"Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." - John 8:32

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This week’s lesson applies to each of us—to mankind in general and not to a particular sex.   God has made each of us and “unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.”  This “new man” is created after God “in righteousness and true holiness.” (Ephesians 4:24)  Moreover, according to the Psalmist, this perfect, upright man ends in peace. (Ps.37:37)   

We each can declare with the Psalmist;  “Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations…even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”  (Ps.90:1,2)   Mary Baker Eddy puts it this way:  “The Scriptures inform us that man is made in the image and likeness of God.  Matter is not that likeness…Man is idea, the image of Love; he is not physique.  He is the compound idea of God, including all right ideas…” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures 475:7)   

Because man is the reflection of God, he can’t have “a single quality underived from Deity.”  Instead, “he reflects spiritually all that belongs to his Maker.”  Do you think of yourself as “tributary to divine Mind?” Or as made “to have dominion over the works of (God’s) hands?” (S&H 209:5-8)  

There is no other creator OR creation.  Because God is infinite,  His creation must also be infinite and, according to Mrs. Eddy, all infinite space “is peopled with God’s ideas, reflecting Him in countless spiritual forms.” (S&H 503:15-17)   She adds:  “When we realize that Life is Spirit, never in nor of matter, this understanding will expand into self-completeness, finding all in God, good, and needing no other consciousness.”  (S&H 264:16-19)

Paul, in his second message to the Corinthians, writes:  “…we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” (II Cor.5:1)   And the apostle, Matthew, urges us to “seek…first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these (needful) things shall be added unto you.” (6:33)   Certainly, the perfect Mind sends forth perfection!  

Hence any kind of deformity or lack is not real but is illusion, as Matthew points out—erroneous, never actual.  (6:31-33)   It is both logical and inevitable that the perfect Mind “sends forth perfection.”   Our aim, in obedience to Jesus’ teaching and action  is to be “masters of the body, dictate its terms, and form and control it with Truth.” (S&H 228:20)   Mrs. Eddy writes:  “Consciousness constructs a better body when faith in matter has been conquered.  Correct material belief by spiritual understanding, and Spirit will form you anew.”  (S&H 425:23-26)  

This truth has been proved in my own experience when, in the summer before entering 4th Grade, I contracted polio and was paralyzed from the armpits down.   The healing wasn’t quick but came gradually and I was able to enter class in the fall.  My 4th Grade teacher who saw my return to complete normalcy took up the study of Christian Science.   This statement in the textbook is relevant:  “Consciousness constructs a better body when faith in matter has been conquered.  Correct material belief by spiritual understanding, and Spirit will form you anew.”  (S&H 425:23-26)  

Through my remaining years, I have been quite active in sports—encouraging my own children in swimming, skiing, and other sports.   In fact, every extremity is God’s opportunity as we each, as well as our Leader, can prove.  She writes:  “You should banish all thoughts or disease and sin and of other beliefs included in matter.  Man, being immortal, has a perfect indestructible life.”  (S&H 208:31-2)  

She also points out that: “In his resurrection and ascension, Jesus showed that a mortal man is not the real essence of manhood, and that this unreal material mortality disappears in presence of the reality.  She adds:  “It is the living Christ, the practical Truth, which makes Jesus ‘the resurrection and the life’ to all who follow him in deed.” (S&H 292:31 and 31:14-17)  

How do we find Christ, the real man and his relation to God?”  By turning from sin (a false material sense of being)  and gaining a spiritual sense of being in “all form, substance, and color” free of any material accompaniments.  This is the beauty,  goodness, and completeness that  each of us must individually express.       

Jamae van Eck