Concord ExpressA Christian Science Study Resource
9 Because He has called His own, armed them, equipped them, and furnished them defenses impregnable. Their God will not let them be lost; and if they fall they shall 12rise again, stronger than before the stumble. The good cannot lose their God, their help in times of trouble. If they mistake the divine command, they will recover 15it, countermand their order, retrace their steps, and reinstate His orders, more assured to press on safely. The best lesson of their lives is gained by crossing 18swords with temptation, with fear and the besetments of evil; insomuch as they thereby have tried their strength and proven it; insomuch as they have found 21their strength made perfect in weakness, and their fear is self-immolated.
This destruction is a moral chemicalization, wherein 24old things pass away and all things become new. The worldly or material tendencies of human affections and pursuits are thus annihilated; and this is the advent of 27spiritualization. Heaven comes down to earth, and mortals learn at last the lesson, “I have no enemies.”
Even in belief you have but one (that, not in reality), 30and this one enemy is yourself — your erroneous belief that you have enemies; that evil is real; that aught but good exists in Science. Soon or late, your enemy will 11 11:1wake from his delusion to suffer for his evil intent; to find that, though thwarted, its punishment is tenfold.