Every book of the Bible emanated from the consciousness of an individual. It isn’t always known who those individuals were. Some of them are ascribed to writers who did not write them; who could not possibly have written them. Others, writers, are still unknown. As you know at the present time, there is a great difference of opinion, as to who wrote many of the books ascribed to Paul. And it seems almost definite that some of them that we have accepted as Paul’s writings never were.
For many years the world has wondered—the world of scholars—whether or not Jesus taught from any books, from any scripture, because it is so evident that he used very, very little out of the Old Testament, out of what we know as the Old Testament. And of course, he denied a great deal of that which is in the Old Testament, and therefore, it has caused wonder as to whether he was inventing a new teaching, revealing a new teaching.
Of course now, the book that he actually used as his textbook has been discovered, and the truth that he taught has been found in them. So we know that the actual book that Jesus used as his Bible was not included in the Bible as we have it today. It will only be a few years; it will be entirely translated and available to everybody. And then you will recognize truths which you already know, and which you will identify through the meanings which have been imparted to you. And you will see that we do not get along without a Bible, but rather we get along without the human concept of Bible.
We do not get along without a God, but we do get along very well without the human concept of God, the human presentation of God, an almighty being to which we lesser beings hovel, bow and scrape and plead, and make ourselves abject with sack cloth and ashes, hoping for a crumb from God’s table. When all of the time it has been revealed that all that the Father hath is yours and mine; that we are heirs of God to all the heavenly riches—not crumbs: all—that we are in fact, children of God, not beggars at God’s gate.
The unveiling takes place within you when you realize that it is the I in the midst of you that is God, closer to you than breathing, in whom you can relax without words and without thoughts—relax and receive the word; rest and receive His Spirit, rest in His grace, with no concern for tomorrow, no regrets about yesterday, for these have been erased. Yesterday is just as much a part of the past as yesterday’s newspaper. We don’t read our newspapers over, day after day after day in order to live in the past, nor should we live over the yesterdays in our memory. Because it is just like reading yesterday’s newspaper, trying to make yesterday’s news live today.
When God is unveiled in you, you begin to live in the nowness of life. It is as if you awakened each morning and realized God has given us a new day, a day that must be filled. A day that we can choose to fill with His presence, with His Spirit, with His love, or a day which we can fill with human belief, material laws, mental laws—if so be we ignore the presence of the Spirit of God in us.
Scripture cannot be fulfilled yesterday, and scripture will not be fulfilled tomorrow. Scripture is fulfilled in me this day, if so be I accept the unveiling and let the Spirit of God teach me; let the Spirit of God feed me, inspire me; let the Spirit of God walk with me through every minute of every day, and never attempt to walk through a minute alone.
I seem to remember at this moment a hymn, I guess from The Unity Hymn Book, “I Will Walk with Him and I Will Talk with Him.” But the unveiling comes actually in that moment of our decision, to awaken in the morning with God, to fall asleep at night with God, and to determine that every minute of every day, we will walk with God and let God walk in us and through us. And the means of this is of course, the attentive ear, the listening ear. We are only walking with God and living with God and in God as we learn to keep an open ear throughout our waking and sleeping hours.
For a while it may be necessary the very last thing at night in bed to open the ears and say, “Speak Lord, Thy servant heareth,” and then sleep. When you fall asleep this way, your body and mind are at rest, but you yourself are awake. You will be just as consciously receiving thought throughout your sleeping night, as you do throughout the day. You will be just as aware of the events taking place in the spiritual kingdom and sometimes their relationship to you in your earthly affairs, because I never slumber nor sleep. Consciousness never sleeps, never lapses into unconsciousness, and consciousness is what I am. The mind and body are what I use, but consciousness is what I am. Before there was ever a concept of God, you can be assured there was I Am, and I was there, and I am there, and I ever will be there.