The ideal of manhood set by Christ Jesus may seem impossible of attainment until one realizes that the Master was demonstrating the Science of man, the truth of everyone's being. Jesus understood the logic of real being, which begins with perfect God, or cause, and follows with perfect man, or effect. He was stating this divine logic when he said (Matt. 5:48), "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." Jesus was so certain of the divine logic that he proved it consistently.

Paul was acknowledging the same logic when he spoke of the need for our fulfilling various Christian tasks "till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ" (Eph. 4:13). A few verses later, Paul counsels us to "put off ... the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts," and to "put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness."

Mary Baker Eddy says in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 15), "What a faith-lighted thought is this! that mortals can lay off the 'old man,' until man is found to be the image of the infinite good that we name God, and the fulness of the stature of man in Christ appears."

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