1955 Kailua Study Group
Joel S. Goldsmith
118B – The Christ on Earth 1/4
It is strange that the calendar says the second of June, but the voice says it is Christmas. This is first the 42nd Chapter of Isaiah, the first to ninth verses:
Behold my servant, whom I uphold, mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth. I have put my spirit upon him. He shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry nor life up nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench. He shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
He shall not fail nor be discouraged till he hath set judgment in the earth. And the isles shall wait for his law. Thus saith God the Lord, He that created the heavens and stretched them out, He that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it, He that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein. I, the Lord, have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand and will keep thee and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles. To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
I am the Lord, that is my name, and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. Behold the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare. Before they spring forth, I tell you of them.
And then is the 61st Chapter of Isaiah:
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek. He hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified.
And they shall build up the old wastes; they shall raise up the former desolations; they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations. And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vine dressers, but ye shall be named the priests of the Lord. Men shall call you the ministers of our God. Ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves. For your shame, ye shall have double. And for confusion, they shall rejoice in their portion.
Therefore in their land they shall possess the double. Ever lasting joy shall be unto them, for I the Lord love judgment. I hate robbery for burnt offering, and I will direct their work in truth. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them; and their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offering among the people. All that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the Lord hath blessed. I will greatly rejoice in the Lord.
My soul shall be joyful in my God, for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation. He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness. As a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations. For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.
And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory. And thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name. Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken. Neither shall thy land anymore be termed Desolate, but thy shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah, for the Lord delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married. They shall call Him the holy people, the redeemed of the Lord, and thou shalt be called Sought out, a city not forsaken.
Often this is misinterpreted, as if God were speaking of some special man, or special person, or special people. It is for this reason that certain saviors have been looked upon as if they, themselves, were the Christ. It is for this reason that of old the Hebrews called themselves the children of God, the beloved children of God, almost the favored ones of God. And all of this misapprehension has led to the worship of people, of persons, or led to the belief that there are those nations or races which are favored of God, and it is for this reason that we have denominational religion in the world, with all of the differences and enmities that exist between them.
Whereas the truth is that God has anointed only the Christ; not a man or people, but His own son, the beloved, the Christ. And this is a spiritual entity, this Christ of God, this holy one of Israel is a spiritual impulse, a spirit that is in men. And this it is that is blessed, that is anointed, that is upheld by the Father. Wherever this Spirit of God appears in human consciousness, you may know that all of the blessings described in Isaiah and all of the prophecies regarding the rich fruitage of the Christ, will be made evident.
In other words, the Christ, the Son of God, the spiritual divine impulse, appears in an individual here and there, but exists in the consciousness of every individual on the face of the globe. Only that there comes a specific period in the life of an individual, when they come to the place of annunciation, that place of spiritual conception, in which the seed of Christ is planted, nurtured, realized, until on a Christmas Day, this child is born, or the presence of the Christ is realized, achieved in individual you and me.
In the case of each one, Christmas Day may be a different date. It may not take place on the 25th of December, but on the 2nd of June. Or it may take place geographically in what is called the Holy Lands, but always, always, always, it takes place in the holy consciousness of an individual, in the uplifted consciousness of an individual. In that area of one’s consciousness, which is a Holy City, the city that is called, “Sought after,” because it is sought after. Whenever anyone achieves a realization of the Christ, they are then sought after, just as a lighthouse at sea is sought after by the ships at sea. Not for the person or personality of that individual, but for that area of consciousness which is called the holy land, the birthplace and residence of the Christ.