THE purpose of salvation is to prove that Life, with all its inherent values, its precious attributes, its boundless opportunities, is indestructible, and that man, God's expression, consciously recognizes this fact. The mission of Christ Jesus was to bring this knowledge to mankind; to manifest in benediction, in fearlessness, in spiritual dominion, the preserving love of God for His creation. Thus it was that the Master rebuked his disciples for desiring a form of revenge on those who had refused to accept him in their midst, which would have been incompatible with his mission. "Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of," he told them. "For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them."

In confirmation of this statement Mary Baker Eddy writes on page 316 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," "Christ presents the indestructible man, whom Spirit creates, constitutes, and governs." It is this presentation of man which is exemplified throughout the Gospels in the healing of sickness and sin, and in the overcoming of death. It is this presentation which Mary Baker Eddy discovered and gave to the world in all its scientific wholeness and significance.

As men come to understand this presentation, their own eternal expression of it, their ever-inseparability from it; as they learn to apply it in their lives and manifest it in their attitude towards their fellow man, it is revealed to them that there is nothing of actual value or of divine continuity which can be destroyed. In spiritual knowing and conscious possession of all that God imparts to His idea, there is no element of destructibility. The persistent ruthlessness of mortal belief may claim otherwise, but as representatives of God, men have within themselves the gift of salvation, created constituted, governed by Spirit.

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"For they shall be filled"
October 26, 1940

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