Jesus saw and proved that his true selfhood, his eternal individualized spiritual being, is, was, and ever will be one with the Father. Knowing God as his Father, as his Mind, as his Life, as his All in all of being, he overcame "the world, the flesh, and the devil," and ascended above even the appearance and sense of evil. He ascended to such mental and spiritual heights, to such conscious unity with the Father, with the one Spirit, that he became invisible to the physical senses and could and can only be seen and known spiritually. As he himself declared, it was expedient for him to go away as a corporeal personality, that the Christ might come and abide forever as a purely spiritual Teacher, Healer, and Comforter. "It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you." "When he, the Spirit of truth [the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, the Christ-mind], is come, he will guide you into all truth." "He will show you things to come." "He shall glorify me." He will "abide with you for ever."

In the light of Christian Science this going away as a corporeal Saviour and this coming as a purely spiritual presence and power, as God, Spirit, with us, was and is the perfect demonstration of the eternal and necessary union between the Father and the Son, between God and man. Jesus by his victory over all evil, by his conscious union with the Father, became the Wayshower to this union with God; and "the first-born among brethren." And Mrs. Eddy, in the discovery, proof, and explanation that the Christianity of Christ is the Science of all real being and healing, the truth of being that reforms the sinner, heals the sick, raises up the dying, comforts the mourner, and awakens them to conscious unity with the heavenly Father, the divine Principle of life and being, is making clearer to human apprehension than ever before since the days of Jesus and his first disciples, that the Son of God, the spiritual man is from the divine necessity of his perfect being, forever one with God and all that God is.

Christian Science, by showing us so plainly what the Father is and what the Son is, what God is and what man is, also makes it easier for us to grasp the deeper and more vital significance of the truth that God and the real man—the spiritual man—are one. Mrs. Eddy makes clear this relationship in the words, "As a drop of water is one with the ocean, a ray of light one with the sun, even so God and man, Father and son, are one in being" (Science and Health, p. 361). The Father is the divine infinite, and forever sustaining Principle, the Life, the Soul, the Spirit, the Mind, the law, the will, of man and the universe. Furthermore, this omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, omni-beneficent God, Mind, Spirit, Life, is the only real and permanent Mind, Spirit, or Life there is or can be. "Call no man your father upon the earth," said Jesus; for one is your Father, which is in heaven." In like manner Christian Science teaches us to recognize nothing apart from God as being Mind, Life, and real substance; for God, Spirit, is All in all, and matter, sin, sickness, and death are errors which will disappear with the full coming of Christ, Truth, the perfect knowledge and love of God and His creation. Man, the real man, is the image and likeness, the reflection, the manifestation, the idea, the conscious identity of all that God is. He is the Son of God; the heir of God and joint-heir with Christ. He is forever one with God and the things of God.

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