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1C: Grace Functioning As Salvation

"Grace is always present and available whether we realize it or not" (Donald Curtis New Age Understanding 90).

"Grace—good will; favor; disposition to show mercy; aid from God in the process of regeneration. 'By grace you have been saved' (Eph. 2:5).

'Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ' (John 1:1 7); that is, the real saving, redeeming, transforming power came to man through the work that Jesus did in establishing for the race a new and higher consciousness in the earth. We can enter into this consciousness by faith in Him and by means of the inner spirit of the law that He taught and practiced" (RW/Grace).

"Salvation — it comes as the result of redemption; the change from sin to righteousness. Salvation comes to man as a free gift from God [grace]. It embodies a knowledge of God that frees one from all limitations and points the way by which mind and body may be lifted up to the spiritual place of consciousness" (RW/Salvation).

"The grace of God is ... that quality of God's nature which is the source of men's undeserved blessings, in particular those blessings which have to do with their salvation from sin" (Harper Bible Dictionary 236).

"Jesus raised the blood of His body to spiritual potency. This purified blood was sown as seed in our race thought and can be appropriated by anyone who raises his thoughts to those of Jesus. This is accomplished through faith in Jesus to save one from sin, to inspire one with His Spirit, or through asking Jesus to come to the aid of the sin-sick mind or suffering body. A single atom of the purified blood of Jesus can begin a vitalizing and purifying work in mind and body that will continue until the Christ man appears" (Keep a True Lent 28).

"The body receives the benefit of salvation through prayer and spiritual meditation. In this way the substance of Spirit is carried by living words of Truth into every part of the body, and its quickening power makes alive the whole organism" (Keep a True Lent 27).

In Unity, we understand salvation as a literal freeing of the mind and heart of the burden of past sins (error choices). We are freed from the energies of these error choices by the grace of God every time we enter into the inner spirit of the law that Jesus taught and practiced, which is love. Grace redeems the soul and saves it from the constant merry-go-round of karmic law. Grace is the most benevolent activity of God known to humankind, it is the regenerative power of love that literally saves us from the full measure of our mistakes. It is the power within us to overcome and transform any negative state of consciousness or outer manifestation. It heals, purifies, regenerates, and restores us to our natural state of wholeness.