The word redemption, as understood in Christian Science, gains new significance and value as the spiritual process indicated by It becomes better understood. The word and its derivatives may be found from Genesis to Revelation, and a study of these in the light of Christian Science lifts thought above material sense, with its pains and penalties, up to the freedom which belongs to all of God's children. According to Webster, to redeem is "to ransom, liberate, or rescue from captivity or bondage, or from any obligation or liability to suffer or to be forfeited, by paying a price or ransom." The first Bible reference on this subject is found in Genesis, where we read that Jacob in blessing the two sons of Joseph said: "The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads." This, taken in the light of Mrs. Eddy's interpretation of angels, presents a far-reaching truth; it signifies "God's thoughts passing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect; the inspiration of goodness, purity, and immortality, counteracting all evil, sensuality, and mortality" (Science and Health, p. 581).

In following this thought throughout the Scriptures we find many statements which declare that God redeems men from death and the grave, as well as from sin and sickness, from "the power of the sword" and from "the scourge of the tongue." It is significant that at the very time when redemption is most needed,—when error is at its worst, when defeat seems inevitable,—the divine aid is at hand. Christ Jesus prepared his disciples for times of perplexity, "men's hearts failing them for fear;" but he also said, "When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."

"Think on these things"
January 17, 1914

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