THE PURIFYING POWER OF SPIRIT

A CENTRAL IDEA in this week's Christian Science Bible Lesson on the topic of "Sacrament" is summarized in a marginal heading on page 337 of Science and Health which accompanies one of its citations: "Purity the path to perfection" (cit. 6). The healing of Naaman from Second Kings points the way in the Responsive Reading. The prophet Elisha's courageous discernment of the Syrian general's spiritual need leads to restoration. Naaman "dipped himself seven times in Jordan" (II Kings 5:14) in complete surrender to God, and he was healed.

Baptism and the Eucharist, or holy communion, are the two sacraments recognized by most Protestant churches. Sections II and IV focus on their spiritual significance in Christian Science. The Lesson brings out that sacrament truly is the cleansing, purifying power of God in our lives.

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