“For thine is the kingdom . . . ” – Q&A #7

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All.

Question: What is “Life, Truth, Love”?

Answer: You have learned in other lessons about these names for God, and what they tell us about God’s nature. But in our textbook, these three names are often grouped together. And when they are, these three aspects of God form a special relationship, which is called the
Trinity. The Trinity is generally known to the world as “the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.”

The concept of the Trinity is from the Bible. Jesus told his disciples:

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”  (Matt. 28:19)

While other religions have their explanations of the Trinity, Mary Baker Eddy teaches it in this way:

“Life, Truth, and Love constitute the triune Person called God, — that is, the triply divine Principle, Love. They represent a trinity in unity, three in one, — the same in essence, though multiform in office: God the Father-Mother; Christ the spiritual idea of sonship; divine Science or the Holy
Comforter. These three
express in divine Science the threefold, essential nature of the infinite.
They also
indicate the divine Principle of scientific being, the intelligent relation of God to man
and the universe.” (S&H 331:26)

From now on, when you see “Life, Truth, and Love” in the textbook, you will know them as a “trinity in unity.”

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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For Thine - #7


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