The understanding that God is eternal and indestructible Life and that man is forever inseparable from and reflects this Life, is of great importance to the Christian Scientist. It brings into human experience a sense of joy, spontaneity, power, and dominion which can be attained in no other way. Recognizing this fact, Paul wrote (Phil. 4:13), "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Note that this great follower of the Master attributed his ability to rise above earth's limitations to the identification of his thought with the power of the Christ.

What is the Christ? It is not the human Jesus, but the might and omnipotence of Spirit which governed, guided, and supported all of his actions. The mentality of Jesus was uninterruptedly identified with the Christ—the very nature, power, presence, substance, and activity of God, the full expression of Life eternal. The Christ enabled Jesus to exercise dominion over all earth's ills and to replace them with the harmonies of heaven.

Mary Baker Eddy revealed to us the power of the Christ as ever present and as capable of meeting all human needs. Our work is to recognize its power and yield to it. How do we yield to the Christ? By persistently turning away from the false evidence of man and the universe as material, and by accepting and maintaining the facts of spiritual existence revealed in Christian Science. In doing this we identify thought with the power and activity of the Christ.

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