The command of Jesus that we should seek "first the kingdom of God," has since his time been deprived of its full significance, owing to the fact that the rest of the verse has been practically rendered, "then seek all these things" instead of "and all these things shall be added unto you." As in a thousand other instances, until the Scripture is spiritually interpreted, i.e., viewed in the light of divine Science, the elevation of Jesus' thought is not perceived. In this light we behold supply as the natural outcome of our understanding of Principle — an emanation from God having characteristics correspondent with its divine source. Let us look at some of these characteristics.

First, supply is spiritual. Quality is here indicated, a quality that is secure against adulteration or theft. Is not this a good reason for seeking supply through the divine concept and means, instead of the human? The business of the Christian Scientist is to demonstrate that good which of itself will take right forms — patience, perseverance, alertness, contentment, beauty, sufficiency, order, power, and so on. "Principle is imperative" (Science and Health, p. 329) ; and should the so-called Scientist sacrifice his sense of Principle in any direction in order to obtain more of this world's goods, he is bound to forfeit something of the quality of the true supply.

November 7, 1908

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