"Beloved, now are we the sons of God"

John , known as the disciple "whom Jesus loved," has left us writings of such pure spirituality, and withal so practical as a guide for our conduct in daily living, that there seems little or no excuse for lack of genial intercourse among students and earnest workers in Christian Science. Our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, speaks of the Revelator's vision as "the acme of this Science as the Bible reveals it" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 577).

It is interesting to notice the implication of the words "whom Jesus loved." In the light of the revelation by Christian Science of God's impartial and all-inclusive love for man, they cannot mean that Christ Jesus preferred John to his other disciples, whom he cherished with such selfless devotion. In the first epistle of John we read, "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." May not this, perhaps, explain the secret of John's vision? He saw and clearly felt that he was beloved of God, and that consequently he was loved by Jesus, who so consistently represented God, his Father, to the sons of men.

April 11, 1931

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