Concord ExpressA Christian Science Study Resource
Holy Writ declares that God is Love, is Spirit; hence 30it follows that those who worship Him, must worship Him spiritually, — far apart from physical sensation such as attends eating and drinking corporeally. It is 124 124:1plain that aught unspiritual, intervening between God and man, would tend to disturb the divine order, and 3countermand the Scripture that those who worship the Father must worship Him in spirit. It is also plain, that we should not seek and cannot find God in mat‐6ter, or through material methods; neither do we love and obey Him by means of matter, or the flesh, — which warreth against Spirit, and will not be reconciled 9thereto.
We turn, with sickened sense, from a pagan Jew’s or Moslem’s misconception of Deity, for peace; and find 12rest in the spiritual ideal, or Christ. For “who is so great a God as our God!” unchangeable, all-wise, all-just, all-merciful; the ever-loving, ever-living Life, Truth, 15Love: comforting such as mourn, opening the prison doors to the captive, marking the unwinged bird, pitying with more than a father’s pity; healing the sick, cleansing 18the leper, raising the dead, saving sinners. As we think thereon, man’s true sense is filled with peace, and power; and we say, It is well that Christian Science has taken 21expressive silence wherein to muse His praise, to kiss the feet of Jesus, adore the white Christ, and stretch out our arms to God.
24 The last act of the tragedy on Calvary rent the veil of matter, and unveiled Love’s great legacy to mortals: Love forgiving its enemies. This grand act crowned 27and still crowns Christianity: it manumits mortals; it translates love; it gives to suffering, inspiration; to patience, experience; to experience, hope; to hope, faith; 30to faith, understanding; and to understanding, Love tri‐umphant!
In proportion to a man’s spiritual progress, he will 125 125:1indeed drink of our Master’s cup, and be baptized with his baptism! be purified as by fire, — the fires of suffering; 3then hath he part in Love’s atonement, for “whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth.” Then shall he also reign with him: he shall rise to know that there is no sin, 6that there is no suffering; since all that is real is right. This knowledge enables him to overcome the world, the flesh, and all evil, to have dominion over his own sinful 9sense and self. Then shall he drink anew Christ’s cup, in the kingdom of God — the reign of righteousness — within him; he shall sit down at the Father’s right hand: 12sit down; not stand waiting and weary; but rest on the bosom of God; rest, in the understanding of divine Love that passeth all understanding; rest, in that which “to 15know aright is Life eternal,” and whom, not having seen, we love.
Then shall he press on to Life’s long lesson, the eternal 18lore of Love; and learn forever the infinite meanings of these short sentences: “God is Love;” and, All that is real is divine, for God is All-in-all.