It is important to remember that this letter was written by Joel, the Christian Scientist. It is presented here for historical purpose, as a teaching tool.
Freedom from fear comes only with the recognition that the divine "I" is our only selfhood. We know that the divine "I" is God, and therefore I AM that which is invisible to mortal sense, and that which is "hid with Christ in God." This "I" is self-possessed, self-maintained, self-sufficient and complete. It contains within itself all Life, all Love, all Being, and these as forever harmoniously expressed.
The "I" that I AM is the "Father within" and is "greater than he that is in the world," i.e., greater than any circumstance or condition. Recognizing this "I" to be the directing source of infinite good, we learn to depend more and more on the presence and power within "to prepare a place for us," - to make the crooked places straight," and to make the "desert blossom as the rose." Never more shall we look outside the divine Self, the I AM. After all attention has been withdrawn from the manifested realm and placed on the "I" that I AM, then will we see God, good, even though we are yet in the flesh.
When a healthy man directs his feet to carry him in one direction, he does not find himself walking in the opposite direction. He knows that this is because he has dominion over his feet. He also knows that his body is not he, but the visible manifestation of him, the ehicle or form through which he expresses and moves himself. Is it not clear then that he, the man, is invisible, incorporeal, and free from any so-called mental or physical condition? This he which seems to be a very personal and separate being, is the impersonal, universal I AM individually expressing itself as you and as me.
Consciousness of the truth that this "I" that I AM is God, is liberating because it enables us to perceive that: I AM not in bondage to physical organs or functions, that : I AM not subject to rents, bills, and debts, but that: I AM spiritually clothed, fed, housed, and therefore I AM without problems of health, home, intelligence or wealth.
Do you recall the astonishment of Moses when he realized "'I' AM THAT I AM?" This is why Isaiah could say, "My word.....shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which 'I' please and it shall prosper in the thing whereto 'I' sent it." Turning to Christ Jesus, we find these startling words: "He that seeth me, seeth Him that sent me," and "The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life."
As first glance many may believe that these inspired teachings refer only to the great men who uttered them. Many believe that these and other great leaders of religious thought have been divinely inspired, so that their words have greater weight or mightier power than others, but these words of Christ Jesus correct the fallacy: "He that believeth on me, the works that I do, shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do."
In order to know that there is but one universal "I" and that every individual is the individualized expression of that "I" that I AM, we can look to the words of the Bible concerning you and me - concerning the "Son of man.
Daniel declares: "I saw in the night visions, and behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed....And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdome, and all dominions shall serve and obey him." Dan. 7:13, 14, 27.
"Shall obey" whom? The "Son of man" who also is "the people of the most High," - the "Son of God." That you and I may know that the "Son of man" is one with the "Son of God" and is empowered with all the dominion of the I AM, Christ Jesus gave us the eternal message of man's divinity: "But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house." And also that we might know that this particular "Son of man" is not set apart with special power, we may remind ourselves that he said, ".....greater works than these shall he do."
In the sixth chapter of Luke we find Jesus relating the story of David eating the shewbread which was held for priests alone, in defense of his disciples plucking the corn on the Sabbath. He said: "The Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath."
Ever and ever the question arises, "Who is this Son of man?" and again and again the Christ reveals,"Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth." And God said unto Ezekiel: "Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee." To every one who listens for the voice of God, for the revelation of the spiritual consicousness, comes the "still small voice" breathing the sacred answer to the Master's question, "Whom do men say that 'I" the Son of man, am?" "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God."
Joel S. Goldsmith