Defined by God, not material history
By Lynne Buckley-Quirk
From the August 2016 issue of The Christian Science Journal
The Apostle Paul tells us that if we are “in Christ,” we are “a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (II Corinthians 5:17). Some Bible commentaries put forth the idea that to be “in Christ” is to be “united” with Christ. Christ Jesus, whose real, spiritual selfhood was the Christ, spent his ministry proving that God’s spiritual, eternal nature and power are ever present to save man from sin, disease, and death. When we unite with Christ, Truth, we look to God, Spirit, instead of the belief in a material past for our understanding of reality. As we do, we discover a new, truer sense of our identity as defined by God, not by our human history.