Message for 1901, by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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   Again I reiterate this cardinal point:  There is but one
Christ, and Christ is divine - the Holy Ghost, or spiritual
idea of the divine Principle, Love.  Is this scientific statement
more transcendental than the belief of our brethren,
who regard Jesus as God and the Holy Ghost as the third
person in the Godhead?  When Jesus said, "I and my
Father are one," and "my Father is greater than I," this
was said in the sense that one ray of light is light, and it
is one with light, but it is not the full-orbed sun.  Therefore
we have the authority of Jesus for saying Christ is not
God, but an impartation of Him.
   Again:  Is man, according to Christian Science, more
transcendental than God made him?  Can he be too spiritual,
since Jesus said, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as
your Father which is in heaven is perfect"?  Is God
Spirit?  He is.  Then is man His image and likeness,
according to Holy Writ?  He is.  Then can man be material,
or less than spiritual?  As God made man, is he not
wholly spiritual?  The reflex image of Spirit is not unlike
Spirit.  The logic of divine metaphysics makes man none
too transcendental, if we follow the teachings of the
   The Christ was Jesus' spiritual selfhood; therefore
Christ existed prior to Jesus, who said, "Before Abraham
was, I am."  Jesus, the only immaculate, was born of a
virgin mother, and Christian Science explains that mystic
saying of the Master as to his dual personality, or the spiritual

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and material Christ Jesus, called in Scripture the
Son of God and the Son of man - explains it as referring
to his eternal spiritual selfhood and his temporal
manhood.  Christian Science shows clearly that God is the
only generating or regenerating power.
   The ancient worthies caught glorious glimpses of the
Messiah or Christ, and their truer sense of Christ baptized
them in Spirit - submerged them in a sense so pure it
made seers of men, and Christian healers.  This is the
"Spirit of life in Christ Jesus," spoken of by St. Paul.
It is also the mysticism complained of by the rabbis, who
crucified Jesus and called him a "deceiver."  Yea, it is
the healing power of Truth that is persecuted to-day, the
spirit of divine Love, and Christ Jesus possessed it, practised
it, and taught his followers to do likewise.  This
spirit of God is made manifest in the flesh, healing and saving
men, - it is the Christ, Comforter, "which taketh away
the sin of the world;" and yet Christ is rejected of men!
   The evil in human nature foams at the touch of good;
it crieth out, "Let us alone; what have we to do with
thee, . . . ? art thou come to destroy us?  I know thee who
thou art; the Holy One of God."  The Holy Spirit takes
of the things of God and showeth them unto the creature;
and these things being spiritual, they disturb the carnal
and destroy it; they are revolutionary, reformatory, and -
now, as aforetime - they cast out evils and heal the sick.
He of God's household who loveth and liveth most the
things of Spirit, receiveth them most; he speaketh wisely,
for the spirit of his Father speaketh through him; he
worketh well and healeth quickly, for the spirit giveth him

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liberty: "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall
make you free."
   Jesus said, "For all these things they will deliver you
up to the councils" and "If they have called the master
of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call
them of his household?  Fear them not therefore:  for

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