The Spirit and the Letter

Jesus taught, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32; What is this healing truth? Surely it lies in what the Psalmist glimpsed as "the lovingkindness of the Lord," Ps. 107:43; the complete goodness of God, the kindliness of Being without any element of harm or destruction. This theme runs like a golden thread through the Scriptures, obscured though it often is by the belief in a God of wrath accepted by scribes and Pharisees of Jesus' day and by others both before and since.

This sense of "the lovingkindness of the Lord," though undoubtedly always possessed by Christ Jesus, came to him with crystal clearness, at his baptism at the hands of John the Baptist, in the form of an angel message from God: "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." Matt. 3:17; Deity, as taught in the Scriptures and revealed anew by Christian Science, is indeed pleased with His creation, including man, His beloved spiritual idea. Jesus not only recognized his own true nature to be divine but saw that all men are the sons of God. Jesus, however, also recognized that the concept men often hold of themselves as ailing and erring does not approximate the man of God's creation but is a false, material concept of being.

Our Real Reward
December 9, 1967

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