THE QUICKENED LIFE

Paul gives us a sweet but imperative promise when he says, "If the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you." Quicken. What a strong, reliable word. It means to resuscitate, to revive, to refresh, to reinvigorate, to make alive, to stimulate. What greater blessing could we ask when sick, than to have our bodies quickened, refreshed, stimulated, made alive, by simply dwelling in the consciousness of Spirit, God. Paul knew whereof he spake. He did not refer to material remedies for the sick, but through that simple, clear, concise statement he said, in language pulsing with life and meaning, If you are sick and want to be revived or stimulated, go to God and dwell in His consciousness. Jesus said, "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing;" and Paul said, "They that are Christ's have crucified the flesh." Here again we perceive the wisdom of Paul in his choice of the word "crucified," which means to subdue completely, destroy the power or ruling influence. If we are Christ's, we shall dwell in the consciousness of God, good, as he did; then we shall subdue the asserted power of our bodies, thus presenting them a living sacrifice.

To me, one of the clearest, most concise statements which our dear Leader has given us, is found on page 269 of our text-book: "Metaphysics resolves things into thoughts, and exchanges the objects of sense for the ideas of Soul." When material sense, which is always false, tells us our bodies are sick, if, instead of looking upon it as matter, inflamed and diseased, we accept the above statement, and at once resolve it into a false concept, then go far enough to know that this falsity cannot abide in the presence of Truth, we shall speedily find ourselves free from the yoke of bondage. "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."

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