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Abuse of the motives and religion of St. Paul hid from view the apostle’s character, which made him equal to 24Persecution harmfulhis great mission. Persecution of all who have spoken something new and better of God has not only obscured the light of the ages, but has been fatal 27to the persecutors. Why? Because it has hid from them the true idea which has been presented. To mis‐understand Paul, was to be ignorant of the divine idea he 30taught. Ignorance of the divine idea betrays at once a greater ignorance of the divine Principle of the idea — igno‐561561:1rance of Truth and Love. The understanding of Truth and Love, the Principle which works out the ends of eternal 3good and destroys both faith in evil and the practice of evil, leads to the discernment of the divine idea.
Agassiz, through his microscope, saw the sun in an 6egg at a point of so-called embryonic life. Because of Espousals supernalhis more spiritual vision, St. John saw an “angel standing in the sun.” The Revelator 9 beheld the spiritual idea from the mount of vision. Purity was the symbol of Life and Love. The Revelator saw also the spiritual ideal as a woman clothed in light, a 12bride coming down from heaven, wedded to the Lamb of Love. To John, “the bride” and “the Lamb” repre‐sented the correlation of divine Principle and spiritual idea, 15God and His Christ, bringing harmony to earth.
John saw the human and divine coincidence, shown in the man Jesus, as divinity embracing humanity in Life 18Divinity and humanity and its demonstration, — reducing to human perception and understanding the Life which is God. In divine revelation, material and corporeal self‐21hood disappear, and the spiritual idea is understood.
The woman in the Apocalypse symbolizes generic man, the spiritual idea of God; she illustrates the coincidence 24Spiritual sunlightof God and man as the divine Principle and divine idea. The Revelator symbolizes Spirit by the sun. The spiritual idea is clad with the radiance 27of spiritual Truth, and matter is put under her feet. The light portrayed is really neither solar nor lunar, but spirit‐ual Life, which is “the light of men.” In the first chapter 30of the Fourth Gospel it is written, “There was a man sent from God . . . to bear witness of that Light.”
John the Baptist prophesied the coming of the im‐562562:1maculate Jesus, and John saw in those days the spiritual idea as the Messiah, who would baptize with the Holy 3Spiritual idea revealed Ghost, — divine Science. As Elias presented the idea of the fatherhood of God, which Jesus afterwards manifested, so the Revelator completed this 6figure with woman, typifying the spiritual idea of God’s motherhood. The moon is under her feet. This idea reveals the universe as secondary and tributary to Spirit, 9from which the universe borrows its reflected light, sub‐stance, life, and intelligence.