Jesus demonstrated throughout his mission the availability of the power of the Word to overcome the ills of the flesh. Christian Science reveals the spiritual understanding of the Scriptures that makes possible the demonstration of this power today. Mary Baker Eddy says in our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 503), "Divine Science, the Word of God, saith to the darkness upon the face of error, 'God is All-in-all,' and the light of ever-present Love illumines the universe."

Through the study of our textbook we learn that divine Science, the Word of God, comprises the full and perfect knowledge of infinite Being. Thus the Word in one sense may be said to be the knowledge of God's allness, the understanding of man's perfection as the idea of Mind, the realization that perfection is the present fact of existence. The Word, or true knowing emanating from the one Mind, is reflected by man, and this Word, or Truth, silently or audibly declared as law, annihilates the beliefs of error and establishes the consciousness of harmony, thereby bringing healing.

The healing of the centurion's servant, as related in the seventh chapter of Luke, furnishes an interesting instance of the power of the Word, operating as spiritual law, reversing the material evidence of discord and establishing harmony. The centurion recognized that he had certain constituted authority vested in him under Roman law. He recognized, further, that within the extent of this authority his spoken word, representing law, became an accomplished fact. His understanding of this is set forth in the statement (Luke 7:8), "I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it." This showed absolute assurance that accomplishment was beyond any question of doubt, and that nothing could oppose the operation of the law he represented.

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