"Risen with Christ"

At this season of the year all Christian peoples turn in thought to the resurrection of Christ Jesus and in many churches celebrate with imposing ritual their concept of the marvelous event of two thousand years ago. After a strenuous argument against material ordinances (in his epistle to the Colossians) Paul has this to say: "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God." We are left in no doubt at this point as to what is meant by his idea of resurrection, or the immediateness of the demand that we give up without reserve all that is not Christlike.

It has been largely held among professed Christians that one's resurrection cannot be experienced until he has submitted to death, but the apostle's words right here are deeply significant. He says, "For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God." From the Christian Science viewpoint this means that, as we read in the "scientific statement of being" (Science and Health, p. 468), "there is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all." On page 337 of this textbook we also read that "perfection is the order of celestial being which demonstrates Life in Christ." Life in Christ implies an unceasing realization of the divine presence and protection. It means that the Love which clothes the lilies of the field with grace and beauty will fittingly feed and clothe all those whose faith grasps an enlarged understanding of the Master's promise and serenely rests upon it.

Correcting Disappointment
April 19, 1919

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