• Elaina Simpson, C.S.

I will not fear what flesh can do...

Updated: Feb 7


(Underlines are my own) "Christian Science reveals a necessity for overcoming the world, the flesh, and evil, and thus destroying all error." (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy 10:12–15) Today, this idea sure is helpful. But how do we overcome the flesh? "He overcame the world, the flesh, and all error, thus proving their nothingness." (SH 39:4–6 2nd He) If the material flesh is nothing, then what's true? Under the marginal heading "True flesh and blood" we read... "His true flesh and blood were his Life..." (SH 25:3) Mrs. Eddy further lays out for us the difference between what's false, and what's true: “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” (SH 106:20) Knowing what's true, we can look to Life, Spirit. Looking to God, we find freedom from "what the flesh can do unto me..." Freedom from sickness, contagion, fear, isolation...etc. Holding to what's true, the fear of the so-called flesh naturally falls away into it's "native nothingness." Where is thought today? Is it on the Spirit or the material flesh? "Paul said, “Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” (SH 223:2–3) Have a lovely evening,

Elaina

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