Wherein lies the power of the Word? The power of the Word is the power of God and of His Christ. It is the Word which is, and is with God, made manifest in or as man and the universe. We can therefore take as correlative the following passages: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1), and the statement on pages 465 and 466 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, "Principle and its idea is one, and this one is God, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent Being, and His reflection is man and the universe."

Man's function or office as the son of God is expression or reflection, and this is because he embodies the Christ ideal. Thus Jesus identified himself with the Christ, his spiritual selfhood. "The words that I speak unto you," he said, "they are spirit, and they are life" (John 6:63). Are the words we speak—our means of self-expression and therefore God-expression—the result of consecration to the ideal which Jesus lifted up for all mankind? Then this Biblical promise is being fulfilled in us (Deut. 30:14): "The word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it." In awareness of its presence, availability, and practical nature, in alertness and self-discipline, the Word will be revealed to enlighten, to heal, and to deliver.

May 9, 1953

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