Sealing the Victory

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (pp. 43, 44) Mrs. Eddy writes, "Truth and Life must seal the victory over error and death, before the thorns can be laid aside for a crown, the benediction follow, 'Well done, good and faithful servant,' and the supremacy of Spirit be demonstrated." To establish beyond question the fact of the supremacy of Spirit is the challenging task that confronts us today in Christian Science. While to the physical senses, persistently testifying to the authenticity and power of matter, such an achievement may seem impossible, the fact remains that since Spirit is God, final victory is not only possible, but inevitable.

The implication of the passage cited is that Spirit, God, is already supreme. Nevertheless, until that which is true is understood and demonstrated, the warfare between Truth and error, scientific fact and sense evidence, will continue, and mankind will experience the apparent conflict between good and evil. Just as Columbus had to prove the falsity of a general belief before he could substantiate the fact that the world is round, and thus push back the limitations set by ignorance and fear, so each one must, through understanding and demonstration, prove the impotence of sin, sickness, and death in order to establish the eternal fact that God is supreme. Only to the extent that we thus magnify the name of the Lord in our daily experience, can we put aside the thorns of suffering for the crown of rejoicing; and only as this change gradually takes place can we finally lay down the weapons of our warfare against evil, and abide in the everlasting victory of good.

Lasting Peace
September 25, 1937

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