MAN

March 5, 2017

 

Golden Text

Ps 23:6 I will

I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

 

 

Responsive Reading

Ps 119:89,90 (to :), 97,111,142,152; 90:1,2,14; 84:1,4,10 (to 1st .), 12

For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.

 

Thy faithfulness is unto all generations:

 

O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.

 

Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.

 

Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.

 

Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.

 

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.

 

O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

 

How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!

 

Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee.

 

For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand.

 

O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

 

 

Section I

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

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

 

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.

 

( 2) Ps 36:7,9

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

 

For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

 

( 3) Ps 61:4

I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.

 

 

( 1) 475:7-9, 11-14

The Scriptures inform us that man is made in the image and likeness of God.

 

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.

 

( 2) 502:29

There is but one creator and one creation. This creation consists of the unfolding of spiritual ideas and their identities, which are embraced in the infinite Mind and forever reflected. These ideas range from the infinitesimal to infinity, and the highest ideas are the sons and daughters of God.

 

( 3) 336:9

XXII. Immortal man was and is God's image or idea, even the infinite expression of infinite Mind, and immortal man is coexistent and coeternal with that Mind. He has been forever in the eternal Mind, God; but infinite Mind can never be in man, but is reflected by man. The spiritual man's consciousness and individuality are reflections of God. They are the emanations of Him who is Life, Truth, and Love. Immortal man is not and never was material, but always spiritual and eternal.

 

( 4) 491:12

It is only by acknowledging the supremacy of Spirit, which annuls the claims of matter, that mortals can lay off mortality and find the indissoluble spiritual link which establishes man forever in the divine likeness, inseparable from his creator.

 

( 5) 471:17-18

Man is, and forever has been, God's reflection.

 

 

Section II

( 4) Jer :24:26,27 (to 2nd :)

( 5) Prov 8:1, 22-24 (to :), 27 (to 1st :), 30,35

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

 

The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.

 

When he prepared the heavens, I was there:

 

Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;

 

For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord.

 

( 6) Heb 5:1,4-6,9,10

For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:

 

And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to-day have I begotten thee. As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

 

And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.

 

( 7) Heb 7:3 (to 2nd ;)

Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God;

 

 

( 6) 249:18-19

Life is, like Christ, "the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever."

 

( 7) 206:25-26

Can there be any birth or death for man, the spiritual image and likeness of God?

 

( 8) 262:27-28 (to 1st .)

The foundation of mortal discord is a false sense of man's origin.

 

( 9) 141:19-21 The

The Bible declares that all believers are made "kings and priests unto God."

 

(10) 258:25

Mortals have a very imperfect sense of the spiritual man and of the infinite range of his thought. To him belongs eternal Life. Never born and never dying, it were impossible for man, under the government of God in eternal Science, to fall from his high estate.

 

(11) 302:14-19

Continuing our definition of man, let us remember that harmonious and immortal man has existed forever, and is always beyond and above the mortal illusion of any life, substance, and intelligence as existent in matter. This statement is based on fact, not fable.

 

(12) 479:21-23

In the vast forever, in the Science and truth of being, the only facts are Spirit and its innumerable creations.

 

 

Section III

( 8) Ezek 18:1-4 (to :)

The word of the Lord came unto me again, saying, What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge? As I live, saith the Lord God, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel. Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine:

 

( 9) John 9:1-7

And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent. ) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

 

(10) Ps 16:5,6

The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.

 

(11) Ps 37:18

The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.

 

 

(13) 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.

 

(14) 178:8,22

Heredity is not a law. The remote cause or belief of disease is not dangerous because of its priority and the connection of past mortal thoughts with present. The predisposing cause and the exciting cause are mental.

 

In proportion to our understanding of Christian Science, we are freed from the belief of heredity, of mind in matter or animal magnetism; and we disarm sin of its imaginary power in proportion to our spiritual understanding of the status of immortal being.

 

(15) 211:19

It should no longer be said in Israel that "the fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge." Sympathy with error should disappear. The transfer of the thoughts of one erring mind to another, Science renders impossible.

 

(16) 103:29

In reality there is no mortal mind, and consequently no transference of mortal thought and will-power. Life and being are of God. In Christian Science, man can do no harm, for scientific thoughts are true thoughts, passing from God to man.

 

(17) 228:3

The transmission of disease or of certain idiosyncrasies of mortal mind would be impossible if this great fact of being were learned, namely, that nothing inharmonious can enter being, for Life is God. Heredity is a prolific subject for mortal belief to pin theories upon; but if we learn that nothing is real but the right, we shall have no dangerous inheritances, and fleshly ills will disappear.

 

(18) 288:31-1

The eternal Truth destroys what mortals seem to have learned from error, and man's real existence as a child of God comes to light.

 

 

Section IV

(12) II Pet 3:8 beloved

beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

 

(13) John 3:1-7,13-15

There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

 

And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

 

(14) I Pet 1:22,23

Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

 

 

(19) 191:8-13

As a material, theoretical life-basis is found to be a misapprehension of existence, the spiritual and divine Principle of man dawns upon human thought, and leads it to "where the young child was," even to the birth of a new-old idea, to the spiritual sense of being and of what Life includes.

 

(20) 246:4-6, 17-18 Chronological, 27

Life and its faculties are not measured by calendars. The perfect and immortal are the eternal likeness of their Maker.

 

Chronological data are no part of the vast forever.

 

Life is eternal. We should find this out, and begin the demonstration thereof. Life and goodness are immortal. Let us then shape our views of existence into loveliness, freshness, and continuity, rather than into age and blight.

 

(21) 249:1-10

Let us accept Science, relinquish all theories based on sense-testimony, give up imperfect models and illusive ideals; and so let us have one God, one Mind, and that one perfect, producing His own models of excellence.

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.

 

(22) 288:27-28

Science reveals the glorious possibilities of immortal man, forever unlimited by the mortal senses.

 

(23) 258:13-15

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

 

 

Section V

(15) Luke 8:40

And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him.

 

(16) 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.

 

(17) Rom 8:2

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

 

(18) John 3:16 God

God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

 

(24) 429:31-2

Jesus said (John viii. 51), "If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death." That statement is not confined to spiritual life, but includes all the phenomena of existence.

 

(25) 244:7

If we were to derive all our conceptions of man from what is seen between the cradle and the grave, happiness and goodness would have no abiding-place in man, and the worms would rob him of the flesh; but Paul writes: "The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death."

 

(26) 200:9-13,16

Life is, always has been, and ever will be independent of matter; for Life is God, and man is the idea of God, not formed materially but spiritually, and not subject to decay and dust.

 

The great truth in the Science of being, that the real man was, is, and ever shall be perfect, is incontrovertible; for if man is the image, reflection, of God, he is neither inverted nor subverted, but upright and Godlike.

 

(27) 429:19-24

If man did not exist before the material organization began, he could not exist after the body is disintegrated. If we live after death and are immortal, we must have lived before birth, for if Life ever had any beginning, it must also have an ending, even according to the calculations of natural science.

 

(28) 253:2

The beauty of holiness, the perfection of being, imperishable glory, all are Mine, for I am God. I give immortality to man, for I am Truth. I include and impart all bliss, for I am Love. I give life, without beginning and without end, for I am Life. I am supreme and give all, for I am Mind. I am the substance of all, because I AM THAT I AM.

 

(29) 90:24-27

The admission to one's self that man is God's own likeness sets man free to master the infinite idea. This conviction shuts the door on death, and opens it wide towards immortality.

 

(30) 266:29-5 (to 1st .)

Man is deathless, spiritual. He is above sin or frailty. He does not cross the barriers of time into the vast forever of Life, but he coexists with God and the universe.

Every object in material thought will be destroyed, but the spiritual idea, whose substance is in Mind, is eternal. The offspring of God start not from matter or ephemeral dust. They are in and of Spirit, divine Mind, and so forever continue.

 

 

Section VI

(19) Eccl 3:14 (to 2nd :)

I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it:

 

(20) Ps 23:6

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

 

 

(31) 557:18

Divine Science rolls back the clouds of error with the light of Truth, and lifts the curtain on man as never born and as never dying, but as coexistent with his creator.

 

(32) 578:16

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house [the consciousness] of [LOVE] for ever.