The Christ Principle

Christ is the English term for the Greek Khristos meaning "the anointed one." The Christ's principal is the animating, energizing Power of God, rooted in the Logos, the Word.

The Christ principle is an Emanation (the Logos), an absolute principle and an abstract principle. The Christ is the Logos, the Word embodied in Holy Spirit, the Son, the red ray of action. When you speak of joy and selflessness, you are describing actions of the Christ principle.

The Logos is the third Emanation, the Son-God principle of Power and Selflessness, also called Joy. The Logos is Light expressing as all energy and action in the world. Light expresses as harmony. Energy expresses as poised equilibrium until it is exerted in one way or another. Action expresses as perfect balance. The Logos, as kinetic energy, animates all forms planned by Mind and filled with Substance.

Edna Lister on the Christ Principle

"Love your neighbor as you love yourself" means to be selfless, which is the Christ-consciousness principle. – Edna Lister, Recognizing Your Good, April 22, 1934.

The Holy Spirit is the Christ that filled Jesus. – Edna Lister, God Is Spirit, November 16, 1934.

The law that Jesus taught, condensed into the Golden Rule, requires you to conquer self, to become law, and to do as the Christ principle dictates. – Edna Lister, Your Standard of Action, March 22, 1935.

Jesus' birth represents the birth of the Christ in human consciousness; a new idea, perceived by the mind, leads you to glorify God and feel at peace within yourself. – Edna Lister, The Christian Home, December 22, 1935.

Soul dedication to serving the Christ principle: To speak only the things the Christ would speak through me. To hear only the things the Christ would hear as me. To think only as the Christ would think about my brothers as me. To act only as the Christ would act toward my family and the world as me. To do something each day to show forth this Spirit of the Christ as me. – Edna Lister, Lenten Vows, 1936.

The world may offer you many pearls of experience, but only by following the Christ can you claim the pearl of great price. – Edna Lister, Crusaders of Light, March 8, 1942.

To follow the Christ of God, you must crucify the selfish will. – Edna Lister, Doing the Work of the Christ, October 20, 1946.

The universal Christ consciousness is reawakening in this age. The signs of its fulfillment are the world's evil and confusion caused by humanity's repudiation of the Light of Christ consciousness. – Edna Lister, Revolution versus Evolution, April 16, 1950.

The Son of Light is the Holy Ghost, surnamed the Christ, which animates the creative prayer molds, formed and filled with Light. – Edna Lister, What I Do Have, I Give, October 1, 1950.

The third Emanation of the Logos is the red ray of the blood of the Lamb, the Son of God. It is the Christ principle, objective as glory, the energizing Power of God. As the Logos moves forth, it carries the first two Emanations (Wisdom and Love) with it, although they are hidden. – Edna Lister, The Concealed Mother, July 22, 1951.

In the beginning was the Word. – John 1: The Word is a vibration, the Christ principle. "The Word was with God" describes a divine personality. "The Word was God" describes the Son, the Christ principle as the Holy Spirit. – Edna Lister, Ye Are Gods, November 30, 1952.

Joy is the name for the Christ principle in action through you in your daily life. – Edna Lister, I AM Joy, 1953.

You can transform your life to grow up to the Christ. – Edna Lister, Surrender and Transfiguration, July 12, 1953.

The Christ works through you, lives as you, decides with you, stands for you with no forcing. – Edna Lister, Your Life's Goal, May 30, 1954.

Jesus the Christ was a world teacher. The sign of a teacher, not the person but the result of the teachings, is first, the students' quality, and second, the loving devotion of his followers. Everyone who shows the Christlike qualities is a teacher who radiates that certain "something" that makes others follow. Thousands of people followed Jesus in his time, tens of thousands followed his disciples, but millions follow him today. People teach Jesus the Christ in every nation on earth, which is the outer proof of Jesus' status as the Christ. – Edna Lister, Jesus, the Teacher, October 3, 1954.

The Christ principle and its expression is the source of your life and ability. – Edna Lister, One Life in Christ, June 26, 1955.

"Prepare the way of the Lord; make His paths straight." – Matthew 3:3. The "way" is the Christ Way in every mind and heart, as love. – Edna Lister, Your Broadcasting Station, October 2, 1955.

The Christ principle of selfless service gives of itself lavishly and counts no effort too long or too hard. – Edna Lister, The Pioneering Mystic, May 5, 1959.

Honor is the Christ principle and the Holy Ghost, the red ray of energy. No Messiah in any religion can touch Jesus the Christ for honor. – Edna Lister, Honor Above All, April 8, 1962.

As Christ was the application of law as flesh, so the Christ principle today is the application of all law as he taught it while in the flesh. Becoming law to live with him in that eternal, infinite consciousness. Ever to come closer to him, to be law made manifest is the essential way. You apply this by becoming all law, the commandments, old and new, the Sermon on the Mount, all laws gained in classes and personal clinics. – Edna Lister, April 5, 1965.

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Edna Miriam Lister
1884 – 1971
The original Christian Pioneering Mystic,
Platonist philosopher, American Idealist, Founder, Society of the Universal Living Christ, minister, teacher, author, wife, and mother.

Edna Lister

Etymology of Christ: Old English Crist, from Latin Christus, from Greek Khristos, from khristos, anointed, past participle of khriein, to anoint.

The Christ principle is the Logos Emanation.

The Christ principle is an absolute principle.

The Christ principle is an abstract principle.


The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

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