SPIRIT

August 7, 2016

 

Golden Text

The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

(New King James Version)

Job 33:4

The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.

 

 

Responsive Reading

Eph 1:1-3, 15-17

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

 

Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

 

I Cor 2:1,4,5

And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.

 

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

 

 

Section I

( 1) John 4:24 (to :)

God is a Spirit:

 

( 2) John 1:3,4

All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

 

( 3) Gen 1:26 (to :), 27, 31 (to 1st .)

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:

 

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

 

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.

 

( 4) II Tim 3:16,17

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

 

 

( 1) 319:21-23

The divine Science taught in the original language of the Bible came through inspiration, and needs inspiration to be understood.

 

( 2) 344:32-3

In the Bible the word Spirit is so commonly applied to Deity, that Spirit and God are often regarded as synonymous terms; and it is thus they are uniformly used and understood in Christian Science.

 

( 3) 335:7, 18-20

XVIII. Spirit, God, has created all in and of Himself. Spirit never created matter. There is nothing in Spirit out of which matter could be made, for, as the Bible declares, without the Logos, the Aeon or Word of God, "was not anything made that was made." Spirit is the only substance, the invisible and indivisible infinite God. Things spiritual and eternal are substantial. Things material and temporal are insubstantial.

 

Spirit is eternal, divine. Nothing but Spirit, Soul, can evolve Life, for Spirit is more than all else.

 

( 4) 516:24-29

Genesis i. 27. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.

 

To emphasize this momentous thought, it is repeated that God made man in His own image, to reflect the divine Spirit.

 

( 5) 524:17-19

With a single command, Mind had made man, both male and female.

 

( 6) 63:5

In Science man is the offspring of Spirit. The beautiful, good, and pure constitute his ancestry. His origin is not, like that of mortals, in brute instinct, nor does he pass through material conditions prior to reaching intelligence. Spirit is his primitive and ultimate source of being; God is his Father, and Life is the law of his being.

 

 

Section II

( 5) Ps 143:1 (to :), 10

Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications:

 

Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

 

( 6) Job 32:8 there

there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

 

( 7) II King 4:1-7

Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the Lord: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen. And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil. Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full. So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out. And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.

 

( 8) Num 11:29 would

would God that all the Lord's people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit upon them!

 

 

( 7) 592:25

OIL. Consecration; charity; gentleness; prayer; heavenly inspiration.

 

( 8) 259:23-24

God, Spirit, works spiritually, not materially.

 

( 9) 139:4-8

From beginning to end, the Scriptures are full of accounts of the triumph of Spirit, Mind, over matter. Moses proved the power of Mind by what men called miracles; so did Joshua, Elijah, and Elisha.

 

(10) 593:4

PROPHET. A spiritual seer; disappearance of material sense before the conscious facts of spiritual Truth.

 

(11) 84:3-10

The ancient prophets gained their foresight from a spiritual, incorporeal standpoint, not by foreshadowing evil and mistaking fact for fiction, predicting the future from a groundwork of corporeality and human belief. When sufficiently advanced in Science to be in harmony with the truth of being, men become seers and prophets involuntarily, controlled not by demons, spirits, or demigods, but by the one Spirit.

 

(12) 264:7-8, 13

Mortals must look beyond fading, finite forms, if they would gain the true sense of things.

 

As mortals gain more correct views of God and man, multitudinous objects of creation, which before were invisible, will become visible. When we realize that Life is Spirit, never in nor of matter, this understanding will expand into self-completeness, finding all in God, good, and needing no other consciousness.

 

 

Section III

( 9) gal 5:22 the, 23,25

the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

 

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

 

(10) John 2:1-3 there, 5-11

there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.

 

His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse; but thou hast kept the good wine until now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

 

(11) John 8:12 (to :)

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world:

 

(12) John 15:9,11

As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

 

These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

 

(13) Prov 3:13,15 (to :), 17,18

Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

 

She is more precious than rubies:

 

Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

 

 

(13) 65:1

Experience should be the school of virtue, and human happiness should proceed from man's highest nature. May Christ, Truth, be present at every bridal altar to turn the water into wine and to give to human life an inspiration by which man's spiritual and eternal existence may be discerned.

 

(14) 598:17-17 (to 2nd .)

WINE. Inspiration; understanding.

 

(15) 285:32-1

It is essential to understand, instead of believe, what relates most nearly to the happiness of being.

 

(16) 242:6-10

Denial of the claims of matter is a great step towards the joys of Spirit, towards human freedom and the final triumph over the body.

There is but one way to heaven, harmony, and Christ in divine Science shows us this way.

 

(17) 57:18

Happiness is spiritual, born of Truth and Love. It is unselfish; therefore it cannot exist alone, but requires all mankind to share it.

 

(18) 481:2-4

Man is tributary to God, Spirit, and to nothing else. God's being is infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss.

 

 

Section IV

(14) Ps 36:7,8

How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.

 

(15) I Cor 2:9,10

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

 

(16) Luke 4:14 (to :)

And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee:

 

(17) Luke 5:1-6 (to :), 10 And Jesus

And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes:

 

And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.

 

(18) John 10:10 I am

I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

 

 

(19) 79:19-20

Jesus did his own work by the one Spirit. He said: "My Father worketh hitherto, and I work."

 

(20) 51:23-24

He was inspired by God, by Truth and Love, in all that he said and did.

 

(21) 494:10-11,15-19

Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.

 

The miracle of grace is no miracle to Love. Jesus demonstrated the inability of corporeality, as well as the infinite ability of Spirit, thus helping erring human sense to flee from its own convictions and seek safety in divine Science.

 

(22) 275:6

The starting-point of divine Science is that God, Spirit, is All-in-all, and that there is no other might nor Mind, that God is Love, and therefore He is divine Principle.

 

(23) 278:4-5,7-10

Spirit is the only substance and consciousness recognized by divine Science.

 

In Spirit there is no matter, even as in Truth there is no error, and in good no evil. It is a false supposition, the notion that there is real substance-matter, the opposite of Spirit.

 

(24) 331:16,22

Everything in God's universe expresses Him.

 

He fills all space, and it is impossible to conceive of such omnipresence and individuality except as infinite Spirit or Mind. Hence all is Spirit and spiritual.

 

 

Section V

(19) I Cor 3:16

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

 

(20) II Cor 3:17

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

 

(21) Act 3:1-8 Peter

Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, 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.

 

 

(25) 78:28

Spirit blesses man, but man cannot "tell whence it cometh." By it the sick are healed, the sorrowing are comforted, and the sinning are reformed. These are the effects of one universal God, the invisible good dwelling in eternal Science.

 

(26) 107:10

Through Christian Science, religion and medicine are inspired with a diviner nature and essence; fresh pinions are given to faith and understanding, and thoughts acquaint themselves intelligently with God.

 

(27) 366:31

If we would heal by the Spirit, we must not hide the talent of spiritual healing under the napkin of its form, nor bury the morale of Christian Science in the grave-clothes of its letter. The tender word and Christian encouragement of an invalid, pitiful patience with his fears and the removal of them, are better than hecatombs of gushing theories, stereotyped borrowed speeches, and the doling of arguments, which are but so many parodies on legitimate Christian Science, aflame with divine Love.

 

(28) 417:10-14

Maintain the facts of Christian Science, that Spirit is God, and therefore cannot be sick; that what is termed matter cannot be sick; that all causation is Mind, acting through spiritual law.

 

(29) 418:5

Stick to the truth of being in contradistinction to the error that life, substance, or intelligence can be in matter. Plead with an honest conviction of truth and a clear perception of the unchanging, unerring, and certain effect of divine Science. Then, if your fidelity is half equal to the truth of your plea, you will heal the sick.

 

(30) 428:8

To divest thought of false trusts and material evidences in order that the spiritual facts of being may appear, this is the great attainment by means of which we shall sweep away the false and give place to the true. Thus we may establish in truth the temple, or body, "whose builder and maker is God."

 

 

Section VI

(22) I Cor 2:11-13 what

what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

 

(23) Rom 8:16

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

 

 

(31) 264:20 (only), 28-1

Spirit and its formations are the only realities of being.

 

When we learn the way in Christian Science and recognize man's spiritual being, we shall behold and understand God's creation, all the glories of earth and heaven and man.

The universe of Spirit is peopled with spiritual beings, and its government is divine Science.

 

(32) 278:10-11 (to 1st .)

Spirit, God, is infinite, all.