"Rejoice, because your names are written in heaven"

It is recorded in the tenth chapter of Luke's Gospel that, when they returned, the seventy disciples whom Christ Jesus had sent forth joyfully told him that even the devils were subject unto them through his name. He assured them that he had given them power over all evil, but he admonished them thus: "Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven."

In this admonition we see a very important point to be applied in our practice of Christian Science, namely, that we are not to regard evil or error as having been real at any time, or as having had power that has been subdued. We are to rejoice in knowing that a perfect, harmonious state of being is the eternal fact. On pages 470 and 471 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes, "The relations of God and man, divine Principle and idea, are indestructible in Science; and Science knows no lapse from nor return to harmony, but holds the divine order or spiritual law, in which God and all that He creates are perfect and eternal, to have remained unchanged in its eternal history." Also, on page 428 of the same book she says, "The great spiritual fact must be brought out that man is, not shall be, perfect and immortal."

Standing Porter
June 12, 1937

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