"Now is come salvation"

"And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ." What was it that enabled St. John to hear this clear voice of divine Mind declaring with authority the presence of salvation, of the kingdom of God and His Christ? Was it not that in that vision on the Isle of Patmos he saw the coming of Christian Science, which in its exactness was to explain, rationalize, and make possible of demonstration by all mankind the words and works of his friend and Master, Christ Jesus? Of that great Master, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, says in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 192), "Luminous with the light of divine Science, his words reveal the great Principle of a full salvation." In the light of understanding vision John saw this full salvation as "a new heaven and a new earth" in which was no physicality, no sin or sorrow, pain or tears, no material life and no death.

In this revelation the nonexistence of any evil is made plain and it is seen that spiritual man has no need of the process of salvation. Questioning the logic of Christian Science, some objectors have made the charge that it teaches the nothingness of sin and sickness and then teaches how to save this nothingness. This charge with Mrs. Eddy's reply thereto is to be found in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 346). There she says: "The nothingness of nothing is plain; but we need to understand that error is nothing, and that its nothingness is not saved, but must be demonstrated in order to prove the somethingness—yea, the allness—of Truth." Salvation then comes to humanity through understanding and obeying Truth, divine Principle, based on the allness of God, whose perfect ideas constitute the reality and allness of creation.

This salvation is a full salvation, not only from sin, but from sickness; not only from pain and tears, but from the false pleasures of the senses, from every false concept of life as dwelling in and being subject to matter. It is individual and collective, and collective salvation depends on the clarity and faithfulness of the individual, his obedience to the "heavenly vision."

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The Ninth Commandment
November 4, 1944

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