Series 1 - Lesson 6 - Annotation 14
How does salvation come to men?
14. Salvation is deliverance from the consciousness of sin and death. It is freedom from belief in bondage to the limitations of the flesh consciousness. Salvation is an inheritance that is man's as a spiritual being, and it is not gained through any merits of the personal man. It is the gift of God through Jesus Christ.
We may consider the names "Christ" and "Jesus" metaphysically as follows: The Christ principle is that which contains all the principles or powers of God as individuated in each human being. Christ is the "image" of God or the spiritual pattern in every man including the resources or means for bringing it into manifestation. A principle may be active or inactive as far as the individual is concerned; it may be used or not used; it may be alive or it may be buried.
Metaphysically, Jesus represents the understanding use of the pattern and the resources of the principle in transforming the mind, body, and affairs of the individual. Jesus represents that in every man which makes the God ideas righteously active in man's mind and in his body. Jesus is the Saviour, for man becomes conscious of salvation only through understanding and continually proving the laws of Spirit, thus making his claim to divinity sure and plain. Jesus is the "likeness," that which is continually working to bring forth the perfect man, the image-likeness of God made manifest in the flesh. (For added reference re-read Annotations for Lesson Seven, Lessons in Truth.)
Preceding Entry: What is resurrection?
Following Entry: What has man to do with the working out of his own salvation?