Spiritual Existence

THE greatest spiritual teacher of all time said to one Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews who had recognized the Master's spirituality and approached him probably with a view to inquiry, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." Nicodemus had recognized Jesus as "a teacher come from God" because he was aware of the miracles the Nazarene had performed and of the words he had spoken,—and he said so. Jesus at once perceived the bent of his thought, and immediately began to tell him of the kingdom of God,—"of heavenly things," or spiritual existence.

It was the mission of Christ Jesus to make the kingdom of God known to mankind, and to demonstrate the truth of his understanding thereof. This he did by what are called miracles, which were wonders to human sense inasmuch as they were inexplicable to thought spiritually unillumined. But to thought instructed in spiritual truth they were the natural and inevitable result of the understanding of God and His law. Every one of the miracles, whether of the healing of sickness or sin or the nullifying of so-called material phenomena, was a proof of spiritual existence and of the power of spiritual understanding. The aim of the Master was, primarily, to make spiritual existence known to men; his miracles of healing, although of great importance to stricken humanity, might therefore be considered as secondary to his great life-mission.

Arise and Shine
April 11, 1925

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