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The name of the Christ

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I love the story of Peter and John healing the lame man outside of the temple in Jerusalem.

The Bible explains that the man was carried each day and laid at the gate “to ask alms of them that entered into the temple.” But when Peter and John came by one day, they had something much more valuable than coins to give this poor, crippled man: They knew about the healing Christ. Peter told him: “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God” (see Acts 3:1–8).

What does that mean: “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth”? To me it refers to the Science of the Christ that Jesus taught and lived. Paul also referred to this name of Christ when he healed a woman of soothsaying (see Acts 16). Centuries later Mary Baker Eddy discovered that there is a healing law of the Christ. She discovered that divine Science, “which, reduced to human apprehension, she has named Christian Science” (Science and Health, p. 471). She proved the healing efficacy of this name, and expressed that her discovery was the Science of the Christ that Jesus taught (see, for example, Science and Health, p. 180).

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