Iwihub.com original transcript by Eunice Lee and proofread by Zane Maser.
Prepare the Soil for Spiritual Seed 2/5
1957 New York Fisher Hall Open Class
Joel S. Goldsmith
The Hebrews made a great mistake. I shouldn’t say “the” Hebrews. I should say some Hebrews. When the Messiah was prophesied, they thought that they were referring to a man, and they were looking for a man to come on earth who in some miraculous way was going to save it. Course, there never could be such a thing as a man saving a world. There are too many parts of the world. There are too different types of nature. There are too many teachings in the world. No one man could appeal to the monotheism of the Hebrews and to the paganism of the Romans and the Greeks of that particular era. No one man could have satisfied the needs of the Hebrews of the Holy Land, and at the same time satisfy the needs of the Hindus in India, and the Chinese in China. The “Savior” couldn’t be a man, but they didn’t realize that. And so they centered their hopes in a man instead of in the Messiah, which means that in Greek the Christ, which means in English Savior, which actually is Emmanuel, or the presence of God.
The Savior was prophesied, and the Savior was revealed by Jesus Christ to be the “Comforter,” or the spirit of God in you, which he called, “My Father and your Father. The Father within me, he doeth the works. My Father and your Father.” Paul carried this on later in teaching of an indwelling Christ, which he said, “Through which I can do all things. Through Christ, I can do all things.” He didn’t say through a man. The man had already left the earth thirty-odd years before that statement was made but that which that man uttered remained on earth, and, as a matter of fact, he said it was on earth before he was. “Before Abraham was, I am.” You can only understand what that means when you understand who Abraham was. Abraham was the actual beginning of the Hebrew race, the father of the Hebrew race. And so the Master says, “Before there was a Hebrew race, before the Hebrew race began, before its creator or originator was on earth, I am.” In other words, Christ is. The spirit of God is, even before there’s a Hebrew race to enjoy it.
And he says, “I will be with you until the end of the world. I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Imagine the man who had said, “If I go not away, the Comforter will not come to you,” saying in the next breath, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Was he contradicting himself? No, not at all. He meant what he said. “If I, Jesus, go not away, you will be relying on me to such an extent that the Christ Itself, the holy Comforter, will not come to your conscious awareness, and I had better get away from here while it is still time for you to realize that Christ is.” Before Abraham was, Christ is; and until the end of the world, Christ is, as the Father within you, as the very Christ of your being, as the very Emmanuel, as the very presence of God in you.
Now, in his teaching, the Master told us something that today must be brought back to your conscious awareness and mine, if we are ever to transcend these human conditions, which will keep on in the future as they have in the past, unless we learn them. “If you abide in me, let my word abide in you, you will bear fruit richly. If you do not abide in this word, if you do not let this word abide in you, you will be as the branch that is cut off and withereth.” He was repeating the 91st Psalm. “Those that dwell in the secret place of the most High, none of these evils will come nigh their dwelling place.” He never denied that there are evils, but they will not come nigh your dwelling place. All of the evils of the world will not come nigh those who live in this Word and let this Word live in them.
Do you remember this? “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Now, do you know what that is, the word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God? It isn’t anything that you speak. It isn’t anything that I speak. It isn’t anything that any minister, rabbi, or priest speaks. It is a Word that God speaks that you shall live by, and where does God utter that? If God utters it in me, then I can live by that, but that doesn’t save you. The proof of that is that God uttered it in Moses, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Isaiah, Elijah, Elisha, Jesus, John, Paul. Has it saved the world from these disasters, from then until now? No, it saved those in whom, to whom, through whom the Word was spoken.
The message of The Infinite Way, which is nothing more nor less than my individual experience, the experience that I’ve lived my own lifetime is this. The Word of God to which I am receptive and which utters Itself in me has been the power that has lifted me out of many sicknesses, out of much worldliness, into this particular life, which I’ve been living for 27 years, and without the benefit of money, advertising, promotion, influence. It has carried this message of The Infinite Way around the entire Protestant world. It has found receptivity throughout that world. It has found acceptance and welcome, and it has certainly blessed many who are here, who are in every city where I talk to bear witness to the fact that they have benefited by this message.
Actually, is it the message that has benefited them? And I will say to you, no. This benefit can’t benefit you any more than your own Bible can benefit you or whatever church you were raised in can benefit you, and frankly, none of them can. All they can do, if you are willing, is to lead you back within yourself to where you learn to contemplate God and the things of God. Abide in the Word and let the Word abide in you, until you yourself begin to receive the Word of God in you, which becomes your Messiah, your Christ, your Emmanuel, your Tao, your darshan.
The Master revealed that the Kingdom of God is within you, and he didn’t make you dependent on any man, or book, or teaching. In fact, he said that the Kingdom of God is neither lo here nor lo there and that you do not have to worship in a holy mountain or at a temple, since the Kingdom of God is within you. The Allness—the realm of God—is within you. The Word of God is nigh unto thee. One of our mystical poets says, “closer than breathing, nearer than hands and feet.” The old Hebrew testament says, “in your very mouth.”
Let it then be clearly understood that the world that lives without the Word of God that proceeds out of the mouth of God is a world that has been living in war, torment, poverty, prosperity temporarily, peace for a few years, back again into the old routine of trouble; and if the world continues in that same way of living, it will again have peace and war. It will again have prosperity, bust and boom, boom and bust. There is no way to change that for the simple reason that there is nothing in the human world that can overcome that which we call “human nature.”
You know, there are groups in our Infinite Way circles, groups of students who have been together in classes, groups who have met with me in different cities, some who have been with me when my home was here in the East, and some when our home was in the West, and some who’ve been in my home in the Hawaiian islands. There have been many with me in London and South Africa, Holland, Sweden. Wherever these records go, these tapes, there are those who will bear witness that we have been in class together and that among us there is no possibility of strife. There is not one of us who would sue another. There is not one of us who would fight another. There is not one of us who would try to steal one another’s wife, or husband, or child, and not because we are such good humans, but because we have been touched by an inner Spirit; and we have all become one in Christ Jesus. That is, we have all become one in spiritual brotherhood.