Cleansing of Sin

When the one sick of the palsy was brought to Jesus, the insight and spiritual understanding of the great Teacher at once enabled him to bring about the true healing that the sick one needed. His first words were, "Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee." Jesus saw not a hardened sinner, but one whose sins had brought him suffering; and he knew that what was primarily needed was a wiping out of the belief that the real man is ever capable of sin.

This wiping out of the belief in the reality and necessity of sin Jesus divinely accomplished instantaneously; and the simple words, "Thy sins be forgiven thee," but faintly portray the tremendous unfoldment of the spotless purity of God, good, that took place in the thinking of the sick man as Jesus beheld the spiritual, real man, sinless and perfect. The result was that the sufferer's sins were actually forgiven or destroyed. He was no longer bound by sin, and was also free from regret, remorse, and suffering. He was cleansed and purified. That was forgiveness.

The effect of Christ, Truth, coming to us is like the rolling back of dark, thick clouds. Down the centuries, through prophets and seers, the Word of God has been spoken; and from the beginning of time the message of Love has been growing clearer and clearer, more comprehensible and more readily available for the sick and sinful, until in our own time we see its acceptance and application by thousands of men and women, purifying and elevating every form of human endeavor. Religion has now, through Christian Science, become a practical and necessary joy in multitudes of house holds; and this, because of the enlightenment that has come to the world in comparatively recent years through the interpretations of Scripture and the works of Mary Baker Eddy, who has revealed and proved the truth about God and man. Those who have studied and who understand her teaching are able to prove in some measure the truth of her discovery.

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Harmony in the Sunday School
July 3, 1926

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