A Saving Science
1. WE are indebted to Jesus Christ and His fearless propagation of Truth for our knowledge of this saving science. He demonstrated that sin, sickness, and death are false quantities and are no part of a correct statement of life. He declared, “If a man keep my word, he shall never see death.” Those who believed in false quantities rose up and confronted Him with the proof of their reasoning. They said: “Abraham died, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my word, he shall never taste of death. . . . whom makest thou thyself?” (The world today is taking the same stand against those who declare that Jesus Christ’s words will demonstrate.) But He, straight and true to the axiom, “God is good, and God is all,” answered their false logic: “It is my Father that glorifieth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God; and ye have not known him: but I know him; and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be like unto you, a liar: but I know him and keep his word . . . Before Abraham was born, I am.”
2. Again He said: “I know that his commandment is life eternal; the things therefore which I speak, even as the Father hath said unto me, so I speak.” “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.” Jesus demonstrated that the keeping of His Father’s commandments saved from sin, sickness, sorrow, and death. He demonstrated that by His keeping His Father’s sayings all power was given to Him “in heaven and in earth”: power to control the elements, power to turn water into wine, power to increase loaves and fishes, power to make Himself visible or invisible at will, power to command the fish of the sea to yield Him money, power to lay down His life and power to take it up. Of this wonderful power He said, “I speak not from myself: but the Father abiding in me doeth his works.” He declared of those who believed on Him as He believed on the Father, “The works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto the Father.” Jesus Christ taught distinctly that “one is your Father, even he who is in heaven,” and that “the kingdom of God is within you.”
3. Who can mistake the truth? Our Father has his kingdom in man and of a truth makes good the promise, “According to your faith be it done unto you.” Jesus puts it, “Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.”
4. Jesus Christ made of every statement a living thing. What has been called His teaching is not His teaching if it will not heal the sick and feed the poor, as He said it would. It has been this fact that has caused so much unbelief in the teachings of this age. The mistake some of our teachers make is that they believe in Christ intellectually and deal with His truths intellectually—whereas spiritual things must be “spiritually judged.” They have no conception of the esoteric meaning of Jesus Christ’s words and consequently have no power to demonstrate them. It is the spiritually blind leading the blind, and they have fallen “into a pit” of mortal error. We find preachers of the ways of life diseased and feeble, devout and pious Christians fearful and unhappy, the gentle and kindhearted suffering from extreme poverty. Not of such did Jesus say, “I am glorified in them.” It is of such unfruitful teachers that He said: “Ye took away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.”
5. There are many now who “turn” the key of knowledge and enter into the understanding of what Jesus Christ meant when He declared, “He that be-lieveth on me, the works that I do shall he do also.” They prove their understanding by doing the very works He did. One gentle-hearted little woman lately was the channel for healing a baby of as severe a type of leprosy as any recorded among the healings of Jesus. Another teacher of spiritual science was instrumental in causing a cataract to melt from a man’s eye by one treatment. The film gradually slipped off. I have seen the lame rise up and walk, and fever depart as recorded in the word of the Gospel.
6. These are the “signs” to follow. They indicate the true believer. The truths which were spoken in secret (in esoteric language) shall be “proclaimed upon the housetops” of high understanding. After this great spiritual wave sweeps over the earth, every remaining inhabitant shall know Him, “whom to know aright is life eternal,” and whom to serve aright is joy everlasting.