The Father's Pleasure

"Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." The words occur in Jesus' discourse to his disciples on the occasion when he denounced hypocrisy and warned them against covetousness and carefulness of earthly things. It is the Father's good pleasure, then, to give us the kingdom: the words of the Master apply to everyone.

Now this saying of Jesus is of great significance, for no one knew so well as he the nature of God and the will of God. Moreover, no one knew so well as he the relationship existing between God and man. When the Master lived on earth there was great confusion in the thoughts of men about God. To the majority He was imperfectly or but feebly defined, a God afar off in whom they could place only a limited faith. It was the great Nazarene's task to alter this; and he endeavored to do so by instructing all who would listen to his message as to the nature of God. These thereby had their faith greatly increased, even to the extent of being able to regard Him as their heavenly Father, and so to come under His benign will, receiving "the kingdom."

What was this kingdom promised by Jesus? It was the consciousness of harmony and peace and purity and health and abundant life—the consciousness of unlimited good. Christian Science throws a wonderful light on the kingdom of God, not only revealing its nature, but showing men how they may enter it; and this it does by making known to them the truth about God and man. It is true that Christ Jesus knew the truth about God and man; it is true that it was this knowledge that enabled him to enter so fully into the kingdom of heaven while on earth among men; but not until Christian Science was discovered was this understanding made perfectly plain to all who sought it for themselves.

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March 2, 1929

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