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"THEY SHALL BE FILLED"
In his immortal Sermon on the Mount, Christ Jesus sets forth main important rules for the seeker after Truth. He also gives us this beatitude (Matt. 5:6): "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled." To some this may imply a seeking after a personal sense of righteousness; but to the one who is gaining the true sense of being it is the prayerful desire to know more of man's completeness as the representation of the one infinite Mind, God.
To be filled is to be absolutely conscious of the onliness and allness of God. In this infinite oneness we perceive the true nature of man as already complete and perfect, needing no mortal manifestation of growth and progress to attain that which he already possesses by reflection. On page 428 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy states that "the great spiritual fact must be brought out that man is, not shall be, perfect and immortal." This clearly emphasizes how pointless it is to respond to error's supposition that man was once spiritual, has been reduced to matter, and must now go through a period of probation in order to become spiritual again. That which is already perfect can never descend to imperfection, since perfection could not recognize such a manifestation if it appeared, for all it knows is its own perfectness and wholeness. Therefore, mortal mind and matter are erroneous concepts, without life activity or law to perpetuate themselves; and the true understanding of God and man as divine Principle and idea, perfect and inseparable, utterly repudiates these false concepts.
The writer at one time was faced with a sense of separation and worked diligently for weeks to dispel this illusion. There was no abatement, however, until one morning, as the suggestion confronted her again, she realized something of what the all-inclusiveness of Mind meant. This realization swept away entirely the false evidence, silenced the suggestions that man could ever be separated from God, good, and held undisputed sway in her consciousness. Thus the so-called vacuum was filled, for it never had had entity, and therefore had never been a real void. It also revealed that God, good, had never been absent for a moment, and that, despite the arguments of material sense, His law is unceasingly operating to maintain man in perfect harmony and completeness.
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PATRICK J. HAMBROOK
Myrtle Ella Robertson
"BE STILL, AND KNOW"
ON SEEING GOD
LESTER G. BESOLD
STRAIGHT FROM GOD
Annie M. Bartholomew
BENEFITING BY CHRISTIAN SCIENCE TREATMENT
THOMAS B. HUDSON
THE READING ROOM—ITS SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICATION
NANCY F. CUSHMAN
"THEY SHALL BE FILLED"
EDITH P. SWENSON
"STEP BY STEP"
ELIZABETH G. HUDSPETH
THE IMMUTABLE FACT
JANE W. MC KEE
AT A LECTURE
Gladys W. Flint
THE PRACTITIONER'S SACRED MINISTRY
John Randall Dunn
WHAT SHALL I GIVE?
L. Ivimy Gwalter
At a time when I was laid low...
My gratitude for Christian Science...
Carroll Peterson Cole
I am deeply grateful for the...
Belle Gregory Crisp
Even before I was old enough to...
Elizabeth Davis Schlechting
When I was a small child my...
Mabel Lyon Sykes with contributions from Harold H. Sykes
About eleven years ago I was still...
William Wallace Cheney
PRAY FOR THE WORLD
Mary Stone Wallace
Signs of the Times
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