Working Together with God

Christ Jesus was transcendently unique in the assertion of an exalted individualism,—his sinlessness, his perfect exemplariness, his authority, his power, and his right to the unquestioning obedience and devotion of men. Yet he no less emphatically affirmed that he was in subjection, wholly dependent on his Father and obedient to Him. He declared that of himself he could do nothing. His every healing word and work was to be attributed to Him of whom he said, "There is none good but one, that is, God." Thus, in a sense, his self-elimination was quite as marked as his self-assertion, and this is made perfectly intelligible in Christian Science through the apprehension of the nature and plane of the Messianic life and ministry, the discrimination it establishes between the selfhood of sense and the selfhood of Spirit.

Writing to Timothy, St. Paul declared that "God was manifest in the flesh." Concerning the importance of an understanding of this manifestation St. John says, "Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: and every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God." The purpose of the appearing of the Messiah is affirmed by St. Paul to be that he might reconcile us unto God. Writing to the Romans he says that "what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh" that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us." Not his embodiment in the flesh, but the embodiment of righteousness, of Truth and Love in him, made him the Savior of all mankind.

God and His Idea
June 22, 1918

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