SUBSTANCE

September 11, 2016

 

Golden Text

Prov 10:22

The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

 

 

Repsonvie Reading

Luke 6:20-23 Blessed (to 2nd :), 45 (to ;)

blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.

 

Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.

 

Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.

 

Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven:

 

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good;

 

Deut 28:2-6 all

all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.

 

Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.

 

Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

 

Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.

 

Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

 

 

Section I

( 1) Ps 68:19

Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.

 

( 2) Prov 8:1,20,21

Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?

 

I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.

 

( 3) Job 32:8 there

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

 

( 4) Matt 4:23

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

 

( 5) Matt 5:1-3

And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

 

( 1) vii:1-2

To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings.

 

( 2) 468:21

Spirit, the synonym of Mind, Soul, or God, is the only real substance. The spiritual universe, including individual man, is a compound idea, reflecting the divine substance of Spirit.

 

( 3) 257:12-14

Mind creates His own likeness in ideas, and the substance of an idea is very far from being the supposed substance of non-intelligent matter.

 

( 4) 275:14,26 (only)

All substance, intelligence, wisdom, being, immortality, cause, and effect belong to God. These are His attributes, the eternal manifestations of the infinite divine Principle, Love. No wisdom is wise but His wisdom; no truth is true, no love is lovely, no life is Life but the divine; no good is, but the good God bestows.

 

The true understanding of God is spiritual.

 

( 5) 505:16-17,22-28

Spirit imparts the understanding which uplifts consciousness and leads into all truth.

 

Spiritual understanding unfolds Mind, Life, Truth, and Love, and demonstrates the divine sense, giving the spiritual proof of the universe in Christian Science.

This understanding is not intellectual, is not the result of scholarly attainments; it is the reality of all things brought to light.

 

 

Section II

( 6) Is 25:1 (to 1st ;), 8 the (to 2nd ;)

O Lord, thou art my God;

 

the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces;

 

( 7) Ps 73:25,26

Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

 

( 8) Matt 5:4

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

 

( 9) Rom 8:18 I reckon, 22-24 (to 1st :), 26, 28

I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

 

For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope:

 

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

 

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

 

(10) Heb 11:1 faith

faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

 

 

( 6) 468:17-21 Substance

Substance is that which is eternal and incapable of discord and decay. Truth, Life, and Love are substance, as the Scriptures use this word in Hebrews: "The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

 

( 7) 410:14 (only)

Every trial of our faith in God makes us stronger.

 

( 8) 265:23-26

Who that has felt the loss of human peace has not gained stronger desires for spiritual joy? The aspiration after heavenly good comes even before we discover what belongs to wisdom and Love.

 

( 9) 322:26-30

The sharp experiences of belief in the supposititious life of matter, as well as our disappointments and ceaseless woes, turn us like tired children to the arms of divine Love. Then we begin to learn Life in divine Science.

 

(10) 311:22,28

When humanity does understand this Science, it will become the law of Life to man, even the higher law of Soul, which prevails over material sense through harmony and immortality.

 

Matter, sin, and mortality lose all supposed consciousness or claim to life or existence, as mortals lay off a false sense of life, substance, and intelligence. But the spiritual, eternal man is not touched by these phases of mortality.

 

(11) 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.

 

 

Section III

(11) Matt 5:5-7

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

 

(12) Matt 15:21-28

Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

 

(13) Ps 22:26 (to 2nd :)

The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him:

 

(14) Col 3:12,15

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

 

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

 

 

(12) 12:27-29, 31-1

Does Deity interpose in behalf of one worshipper, and not help another who offers the same measure of prayer?

 

In divine Science, where prayers are mental, all may avail themselves of God as "a very present help in trouble."

 

(13) 446:25-27

Not human platitudes, but divine beatitudes, reflect the spiritual light and might which heal the sick.

 

(14) 4:3-5

What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love, and good deeds.

 

(15) 258:31-14

Through spiritual sense you can discern the heart of divinity, and thus begin to comprehend in Science the generic term man. Man is not absorbed in Deity, and man cannot lose his individuality, for he reflects eternal Life; nor is he an isolated, solitary idea, for he represents infinite Mind, the sum of all substance.

In divine Science, man is the true image of God. The divine nature was best expressed in Christ Jesus, who threw upon mortals the truer reflection of God and lifted their lives higher than their poor thought-models would allow, thoughts which presented man as fallen, sick, sinning, and dying. The Christlike understanding of scientific being and divine healing includes a perfect Principle and idea, perfect God and perfect man, as the basis of thought and demonstration.

 

(16) 248:29

Let unselfishness, goodness, mercy, justice, health, holiness, love the kingdom of heaven reign within us, and sin, disease, and death will diminish until they finally disappear.

 

 

Section IV

(15) Ps 24:3-5

Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

 

(16) Matt 5:8

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

 

(17) Phil 4:8 whatsoever, 9 and the

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.

 

and the God of peace shall be with you.

 

 

(17) 341:8

Jesus said, "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God" [Truth].

 

(18) 15:25-30

Christians rejoice in secret beauty and bounty, hidden from the world, but known to God. Self-forgetfulness, purity, and affection are constant prayers. Practice not profession, understanding not belief, gain the ear and right hand of omnipotence and they assuredly call down infinite blessings.

 

(19) 323:28-5

The effects of Christian Science are not so much seen as felt. It is the "still, small voice" of Truth uttering itself. We are either turning away from this utterance, or we are listening to it and going up higher. Willingness to become as a little child and to leave the old for the new, renders thought receptive of the advanced idea. Gladness to leave the false landmarks and joy to see them disappear, this disposition helps to precipitate the ultimate harmony. The purification of sense and self is a proof of progress.

 

(20) 241:19-21, 23-27

The substance of all devotion is the reflection and demonstration of divine Love, healing sickness and destroying sin.

 

One's aim, a point beyond faith, should be to find the footsteps of Truth, the way to health and holiness. We should strive to reach the Horeb height where God is revealed; and the corner-stone of all spiritual building is purity.

 

 

Section V

(18) Matt 5:9

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

 

(19) Act 11:1 the

the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God.

 

(20) Act 15:1,2,7-12

And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved. When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.

 

And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they. Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.

 

 

(21) 516:4-12

The substance, Life, intelligence, Truth, and Love, which constitute Deity, are reflected by His creation; and when we subordinate the false testimony of the corporeal senses to the facts of Science, we shall see this true likeness and reflection everywhere.

God fashions all things, after His own likeness. Life is reflected in existence, Truth in truthfulness, God in goodness, which impart their own peace and permanence.

 

(22) 139:8

The Christian era was ushered in with signs and wonders. Reforms have commonly been attended with bloodshed and persecution, even when the end has been brightness and peace; but the present new, yet old, reform in religious faith will teach men patiently and wisely to stem the tide of sectarian bitterness, whenever it flows inward.

 

(23) 28:9

While respecting all that is good in the Church or out of it, one's consecration to Christ is more on the ground of demonstration than of profession. In conscience, we cannot hold to beliefs outgrown; and by understanding more of the divine Principle of the deathless Christ, we are enabled to heal the sick and to triumph over sin.

 

(24) 541:16

The erroneous belief that life, substance, and intelligence can be material ruptures the life and brotherhood of man at the very outset.

 

(25) 467:9

It should be thoroughly understood that all men have one Mind, one God and Father, one Life, Truth, and Love. Mankind will become perfect in proportion as this fact becomes apparent, war will cease and the true brotherhood of man will be established. Having no other gods, turning to no other but the one perfect Mind to guide him, man is the likeness of God, pure and eternal, having that Mind which was also in Christ.

 

 

Section VI

(21) Matt 5:10

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

(22) Prov 18:10

The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

 

(23) Ps 27:1,5,6

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

 

For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.

 

 

(26) 560:11-17, 24-28, 30-1

The great miracle, to human sense, is divine Love, and the grand necessity of existence is to gain the true idea of what constitutes the kingdom of heaven in man. This goal is never reached while we hate our neighbor or entertain a false estimate of anyone whom God has appointed to voice His Word.

 

Persecution of all who have spoken something new and better of God has not only obscured the light of the ages, but has been fatal to the persecutors. Why? Because it has hid from them the true idea which has been presented.

 

Ignorance of the divine idea betrays at once a greater ignorance of the divine Principle of the idea ignorance of Truth and Love.

 

(27) 299:24

Truth never destroys God's idea. Truth is spiritual, eternal substance, which cannot destroy the right reflection. Corporeal sense, or error, may seem to hide Truth, health, harmony, and Science, as the mist obscures the sun or the mountain; but Science, the sunshine of Truth, will melt away the shadow and reveal the celestial peaks.

 

(28) 571:15

At all times and under all circumstances, overcome evil with good. Know thyself, and God will supply the wisdom and the occasion for a victory over evil. Clad in the panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you. The cement of a higher humanity will unite all interests in the one divinity.

 

 

Section VII

(24) Prov 3:5,23,24

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

 

Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

 

(25) Deut 28:3,6

Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.

 

Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

 

 

(29) 330:11-12

I. God is infinite, the only Life, substance, Spirit, or Soul, the only intelligence of the universe, including man.

 

(30) 264:15,24

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.

 

Spiritual living and blessedness are the only evidences, by which we can recognize true existence and feel the unspeakable peace which comes from an all-absorbing spiritual love.