Concord ExpressA Christian Science Study Resource
18:1Atonement is the exemplification of man’s unity with God, whereby man reflects divine Truth, Life, 3and Love. Jesus of Nazareth taught and demonstrated man’s oneness with the Father, and for this we owe him Divine onenessendless homage. His mission was both in‐6dividual and collective. He did life’s work aright not only in justice to himself, but in mercy to mortals, — to show them how to do theirs, but not to do 9it for them nor to relieve them of a single responsibility. Jesus acted boldly, against the accredited evidence of the senses, against Pharisaical creeds and practices, and he 12refuted all opponents with his healing power.
The atonement of Christ reconciles man to God, not God to man; for the divine Principle of Christ is God, 15Human reconciliationand how can God propitiate Himself? Christ is Truth, which reaches no higher than itself. The fountain can rise no higher than its source. Christ, 18Truth, could conciliate no nature above his own, derived 19 19:1from the eternal Love. It was therefore Christ’s purpose to reconcile man to God, not God to man. Love and 3Truth are not at war with God’s image and likeness. Man cannot exceed divine Love, and so atone for him‐self. Even Christ cannot reconcile Truth to error, for 6Truth and error are irreconcilable. Jesus aided in recon‐ciling man to God by giving man a truer sense of Love, the divine Principle of Jesus’ teachings, and this truer 9sense of Love redeems man from the law of matter, sin, and death by the law of Spirit, — the law of divine Love.
12 The Master forbore not to speak the whole truth, de‐claring precisely what would destroy sickness, sin, and death, although his teaching set households at variance, 15and brought to material beliefs not peace, but a sword.
Every pang of repentance and suffering, every effort 18for reform, every good thought and deed, will help us to Efficacious repentanceunderstand Jesus’ atonement for sin and aid its efficacy; but if the sinner continues to pray 21and repent, sin and be sorry, he has little part in the atone‐ment, — in the at-one-ment with God, — for he lacks the practical repentance, which reforms the heart and enables 24man to do the will of wisdom. Those who cannot dem‐onstrate, at least in part, the divine Principle of the teach‐ings and practice of our Master have no part in God. If 27living in disobedience to Him, we ought to feel no secur‐ity, although God is good.