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October 9,1898
DOCTRINE OF ATONEMENT.

- Section 3 -

 

John 10:17,18
17 Therefore doth my Father love
me, because I lay down my life, that
I might take it again.
18 No man taketh it from me, but I
lay it down of myself. I have power to
lay it down, and I have power to take
it again. This commandment have I
received of my Father.

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Hebrews 9:11-14
11 But Christ being come an high
priest of good things to come, by a
greater and more perfect tabernacle,
not made with hands, that is to say,
not of this building;
12 Neither by the blood of goats
and calves, but by his own blood he
entered in once into the holy place,
having obtained eternal redemption
for us.
13 For if the blood of bulls and of
goats, and the ashes of an heifer
sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth
to the purifying of the flesh:
14 How much more shall the blood of
Christ, who through the eternal
Spirit offered himself without spot
to God, purge your conscience from
dead works to serve the living God?


11:18 Chapter 1: Prayer


(Truth annihilates error)
Jesus suffered for our sins, not to annul the divine sentence
for an individual's sin, but because sin brings inevitable
suffering.


51:6-21 Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist

 

Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist
The love of the good and beautiful, and their immortality. 

Christ Healing (1)

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In tender mercy, Spirit sped 
A loyal ray 
To rouse the living, wake the dead, 
And point the Way - 

Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious. 

Cardinal point 3 - Column 1 - Extended



(Life-power indestructible)
Jesus could have withdrawn himself from his enemies. He had
power to lay down a human sense of life for his spiritual identity
in the likeness of the divine; but he allowed men to attempt the
destruction of the mortal body in order that he might furnish the
proof of immortal life. Nothing could kill this Life of man.
Jesus could give his temporal life into his enemies' hands; but
when his earth-mission was accomplished, his spiritual life,
indestructible and eternal, was found forever the same. He knew
that matter had no life and that real Life is God; therefore he
could no more be separated from his spiritual Life than God could
be extinguished.
(Example for our salvation)
His consummate example was for the salvation of us all, but only
through doing the works which he did and taught others to do.

40:17 Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist

(Suffering inevitable)
Was it just for Jesus to suffer? No; but it was inevitable, for
not otherwise could he show us the way and the power of Truth. If
a career so great and good as that of Jesus could not avert a
felon's fate, lesser apostles of Truth may endure human brutality
without murmuring, rejoicing to enter into fellowship with him
through the triumphal arch of Truth and Love.

38:23-26 Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist

(Material pleasures)
The eternal Christ, his spiritual selfhood, never suffered.
Jesus mapped out the path for others. He unveiled the Christ, the
spiritual idea of divine Love.

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