“Take heart, dear sufferer, for this reality of being will surely appear sometime and in some way. There will be no more pain, and all tears will be wiped away. When you read this, remember Jesus’ words. ‘The kingdom of God is within you.’ This spiritual consciousness is therefore a present possibility.”
Mary Baker Eddy
(Science and Health, p. 573, 574)
Patti LaBelle The Lords Prayer [Live] TRIBUTE
“THY KINGDOM COME”
From the November 1935 issue of The Christian Science Journal
The kingdom of God is not some thing or place outside of man. It is not something which comes from without. Jesus said it “cometh not with observation,” neither is it “lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you”— within man. Mrs. Eddy conveys the same idea when she defines man as “the compound idea of God, including all right ideas” (ibid., p. 475). Man reflects God; and, because of this, he has dominion over all, as the Scripture affirms. His is an individual, as well as universal, kingdom. God’s universe, God’s man, God’s kingdom, are perfect, intact, immutable, and immortal; where harmony reigns.
The question arises, What about the world we seem to be living in—a kingdom so different from God’s kingdom? It is a misconception of God’s kingdom, of God and His government. This misconception constitutes a seeming creation, including mortal man, expressing the opposite nature of the one and only creator, God. Mortal, material existence thus is a lie, representing limitation, opposition, reversal. It is nothing claiming to be something. It is the “No” to God’s “Yes.” So-called mortal mind, which is “enmity against God,” divine Mind, is a “kingdom divided against itself,” and therefore it cannot be true or real. The temporal, so-called kingdom of this world, with its government or reign, is discordant, chaotic, unjust. It expresses human will, personal domination, self-seeking, and the like.
The way to the kingdom of God is found in overcoming evil with good, sacrificing materiality, and freeing oneself spiritually from the ties of human birth. The rich young ruler had great possessions, but they were a stumbling block to his spiritual progress; so he was told to sell, give, and take up the cross and follow the Christ. We must ask ourselves, Do we love God with all our mind, soul, and strength; or do we love our material possessions? We can rejoice in knowing that every material loss may prove to be a distinct spiritual gain.
The great master Christian taught the unity of God and man. His great accomplishment was to see himself as separate from whatever was mortal and material, and to overcome any sense of separation from Principle. This accomplishment included the experiences of Gethsemane and the cross. But, for the salvation of humanity, he voluntarily met and overcame the carnal mind’s malice, hatred, and opposition to Truth and Love. He proved that Love was his divine Principle, supporting and protecting him. Recognizing his great sacrifice and his love for mankind, Christian Scientists love him and endeavor to show their gratitude by following, however far off, in his footsteps.