Original Iwihub.com Transcript. Transcriber: Hilda Soon, Proofread by Zane Maser. Photography: Inez Marques
When Spirit is Upon You 3/5
1961 London Open Class
Joel S. Goldsmith
“Howbeit when he, the spirit of Truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth.” [John 16:13] From the moment that you receive your first feeling of the Presence, from the moment that you have the first conscious experience of realizing there is a Presence within me, from that moment on, if you keep turning to It, if you keep turning within in the silence, It will guide you into the full and complete revelation of Truth. That first spiritual experience that we have is very much like the planting of a seed within us. It isn’t yet the full-grown plant. It isn’t yet the fully developed Christ. It is very much like the child, Jesus, who had to be taken down to Egypt in order to be protected.
So it is that when this first glimmer of the Spirit takes place in us, we have to hide it. We don’t go out and tell anyone about it, unless it be our teacher. We do not discuss it with anyone else. We don’t ask them their opinion about it, but from the moment it happens, we hide It within us, but we turn to It. It is now a babe in us. It’s a babe has been born in us—the infant Christ. And as we keep It locked up within our breast, turn to It, repeatedly, repeatedly, silently, secretly, sacredly, and let It speak to us. Let It announce Itself to us. In one way or another, It will begin to make Itself known. It will begin to identify Itself. It will begin to lead us and guide us.
“Howbeit when he, the spirit of Truth, is come, he will guide you.” This Spirit within you, once you have been touched by It, keep turning to It, and you will be led into the fullness of It. The Comforter, even the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things.
Now, remember, we are at this moment in a contemplative meditation. We are contemplating the truth that after the Holy Ghost has come upon us, we will be spiritually endowed. We are contemplating this truth that when this spirit of Truth comes, when this spirit of God reveals Itself to us, It will guide us into the fullness of truth.
And then we read in Ezekiel [36:14], “And I will put my Spirit in you, and ye shall live.” You know you weren’t living before. Human beings aren’t really living. Very often we call human beings “the walking dead,” because as human beings, we’re all walking toward a grave, sometimes slowly, sometimes quickly, sometimes gracefully and not so gracefully; but, as humans, we’re all walking toward a grave. We are the walking dead, but when My Spirit, the spirit of God is upon you, ye shall live. And you’ll find out how much different life is when the spirit of God is upon you than when you were living in mortality, when you were living as a piece of clay, when you were living as almost the animal life. You see how different life is when the spirit of God has touched you, and you’re no longer concerned about yourself, but about the fact that this Spirit of God in you is a benediction to this world and to all who come into your world.
“I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh.” [Acts 2:17] Again, we are contemplating the fact that there is a Spirit within us. There is a kingdom of God, and It is promising us that It will pour out Its Spirit upon us, in fact, “upon all flesh.” Everyone sooner or later will come to know the way of God.
“And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.” [John 3:24] There it is again. How do we know that the spirit of God dwells in us? But from the moment that we have the first experience, we know that he abideth in us by the very spirit he hath given us. We’re now contemplating this that the moment the spirit of God announces Itself to me, I will know thereafter that God is abiding in me at the center of my being, that the place wherein I stand is Holy Ground, that wherever I go, God IS. Wherever I am, God IS. Wherever God IS, I am. All that the Father hath, then, is mine.
“I have put my words in thy mouth.” [Jeremiah 1:9] You see, here again, in contemplating, it is not going to be your thoughts. It is not going to be your wisdom or mine; but now, when the spirit of the Lord God is upon us, God places His Word in our mouths, just as He places His spirit within us—and this really means His life is ours. When His spirit is in us, we truly live.
How does this take place? “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” by the spirit of God. [Zechariah 4:6] Ah, here we contemplate for a moment. “Father, this is not to take place by my effort. This is not to take place by my striving. I am contemplating Thy grace and Thy will, so that Thy spirit may visit me that I may be endowed from on High, by Thy spirit, not by my wisdom, not by my hard work but Thy spirit. Thy grace is my sufficiency.”
“It is the spirit that quickeneth, that giveth life. The flesh profiteth nothing. The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” This is from John [6:63], and this really is one of the most important passages that will come to you. Remember, here you have the flesh, the body, and, as you already know, this is dead. It can’t give. It can’t receive. It can’t pet. It can’t punch. This is a dead body, until I animate it. This body can do nothing; go no place. Left to itself, it’s just going to hang up here forever. It has to be animated. It has to be moved; otherwise, this body is nothing. This body can’t get sick, and this body can’t get well. There has to be an animating Consciousness that governs the whole procedure.
Now, I have a choice. Here’s my dead hand, and if I chose to be a good human, I can use it to give. I can use it to show friendship. I can use it to share. If I’m a bad human, I can use it to get, to acquire, to steal, to defraud, to lie. I can use it for lots of evil purposes, if I’m a bad human. I can use it for lots of good purposes, if I’m a good human. But now, supposing that the spirit of God dwells in me, I can’t use it anymore for good or for evil.
Now, the hand isn’t mine. It is the hand of God, and God uses it to fulfill His purpose—the same with the whole body. With this whole body, as a human, I can be good with it. I can be bad with it. I can be careless with it or careful with it. I can use it for good purposes. I can use it for bad purposes, but when the spirit of God dwells in me, I can no longer use this body for any purpose. It isn’t mine. It is now the body of God, and it is God that determines what this body shall do, where it shall go, how it shall be maintained. In other words, the flesh is dead. “The flesh profiteth nothing.” It is the words that I speak, God speaks, they are spirit. They are life. They are truth. They are power. Then, when the spirit of God dwells in us, it is the Word of God that is living this body.