Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above.) Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring Christ again from the dead.) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith which we preach.
Now, that was the 10th chapter and then to the 8th: “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” And, then we come down here to this: “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 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 have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. …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.” And, do you see that there is the distinction that must be made? If you are of the flesh, then you must know that you not only cannot please God, but you cannot come under God’s government. Those that are in the flesh can neither please God nor come under God’s government, and that is why we have a world in sin, in disease, in death, in wars, in lack or limitation, for they are the men of flesh; and they are not receiving the spirit of God or God’s grace. It is only when you come out from being under the law of Moses, only when you come into this Sermon on the Mount and begin to give up the use of the weapons of the world—physical weapons and mental weapons—using things or using thoughts. Both have to be overcome and rise into the Spirit itself; only then does it say that you are the children of God; and if children of God, heirs; and if heirs, joint heirs with Christ in God.
Now, the change from being a man of flesh who cannot please God and is not under the law of God into the man who has the spirit of God dwelling in him and who therefore is the child of God is a conscious attainment. It is one that an individual has to make by not attempting in his life merely to gain the peace that the world can give, that is, more health, or more supply, or more happiness but by attaining that mind which was in Christ Jesus, that Spirit which raised up Jesus from the dead. Now, watch the difference in your demonstration the very moment that you realize this. “I must live my daily life, of course. I must go out to my business, or I must keep house, or I must take care of whatever is given to me to do at this particular moment to do.” That’s right. And, there is no shirking of any of those duties or obligations, but within me in the inner sanctuary of my own being I can realize this. “I am not seeking the peace that this world gives, but I’m seeking the peace that the spirit of Christ gives. I’m seeking not things but the consciousness realization of God’s presence. My life is not dedicated to increasing my material good but my spiritual awareness.”
Those are the first steps in “you must come out and be separate,” he says, “come out from among them and be separate.” And, the first way that there is for us to come out and be separate is to ask ourselves, “Why am I on the spiritual path? What am I seeking? Is it more of this world’s goods? Is it more of this world’s harmonies? Is it more of this world’s success?” Well, even from a human standpoint that’s foolishness. When you look around you and see the amount of people who have gained health and wealth and wish they could get rid of a lot of it. It’s so burdensome. Or, who have attained all that they thought they wanted of name and fame and then found that it did not bring them that which they had hoped to gain through their ambition.
Now, we know that regardless of what our human attainments might be, we will find no satisfaction in them. None. The satisfaction that comes to an individual is that which comes through a spiritual attainment; and I’ve brought this out before, because I’ve seen it in so many cases. The very moment you stop chasing something in life, it begins chasing you. And, the very person who decides to stop chasing supply, stop chasing health, stop chasing fame, all of a sudden find that those things are chasing him up the alleys, trying their best to overtake him; and some time they do, which is not bad if it comes that way. You see, when we have a health or a bodily strength, which comes as the grace of God, it can only be used for good purpose, not for dissipation, and not for throwing away, and not for wasting. In the same way, when we have a supply that comes as the grace of God, there’s no such thing as using it for wrong purposes. It always finds a way of becoming used for good purposes, spiritual purposes.
And, so it is in all our ways when we have renounced the way of the world, that is, the way of using the world’s weapons, when we have given up the use of the law and come to the realization of life by grace, then the whole new life begins. And, we find this. But, every time we have a conscious realization of that Spirit within, somebody in our outer world benefits by it. There, too, you see we are told that no one can have this light and keep it hidden under any baskets, because it won’t stay hidden. Everyone who attains even a tiny measure of this light is called upon for it, is called upon for its use in the world’s behalf. That is why as soon as a person attains some measure of spiritual light, they’re called on for healing, or for teaching, or for instruction, for guidance, or for counseling; and that is why many people wonder why there is so many failures in metaphysical work when there is so much zeal. Ah yes, there are many who would love to be able to save the world. There are many who long to serve the world, and they have all the zeal, and they have all the human integrity; but they have not yet that spiritual light without which all of the zeal and human understanding is of little avail. It’s of great avail in other walks of life, oh yes—the doctors, and the nurses, and the teachers. Oh, there are so many people in so many walks of life that are serving grand and noble purposes but not the spiritual. The spiritual purpose can only by served by those who attain this touch of the Spirit, and it becomes visible. It becomes tangible and brought out.
Now, getting back to our gratitude, can you not see that when you understand the purpose of this work there is only one thing you can be grateful for and that is every time you have a God realization, either through your own meditation or through someone else’s. Then, there is no difference between the healing of a headache or the healing of a cancer, for the simple reason that many times you never know in this work what you’ve been healed of, because you don’t really know what’s wrong with you. You may have a headache, or you may have a stomachache, or some other thing and have no knowledge at all of what those things are medically that are working within that would come to light at some other time. But, the lives of spiritual students proves that they are touched by far less sin and far less disease than the rest of the world, showing that some of these very times when they believed they’ve been healed of a headache that were really and truly lifted out of something far worse.
Now, let us not put our gratitude down into the level of what we are grateful for as a thing but what we are grateful for in real demonstration, and that is that the spirit of God has been revealed to us here on earth in our very bodily affairs. Let our gratitude always be for the spiritual light that has been given us, and then you’ll find that that form of gratitude is one of greatest healing agencies in the world. Many people have spoken to me about this in the past and have written questions about it. “I’m always grateful for a healing, and yet they say that gratitude is such a healer, but it doesn’t work for me.” No, no, being grateful for things isn’t the spiritual gratitude that is a healer. The only gratitude that is a healing agency is the gratitude for God, the gratitude for God realization, the gratitude for the Christ spirit in man, gratitude for what the world would call an intangible; but all the rest of the world are grateful for the tangibles. If you were in this work just a short time, you’d see how much more grateful people are in their expression of gratitude when they receive a physical, mental, moral, or financial healing than when they receive spiritual teaching. They’re always much more grateful for the tangible than they are for that thing which is really the most important—the demonstration of God’s presence.
And, that’s what we all have to change in this work. Let’s get over being grateful for a healing. Let’s get over being grateful for supply. Let’s get over being grateful for any of the joys of this world that this work brings to us, and let’s learn how to be grateful that there is a God. Let us learn to be grateful that the Sun, Moon, and stars are not under the control of a government. Let’s learn to be grateful that these great laws of like begetting like, all these great laws of love, great laws of life are not subject to man. When we learn to look out on this entire world and even to be grateful that two times two are four, then we’re really being grateful for the spiritual things of life, and thereby we’re opening ourselves to God’s grace. No one can be truly grateful for God without feeling an inrush of the Spirit, whereas being grateful for the greatest healing in the world is really and truly nothing at all. Anyone can be grateful on the human plane for a physical benefit, for the peace that the world can give, but oh for those students who can be grateful for those things that only the Spirit of God can bring, which sometimes may seem to be in the field of the intangibles but which later get to be much more tangible than any of those things that the world is grateful for.