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An Introduction to Christian Science
CHRIST JESUS

 

Extracts from a lecture by Rev. Irving C. Tomlinson, CSB
Quoted in Christian Science History, by Judge Septimus J. Hanna, CSD, p. 14

Christian Scientists regard Christ Jesus as the crown and glory of God's creation. In him all that is worthy among men finds complete fulfilment. He is the great physician, who, through the understanding of infinite Mind, healed all manner of diseases. He is the high-priest, who, through the knowledge of the power of Spirit, first scientifically destroyed sin in all its forms. He is the good Samaritan, who, realizing the infinite resources of omnipotent Good, with scientific certainty, first bound up the gaping wounds of humanity.

What to the building is its foundation, what to the ripening clusters is the parent vine, what to the temple is its fair entrance, that Christ Jesus is to Christian Science. He is the corner-stone of the godlike structure that in his name we are striving to rear aloft. He is the vine, we are the branches, which, with their ripening fruit, draw their strength and life from him. He is the door through which we would enter and abide with the holy of holies. Wherefore we each and all say with our Leader, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, the Reverend Mary Baker Eddy, "All Christian Scientists deeply recognize the oneness of Jesus." 

"What think ye of Christ?" by Annie M. Knott, CSD
Christian Science Sentinel, December 22, 1928

For long centuries mortals have been asking their fellowmen what they thought concerning Christ, whether they accepted the dogmas of some particular church or denied them. As we read in the twenty-second chapter of Matthew, it was Jesus himself who asked of the Pharisees the question "What think ye of Christ?" ...

With tireless patience Mrs. Eddy strove to teach her followers the distinction between the eternal Christ and the human Jesus; yet she also declared that Jesus "was inseparable from Christ, the Messiah,—the divine idea of God outside the flesh" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 482). It is possible that in some instances those who had experienced the healing power of Truth spoke with undue familiarity of Christ Jesus; and this, not from lack of reverence, but from inability to estimate the grandeur of that Godlike character. It took much spiritual growth to gain the vision vouchsafed to the disciples on the mount of transfiguration, yet even after that experience they had much to learn; and so have we, even after we have had many proofs of Truth's power. ... 

References for Study
The following passages are from the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

Science and Health, p. 333:16-30
The advent of Jesus of Nazareth marked the first century of the Christian era, but the Christ is without beginning of years or end of days. Throughout all generations both before and after the Christian era, the Christ, as the spiritual idea,--the reflection of God,--has come with some measure of power and grace to all prepared to receive Christ, Truth. Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and the prophets caught glorious glimpses of the Messiah, or Christ, which baptized these seers in the divine nature, the essence of Love. The divine image, idea, or Christ was, is, and ever will be inseparable from the divine Principle, God. Jesus referred to this unity of his spiritual identity thus: "Before Abraham was, I am;" "I and my Father are one;" "My Father is greater than I."

Science and Health, p. 362:12
...Jesus Christ is not God, as Jesus himself declared, but is the Son of God. This declaration of Jesus, understood, conflicts not at all with another of his sayings: "I and my Father are one," — that is, one in quality, not in quantity. As a drop of water is one with the ocean, a ray of light one with the sun, even so God and man, Father and son, are one in being. The Scripture reads: "For in Him we live, and move, and have our being."  

Science and Health, p. 38:21-26
Jesus experienced few of the pleasures of the physical senses, but his sufferings were the fruits of other people's sins, not of his own. The eternal Christ, his spiritual selfhood, never suffered. Jesus mapped out the path for others. He unveiled the Christ, the spiritual idea of divine Love.

Science and Health, p. 583:10
CHRIST. The divine manifestation of God, which comes to the flesh to destroy incarnate error. 

Science and Health, p. 333:3
The word Christ is not properly a synonym for Jesus, though it is commonly so used. Jesus was a human name, which belonged to him in common with other Hebrew boys and men, for it is identical with the name Joshua, the renowned Hebrew leader. On the other hand, Christ is not a name so much as the divine title of Jesus. Christ expresses God's spiritual, eternal nature. The name is synonymous with Messiah, and alludes to the spirituality which is taught, illustrated, and demonstrated in the life of which Christ Jesus was the embodiment. The proper name of our Master in the Greek was Jesus the Christ; but Christ Jesus better signifies the Godlike. 

Science and Health, p. 565:13-22
The impersonation of the spiritual idea had a brief history in the earthly life of our Master; but "of his kingdom there shall be no end," for Christ, God's idea, will eventually rule all nations and peoples--imperatively, absolutely, finally--with divine Science. This immaculate idea, represented first by man and, according to the Revelator, last by woman, will baptize with fire; and the fiery baptism will burn up the chaff of error with the fervent heat of Truth and Love, melting and purifying even the gold of human character.

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