MAN

September 4, 2016

 

Golden Text

Gen 1:27 God

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

 

 

Responsivie Reading

Ps 8:1,3,4,6 (to ;); 89:14-17 (to :); 17:15

O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

 

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

 

What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

 

Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands;

 

Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.

 

Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance.

 

In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted.

 

For thou art the glory of their strength:

 

As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.

 

 

Section I

( 1) Gen 1:26 (to :), 27

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.

 

( 2) Is 43:3 (to :), 4 (to :), 6 bring, 7

For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour:

 

Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee:

 

bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.

 

( 3) Is 2:22

Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?

 

( 4) Matt 5:48

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

 

 

( 1) 332:4-5

VIII. Father-Mother is the name for Deity, which indicates His tender relationship to His spiritual creation.

 

( 2) 515:21 Man

Man is the family name for all ideas, the sons and daughters of God. All that God imparts moves in accord with Him, reflecting goodness and power.

 

( 3) 267:3

The offspring of God start not from matter or ephemeral dust. They are in and of Spirit, divine Mind, and so forever continue. God is one. The allness of Deity is His oneness. Generically man is one, and specifically man means all men.

 

( 4) 475:7

The Scriptures inform us that man is made in the image and likeness of God. Matter is not that likeness. The likeness of Spirit cannot be so unlike Spirit. Man is spiritual and perfect; and because he is spiritual and perfect, he must be so understood in Christian Science. Man is idea, the image, of Love; he is not physique. He is the compound idea of God, including all right ideas; the generic term for all that reflects God's image and likeness; the conscious identity of being as found in Science, in which man is the reflection of God, or Mind, and therefore is eternal; that which has no separate mind from God; that which has not a single quality underived from Deity; that which possesses no life, intelligence, nor creative power of his own, but reflects spiritually all that belongs to his Maker.

 

( 5) 258:13-15,21

God expresses in man the infinite idea forever developing itself, broadening and rising higher and higher from a boundless basis.

 

The human capacities are enlarged and perfected in proportion as humanity gains the true conception of man and God.

 

 

Section II

( 5) Ps 98:1 (to ;), 9 with

O sing unto the Lord a new song;

 

with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity.

 

( 6) Num 26:33 (to :)

And Zelophehad the son of Hepher had no sons, but daughters:

 

( 7) Num 27:2, 3 (to ;), 4-7

And they stood before Moses, and before Eleazar the priest, and before the princes and all the congregation, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying, Our father died in the wilderness, and he was not in the company of them that gathered themselves together against the Lord in the company of Korah;

 

Why should the name of our father be done away from among his family, because he hath no son? Give unto us therefore a possession among the brethren of our father. And Moses brought their cause before the Lord. And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, The daughters of Zelophehad speak right: thou shalt surely give them a possession of an inheritance among their father's brethren; and thou shalt cause the inheritance of their father to pass unto them.

 

( 8) Rom 8:16,17 (to 2nd ;)

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ;

 

 

( 6) 336:25-26

XXIV. God, the divine Principle of man, and man in God's likeness are inseparable, harmonious, and eternal.

 

( 7) 465:14

The attributes of God are justice, mercy, wisdom, goodness, and so on.

 

( 8) 63:12,23

Civil law establishes very unfair differences between the rights of the two sexes. Christian Science furnishes no precedent for such injustice, and civilization mitigates it in some measure. Still, it is a marvel why usage should accord woman less rights than does either Christian Science or civilization.

 

A feasible as well as rational means of improvement at present is the elevation of society in general and the achievement of a nobler race for legislation, a race having higher aims and motives.

 

( 9) 13:2-3

Love is impartial and universal in its adaptation and bestowals.

 

(10) 226:14

God has built a higher platform of human rights, and He has built it on diviner claims. These claims are not made through code or creed, but in demonstration of "on earth peace, good-will toward men." Human codes, scholastic theology, material medicine and hygiene, fetter faith and spiritual understanding. Divine Science rends asunder these fetters, and man's birthright of sole allegiance to his Maker asserts itself.

 

(11) 227:14-15,24-26

Discerning the rights of man, we cannot fail to foresee the doom of all oppression.

 

Citizens of the world, accept the "glorious liberty of the children of God," and be free! This is your divine right.

 

 

Section III

( 9) Ps 36:7,10

How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

 

O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.

 

(10) Prov 14:1 (to :)

Every wise woman buildeth her house:

 

(11) Prov 31:16,23,25,26,28,31

She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

 

Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

 

Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

 

Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

 

Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

 

(12) I Cor 7:3

Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.

 

(13) Phil 2:2,3

Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

 

 

(12) 336:14-16

The spiritual man's consciousness and individuality are reflections of God. They are the emanations of Him who is Life, Truth, and Love.

 

(13) 57:4-11,23-24

Union of the masculine and feminine qualities constitutes completeness. The masculine mind reaches a higher tone through certain elements of the feminine, while the feminine mind gains courage and strength through masculine qualities. These different elements conjoin naturally with each other, and their true harmony is in spiritual oneness. Both sexes should be loving, pure, tender, and strong.

 

Love enriches the nature, enlarging, purifying, and elevating it.

 

(14) 58:7

Unselfish ambition, noble life-motives, and purity, these constituents of thought, mingling, constitute individually and collectively true happiness, strength, and permanence.

 

(15) 64:17 (only), 29-30

Marriage should signify a union of hearts.

 

Honesty and virtue ensure the stability of the marriage covenant.

 

(16) 60:4-8,16-18

Kindred tastes, motives, and aspirations are necessary to the formation of a happy and permanent companionship. The beautiful in character is also the good, welding indissolubly the links of affection.

 

Marriage should improve the human species, becoming a barrier against vice, a protection to woman, strength to man, and a centre for the affections.

 

(17) 59:3,11

There should be the most tender solicitude for each other's happiness, and mutual attention and approbation should wait on all the years of married life.

 

Fulfilling the different demands of their united spheres, their sympathies should blend in sweet confidence and cheer, each partner sustaining the other, thus hallowing the union of interests and affections, in which the heart finds peace and home.

 

 

Section IV

(14) Ps 29:1,2,11

Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty, give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

 

The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.

 

(15) Ps 144:9 (to :), 11,12

I will sing a new song unto thee, O God:

 

Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood: That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace:

 

(16) Ps 90:1,2,15,17 (to :)

Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

 

Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.

 

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us:

 

 

(18) 527:4

Man is God's reflection, needing no cultivation, but ever beautiful and complete.

 

(19) 63:5-6

In Science man is the offspring of Spirit. The beautiful, good, and pure constitute his ancestry.

 

(20) 247:15-24,28-2

Immortal men and women are models of spiritual sense, drawn by perfect Mind and reflecting those higher conceptions of loveliness which transcend all material sense.

Comeliness and grace are independent of matter. Being possesses its qualities before they are perceived humanly. Beauty is a thing of life, which dwells forever in the eternal Mind and reflects the charms of His goodness in expression, form, outline, and color.

 

The embellishments of the person are poor substitutes for the charms of being, shining resplendent and eternal over age and decay.

The recipe for beauty is to have less illusion and more Soul, to retreat from the belief of pain or pleasure in the body into the unchanging calm and glorious freedom of spiritual harmony.

 

(21) 246:20

Except for the error of measuring and limiting all that is good and beautiful, man would enjoy more than threescore years and ten and still maintain his vigor, freshness, and promise. Man, governed by immortal Mind, is always beautiful and grand. Each succeeding year unfolds wisdom, beauty, and holiness.

 

 

Section V

(17) Ps 37:37

Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.

 

(18) Matt 9:35

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

 

(19) Luke 13:11-17

And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day. The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day? And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.

 

(20) II Cor 3:17 where

where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

 

 

(22) 68:4-6

Sometime we shall learn how Spirit, the great architect, has created men and women in Science.

 

(23) 476:28-5

When speaking of God's children, not the children of men, Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is within you;" that is, Truth and Love reign in the real man, showing that man in God's image is unfallen and eternal. Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God's own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick. Thus Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is intact, universal, and that man is pure and holy.

 

(24) 18:10

Jesus acted boldly, against the accredited evidence of the senses, against Pharisaical creeds and practices, and he refuted all opponents with his healing power.

 

(25) 495:6-16, 20

If sickness is true or the idea of Truth, you cannot destroy sickness, and it would be absurd to try. Then classify sickness and error as our Master did, when he spoke of the sick, "whom Satan hath bound," and find a sovereign antidote for error in the life-giving power of Truth acting on human belief, a power which opens the prison doors to such as are bound, and sets the captive free physically and morally.

When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought.

 

Let Christian Science, instead of corporeal sense, support your understanding of being, and this understanding will supplant error with Truth, replace mortality with immortality, and silence discord with harmony.

 

(26) 90:24-25

The admission to one's self that man is God's own likeness sets man free to master the infinite idea.

 

 

Section VI

(21) Ps 30:2,3,5 in

O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me. O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.

 

in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

 

(22) Luke 4:14

And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.

 

(23) Luke 7:11-16

And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.

 

(24) Col 3:4

When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

 

 

(27) 305:6-8,22

Man, in the likeness of his Maker, reflects the central light of being, the invisible God.

 

In the illusion of life that is here to-day and gone to-morrow, man would be wholly mortal, were it not that Love, the divine Principle that obtains in divine Science, destroys all error and brings immortality to light. Because man is the reflection of his Maker, he is not subject to birth, growth, maturity, decay. These mortal dreams are of human origin, not divine.

 

(28) 249:5-10

Let the "male and female" of God's creating appear. Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroy. Let us rejoice that we are subject to the divine "powers that be." Such is the true Science of being.

 

(29) 325:10

In Colossians (iii. 4) Paul writes: "When Christ, who is our life, shall appear [be manifested], then shall ye also appear [be manifested] with him in glory." When spiritual being is understood in all its perfection, continuity, and might, then shall man be found in God's image. The absolute meaning of the apostolic words is this: Then shall man be found, in His likeness, perfect as the Father, indestructible in Life, "hid with Christ in God," with Truth in divine Love, where human sense hath not seen man.

 

(30) 516:21

Man and woman as coexistent and eternal with God forever reflect, in glorified quality, the infinite Father-Mother God.