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Pilate, therefore, entered again into the palace, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews ? Jesus answered, Sayest thou this of thyself, or did others tell it thee concerning me? Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done? Jesus answered,
My Kingdom is not of this world: if my Kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now is my Kingdom not from hence. Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a King, then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a King. To this end have I been born, and to this end am I come into the world, that I should bear witness unto the Truth. Everyone that is of the Truth heareth my voice.
FIFTH STUDY IN CHRISTIAN SCIENCE.
VERY thought we hold is a treatment for those that
are close to us in mind, or that we think very much
about. Our friends, relatives and acquaintances, or anyone that we think about at all, receives a miniature or photograph of our mental state: just the same as we receive an impression of the state of all others, but of course these are on the mortal plane, like everything else we see, hear, feel, smell and taste with the physical. They are the false impressions that are to be denied away, so that the real and true state may be perceived.
God—the Immortal Mind-has left, is leaving and forever will continue to make, the true impression. And as we are true to the Truth or Immortal Mind, in just that degree we shall be continually going on; for there is no place for Mind or Truth to stop. If there were, Mind, Truth, Life would not be God, Infinite, Unlimited.
And Jesus said unto him, The foxes have holes and the birds of heaven have nests, but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. Mind cannot reach any limitations for there are in reality no limits, but what it makes for itself. The Mind that would be free must be Unlimited.
Foxes and birds have resting places, animals or earthly things have their resting places,-mortal mind has its resting place, but Immortal Mind fills all place, fills the universe, is everywhere.
God is a consuming fire. God is Mind: then Mind is à consuming fire.
Man-the Mortal-may be likened to a stove, which if we put the right ingredients into it, amounts to something, but if we do not use properly is of no account. If we keep a stove full of the right kind of fuel and attend to it properly, it radiates heat, and is fulfilling its office; but if we put in coal or wood and then pour in water or sand the effect is demoralizing. We can put out the fire or keep it going, just as we act intelligently or unintelligently. If we act intelligently and keep the fire burning nicely, those that are cold will feel the heat radiating and be attracted to it; but if there is no fire in it, for the time being it is useless.
Man—the mortal-is an instrument and as he thinks, those that come near him feel the kind of thoughts he has been holding. If he has been holding first one kind of thoughts and then the opposite, he will show it by his acts, his words, his deeds. What there is in his mind will be pictured upon the body, for the body is nothing but a picture, an outpicture of the mind, an instrument through which the mind shows itself.
For the sake of illustration, he is somewhat similar to the stove, which is nothing,-it is not the heat or the fire but merely an instrument through which the heat radiates; and so man--the mortal-is nothing but an instrument through which the Immortal, the consuming fire, God, radiates.
The stove may be likened to the flesh and blood, the clay; the fuel, to the mortal mind; and the fire, to the Immortal Mind. The stove is of no account without the fuel, the fuel is of no account without it is burning, on fire; and so the body, the clay, is of no account without the mortal mind, and when the mortal mind is being consumed by the consuming fire of God then and then only it is performing its functions.