Concord ExpressA Christian Science Study Resource
God is universal; confined to no spot, defined by no dogma, appropriated by no sect. Not more to one than 27to all, is God demonstrable as divine Life, Truth, and Love; and His people are they that reflect Him — that reflect Love. Again, this infinite Principle, with its uni‐30versal manifestation, is all that really is or can be; hence God is our Shepherd. He guards, guides, feeds, 151 151:1and folds the sheep of His pasture; and their ears are attuned to His call. In the words of the loving disciple, 3“My sheep hear my voice, . . . and they follow me; . . . neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”
6 God is a consuming fire. He separates the dross from the gold, purifies the human character, through the furnace of affliction. Those who bear fruit He purgeth, 9that they may bear more fruit. Through the sacred law, He speaketh to the unfruitful in tones of Sinai: and, in the gospel, He saith of the barren fig-tree, “Cut it down; 12why cumbereth it the ground?”
God is our Father and our Mother, our Minister and the great Physician: He is man’s only real relative on 15earth and in heaven. David sang, “Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.”
Glorious things are spoken of you in His Word. Ye are a chosen people, whose God is — what? Even All. 24May mercy and truth go before you: may the lamp of your life continually be full of oil, and you be wedded to the spiritual idea, Christ; then will you heal, and 27teach, and preach, on the ascending scale of everlasting Life and Love.