The Infinite Way Letters
By Joel Goldsmith
“Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.”
Under the Hebrew law circumcision was necessary. It was a part of the ritual, and without it you were not a good Jew and would not, probably, get into a good Jewish heaven. But we do not want to be a good Hebrew—we want to be a good Christian, and so we will not be circumcised! The passages quoted above say that circumcision or uncircumcision availeth nothing. Why is this so? Either way you are under the law, and whatever you are doing in order to be obedient to the law cheats you of Divine Grace. It does not matter whether you want to obey a Hebrew or a Christian law, a Muhammadan or a Hindu law: as long as you want to obey a law you are not under Grace.
In setting up a loyalty to a man, a teaching, or a church, what becomes of your loyalty to God? In being loyal to God you cannot be false to any man, or to any organization, but in setting up a separate loyalty or obedience to a man-made rule, you break your allegiance to God.
This was discovered at the drawing of the constitution of the United States. This great document simply would not go together until the writers began to pray and to put God into their sessions. In this connection we find a strange thing: obedience to the Constitution of the United States is not obedience to man-made law. The Constitution is a revelation of liberty, justice and freedom, and these are qualities of God. The Constitution does not demand submission to law, but instead it is a guarantee of freedom from law—economic, political and religious. It binds us to nothing but our freedom, and any attempt to change it has wrecked the lives of those who have tried it.
To be circumcised because it is the law of the Hebrew church availeth nothing. To be uncircumcised because the Christian church denies it, is meaningless. To be baptized or not to be baptized—whichever you do is wrong, because as far as God is concerned it makes no difference, because Christ, theSon of God, is not material structure, and in Christ there is neither yes or no—there is just Spiritual Divine Being.
The next time you are confronted with a problem, watch to see if your first thought is not to take something in the nature of a discord and change it into the nature of a harmony. Those who are on the Spiritual Path must not be interested in changing a bad condition into a good one, or in changing lack into abundance, but must be interested only in revealing Christ, the Son of God.
If you could be made the healthiest human being in the world today there is no reason why tomorrow you could not be run over and killed. If you could be made rich today, there could easily be a drop in the stock market tomorrow. However, if within your own being you ever hear the words, “Son, thou are ever with me, and all that I have is thine,” you will never lack. You could find yourself in the depths of depression, stranded on the desert or in the middle of the ocean; you could find yourself in unemployment, in hell, or in the valley of the shadow of death, but you will never be without the fullness of God, Good, “…for the place whereon thou standest in holy ground.” This is revelation of the Christ-hood that maintains us and sustains us eternally and immortally in God’s Perfection—“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
When the Master said to the palsied man, “Take up thy bed, and walk,” He was not trying to make a sick man well, but was revealing to him that, since he was a spiritual being, there was nothing to hinder him. To the woman taken in adultery He said, “Neither do I condemn thee,” and to the thief on the cross—“Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” The Master took the Middle Path—He recognized only the Christ, Divine Spiritual Being, the man who was never born and who will never die.
Christ is your Self-hood. Christ is your identity. Christ is spiritual. Christ is the Son of God. That is the man we are revealing. So it is that circumcision or uncircumcision, baptism or not baptism availeth nothing because you are already that which you are seeking, and any physical or mental attempt to attain or earn or deserve Christ-hood must fail.
No human being can grow into Christ-hood nor can he become Christ. Christ is that which you inherently, spiritually are, and the only achievement or attainment is the realization or recognition of it.
Moses was one of the first to reveal this secret to us. As he tended his flocks on the hillside he pondered the things of God until suddenly he realized, “I AM THAT I AM.” Elijah revealed spiritual identity to Elisha when he said, “If thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee…” and likewise in the experience of the Master when He say “the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him,” and the voice from heaven saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am will pleased.
When Peter said unto Jesus, “Thou are the Christ, the Son of the living God,” Jesus answered and said,”…flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” Out of all Jerusalem, only a handful of people saw the Master, Christ Jesus, ascend into heaven, and it was only those few who had attained sufficient spirituality to recognize the Christ.Only Christ can recognize Christ.
In other words, only spiritual consciousness within you will enable you to recognize spiritual consciousness in another. When you can recognize Christ, the new creature, as your true being you can look out at the world and say, “…greater works than these shall he do,” because my Father is your Father, your Father is my Father, and we are one in Christ.
This is the healing consciousness and it will make of you a healer, a practitioner or a teacher, but it comes only as you are able to look through human conditions and appearances to the Christ.
Christ is fulfillment. Work always from the standpoint of “am,” “is,” “God is,” and never try to change or improve anything or any one. When called upon for help, realize that the Christ already is in heaven, harmony—the Christ is the perfected one. “I AM THAT I AM.” This is what we call the “Middle Path.”