the light and divine Principle behind our eternal salvationLet’s reason together about a subject that’s near and dear to my heart: eternal salvation. It’s dear because it has to do with all of us. It’s near because it’s eternal, for all time.

Jesus directed us to follow him, and showed that his healing work proved he was “the way, the truth, and the life: (John 14:6).”

And the Bible tells us that Jesus taught his disciples, the Apostles, to heal, to worship God, and to love one another. Here are few of Jesus’ specific commands:

  • “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).”
  • “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; (John 14:12).”
  • “Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead (Matt. 8:22).”
  • “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give (Matt. 10:8).”
  • “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you (John 15:12).”

Christian Science shows me that following Christ Jesus means to do what he did—to follow his way. He saw that his life was entwined in both the understanding and worship of God, and by acting God-like—by being/reflecting the love of God, divine Love, toward others—hence the wonderful acts of healing he performed.

In her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy wrote, ‘It is the living Christ, the practical Truth, which makes Jesus “the resurrection and the life” to all who follow him in deed (p.31:14-17).’ To me, the practical Truth is the essence of salvation. Because divine Truth can be put into practice, it is the means by which anyone can find safety from sin, sickness, and even death—and we can because Jesus proved them powerless on our behalf.

To me, how we find and realize our eternal salvation—or unchanged safety—is by living morally and doing good to ourselves and others, especially through Christian healing, like Jesus. These acts are the highest form of worship. What’s more, learning to heal like Jesus proves why we have eternal salvation, especially when our aim is to help others feel and know God’s love, too.

Remember Jesus, who nearly nineteen centuries ago demonstrated the power of Spirit and said, “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also,” and who also said, “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth.” “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation,” said Paul.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.93