In Christian Science the Christ is synonymous with Truth, and we have Scriptural authority for this statement. Did not Christ Jesus say (John 14:6), "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me"? No one can find or understand God except through the Christ. Mary Baker Eddy, writing in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," defines the Christ thus (p. 583): "The divine manifestation of God, which comes to the flesh to destroy incarnate error."

One of our first objectives in Christian Science is to gain a practical understanding of the Christ. We must learn to recognize, follow, and obey the Christ in our daily living. Our first step is to understand the term Christ Jesus, for if this is not clear, we shall not understand man's relationship to the Christ as Jesus understood it.

A distinction is made in Christian Science between Jesus and the Christ, the human and the divine, the corporeal and the incorporeal. Mrs. Eddy makes this distinction perfectly clear on pages 332 through 334 of the Christian Science textbook. A careful study of these pages is essential to the understanding of the term Christ Jesus. The human Jesus as a corporeal person is not with us today, but the Christ, the incorporeal, or spiritual, individuality of our Master is with us always, "the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever."

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