Expression Equals Demonstration

On page 336 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes: "Immortal man was and is God's image or idea, even the infinite expression of infinite Mind, and immortal man is coexistent and coeternal with that Mind." Thus she has clearly shown the way for every sincere seeker for Truth, and thus she has taught in terms for human comprehension the law of expression and demonstration. From early childhood she listened to ever present divine Love, until finally she expressed her unfolding vision of Life in that great statement of spiritual premises and conclusions, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." When this step was taken, the revelation of divine Science continued to be unfolded to her and to be developed, substantiated, and verified by healing all manner of diseases. She thus saw more of the meaning of the church triumphant as typified in all the varied activities of the Christian Science movement.

In following the trail that Mary Baker Eddy so courageously blazed for us out of the wilderness of superstition into the city that "lieth foursquare," we must read aright the signs she hewed in the tall oak and cut in the rough granite to keep us in the straight line from premise to conclusion. Because of the all-inclusiveness of God, evil with its consequences is unreal and nonexistent. This we must understand on the path which leads from right motive, the starting point of expression, into demonstration, its full realization. It is interesting to note in this connection that the list of marginal headings which Mrs. Eddy used to emphasize the important points in Science and Health, begins with "Right motives" and ends with the apocalyptic vision, "The city of our God."

Christ Jesus implied that man must obey and express Principle when he commanded, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." In the same chapter of Mark he promises, "They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." This obligation to express Principle in the gospel of word and deed, confirms our scientific apprehension of the fact that the constant expression of good in thought and action is a present possibility for every logical Christian. This command and promise are fulfilled in every Wednesday evening meeting of the Christian Science churches and societies. At such a meeting, where less than a dozen students were gathered to express their gratitude, the writer saw a man healed instantaneously of a malady diagnosed as of long standing, painful, and hopelessly incurable. This is an example of the pentecostal power expressed in healing.

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Nearer to Thee
May 8, 1920

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