1953 FIRST NEW YORK LECTURE SERIES
Joel S Goldsmith
43:A The Word Within (2/4)
It is an impossibility to be God-governed and to be subject to accidents, sin, disease, poverty, wars, death. The spiritually illumined never die. The spiritually illumined are never aware of the discords of earth. And who are the spiritually illumined? Those who have been touched by God, those who have felt the divine presence. Ah yes, they do, for the benefit of the world, go through some perilous experiences, but they are never touched by them. Paul that is who tells us that I myself would rather be out of the flesh and be with Christ, but it is better for your sake that I remain here in the flesh to teach you about God, about this Christ. And so he remained in the flesh and takes some of the discords and inharmonies of the flesh that we might learn through his experience, through his revelation, the consciousness of truth, of his spiritual wisdom.
And so we could trace through Moses and Elijah and Isaiah, all of the Hebrew prophets, of Jesus, John, Paul, of the discords, of the persecutions that they suffered, but for our sakes not for theirs. When an individual becomes illumined or receives the divine grace, the wisdom of God, they could if they would, retire from the world, and know only the peace and the joy and the companionship of this spiritual presence and power. For them the discords of life are over; for them death has been ended. They can say with the Master I have overcome the world. My kingdom is not of this world, I have overcome the world.
But no, their illumination often takes the form of compelling them to remain under the laws of the flesh in order that they may reveal to us, to those who come after them, the secret of the spiritual life. And because their teaching is a violation of theology and materia medica, they suffer the persecutions of the world. But of this you may be assured: regardless of what they may seem to go through in their outer sense, inwardly not only are they not suffering but actually they are in the deepest sense of peace and joy. Whatever of discords they experience are merely the outer sense and a sacrifice taken upon themselves for others. Of themselves, and this is true of all who have attained even a slight measure of spiritual grace, this life, this world is over, finished. The troubles and inharmonies of this world are no more.
We have lived through a great many wars in our present generation and the present generation of most of us who are in this room, and we have witnessed the prayers of the world for peace. We have witnessed the numberless days in which people have gathered in churches of all denominations, of all faiths, of all religions pleading for peace. We have witnessed the prayers of people for health, for harmony. And we have witnessed the failure of these prayers, the failure of these prayers to result in the expected harmonies and peace. And the reason is this; as a human being, as a man or a woman whose faith is in the external realm, there is no God. Nor is there a God-power, nor is there a God-presence. As long as an individual finds it necessary to seek his happiness or contentment or safety or security in the outer realm, that person has no God to protect them, heal them, save them or redeem them.
It is only in proportion as we come into the realization that the kingdom of God, the realm of power and presence is within us, that we begin to be free of the world’s troubles. A book called the Bible will no more save us than any book that has ever been printed. A church will no more save us than any edifice that has ever been erected.
The reason is this: all power is in the word, all power. All power is in the word and the word is within you, within individual consciousness, within your being and within my being. The word of truth saves, heals, redeems. The word of truth is power. Why? The word of God is quick and sharp and powerful. The word of God is that, and the word of God is within you. Not your right thinking or mine; that is not salvation. The word of God is not your word or my word. My thoughts are not your thoughts, saith the Lord. It is God’s thoughts; it is the word of God coming to our consciousness that is our protection.
When we take the word of truth from the Bible and place it within our consciousness, when we fill ourselves with the word of truth from the Bible, that word of truth within our being becomes a fortress, a tower, a refuge. If you destroy this temple, if you destroy this body, this word of truth in the midst of you, in the midst of your consciousness, will redeem it, resurrect it, rebuild it; not while it’s out here in a book. When it becomes the word of truth within you then it becomes safety, security and protection.
In the 15th chapter of John we are told Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in Me and I in you. Abide in Me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself except it abides in the vine, no more can ye except ye abide in Me. If a man abide not in Me he is cast forth as a branch and is withered. And men gather them and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If ye abide in Me and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will and it shall be done unto you.
You see that as a human being, separate and apart from the word of God we are that branch which is withered, which cannot survive because it is not drawing unto itself from the infinite source of being. But when you abide in this word, when you let this word of truth abide in you, when you draw the spirit of God through the word into you, then and then only do you draw unto yourself the infinite good of God in the form of protection, safety, security, supply, companionship, home, health, harmony.