EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT

October 30, 2016

 

Golden Text

Is 54:8 with

with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer.

 

 

Responsive Reading

Ps 100:5 the (to 2nd ;); 85:1,2,7-12 (to ;)

the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting;

 

Lord, thou hast been favourable unto thy land: thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob.

 

Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin.

 

Shew us thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us thy salvation.

 

I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.

 

Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.

 

Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

 

Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.

 

Yea, the Lord shall give that which is good;

 

 

Section I

( 1) Jer 31:3 (to :)

The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love:

 

( 2) Deut 7:9

Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;

 

( 3) Zeph 3:17

The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

 

( 4) Ps 107:1,2

O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;

 

( 5) I John 4:8 God is

God is love.

 

 

( 1) 6:17

"God is Love." More than this we cannot ask, higher we cannot look, farther we cannot go. To suppose that God forgives or punishes sin according as His mercy is sought or unsought, is to misunderstand Love and to make prayer the safety-valve for wrong-doing.

 

( 2) 385:11

Let us remember that the eternal law of right, though it can never annul the law which makes sin its own executioner, exempts man from all penalties but those due for wrong-doing.

 

( 3) 240:21

If at present satisfied with wrong-doing, we must learn to loathe it. If at present content with idleness, we must become dissatisfied with it. Remember that mankind must sooner or later, either by suffering or by Science, be convinced of the error that is to be overcome.

 

( 4) 140:25-27

The Christian Science God is universal, eternal, divine Love, which changeth not and causeth no evil, disease, nor death.

 

( 5) 13:2

Love is impartial and universal in its adaptation and bestowals. It is the open fount which cries, "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters."

 

 

Section II

( 6) Gen 4:1-5,8-12, 16

And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

 

And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper? And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

 

And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

 

( 7) I John 3:9-12 (to 1st .), 14 He

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother.

 

He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

 

( 8) I John 4:16 God is (to ;)

God is love;

 

 

( 6) 538:23-27

Genesis iv. 1. And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord [Jehovah].

 

This account is given, not of immortal man, but of mortal man, and of sin which is temporal.

 

( 7) 540:11

In moral chemicalization, when the symptoms of evil, illusion, are aggravated, we may think in our ignorance that the Lord hath wrought an evil; but we ought to know that God's law uncovers so-called sin and its effects, only that Truth may annihilate all sense of evil and all power to sin.

 

( 8) 541:14-21

Genesis iv. 8. Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

 

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

 

Genesis iv. 9. And the Lord [Jehovah] said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?

 

( 9) 542:1 (only), 5

The belief of life in matter sins at every step.

 

Though error hides behind a lie and excuses guilt, error cannot forever be concealed. Truth, through her eternal laws, unveils error. Truth causes sin to betray itself, and sets upon error the mark of the beast. Even the disposition to excuse guilt or to conceal it is punished. The avoidance of justice and the denial of truth tend to perpetuate sin, invoke crime, jeopardize self-control, and mock divine mercy.

 

(10) 543:8-15

In divine Science, the material man is shut out from the presence of God. The five corporeal senses cannot take cognizance of Spirit. They cannot come into His presence, and must dwell in dreamland, until mortals arrive at the understanding that material life, with all its sin, sickness, and death, is an illusion, against which divine Science is engaged in a warfare of extermination.

 

(11) 537:14-15

Error excludes itself from harmony. Sin is its own punishment.

 

(12) 6:3-5

Divine Love corrects and governs man. Men may pardon, but this divine Principle alone reforms the sinner.

 

 

Section III

( 9) Is 1:18,19

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:

 

(10) John 8:1-11,31,32,34-36 Verily

Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

 

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

 

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

 

 

(13) 227:19

Love and Truth make free, but evil and error lead into captivity.

 

(14) 11:3,8-10

When forgiving the adulterous woman he said, "Go, and sin no more."

 

The moral law, which has the right to acquit or condemn, always demands restitution before mortals can "go up higher."

 

(15) 5:3-6,23-25 Sin

Sorrow for wrong-doing is but one step towards reform and the very easiest step. The next and great step required by wisdom is the test of our sincerity, namely, reformation.

 

Sin is forgiven only as it is destroyed by Christ, Truth and Life.

 

(16) 22:30-31

Justice requires reformation of the sinner. Mercy cancels the debt only when justice approves.

 

(17) 242:1-3,6

Through repentance, spiritual baptism, and regeneration, mortals put off their material beliefs and false individuality.

 

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.

 

(18) 11:17-18

Truth bestows no pardon upon error, but wipes it out in the most effectual manner.

 

 

Section IV

(11) Ps 51:1-3 (to :), 6,7

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions:

 

Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

 

(12) John 13:1,4,5,8,9

Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.

 

He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

 

Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.

 

(13) Act 22:16 arise

arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

 

(14) Ps 26:6,11 I will

I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O Lord:

 

I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me.

 

(15) Ps 52:8 I trust

I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

 

 

(19) 383:3-4

We need a clean body and a clean mind, a body rendered pure by Mind as well as washed by water.

 

(20) 581:23

BAPTISM. Purification by Spirit; submergence in Spirit.

 

(21) 35:19 (only), 30 (only)

Our baptism is a purification from all error.

 

The design of Love is to reform the sinner.

 

(22) 201:17-2

The way to extract error from mortal mind is to pour in truth through flood-tides of Love. Christian perfection is won on no other basis.

Grafting holiness upon unholiness, supposing that sin can be forgiven when it is not forsaken, is as foolish as straining out gnats and swallowing camels.

 

(23) 241:27

The baptism of Spirit, washing the body of all the impurities of flesh, signifies that the pure in heart see God and are approaching spiritual Life and its demonstration.

 

(24) 324:4-5

The purification of sense and self is a proof of progress.

 

(25) 497:24

6. And we solemnly promise to watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus; to do unto others as we would have them do unto us; and to be merciful, just, and pure.

 

 

Section V

(16) Prov 11:18 to

to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.

 

(17) Act 9:36-42

Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did. And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber. And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them. Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them. But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up. And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive. And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.

 

(18) Ps 18:20

The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.

 

 

(26) vii:1-2

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

 

(27) 384:6-9

God never punishes man for doing right, for honest labor, or for deeds of kindness, though they expose him to fatigue, cold, heat, contagion.

 

(28) 387:18-24

That man does not pay the severest penalty who does the most good. By adhering to the realities of eternal existence, instead of reading disquisitions on the inconsistent supposition that death comes in obedience to the law of life, and that God punishes man for doing good, one cannot suffer as the result of any labor of love, but grows stronger because of it.

 

(29) 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.

 

 

Section VI

(19) Ps 86:5 thou (to ;), 15 thou

thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive;

 

thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

 

(20) Ps 18:46 let

let the God of my salvation be exalted.

 

 

(30) 497:9

3. We acknowledge God's forgiveness of sin in the destruction of sin and the spiritual understanding that casts out evil as unreal. But the belief in sin is punished so long as the belief lasts.

 

(31) 454:18-19

Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way.

 

(32) 340:12

Divine Love is infinite. Therefore all that really exists is in and of God, and manifests His love.