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The Recuperative Power of God
Great Bible characters demonstrated that the power of God can always be utilized in a recuperative, or restorative, way. Moses, after strenuous years of leading the Israelites to the Promised Land, was not depleted or exhausted. Deuteronomy records, "Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated." Deut. 34:7; Elijah demonstrated God's bounty for a widow in Zarephath who, with her son, was on the verge of starvation. Through Christ Jesus' understanding of God and of man's sonship with Him the sick were healed and the dead were raised.
What is the understanding of God that operates to recover health, strength, and supply? And how may this understanding be applied in a practical way to present experience? The teachings of Christian Science, which derives its authority from the Bible, reveal that God is the perfect creator of man. Because the creator is perfect, the genuine selfhood of each individual, his spiritual manhood, must be perfect. And he is eternally preserved at the standpoint of his God given perfection. As the individual begins to understand the nature of his true being, his spiritual sonship with God, his thinking is gradually freed from fear, ignorance, and materiality. The effect of such increasingly spiritualized thinking is healing and regeneration throughout his human experience.
In speaking of Jesus and his constant recognition of his true selfhood as God's Son, Mrs. Eddy writes, "It was this retreat from material to spiritual selfhood which recuperated him for triumph over sin, sickness, and death." No and Yes, p. 36; Jesus was convinced of his sonship with God, of his eternal at-one-ment with the one Father, the one creator. This knowledge gave him power over every phase of evil, or error, both for himself and others.
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No Man Is Inferior
JOHN H. WILLIAMS
The Recuperative Power of God
JEANNE STEELY LAITNER
Giving a Cup of Cold Water
God's Eternal, Infinite Provision
WELLMAN E. GERKE
MAN, THE EXPRESSION OF GOD'S BEING
Margery Todahl Blokhine
An Interview: with a Diplomat
with contributions from Howard Palfrey Jones
Esther M. Scheck Peterson
Where We Are: Our Present Demonstration
Helen Wood Bauman
A Religion for the Thinker
Alan A. Aylwin
Words are inadequate to express my gratitude for Christian Science...
Beverly R. Smith with contributions from Norman S. Alderson, Grace Marie Reineman
Jesus said (John 8:32), "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth...
LaMay Boeker Kent
As a high school and college student, my performance in formal...
William Karl Hilzinger
RADIO PROGRAM NO. 332 - Giving Children a Basis for Self-respect, Part II
Theodore Clapp with contributions from Florence Ludgate
Signs of the Times
Letters to the Press
with contributions from Ralph A. Heisel, Leslie A. Tufts