From a study of the gospels we may be quite sure of the...

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From a study of the gospels we may be quite sure of the estimate Jesus held of himself as the "Son of man;" and from his words we may gather that he had an understanding of an eternal selfhood which was at-one with the Father. He said, "I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world;" and he prayed that God would glorify him with that glory which he had "before the world was." This ideal man was the Christ that Jesus expressed and lived. This dual personality Mrs. Eddy explains in a wonderful way in many of her works. On page 332 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," she has written: "Jesus was born of Mary. Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness;" and on page 334 she says: "The invisible Christ was imperceptible to the so-called personal senses, whereas Jesus appeared as a bodily existence. This dual personality of the unseen and the seen, the spiritual and material, the eternal Christ and the corporeal Jesus manifest in flesh, continued until the Master's ascension, when the human, material concept, or Jesus, disappeared, while the spiritual self, or Christ, continues to exist in the eternal order of divine Science, taking away the sins of the world, as the Christ has always done, even before the human Jesus was incarnate to mortal eyes."

Most people will agree that Jesus was not "parted from them, and carried up into heaven" by death. By proving life to be victorious over death, and thus completing his demonstration of the power of Truth over every ill "that flesh is heir to," he ascended beyond the comprehension of limited material concepts. He was the Way. If we do not discern the truth Jesus brought and utilized in his humanity, as the eternal and imperishable Christ, we are apt to worship the person of Jesus instead of the divine Principle he exemplified. This is what has happened, and is a reason why the healing and saving power of Christianity has been lost sight of. Jesus said, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

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