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Citizens of His kingdom
To be master of any given language one must be able to think in that language without having to translate ideas word for word. To be a useful citizen of any democratic country, for instance, one must be not only literate but also obedient to its laws.
Christ Jesus perceived citizenship in the heavenly kingdom to be a present possibility. He made it clear through precept and parable that the kingdom of heaven is a state of harmonious consciousness, that it is at hand and within us. See Matt. 4:17; Luke 17:21. Mrs. Eddy, who founded Christian Science on the teachings and example of Christ Jesus, reminds us, "Pilgrim on earth, thy home is heaven; stranger, thou art the guest of God." Science and Health, p. 254. Every individual has within his own true consciousness his God-given citizenship in this kingdom. This gives him divine authority to express something of its language and to obey its laws, even while walking the earth. As he claims and demonstrates this citizenship, his reflected ability to be useful at all times is unquestionable.
When we are willing to surrender ourselves to God, to give up a limited personal concept of ourselves, our true reflection of the divine nature begins to appear. Every effort on our part to eliminate destructive, limiting material elements from our consciousness and to replace them with the spiritual facts of perfection and harmony is not so much a human endeavor as the actual evidence within us of God's manifestation, Christ, the divine idea Jesus exemplified.
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The Christianity of Christian Science
J. DARROW KIRKPATRICK
Seeing God "face to face"
KATHERINE JANE HILDRETH
Citizens of His kingdom
MARY BRETZ REED
Charted by God
LAUREL WALLACE GORSCH
God's inspiration—always "at hand"
SCOTT F. PRELLER
Christian Science: reason for hope
Have you seen any angels lately?
RICHARD C. JOY
Creation: a summary
ANNA JANE WATKINS
There's a good reason for being good
The joy of being faithful
CAROLYN B. SWAN
The question in a recent Sentinel, "Is your testimony...
BETTY JO COST
Ever since my first contact with Christian Science over fifty...
ELIZABETH C. DUDICH
I turned to Christian Science for help when I was suffering...
IRENE N. HARDCASTLE