As one studies the history of the human race it presents in many periods an effort on the part of mankind to rise, a continuous struggle to cast off limitations and fetters of every kind. Basically this reveals the instinctive desire that exists in the heart of every individual, no matter how enslaved, to be free, and it clearly indicates that the forever and actual status of man as a son of God is freedom.

From time to time through the centuries there have appeared on the world's horizon great spiritually-minded characters whose mission seemed to be the awakening of their fellow men from the mesmeric bondage of materiality, to show them their inherent right to freedom and how to attain it. Moses, Elijah, Elisha, and Isaiah stand out as true liberators of human consciousness. The people of their times were carried upward through their spiritual vision. Both the example of the lives of these great men and their words still remain to inspire and encourage us today. Describing the Christ in its mission of freedom, the prophet Isaiah wrote (61:1), "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound."

In the fullness of time and in fulfillment of prophecy the greatest of all liberators appeared, the Messiah or Saviour, Jesus of Nazareth. More than all other men he revealed and demonstrated the Christ, Truth, and the understanding of man's free being as God's expression. Speaking to his followers, he said (John 8:31, 32). "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." It may be noted that he indicated and also taught that it is absolute knowing, the scientific knowing, of Truth that frees, and that this scientific knowledge of the Christ and man's true sonship, which he possessed and expressed, can he demonstrated by everyone in the measure that he understands its significance.

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February 16, 1952

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