, for although

they may be famous and extremely rich they are still asleep, and when they depart this world they will enter

another world of the dead. But she – although unknown here – will enter the world of life, for her body has

been prepared for the age that is to come.

Your faith is justified not by any argument, but by an experience. Tell me what you believe and I will hear

your confession of faith. Tonight, believe the words the lady heard. Say within yourself: “I am the Father” and

you will hear your own confession of faith. That is where the true spirit of scripture is – all within self. And

God’s creative power is in you. So if tonight you want something, know it is contained within you and you

have the power to animate it and make it alive. Then have faith, have confidence that in its own good time

what you have imagined will come to pass. You need not tell anyone or devise the means of its fulfillment. All

you need is faith. Through faith we understand that the world was created by the Word ofGod. So set your

hope fully upon this grace of God which is the hope of Man. God gave himself to you as though there were

no other, and when his Son stands before you and calls you “Father” you will know that faith has transformed

itself into vision, that hope has been completely realized, and that love endureth forever.

Now let us go in to the silence.

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