The Law and The Promise

The lineage of Abraham and his descendants bears a dual significance. While it undeniably holds a place in secular history, laying the groundwork for the eventual emergence of the Israeli and Arab peoples, the crux lies in the allegorical interpretation, often expounded by Neville Goddard—the PROMISE that transcends mere historical accounts.

Neville Goddard, known for his interpretations of the Bible and teachings on imagination and creating your reality, presents ideas that can be quite different from mainstream Christian teachings. Goddard stands out as one of the most spiritually inclined Bible teachers I’ve ever encountered, and I’ve crossed paths with quite a few in my journey. His teachings, however, are not easily embraced; in fact, the first time I encountered them, I struggled to comprehend and accept what he was saying. It wasn’t until I took a detour, explored his ideas more deeply, and returned with an open mind that I began to appreciate their profound significance. I highly recommend going to the Bible, to read his source for yoursellf.

To some, Neville Goddard may well be regarded as the most exceptional Bible teacher to have ever graced this world, but to the average Christian, his teachings can appear not only bewildering but also threatening, even leading some to question whether he might be perceived as a figure at odds with their religious beliefs, perhaps even akin to Satan himself.

The core principles of the Law and the Promise and mainstream Christian thought are at odds., just like the average Neville cultist is at odds with the core teachings of Jesus.

As said by Paul, Jesus’s very own apostle, whom wrote in his letters to The Galatians, read it in your Bible. Read it yourself, don’t take my word for it!

The Law and the Promise | Galatians 3

Brothers and sisters, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case. The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed, meaning one person, who is Christ.  What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise. For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on the promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.

Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator. A mediator, however, implies more than one party; but God is one.

Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law.  But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.

St Paul, The Apostle. Galatians 3

The Bible, as Neville Goddard suggests, is a treasury of allegory, symbolism, and spiritual truth. It opens the door to interpretations that extend far beyond the historical or ethical and into the realm of personal transformation, manifestation, and the realization of the divine within each individual. This perspective sheds light on the profound depth and significance of the scriptures, revealing a narrative far richer and more meaningful than mere historical or moral guidance. But don’t take my word for it, or even Neville’s, read it for yourself:

John 3

Jesus Teaches Nicodemus:

 “Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council.  He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”

 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”

 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[ gives birth to spirit.  You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

How can this be?  Nicodemus asked.

“You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things?  Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.  I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?  No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,  that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.

 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.   Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.  This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.

 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.  But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.”

Being Christ-like to others

Neville Goddard is undeniably enlightened in his understanding. However, it’s crucial to recognize that he didn’t create these principles; they are God’s work. Neville merely grasped these concepts

Jesus teachings exemplify living by God’s will, emphasizing the importance of embodying God’s word, spreading love, and practicing kindness to all, mirroring Christ’s ways in our interactions. God granted us free will, offering an unlimited array of choices in life. Manifestation, when aligned with God’s principles finds support and examples within the Bible.

We are created in God’s image and God bestowed upon us the gift to shape the life we desire; we are co-creators with Him. God, the creator of everything, even encompasses what Neville taught. Creating alternative man-made religions or governing bodies goes against His intentions. God’s purpose is our happiness, and He stands by us. Praying and manifesting concurrently is possible, as I practice in my life. No other divine being exists beside God;

The Promise: Galatians 4

“Children who are under age are no better off than slaves, even though everything their parents own will someday be theirs. This is because children are placed in the care of guardians and teachers until the time their parents have set. This is how it was with us. We were like children ruled by the powers of this world.

But when the time was right, God sent his Son, and a woman gave birth to him. His Son obeyed the Law,  so he could set us free from the Law, and we could become God’s children.  Now that we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts. And his Spirit tells us that God is our Father. You are no longer slaves. You are God’s children, and you will be given what he has promised.

Paul’s Concern for the Galatians

Before you knew God, you were slaves of gods that are not real. But now you know God, or better still, God knows you. How can you turn back and become the slaves of those weak and pitiful powers? You even celebrate certain days, months, seasons, and years. I am afraid I have wasted my time working with you.

My friends, I beg you to be like me, just as I once tried to be like you. Did you mistreat me when I first preached to you? No you didn’t, even though you knew I had come there because I was sick. My illness must have caused you some trouble, but you didn’t hate me or turn me away because of it. You welcomed me as though I were one of God’s angels or even Christ Jesus himself. Where is that good feeling now? I am sure if it had been possible, you would have taken out your own eyes and given them to me.  Am I now your enemy, just because I told you the truth?

Those people may be paying you a lot of attention, but it isn’t for your good. They only want to keep you away from me, so you will pay them a lot of attention. It is always good to give your attention to something worthwhile, even when I am not with you. My children, I am in terrible pain until Christ may be seen living in you. I wish I were with you now. Then I would not have to talk this way. You really have me puzzled.

Hagar and Sarah

Some of you would like to be under the rule of the Law of Moses. But do you know what the Law says?  In the Scriptures we learn that Abraham had two sons. The mother of one of them was a slave, while the mother of the other one had always been free. The son of the slave woman was born in the usual way. But the son of the free woman was born because of God’s promise.

All of this has another meaning as well.

Each of the two women stands for one of the agreements God made with his people. Hagar, the slave woman, stands for the agreement that was made at Mount Sinai. Everyone born into her family is a slave. Hagar also stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and for the present city of Jerusalem. She and her children are slaves.

But our mother is the city of Jerusalem in heaven above, and she isn’t a slave.  The Scriptures say about her,

“You have never had children,

but now you can be glad.

You have never given birth,

but now you can shout.

Once you had no children,

but now you will have

more children than a woman

who has been married

for a long time.”

My friends, you were born because of this promise, just as Isaac was.  But the child who was born in the natural way made trouble for the child who was born because of the Spirit.

The same thing is happening today.

 The Scriptures say, “Get rid of the slave woman and her son! He won’t be given anything. The son of the free woman will receive everything.” 

My friends, we are children of the free woman and not of the slave.

-St Paul, The Apostle. Galatians 4

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