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Chapter - Putting on Immortality

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . . 

And the Word was made flesh."

"The Word was made flesh" -- but it still is the Word. By being made flesh it does not 

change its nature, character, or substance. Cause becomes visible as effect, but the 

essence or substance is still the Word, Spirit or Consciousness.

In this wise, do we understand that there is not a spiritual universe and a material world, 

but rather that what appears as our world is the Word made flesh, Spirit made visible, or 

Consciousness expressed as idea.

All the error that has existed down the ages is founded on the theory or belief of two 

worlds, one the heavenly kingdom, or spiritual life, and the other a material world or 

mortal existence, each separate from the other.

In spite of this sense of two worlds, men have always attempted to bring harmony into 

the discords of human existence through an attempt, by prayer, to contact this other 

world, or spiritual realm, and to bring Spirit, or God, to act upon the so-called material 


Let us begin with the understanding that our world is not an erroneous one, but rather that 

the universe in which we live is the realm of reality about which man entertains a false 

concept. The work of bringing health and harmony into our experience is not, then, 

getting rid of, or even changing, a mortal material universe, but correcting the finite 

concept of our existence.

The seeker of Truth begins his search with a problem -- perhaps with many problems. 

The first years of his search are devoted to overcoming discords and healing disease 

through prayer to some higher Power or the application of spiritual laws or truth to these 

mortal conditions. The day arrives, however, when he perhaps discovers that the 

application of truth to human problems either does not "work" or does not work as it once 

did, or else he finds there is now less of satisfaction and inspiration in his study. 

Eventually, he is led to the great revelation that mortals put on immortality only as 

mortality disappears -- they do not add immortal spiritual harmony to human conditions. 

God does not create, nor does He control material affairs. "But the natural [human] man 

receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him; neither 

can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."

Are we seeking "the things of the Spirit of God" for some human purpose, or are we 

really endeavoring to "put off" the mortal in order that we may behold the harmony of the 

spiritual realm?

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