Jesus said, "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him...

Denver (Col.) Republican.

Jesus said, "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." Until we attain the correct spiritual understanding of God we can never do the works which Jesus said shall follow as "signs;" which proof he gave John that he was the Messiah.

Mrs. Eddy does not assert that our Saviour "at the ascension went out of existence." To use precisely our critic's own words, "the Lord did disappear at his ascension to mortal sight," but in Christian Science we learn that though his fleshly body ceased to exist, his pure spiritual self, the image and likeness of God, infinite Spirit, always continues to exist as an eternal, immanent reality. His real self, his pure mind, was the Son of God, the reflection of the Father. It is inconceivable that God's own Son could be forever existent in a fleshly form, in matter. Christ Jesus proved the flesh to be unreal when his mortal body disappeared at the ascension, thereby laying aside, rising above, all materiality.

There is no record of Jesus ever saying that he "with the wounds of the crucifixion visible in his body" would be "seated upon the throne of God and that he will some day return to this earth" with a physical body to judge the living and the dead. Should Jesus come again, would not those who profess to love him fail to recognize him as a corporeal being? Today they even neglect to obey his specific command to heal the sick as well as to preach the gospel,—a command which is one and inseparable.

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August 14, 1909

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