"Before Abraham was, I am."
In a letter to the Hebrews, the Apostle Paul wrote, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” To me, this speaks of the eternal nature of the Christ, and of the permanent healing mission that Christ Jesus established for all mankind.
Christian Science makes an important distinction between the Christ and the man Jesus, who so lived the Christ that his name was permanently linked with it. The Christ is God’s eternal self-revealing nature - God's revealing of Himself right now, always now. It is the divine, present and permanent message of God to humanity that good, and only good, constitutes God’s creation. The Christ is as eternal as God and predates the birth of any one individual.
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Hebrews 13:8, NIV
Jesus lived the Christ; he expressed it more fully than anyone before or since. But Jesus was a human man and the Christ was the divine message and power that he lived. This distinction between the personal Jesus and the eternal Christ in no way separates the one from the other, nor does it disrespect the infinite value of Christ Jesus and what he still gives the world. If anything, understanding the distinction heightens the awareness of what Jesus accomplished, helps explain how he did it, and shows his life to be the perfect human model for ours.
"When mortal mind is silenced by the "still, small voice" of Truth that regenerates philosophy and logic; and Jesus, as the true idea of Him, is heard as of yore saying to sensitive ears and dark disciples, "I came from the Father," "Before Abraham was, I am," coexistent and coeternal with God, — and this idea is understood, — then will the earth be filled with the true knowledge of Christ."
MARY BAKER EDDY, Miscellaneous Writings, 360
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