"Wells of salvation"

"THEREFORE with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation." This beautiful promise, found in the twelfth chapter of Isaiah, is as meaningful to us today as it was centuries ago to the children of Israel. To those who lived in a hot and arid land, where obtaining water for man and beast was one of the chief concerns of everyday living, the simile in this passage must have conveyed the thought of coolness, refreshment, and peace. For the reader of today it has a deeply comforting meaning.

Salvation means a saving, deliverance, or preservation from calamity. In the Glossary in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 593) Mrs. Eddy defines "salvation" in these words: "Life, Truth, and Love understood and demonstrated as supreme over all; sin, sickness, and death destroyed." Let us consider water as spiritual understanding, and "wells of salvation" as the various means for spiritual advancement provided in the Christian Science movement. To "draw water out of the wells of salvation" is to obtain from the teachings of Christian Science, those deep, pure sources of good, that spiritual understanding which demonstrates Life, Truth, and Love as supreme over all, and so leads to the destruction of sin, disease, and death. To obtain salvation in this sense is the goal of every seeker after Truth.

Students of Christian Science, in working out their salvation, are making a journey, a journey out of material thinking into spiritual thinking, out of material bondage into spiritual freedom. Since the way is sometimes toilsome there is need for frequent draughts of spiritual understanding.

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The Emancipator
July 20, 1935

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