Articles on… The New Year: Renewal and Life’s Real Substance

By Charles Ferris
From the January 2011 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The concept of Substance plays a vital role in everything we do or think. It relates to our health, our daily needs, our love for each other, and our happiness. If we see our substance in material terms, it can be variable and limited. Even when things are going along well, there is always some degree of uncertainty connected with it all. But if we can see our substance as derived from God and already included in our spiritual identity, then these limitations and difficulties disappear.

Jesus pointed to this truth of our being. He told us to look to God, Spirit, as our true substance. He said, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing” (John 6:63). Was he saying to ignore all that the material senses are telling us about substance? No, I believe that Jesus was doing something far more radical—leading us to lift ourselves entirely out of the material view.

In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy amplifies this understanding when she says… (click here to continue reading)


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