The Seamless Robe

In studying the Bible text John 19:23, 24 and comparing it with what Mrs. Eddy has said in that connection in her various works, we may be spiritually helped in finding the wonderful unity of this subject. There is only one Mind,—God. To represent that Mind it takes all of God's ideas, His full creation, man and the universe. Not the greatest nor the least part of this infinite intelligence can be left out if the whole is to be expressed. Oneness is entirety, all. This is God's word to us, down through the ages. Jesus gave this message to mankind. He gave it to all and for all. In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy we read (p. 242): "The vesture of Life is Truth. According to the Bible, the facts of being are commonly misconstrued, for it is written: 'They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots.' The divine Science of man is woven into one web of consistency without seam or rent. Mere speculation or superstition appropriates no part of the divine vesture, while inspiration restores every part of the Christly garment of righteousness."

Christ Jesus' vesture was without seam. Our Master was clothed with righteousness, the Christ, Truth. No one can approach this Christ-mind thinking, "I will take the teachings of Jesus and choose that which I like for myself." We must accept all to receive the inspiration of His good tidings. In Miscellany (p. 206) Mrs. Eddy says, "Schisms, imagination, and human beliefs are not parts of Christian Science; they darken the discernment of Science; they divide Truth's garment and cast lots for it." When I began to investigate Christian Science I soon saw this. One could not look at a beautiful face and say, "I will drink in its loveliness but I will not say I take in the expression of the eyes." He simply has not seen the face. I have found when I accepted Principle as the Leader of the Christian Science movement has shown it to us,—the same old story of God, the Christ-message,—I accepted all she worked out for us. As soon as I began to divide the "garment of praise" I lost touch with its import and my spiritual perception of her revelation became clouded. Hence I stand fast for the entirety of her work.

On Being Alone
July 17, 1920

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