"Believe ... in me"

The earnest Bible student has ever pondered lovingly over, and never failed to find inspiration from, the closing chapters of the Gospel of John. Here in a few sublime sentences the Saviour summarizes his life's work, and points out the further steps to be taken by his disciples in the realm of Mind before they can sit down with him at "the right hand of God." By parable and proof he had unfolded to them the love of God; and with the glorious consciousness of his mission accomplished, he could say to those who had been his closest followers, "Ye believe in God." Then, taking them a step farther in the understanding of the divine nature, he added, "Believe also in me."

Subsequent chapters show clearly the change this understanding made in the lives of the apostles; how it enabled them to heal the sick, and even to raise the dead; to face the priests and rulers of the people fearlessly, and to defend their faith—even those same disciples who in our Lord's hour of need deserted and even denied him. Faithfully has Christendom repeated these words of Jesus and accepted the responsibility of believing in him, but for long it was unable to repeat the works which the apostles did through that same understanding.

The Christian Scientist, however, taught by his textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, to go to the bottom of mental action, is able, through a clear understanding of what the Master required, to repeat in some measure his works. He learns to question the faith which has its basis in blind belief, and humbly strives to gain an ever deeper comprehension of Jesus' words, "Believe ... in me."

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April 16, 1927

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