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The Finished Work of God
DUNCAN SINCLAIR, CSB


         The Christian Scientist is never in doubt concerning the completeness, the perfection, of God's creation. Christian Science has revealed to him the nature of God and of His creation so clearly that he can declare that God's work is finished. And he can therefore echo the words of the Revelator, ''Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."

         The real creation to the Christian Scientist is not, however, the so-called material universe, which to mortal sense is ever in a state of transition; the real creation to him is the universe of Spirit, the universe of spiritual ideas, already perfectly established. When Mrs. Eddy perceived God to be Mind, — the all-knowing, or the One who knows all, — she solved the problem of the nature of the real creation, because she saw it as the manifestation of Mind — spiritual ideas; just as John must have done when he beheld it from the mount of revelation, and before he could write, "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made."

         Mrs. Eddy's works abound in passages which bring out the nature of God and the completeness of His creation. For example, on page 519 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," the textbook of Christian Science, she writes: "Nothing can be novel to eternal Mind, the author of all things, who from all eternity knoweth His own ideas. Deity was satisfied with His work. How could He be otherwise, since the spiritual creation was the outgrowth, the emanation, of His infinite self-containment and immortal wisdom?" And that is a precise statement of how the Christian Scientist views the creator and His creation.

         It will be readily apparent that the understanding that the real creation is perfect, complete, finished, must have a very marked effect on the lives of those who possess it. For one thing, this spiritual understanding enables them to see through the illusory nature of matter and of all that pertains to so-called material creation; and to get to the point of seeing, even but feebly, that matter is mortal illusion is to have taken an important step out of the illusion, or to have gained some degree of ascendancy over it. No one will ever scientifically master so-called material law until he has obtained accurate knowledge of God's spiritual creation and spiritual law. To remain in the dark on the fundamentals of spiritual being is to remain a victim to the illusions of material sense, those illusions such as sickness, sin, sorrow, and lack, which in belief bind mortals so pitifully at times.

         Does the way, then, out of all the illusions of material sense lie in spiritual understanding? Undoubtedly there is no other way. To continue to hold to the belief that matter is real is to do nothing to untie the bonds, but rather to bind them tighter around us. On the other hand, even to glimpse the truth that the real creation consists of perfect spiritual ideas is to begin to break the fetters which hold mankind bound. Our Leader writes (Science and Health, p. 3), "His work is done, and we have only to avail ourselves of God's rule in order to receive His blessing, which enables us to work out our own salvation."

         God's work is finished. God's creation is complete and perfect. Nothing can be added to it; nothing can be taken from it. It has existed from all eternity; it is now; and to eternity it shall be! That is what Christian Science is telling the world struggling with its material problems, every one of them illusory in the light of the completeness, the perfection, the finished nature of God's spiritual creation, the only real creation. Many have heard the appeal of Christian Science; and as they have been obedient to it, they have experienced healing and freedom.

         When one has begun to understand the truth about the real creation of God, has begun to understand something about its completeness and perfection, he is in the position of beginning to be able to defend himself against the assaults of so-called mortal mind, by affirming to his own consciousness the truths of spiritual being as Christian Science reveals them, and denying the inharmony of mortal mind. This he can do because he is assured of the truth of Mrs. Eddy's words on page 472 of Science and Health: "All reality is in God and His creation, harmonious and eternal. That which He creates is good, and He makes all that is made," and because he knows that God's work is finished.

 

"The Finished Work of God" by Duncan Sinclair, CSB
Christian Science Sentinel, November 14, 1925
 

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