As we study the New Testament in the light of Christian Science, we are deeply impressed by the many evidences of a new order of things which finds expression in the Gospels and epistles, spiritual law and order displacing belief in a material order, on the part of those who had awakened to the truth of being. It is especially interesting to observe that this awakening was not confined to the Jewish people, who had for long centuries regarded themselves (and with some justice) as the custodians of the truth, for we read of a Roman centurion who with deepest reverence sought healing for his servant, and we are told that Jesus granted his request, and marveled at his faith, saying that he had not found any so great, "no, not in Israel."

We also read, in Acts, of Cornelius, another centurion, a devout man who "prayed to God alway." The story of his guidance by the one Mind is beautiful and wonderful, for it shows us how all earnest seekers are led to Christ, Truth, and also to the one best fitted to help them in the working out of their human problems. It was on this occasion that Peter declared to all who were assembled in the house of Cornelius, that "God is no respecter of persons," and that God had "anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed." Then we read that "the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word."

November 20, 1909

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