"I know thy works"

In her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 583), the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, defines "Church," in part, as "that institution, which affords proof of its utility and is found elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the demonstration of divine Science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick." Does it not follow that proportionately as its members fulfill these works of righteousness the church as an institution stands firm on the foundation, the rock, Christ?

Well may each member of this church ask himself: Am I obedient? Am I grateful for the blessings I have received? Am I consecrating my life to the best of my understanding to the healing of suffering humanity?

Such a self-examination, conducted in prayerful earnestness, will reveal where we stand in this service of grace. The earthly mission of the master Christian, Christ Jesus, was the healing of mankind mentally and physically. He revealed man's spiritual selfhood, the understanding of which gives us dominion over materiality with its fears and torments. "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest," was his loving promise. This promise holds good and is finding increasing expression through the Church of Christ, Scientist.

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"And I, if I be lifted up"
October 17, 1936

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