Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Question: Was Jesus “poor in spirit”?
Answer: No one was more humble than Jesus. He demonstrated this for all his followers. He represented the Christ, and his understanding of God was apparent. Mrs. Eddy explains how the
rest of us must come to know God:
“Jesus of Nazareth was a natural and divine Scientist. He was so before the material world saw him. He who antedated Abraham . . . was a Christian Scientist, who needed no discovery of the Science of being in order to rebuke the evidence. To one ‘born of the flesh,’ however, divine Science must be a discovery. Woman must give it birth. It must be begotten of spirituality, since none but the pure in heart can see God, — the Principle of all things pure; and none but the ‘poor in spirit’ could first state this Principle.” (Ret. 26)
Mrs. Eddy wrote about how her discovery of Christian Science affected her:
“Blanched was the cheek of pride. My heart bent low before the omnipotence of Spirit, and a tint of humility, soft as the heart of a moonbeam, mantled the earth.” (Ret. 31)
“I had learned that thought must be spiritualized, in order to apprehend Spirit. It must become
honest, unselfish, and pure, in order to have the least understanding of God in divine Science.”
Further Study: Paul was another important Bible figure, who had to go through the ordeal of blindness in order to see he was “poor in spirit.” Read about his experience in Acts 9:1-22. Paul went on to be of great service to God and mankind.
(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes” Copyright 2002)
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