Instantaneous Healing

The manifestation of God's power is continuous. The correct application of the truths of being to any discordant condition brings immediate right results. No mortal beliefs can possibly interfere with the unlabored activity of this demonstrable truth. God knows nothing of the belief which mortal mind names time, with its myriad delusive and lying pretensions.

Christ Jesus, more than any other, saw the unreality of time. His healing ministry was marked by the instant manifestation of God's power, bringing harmony to every discordant situation. Jesus knew that God's perfect work is already done; and he gave proof of his understanding of that fact in immediate healing. In speaking of him, Mrs. Eddy says in "Unity of Good" (p. 11), "Jesus required neither cycles of time nor thought in order to mature fitness for perfection and its possibilities." Instantaneous healing, then, must be our goal, if we would follow Jesus in his work. He always expected and almost invariably got instant results from his work.

One of the many impressive examples of instantaneous healing performed by our Master was that of an epileptic boy. As we read in the record, it was the day after the transfiguration. The boy's father came to Jesus and in sincere humility begged him to heal his son. A close study of the narrative shows that the case seemed to present several factors of a most discouraging nature. The father was filled with fear for his only child; the disciples had failed to cure the child, although they had earnestly tried. The malady was one of long standing and the material manifestation was fearful and revolting. With what compassion Jesus spoke to the troubled father! How completely he saw the unreality of the whole condition! How effectively the healing was completed in that one brief moment while the crowd looked on! And how wisely Jesus protected the healing! His words, "Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him," proved that the master Metaphysician saw clearly the necessity of establishing in thought the permanency of instantaneous healing. Such protection was particularly needful on this occasion. The general belief of those who stood about in the crowd was that of incredulity. These people were perhaps saying to themselves that, although the relief might seem to be accomplished for the moment, the "dumb spirit" would return to torment the child as it had so often done before. Apparently, however, in the thought of the father there was no doubt that the instantaneous healing was permanent.

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Good Resolve
December 29, 1934

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