Principle, not Person

It is of deep significance that throughout his ministry among men Christ Jesus consistently strove to turn the thoughts of his followers away from his human personality to the divine Principle of being, whom he referred to as "my Father, and your Father." For instance, to the rich young man who had addressed him as "Good Master," Jesus said, "Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God." Although he ever claimed his spiritual unity with the Father, divine Mind, Christ Jesus accorded to God all glory and power in connection with the marvelous healing works whereby he conclusively verified his message and mission.

When speaking prophetically to his disciples of his spiritual ascension, the Master endeavored to have them see that it was necessary that he personally should leave them in order that they might be receptive of the Comforter, the impersonal, immutable, immortal impartation or expression of good, in other words, the Christ. After Mary Magdalene had recognized the risen Saviour at the tomb, he evidently felt her personal sense, for he said to her, "Touch me not," which has been well translated as, "Do not cling to me." Christ Jesus had ceased to cling to a limited, personalized sense of self, for he knew himself as God's reflection; and he desired to have his faithful followers share in this glorious, liberating vision of man's true identity.

"The place whereon thou standest"
March 25, 1939

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