Being Born Again

"Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." When this startling declaration fell upon the puzzled ear of Nicodemus, the Pharisee, he no more comprehended its meaning than does the beginner in Christian Science to-day fully grasp the first absolute statements addressed to him; but, yearning for the truth which he had seen Jesus demonstrate, this man, ruler of the Jews though he was, pondered aloud, "How can a man be born when he is old?" In the controversial stage of inquiry the novice is quite prone to believe that he can confound by a new and altogether unanswerable argument. He has not yet learned to define his terms and consequently does not distinguish between the true and the false.

To the importunate question put by this master of Israel on that memorable night in Jerusalem Jesus replied, "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." Unless one is cleansed mentally and morally through the realization of his spiritual origin and nature, how can he continually express harmony? There is no real contentment where the restless, clamoring senses are the ruling powers; and ease in matter is a mesmeric condition that of necessity can be only temporary. Our Leader, Mrs. Eddy, says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 470), "The relations of God and man, divine Principle and idea, are indestructible in Science and Science knows no lapse from nor return to harmony, but holds the divine order or spiritual law, in which God and all that He creates are perfect and eternal, to have remained unchanged in its eternal history."

The searching quality of thought which drove Nicodemus at first by night to seek answers to the questions that would not be silenced, was coupled with a love of spiritual good which made him increasingly receptive to the truth; so that afterward he was unafraid to stand before the world as a follower of the Nazarene; and we find him bringing myrrh and aloes when Joseph of Arimathæa begged the body of Jesus from Pilate. In recording this, John makes special mention of the fact that this is the same Nicodemus who first came to Jesus by night, as if to call particular attention to the spiritual progress evidenced by this act of moral courage.

God's Day
February 25, 1922

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