The Providence of God

The greatest metaphysical thinker of all time, the most scientific man who ever lived, Christ Jesus, said, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." And did not he prove his words in his own experience when the occasion demanded it? When they had no wine at the marriage feast in Cana of Galilee, to meet the need his understanding changed water into wine; when the multitudes who had come into the wilderness to listen to his inspired words were famished, his understanding fed them when only a few loaves and fishes were available; when the tribute money was needed, his understanding directed his disciple where to find it. Jesus indeed had found the kingdom of God; and his understanding, together with the righteousness of his life, insured the mastery over finite, material sense, and the satisfying of the human needs.

The statement of Jesus quoted above shows plainly that the meeting of human needs spiritually is conditional. There must be the endeavor to gain an entrance to the kingdom of God, the kingdom of heaven, and also a righteous state of thought, if one would have his needs met in a scientific manner, whatever the nature of these needs. What, then, is meant by the kingdom of God or the kingdom of heaven? Mrs. Eddy defines "Kingdom of Heaven" on page 590 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," in part as "the realm of unerring, eternal, and omnipotent Mind; the atmosphere of Spirit, where Soul is supreme." The kingdom of heaven is thus a divine state of consciousness.

Now the unenlightened human mind, or the consciousness uninformed concerning spiritual truth, dwells in the realm of material sense. It believes that matter is real and substantial, and that man is dependent upon it for his existence, his life. It is this so-called human mind which is deceived, and which suffers from all manner of erroneous beliefs. Sickness, sorrow, sin, all forms of lack, result from the deception practiced by material sense on so-called human consciousness. Mortals assume that material sense is real, and because of this they believe in the reality of human suffering and lack.

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Girded with Omnipotence
February 13, 1932

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