MAN, GOD'S LIKENESS, IS PERFECT

In the first chapter of Genesis we are told that man is made in the image and likeness of God. Knowing this truth, Christ Jesus tenderly commanded (Matt. 5:48), "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." As the image of God, man is as perfect as God is perfect. However, in order to demonstrate perfection, we must see that, as Christian Science teaches, man is spiritual, not material. Man is God's expression.

It is necessary for us to obey the First Commandment and to accept one power, God, Spirit, which silences the claims of mortality or of a selfhood in matter, and to find man's oneness with the divine Mind as Spirit's perfect likeness. When Paul said (Phil. 2), "Let this mind he in you, which was also in Christ Jesus," he was in effect urging us to keep the First Commandment, to have one Mind, one God, or good.

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