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Sons of God
ALBERT F. GILMORE, CSB


        Few statements in the Bible apart from the declarations of Christ Jesus himself have brought more of comfort and balm to troubled hearts than have John’s familiar words, “Now are we the sons of God.” Wonder upon wonder! We, the sons of God, children of the infinite Father, offspring of the Most High! An early step in the effort to gain some adequate grasp of the true significance of these momentous words should be to inquire who are “we” whom John declared to be the sons of God. Surely not mortals, for mortals partake of qualities so unlike the divine that by no possibility could the handiwork of God be confused with objects so transitory.

         Then to whom did John refer? Who are the sons of God? It is in answer to this all-important query that Mrs. Eddy writes in “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” (p. 475): “Man is idea, the image, of Love; he is not physique. He is the compound idea of God, including all right ideas.” This definite statement places man entirely outside the categories of material belief, revealing his true selfhood as the offspring of God. Man is not physique, but the image of Love. Surely the image of divine Love could never be possessed of qualities so unlike Love as selfishness, hatred, greed, jealousy, envy, malice, resentment — qualities commonly identified with the false concept of man, physique. Then with what positiveness may we assert that the manifestation of these, and of all material qualities of thought, belongs wholly to a false concept of man and, in consequence, is but illusory, having nothing in common with God’s idea.

         As we progress in the study and practice of Christian Science we are increasingly convinced of the imperative need to hold unremittingly to the true concept, to man as idea, the image — expression — of God; and this must be with no slightest degree of doubt or mental reservation. We are the sons of God now, and no protestation of the so-called mortal mind, no argument it may present or claim to the contrary it may proffer, can in the least degree change this immutable fact.

         However complete may have been our failure to grasp and assert the prerogatives which belong to man as divine idea, however far we may have yielded to the argument of error falsely protesting its reality, the fact remains that man abides forever in the bosom of the Father, dwelling eternally in divine consciousness, his life “hid with Christ in God.” The acceptance of this fact as the fundamental truth to which our lives shall conform is a far step toward the gaining of the true sense of selfhood. Let us never fail to remember that only that is true of ourselves which God knows of us, and God knows only man’s perfection. As the poet beautifully expresses it:

“He holds us perfect in His love,
And we His image bear.”

         John’s words immediately following those quoted above from his epistle are of especial significance to the Christian metaphysician: “And it doth not yet appear what we shall be.” At least by implication John states that we who now are the sons of God, spiritual and perfect ideas, are to be something more than that of which, as divine ideas, we are now conscious. God’s ideas are never aught than the expression of Him, hence are never less than perfect. What, then, may be our expectancy? On page 258 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy states, “God expresses in man the infinite idea forever developing itself, broadening and rising higher and higher from a boundless basis.” The unfolding idea, forever expressing more of God’s perfectness, continuously rises to new heights of glory, heights before unrecognized. What entrancing possibilities of spiritual blessedness await the faithful disciple of Christ, Truth! Mortals, aweary of mortality and all its unfilled promises, turn to God and, trusting Him with childlike faith, may behold something of the glory which is now and is to be.

         Christian Science furnishes the golden key which swings wide the gate to this infinite glory, ushering each willing disciple into God’s eternal presence. Our Leader has foretold the wondrous joy which attaches to the full recognition of man’s true state in words so simple that none may mistake. Those who walk in the way of her demonstration know that she has not overestimated the blessings which belong to the perfect ideas of Mind. Moreover, she makes very clear that man’s divine heritage is available now to all who are ready and willing to exchange the things of matter for the perfect ideas of Soul. God’s work is done; perfection is complete; the blessing is available in proportion as we desire it. Error can never deprive the sons of God of His divine bestowal.

 

"Sons of God" by Albert F. Gilmore, CSB
Christian Science Sentinel, February 26, 1927
 

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