Infinite Way Letter
By Joel Goldsmith
Grace (2 of 4)
The advent of the Christ in the consciousness of Jesus of Nazareth was accompanied by the deep humility that forever after made Him deny personal powers, personal virtues and personal honors in His conviction that “I can of mine own self do nothing…the Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works….My doctrine is not mine but His that sent me….If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.” These statements of the Master reveal a deep inner conviction and awareness of something invisible (the Father within) accomplishing the mighty works of healing, redemption, and feeding the multitudes on the outer plane. “My Father worketh hitherto, and I work…I and my Father are one…my Father is greater than I.” Wherever you find one who has been touched by the Hand of the Divine, you will find this same realization of an Infinite Unseen…yet all power is expressed in the realm of the visible.
As you come to this place in consciousness, you feel that your life has been taken over and is being lived for you, as well as through you and as you. It is as though the Presence were always going before you to “make the crooked places straight,” and the desert “blossom as the rose,” and to open doors of opportunity, of service, and of welcome. It is not that you, of yourself, have these powers, but rather that “the Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works.” As you observe more and more of the activity of the Christ in your consciousness (ever appearing as more beautiful and wonderful thoughts, manifesting as greater and still greater deeds of spiritual power) your trust and faith grows by leaps and bounds.
From the moment you receive this inner conviction, you relax and rest—and let the invisible do the works. No longer do you use Truth to overcome error, butlet Truth appear as the activity of your consciousness. As you come to the realization of God as the only power, you learn that neither sin, fear nor struggle against every form of discord. To relax the human power, the personal will, the mental or physical might, is to obtain “by my spirit”.
Paul achieved a life by Grace as shown by the deep humility expressed in his words, “…I live: yet not I, but Christ liveth in me…I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” To live by Grace enables you to do greater things, and to achieve better results in all your activities, because of this spiritual impulsion and divine guidance. Concern for your personal welfare (or for that of your families or nations) cannot be dropped, except when this inner Wisdom reveals itself to you; freedom from fear, danger, or lack can only come as the Comforter appears. The Voice of Truth utters Itself within you, and It becomes the “Peace, be still,” to every storm in your experience.
Christ Consciousness is “this mind …which was also in Christ Jesus,” voicing Itself. You must cultivate It. A few people are born into the world with some measure of Christhood, but everyone may develop and cultivate this awareness to the degree of his fidelity to study and meditation. Your receptivity consists in keeping open the passageway of consciousness so that you may recognize and welcome the Christ as It touches and awakens your Soul into newness of life. In the silence of your being Christ speaks, and you hear: “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee…I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” This consciousness of God’s Presence is developed in quietness and stillness, in patience and perseverance; by abstaining from mental power or physical might, so that “my spirit” may function as your life. “Be still, and know that I am God.”
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God….” By Grace are you saved!
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