Hendrik de Lange

Association Addresses Vol III (1951-1957)





Volume III – p.791

The “absolute and final” nature of Christian Science confronts us with demands so revolutionary in character, and so universal in scope, that they would be baffling if we did not know what we know in Christian Science. All of us assembled here today, without a single exception–otherwise we would not be here–do know that our capacity for understanding and living is the Christ itself. To recognize this fact is supreme humility, as shown forth by Christ Jesus when he declared:

He that hath seen me hath seen the Father (John 14:9).

Universality is predicated upon oneness. The origin of the word meaning turned into one, universality is understood and experienced when we are no longer looking at existence through the disruptive, finitizing, perverting lens of a so-called human mind, but from the standpoint of infinite, indivisible, divine Mind itself as Mind’s own faculty and function. Finality is predicated upon Divinity. It is the completeness of the infinitely real and the reality of the infinite to which no addition has to be made and which can be impaired by no deduction.

No greater, more fundamental, revolution is possible. It is total revolution, indeed, ushering in our total status of Principle in full and final self-expression.

Volume III – p.602

The ability to recognize that Life is eternal, inexhaustible, infinite, joyous, and one, in contradistinction to the misinterpretation through objectivation into uncertainty, dimness, vagueness, and destructibility – that ability is called the Christ. The most comprehensive definition of the Christ Mrs. Eddy has given to us is Science and Health 332:11-15:

The Christ is incorporeal, spiritual, – yea, the divine image and likeness, dispelling the illusions of the senses; the Way, the Truth, and the Life, healing the sick and casting out evils, destroying sin, disease, and death.

Here are mentioned the three functions or offices of the Christ. Christ: Truth and Love, a synonym of God; Christ: the divine image and likeness, a synonym of man; Christ: the activity of Truth “healing the sick and casting out evils.”

It is truly wonderful to be able to state the allness and oneness of Being, together with its functioning, with one word: Christ. It shows the all-inclusiveness and, more than all else, the indivisibility of infinity. The Christ makes it possible to discern existence subjectively and simultaneously to be it. In being it, one’s very presence, or conscious, loving Being that is sheer joy, operates as the law of immediate annulment to everything and anything claiming to be unlike radiant reality.

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