Concord ExpressA Christian Science Study Resource
Those who reach this transition, called death, without 3 3:1having rightly improved the lessons of this primary school of mortal existence, — and still believe in matter’s reality, 3pleasure, and pain, — are not ready to understand im‐mortality. Hence they awake only to another sphere of experience, and must pass through another probationary 6state before it can be truly said of them: “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.”
They upon whom the second death, of which we read 9in the Apocalypse (Revelation xx. 6), hath no power, are those who have obeyed God’s commands, and have washed their robes white through the sufferings of the 12flesh and the triumphs of Spirit. Thus they have reached the goal in divine Science, by knowing Him in whom they have believed. This knowledge is not the forbidden fruit 15of sin, sickness, and death, but it is the fruit which grows on the “tree of life.” This is the understanding of God, whereby man is found in the image and likeness of 18good, not of evil; of health, not of sickness; of Life, not of death.
God is All-in-all. Hence He is in Himself only, in His 21own nature and character, and is perfect being, or con‐sciousness. He is all the Life and Mind there is or can be. Within Himself is every embodiment of Life and Mind.
27 Now this self-same God is our helper. He pities us. He has mercy upon us, and guides every event of our 4 4:1careers. He is near to them who adore Him. To under‐stand Him, without a single taint of our mortal, finite sense 3of sin, sickness, or death, is to approach Him and become like Him.
Truth is God, and in God’s law. This law declares 6that Truth is All, and there is no error. This law of Truth destroys every phase of error. To gain a temporary con‐sciousness of God’s law is to feel, in a certain finite human 9sense, that God comes to us and pities us; but the attain‐ment of the understanding of His presence, through the Science of God, destroys our sense of imperfection, or 12of His absence, through a diviner sense that God is all true consciousness; and this convinces us that, as we get still nearer Him, we must forever lose our own con‐15sciousness of error.
But how could we lose all consciousness of error, if God be conscious of it? God has not forbidden man to know 18Him; on the contrary, the Father bids man have the same Mind “which was also in Christ Jesus,” — which was certainly the divine Mind; but God does forbid man’s 21acquaintance with evil. Why? Because evil is no part of the divine knowledge.