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2A: Regeneration

Regeneration: "A change in which abundant spiritual life, even eternal life, is incorporated into the body. The transformation that takes place through bringing all the forces of mind and body to the support of the Christ ideal. The unification of Spirit, soul, and body in spiritual oneness" (RW/Regeneration)

"To follow Jesus Christ in the regeneration or new birth we must fulfill the law of body building, which is a reconstruction of the corrupt cells: This corruptible must put on incorruption.' To accomplish this and make the body conform to His perfect body we must see Him as He is in His perfect body. This perfect body exists as an ideal body in us all. By mentally concentrating on this perfect body and focusing all our powers on it as the vital life of the physical a transformation will begin that will finally raise the physical to divine stature. Paul points the way in 2 Corinthians 3:18: 'And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit' " (Jesus Christ Heals 52).

"Waiting for death in order to get a new body is the folly of ignorance. The thing to do is to improve the bodies that we now have; it can be done, and those who would follow Jesus in the regeneration must do it" (Atom-Smashing Power of Mind 119).

"All that man has passed through has left its image in the subconsciousness, wrought in mind and matter. These images are set free in the regeneration" (The Twelve Powers of Man 80).

"Jesus represents man in the regeneration; that is, man in the process of restoring his body to its natural condition, where it will live right on perpetually without old age, disease, or death" (Mysteries of John 109).

Death, experienced through suffering and disease, is not part of the divine plan for humankind. It is the result of any human attempt to negate the divine idea of life. To be restored to the natural state, we must focus on the innate divine perfection of the Christ ideal which is our true nature. The great spiritual law is: That which we identify with, we become.

Please note. The concept of regeneration does not mean that we will live in the physical body on this earth plane for eternity. But, it does mean that we will not experience death and dying through suffering and disease. The divine plan for humankind is eternal life. Our experience of eternal life will always be in a state of being made new or "born again," unfolding and transforming into a greater and greater likeness of our Creator. We do not know exactly what form that likeness will take, but we do know that it will be pure and free from disease, pain, and suffering. "It does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that.. .we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. And every one who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure" (I John 3:2-3).

"'.. .and God himself will.. .wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.' And he who sat upon the throne said, 'Behold, I make all things new.' " (Rev. 21:3-5)