The Old Man and the New

The admonition contained in Paul's letter to the church at Ephesus contains a valuable lesson for the student of Christian Science seeking to gain and retain a clear concept of his true selfhood, that is, of the real man. The words are these: "That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness." Thus did Paul set forth in striking contrast the great gulf between the man of flesh, the counterfeit, and the real man, God's likeness, the man "created in righteousness and true holiness."

Mrs. Eddy makes it very clear that the old man—old, that is, because of the age-old acceptance of the material counterfeit as the real man—is but an illusion, the offspring of material, sinful sense, which has no existence apart from false belief. Who can doubt the wisdom or desirability of getting rid of this false sense of man in order that the true concept may appear? Manifestly, we cannot hold to the false and the true at the same time; we cannot gain the truth about anything while holding to a lie about it.

"The mounting sense"
February 16, 1935

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