MUCH has been written and said about St. Paul's statement that "whom he [God] did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren." In Chrstian Science we learn that God has never known any other than the true man, His son, who by his very nature and relation to God was predestinated to prevail over every false sense and remain forever the expression of his Father's being.

Jesus was the first to bring into demonstration upon the human plane this spiritual man; and he was therefore called "the firstborn." But, "among many brethren" being added, we may accept the apostle's statement that "every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure;" and this expectation is sustained and confirmed by Paul's further statement that "whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified." What greater promise can humanity wish for? The Bible teaches that the body is transformed by the renewal of the mind,—that an understanding of health does away with the belief in sickness; that the knowledge of good reveals the unreality of evil; that a realization and acceptance of a spiritual sense of love, joy, peace, does away with any sense of resentment, injustice, or depression.

Christian Science has come, as the angel came to Peter in prison, to waken men to the fact that the light of spiritual understanding is here and that conditions of matter have nothing to do with life; but that one's daily thoughts, words, and deeds, the tenor or spirit of one's life, has everything to do with the harmony of human conditions. The Scriptures tell us that "one day is with the Lord as a thousand years," and Mrs. Eddy declares that "the rays of infinite Truth, when gathered into the focus of ideas, bring light instantaneously, whereas a thousand years of human doctrines, hypotheses, and vague conjectures emit no such effulgence" (Science and Health, p. 504).

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December 14, 1912

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