In Science and Health we read that "the one important interpretation of Scripture is the spiritual" (p. 320), and the illumination of the Scriptures which results from the spiritual interpretation of even one word is of sufficient importance to repay us for hours of careful study, and the hidden treasures thus revealed are found to be of incalculable value to the earnest seeker after righteousness. Throughout the Bible there are many passages in which it is plain that the word city is used in a spiritual rather than a material sense,—such texts as, "He [God] hath prepared for them a city;" "For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come;" "I John saw the holy city, . . . that great city, . . . descending out of heaven from God;" and, "By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; . . . for he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God." These texts cannot be properly understood until we apply to the word city its spiritual meaning.

On pages 572 to 577 of Science and Health. Mrs. Eddy has given a very clear explanation of the "holy city," showing us that its true significance is "spiritual consciousness,"—a consciousness possible here and now, and coming to us from the divine builder and maker. With this interpretation the passages quoted are not only very beautiful, but entirely reasonable, and Abraham's quest is seen to be such a practical one as fully to justify the great sacrifices involved in the search. "For he looked for a city [spiritual consciousness] which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God." He looked for a pure, abiding, and peaceful state of being such as is created and preserved only by the divine Mind, and the assurance is that God "hath prepared for them [for such seekers] a city [spiritual consciousness]."

February 13, 1909

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