One of the real joys of Christian Science is to engage in considering metaphysical concepts. Paul wrote to early Christians, "Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." Phil. 4:8.
Metaphysics means that which transcends, or is beyond, the physical. The wonder of it all is that by delving into and correctly applying metaphysical truths, we inevitably find our human circumstances improved. Of course, pondering and practicing divine metaphysics aren't solely for the purpose of bettering our immediate circumstances. They are important in working out our salvation. Thinking "on these things" naturally results in elevation of both thought and experience.
A particular joy for me has been to grasp more fully the concept of angels. The word angel is derived from the Greek word meaning "messenger." Through the years, I have been touched by articles in the Christian Science periodicals, and by testimonies both in the periodicals and in church, in which individuals have spoken of listening to God's angel messages and being healed. For a long time, though, I wasn't sure that I really comprehended what it means to receive such a message. I didn't feel I'd ever heard a divine message in the way these testifiers and writers had. They seemed to have had an experience that transcended anything I had ever felt.
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