*Message for 1902
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

page 523


   Here we proceed to another Scriptural passage which
serves to confirm Christian Science.  Christ Jesus saith,
"A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one
another; as I have loved you."  It is obvious that he
called his disciples' special attention to his new
commandment.  And wherefore?  Because it emphasizes the

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apostle's declaration, "God is Love," - it elucidates
Christianity, illustrates God, and man as His likeness, and
commands man to love as Jesus loved.
   The law and the gospel concur, and both will be
fulfilled.  Is it necessary to say that the likeness of God, Spirit,
is spiritual, and the likeness of Love is loving?  When
loving, we learn that "God is Love;" mortals hating, or
unloving, are neither Christians nor Scientists.  The new
commandment of Christ Jesus shows what true spirituality
is, and its harmonious effects on the sick and the sinner.
No person can heal or reform mankind unless he is actuated
by love and good will towards men.  The coincidence between
the law and the gospel, between the old and the new
commandment, confirms the fact that God and Love are
one.  The spiritually minded are inspired with tenderness,
Truth, and Love.  The life of Christ Jesus, his words and
his deeds, demonstrate Love.  We have no evidence of
being Christian Scientists except we possess this inspiration,
and its power to heal and to save.  The energy that
saves sinners and heals the sick is divine:  and Love is the
Principle thereof.  Scientific Christianity works out the
rule of spiritual love; it makes man active, it prompts perpetual
goodness, for the ego, or I, goes to the Father,
whereby man is Godlike.  Love, purity, meekness, coexist
in divine Science.  Lust, hatred, revenge, coincide in
material sense.  Christ Jesus reckoned man in Science,
having the kingdom of heaven within him.  He spake of
man not as the offspring of Adam, a departure from God,
or His lost likeness, but as God's child.  Spiritual love
makes man conscious that God is his Father, and the consciousness

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of God as Love gives man power with untold
furtherance.  Then God becomes to him the All-presence
- quenching sin; the All-power - giving life, health,
holiness; the All-science - all law and gospel.
   Jesus commanded, "Follow me; and let the dead bury
their dead;" in other words, Let the world, popularity,
pride, and ease concern you less, and love thou.  When
the full significance of this saying is understood, we shall
have better practitioners, and Truth will arise in human
thought with healing in its wings, regenerating mankind
and fulfilling the apostle's saying: "For the law of the
Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the
law of sin and death."  Loving chords set discords in
harmony.  Every condition implied by the great Master,
every promise fulfilled, was loving and spiritual, urging
a state of consciousness that leaves the minor tones of so-called
material life and abides in Christlikeness.
   The unity of God and man is not the dream of a heated
brain; it is the spirit of the healing Christ, that dwelt forever
in the bosom of the Father, and should abide forever
in man.  When first I heard the life-giving sound thereof,
and knew not whence it came nor whither it tended, it
was the proof of its divine origin, and healing power, that
opened my closed eyes.
   Did the age's thinkers laugh long over Morse's discovery

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