"Present your bodies a living sacrifice"

In his letter to the Roman church Paul wrote: "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God.... And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Rom. 12:1, 2;

Why did the apostle make this unusual demand? Could it not be that he saw deeply into the spiritual facts of being and recognized that man is much more than a materially organic embodiment? Paul must have understood what Christian Science is unfolding today, namely, that the physical body is not man at all but is a limited, mortally mental counterfeit of man's true identity.

Like the great Master, Christ Jesus, the apostle well knew that the individual must sacrifice, that is, utterly deny, the discordant, disease-producing physical belief of himself, and "by the renewing of [his] mind" replace it with a clear recognition of his perfect, harmonious, spiritual selfhood in the image and likeness of God, infinite Spirit.

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Christian Science Church Center
May 4, 1968

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