Miscellaneous Writings (1883-1896) by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

BIBLE LESSONS
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which casteth out all fear, all sin, sickness, and death;
that seeketh not her own, but another's good; that saith
Abba, Father, and is born of God!
   John came baptizing with water.  He employed a type
of physical cleanliness to foreshadow metaphysical purity,
even mortal mind purged of the animal and human, and
submerged in the humane and divine, giving back the


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lost sense of man in unity with, and reflecting, his Maker.
None but the pure in heart shall see God, - shall be able
to discern fully and demonstrate fairly the divine Principle
of Christian Science.  The will of God, or power of Spirit,
is made manifest as Truth, and through righteousness, -
not as or through matter, - and it strips matter of all
claims, abilities or disabilities, pains or pleasures.  Self-renunciation
of all that constitutes a so-called material
man, and the acknowledgment and achievement of his
spiritual identity as the child of God, is Science that
opens the very flood-gates of heaven; whence good
flows into every avenue of being, cleansing mortals of
all uncleanness, destroying all suffering, and demonstrating
the true image and likeness.  There is no other
way under heaven whereby we can be saved, and man
be clothed with might, majesty, and immortality.
   "As many as received him," - as accept the truth
of being, - "to them gave he power to become the sons
of God."  The spiritualization of our sense of man opens
the gates of paradise that the so-called material senses
would close, and reveals man infinitely blessed, upright,
pure, and free; having no need of statistics by which to
learn his origin and age, or to measure his manhood, or to
know how much of a man he ever has been:  for, "as
many as received him, to them gave he power to become
the sons of God."


And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul;
the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. - I Cor. xv. 45.

   When reasoning on this subject of man with the Corinthian
brethren, the apostle first spake from their standpoint
of thought; namely, that creation is material:

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he was not at this point giving the history of the spiritual
man who originates in God, Love, who created man
in His own image and likeness.  In the creation of Adam
from dust, - in which Soul is supposed to enter the
embryo-man after his birth, - we see the material
self-constituted belief of the Jews as referred to by St. Paul.
Their material belief has fallen far below man's original
standard, the spiritual man made in the image and likeness
of God; for this erring belief even separates its
conception of man from God, and ultimates in the opposite
of immortal man, namely, in a sick and sinning
mortal.
   We learn in the Scriptures, as in divine Science, that
God made all; that He is the universal Father and Mother
of man; that God is divine Love:  therefore divine Love
is the divine Principle of the divine idea named man;
in other words, the spiritual Principle of spiritual man.
Now let us not lose this Science of man, but gain it clearly;
then we shall see that man cannot be separated from
his perfect Principle, God, inasmuch as an idea cannot
be torn apart from its fundamental basis.  This scientific
knowledge affords self-evident proof of immortality;
proof, also, that the Principle of man cannot produce a
less perfect man than it produced in the beginning.  A
material sense of existence is not the scientific fact of
being; whereas, the spiritual sense of God and His universe
is the immortal and true sense of being.
   As the apostle proceeds in this line of thought, he

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