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August 21,1898
CHRIST JESUS.

- Section 2 -

 

Hebrews 1:1-3,5,8
1 God, who at sundry times and in
divers manners spake in time past
unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Hath in these last days spoken
unto us by his Son, whom he hath
appointed heir of all things, by whom
also he made the worlds;
3 Who being the brightness of his
glory, and the express image of his
person, and upholding all things by
the word of his power, when he had by
himself purged our sins, sat down on
the right hand of the Majesty on
high;
5 For unto which of the angels said
he at any time, Thou art my Son, this
day have I begotten thee? And again,
I will be to him a Father, and he
shall be to me a Son?
8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy
throne, O God, is for ever and ever:
a sceptre of righteousness is the
sceptre of thy kingdom.

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John 3:34,35
34 For he whom God hath sent
speaketh the words of God: for God
giveth not the Spirit by measure unto
him.
35 The Father loveth the Son, and
hath given all things into his hand.
John 5:19,20
19 Then answered Jesus and said
unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto
you, The Son can do nothing of
himself, but what he seeth the Father
do: for what things soever he doeth,
these also doeth the Son likewise.
20 For the Father loveth the Son,
and sheweth him all things that
himself doeth: and he will shew him
greater works than these, that ye may
marvel.


312:31-22 Chapter 10: Science of Being

 

Chapter 10: Science of Being
Divine Science understood and acknowledged.  

I thank Thee O Father,...

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Thus olden faith's pale star now blends 
In seven-hued white! 
Life, without birth and without end, 
Emitting light! 

Give us grace for to-day;
feed the famished affections. 

Cardinal point 3 - Column 3 - Extended



(The one anointed)
Jesus' spiritual origin and his demonstration of divine
Principle richly endowed him and entitled him to sonship in
Science. He was the son of a virgin. The term Christ Jesus, or
Jesus the Christ (to give the full and proper translation of the
Greek), may be rendered "Jesus the anointed," Jesus the
God-crowned or the divinely royal man, as it is said of him in the
first chapter of Hebrews: -



Therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee
With the oil of gladness above thy fellows.



With this agrees another passage in the same chapter, which
refers to the Son as "the brightness of His [God's] glory, and the
express [expressed] image of His person [infinite Mind]." It is
noteworthy that the phrase "express image" in the Common Version
is, in the Greek Testament, character. Using this word in its
higher meaning, we may assume that the author of this remarkable
epistle regarded Christ as the Son of God, the royal reflection of
the infinite; and the cause given for the exaltation of Jesus,
Mary's son, was that he "loved righteousness and hated iniquity."
The passage is made even clearer in the translation of the late
George R. Noyes, D.D.: "Who, being a brightness from His glory, and
an image of His being."

332:26-15 Chapter 10: Science of Being - [PLATFORM]

(-11- Christ Jesus)
Mary's conception of him was spiritual, for only purity could
reflect Truth and Love, which were plainly incarnate in the good
and pure Christ Jesus. He expressed the highest type of divinity,
which a fleshly form could express in that age. Into the real and
ideal man the fleshly element cannot enter. Thus it is that
Christ illustrates the coincidence, or spiritual agreement,
between God and man in His image.
(-12- Messiah or Christ)
XII. The word Christ is not properly a synonym for Jesus,
though it is commonly so used. Jesus was a human name, which
belonged to him in common with other Hebrew boys and men, for it
is identical with the name Joshua, the renowned Hebrew leader. On
the other hand, Christ is not a name so much as the divine title
of Jesus. Christ expresses God's spiritual, eternal nature. The
name is synonymous with Messiah, and alludes to the spirituality
which is taught, illustrated, and demonstrated in the life of
which Christ Jesus was the embodiment. The proper name of our
Master in the Greek was Jesus the Christ; but Christ Jesus better
signifies the Godlike.

333:16-9 Chapter 10: Science of Being - [PLATFORM]

(-13- The divine Principle and idea)
XIII. The advent of Jesus of Nazareth marked the first century
of the Christian era, but the Christ is without beginning of years
or end of days. Throughout all generations both before and
after the Christian era, the Christ, as the spiritual idea, - the
reflection of God, - has come with some measure of power and grace
to all prepared to receive Christ, Truth. Abraham, Jacob, Moses,
and the prophets caught glorious glimpses of the Messiah, or
Christ, which baptized these seers in the divine nature, the
essence of Love. The divine image, idea, or Christ was, is, and
ever will be inseparable from the divine Principle, God. Jesus
referred to this unity of his spiritual identity thus: "Before
Abraham was, I am;" "I and my Father are one;" "My Father is
greater than I." The one Spirit includes all identities.
(-14- Spiritual oneness)
XIV. By these sayings Jesus meant, not that the human Jesus was
or is eternal, but that the divine idea or Christ was and is so
and therefore antedated Abraham; not that the corporeal Jesus was
one with the Father, but that the spiritual idea, Christ, dwells
forever in the bosom of the Father, God, from which it illumines
heaven and earth; not that the Father is greater than Spirit,
which is God, but greater, infinitely greater, than the fleshly
Jesus, whose earthly career was brief.

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