[Translated from the German]

All That the Father Hath

How deep is the meaning of the Master's words, "All things that the Father hath are mine"! In meditating upon them, we find that their proper understanding takes away from humanity all sorrow and suffering, for it refers to the true relation between God and man, and shows, as Mrs. Eddy says in Science and Health (p. 275), that "all substance, intelligence, wisdom, being, immortality, cause, and effect belong to God." All we have is from God, the dispenser of all good, and it is just because He is the source of all good, and of good only, that man can have no quality which is not in keeping with God's nature. Out text-book further says (p. 475) concerning this man, the real man to whom Jesus refers, that he "has not a single quality underived from Deity," and adds that he "possesses no life, intelligence, nor creative power of his own, but reflects spiritually all that belongs to his Maker."

Jesus never claimed to possess anything which did not belong to his Father, but emphatically declared and affirmed, "All things that the Father hath are mine;" and if we strive earnestly to let that Mind be in us "which was also in Christ Jesus," we should ask ourselves the very important question whether we consider anything to be ours which does not belong to God. Do we ever acknowledge disease, sin, lack, or limitation of any kind as a part of us? Do we ever concede power to these errors, thereby identifying ourselves with them in our thought? or do we always separate them from man who is spiritual and forever above disharmony and decay, yea, who is the image and likeness of God, and is, was, and eternally will be that image, for God's order changeth not? In the Bible we read, "Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth."

Then, do we ever admit that man is material, made of matter, which is the exact opposite of Spirit, God? If we do, we claim something which is not of God, and serve error instead of serving Him; we serve the error of which Jesus said that it is "a murderer," and "a liar, and the father of it," while the apostle Paul writes, "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?"

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"That which is past"
June 27, 1914

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