The Psalmist sang, "As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness." Fervent desire for true spirituality, as expressed by the Hebrew singer, accompanied by constant striving for its attainment in right living, is a prayer which can never go unanswered.

The nature of God, which the Psalmist longed to comprehend and reflect, was fully known to Christ Jesus, who revealed and exemplified in his life, words, and works his understanding of God as the one infinite Mind, or intelligence, and of man as God's son. The Master could state with conviction, "I and my Father are one." And this brief statement shows that he recognized God as all-inclusive Spirit, and man as coexisting with Him. Further, Jesus' spiritual insight into the truth of being enabled him to demonstrate the Christ, his spiritual and eternal selfhood. "Christ" is defined by Mary Baker Eddy in her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 583), as "the divine manifestation of God, which comes to the flesh to destroy incarnate error." Jesus was referring to Christ, "the divine manifestation of God," when he said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep." It is through Christ that one enters into the sheepfold, wherein all are recognized as "heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ."

Christ, Truth, reveals God and His loving nature to human consciousness. Because God is Spirit, then Christ, or "the divine manifestation of God," must of necessity be spiritual. It was the Christ which enabled Jesus to forgive sin, heal all manner of disease, raise the dead, and finally nullify in his own experience the superstitious belief of mortals that the grave is a resting place for man, who, in reality, is God's perfect spiritual idea. In consequence of expressing his spiritual selfhood, he overcame hatred and death.

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God's Eternal Purpose
January 18, 1936

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