1952 New Washington Series
Joel S. Goldsmith
tape 6B – 8th Chapter Romans
Now to illustrate this point, I am taking tonight the 8th Chapter of Romans: There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. There is no condemnation. You can use the word “condemnation” as broadly as you like. There is no blame, there is no fault, there is nothing held against. There is no condemnation, but to whom? To them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh.
As you read John you learn that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, so the flesh is not used in any evil sense, not used in any sensual sense or immoral sense, but those who walk not after the flesh means those who walk not after the forms in which God or good appears, those who do not seek after the things, but rather it says, but after the Spirit. There is therefore, no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. Now the Spirit is God or Cause, and so to those who give up the seeking for forms, manifestation, expressions of good, but who rather walk after the Spirit, who seek the Spirit or God Itself, there is no condemnation.
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. And those that are seeking things, those that are seeking manifestations of good, expressions of good, forms of good are after the flesh. Later we’re told that they that are in the flesh can not please God. Those that seek forms of good, expressions of good, ideas of good, those who are seeking the good things of life cannot please God. Why? Because only those that are after the Spirit, that is, those that are seeking after God, seeking after soul, after cause, only they can please God.
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. To be seeking after the things, after the forms, after the expressions of good is death, but to be seeking God is peace and is life. Here is a point on which we must watch our step. We have been led to believe in metaphysical studies that we are the children of God, that we are spiritual, that we are ideas of God, or expressions of God, but here we learn something really new.
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man hath not the Spirit of Christ he is none of his. You see, that helps make clear why we as human beings go through all of the evils of human existence, through lack and limitation, through disease, temptation, sins, wars, panics, fears, doubts. Why? Because unless we have the Spirit of God dwelling in us, unless we are already in Christ, we are not children of God, we are not pleasing God, we are not spiritual beings. As much as it would be wonderful to say that everybody is a child of God and everybody is spiritual, here we learn that only those who have the Spirit of God dwelling in them, only those who have the Spirit of Christ, only they are children of God.
Now, when we catch that point we see this: But if the Spirit of him—but if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Did you notice this: but if the Spirit of God dwell in you. It doesn’t say that it does dwell in you. No, because we have learned before if you are seeking the flesh, if you are seeking the things of life, the good things, or “any things,” even the good ones, even the normal and natural things like homes and companions and wives and husbands, even seeking those, the Spirit of God is not dwelling in you, and you are none of His. Only if you are seeking God Itself, only if you are seeking an understanding of God, a realization of God, only in the degree that you are not seeking things, but seeking the kingdom of God, in that degree can you say the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, and that Spirit that dwells in you will quicken also your mortal bodies.
For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die; but if ye, through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God they are the sons of God. Not you are the sons of God. No. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God they are the sons of God. You remember how we thrashed that all out in the 91st Psalm, where we wondered why a thousand could fall at our left, and ten thousand at our right, but it wouldn’t come nigh us? And then we discovered that it well nigh could come nigh us unless we obeyed the first verse of the 91st Psalm: He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High, none of these things shall come nigh his dwelling place. It didn’t promise that immunity from evil to the world—only to those who live and move and have their being in God consciousness—and here we have the same thing in the New Testament that only those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God, and only they can please God.
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the heart knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit.