"I and my Father are one"

[Original article in French]

In John we read, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise."

These words of Christ Jesus show the unity of Father and Son, of God and man in His image. Another saying of the Master brings out the same thought with equal clearness: "I and my Father are one." This clear statement, however, is not comprehended by mortal sense. To the thought inspired by Christian Science the light dawns and man is seen to be the reflection of God, somewhat as the image in a mirror reflects its original. There is eternal unity between the Father and the Son, and all that the Father (the original) does, the Son (the reflection) does likewise. "The Son can do nothing of himself," for the reason that a reflection can only repeat faithfully and unvaryingly the outline, coloring, action of the original.

There were some who listened to the words of Christ Jesus but did not comprehend his inspired teachings. In fact, his words seemed to arouse in these people such a sense of irritation and opposition to him that they sought his death. Today, through Mary Baker Eddy, who has given us the spiritual sense of the Scriptures, these words of the Master bring strength and comfort. They give us an understanding of the oneness of God and man, a unity which is the basic element of Christian Science.

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The Control of Spirit
August 8, 1942

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