EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT

October 29, 2017

 

Golden Text

Prov 16:6 (to :)

By mercy and truth iniquity is purged:

 

 

Responsive Reading

Jer 31:3

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

 

Is 1:16-19, 25; 44:22,23 (to 1st :); 51:11 the, 12 (to :)

Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;

 

Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

 

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:

 

And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin:

 

I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.

 

Sing, O ye heavens; for the Lord hath done it:

 

the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

 

I, even I, am he that comforteth you:

 

 

Section I

( 1) Prov 17:3

The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts.

 

( 2) Ps 139:23,24

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

 

( 3) Ps 37:23,31

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.

 

The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.

 

( 4) James 1:13,16-18

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

 

Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

 

( 5) I John 3:7 (to :), 9

Little children, let no man deceive you:

 

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.

 

 

( 1) 470:21-24

God is the creator of man, and, the divine Principle of man remaining perfect, the divine idea or reflection, man, remains perfect. Man is the expression of God's being.

 

( 2) 539:10-13

God could never impart an element of evil, and man possesses nothing which he has not derived from God. How then has man a basis for wrong-doing?

 

( 3) 356:31-5

Was there original self-creative sin? Then there must have been more than one creator, more than one God. In common justice, we must admit that God will not punish man for doing what He created man capable of doing, and knew from the outset that man would do. God is "of purer eyes than to behold evil."

 

( 4) 475:28-1 The (to 1st .)

The real man cannot depart from holiness, nor can God, by whom man is evolved, engender the capacity or freedom to sin. A mortal sinner is not God's man.

 

( 5) 393:30-32

A false belief is both the tempter and the tempted, the sin and the sinner, the disease and its cause.

 

( 6) 304:14

The perfect man governed by God, his perfect Principle is sinless and eternal.

 

 

Section II

( 6) Ps 66:8,10

O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard:

 

For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.

 

( 7) Prov 3:11,12

My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

 

( 8) Ps 19:7,8 (to :), 11-13

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart:

 

Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.

 

( 9) Ps 26:2,3

Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart. For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.

 

 

( 7) 6:3-5, 14-18

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

 

To reach heaven, the harmony of being, we must understand the divine Principle of being.

"God is Love." More than this we cannot ask, higher we cannot look, farther we cannot go.

 

( 8) 322:26-9

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. Without this process of weaning, "Canst thou by searching find out God?" It is easier to desire Truth than to rid one's self of error. Mortals may seek the understanding of Christian Science, but they will not be able to glean from Christian Science the facts of being without striving for them. This strife consists in the endeavor to forsake error of every kind and to possess no other consciousness but good.

Through the wholesome chastisements of Love, we are helped onward in the march towards righteousness, peace, and purity, which are the landmarks of Science.

 

( 9) 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.

 

(10) 184:12-17

Truth, Life, and Love are the only legitimate and eternal demands on man, and they are spiritual lawgivers, enforcing obedience through divine statutes.

Controlled by the divine intelligence, man is harmonious and eternal.

 

 

Section III

(10) Ps 51:1

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

 

(11) Mal 3:12,2 he is, 3

And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.

 

he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.

 

(12) Mark 6:34

And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.

 

(13) Matt 5:8,17, 20-22 (to 1st :), 27,28

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

 

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

 

For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment:

 

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

 

(14) Matt 15:19,20 (to :)

For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man:

 

(15) Rom 6:12,14 (to :)

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

 

For sin shall not have dominion over you:

 

 

(11) 473:6-7

Christ came to destroy the belief of sin.

 

(12) 234:25

Sin and disease must be thought before they can be manifested. You must control evil thoughts in the first instance, or they will control you in the second. Jesus declared that to look with desire on forbidden objects was to break a moral precept. He laid great stress on the action of the human mind, unseen to the senses.

 

(13) 405:5-11,18

Christian Science commands man to master the propensities, to hold hatred in abeyance with kindness, to conquer lust with chastity, revenge with charity, and to overcome deceit with honesty. Choke these errors in their early stages, if you would not cherish an army of conspirators against health, happiness, and success.

 

The good man finally can overcome his fear of sin. This is sin's necessity, to destroy itself. Immortal man demonstrates the government of God, good, in which is no power to sin.

 

(14) 337:7-10

For true happiness, man must harmonize with his Principle, divine Love; the Son must be in accord with the Father, in conformity with Christ.

 

 

Section IV

(16) I Tim 1:15 (to ;)

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners;

 

(17) Luke 7:36-40, 44-48

And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat. And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner. And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.

 

And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.

 

 

(15) 363:8-9 (to .), 26-12

Did Jesus spurn the woman? Did he repel her adoration? No! He regarded her compassionately.

 

She bathed his feet with her tears before she anointed them with the oil. In the absence of other proofs, was her grief sufficient evidence to warrant the expectation of her repentance, reformation, and growth in wisdom? Certainly there was encouragement in the mere fact that she was showing her affection for a man of undoubted goodness and purity, who has since been rightfully regarded as the best man that ever trod this planet. Her reverence was unfeigned, and it was manifested towards one who was soon, though they knew it not, to lay down his mortal existence in behalf of all sinners, that through his word and works they might be redeemed from sensuality and sin.

Which was the higher tribute to such ineffable affection, the hospitality of the Pharisee or the contrition of the Magdalen? This query Jesus answered by rebuking self-righteousness and declaring the absolution of the penitent.

 

(16) 242:1-3

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

 

(17) 201:7 Truth, 17

Truth makes a new creature, in whom old things pass away and "all things are become new." Passions, selfishness, false appetites, hatred, fear, all sensuality, yield to spirituality, and the superabundance of being is on the side of God, good.

 

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.

 

(18) 35:30 (only)

The design of Love is to reform the sinner.

 

 

Section V

(18) Prov 25:4

Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.

 

(19) Rom 11:26 as, 27

as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

 

(20) John 5:2-9 (to :), 14,15

Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked:

 

Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.

 

(21) II Tim 2:19 Let

Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

 

 

(19) 316:7

Christ, Truth, was demonstrated through Jesus to prove the power of Spirit over the flesh, to show that Truth is made manifest by its effects upon the human mind and body, healing sickness and destroying sin.

 

(20) 150:12

Now, as then, signs and wonders are wrought in the metaphysical healing of physical disease; but these signs are only to demonstrate its divine origin, to attest the reality of the higher mission of the Christ-power to take away the sins of the world.

 

(21) 542:1 (only)

The belief of life in matter sins at every step.

 

(22) 369:32-2

To be every whit whole, man must be better spiritually as well as physically.

 

(23) 392:4-8

To cure a bodily ailment, every broken moral law should be taken into account and the error be rebuked. Fear, which is an element of all disease, must be cast out to readjust the balance for God. Casting out evil and fear enables truth to outweigh error.

 

(24) 420:2-4,10-13,17-18

There is no metastasis, no stoppage of harmonious action, no paralysis. Truth not error, Love not hate, Spirit not matter, governs man.

 

Instruct the sick that they are not helpless victims, for if they will only accept Truth, they can resist disease and ward it off, as positively as they can the temptation to sin.

 

The fact that Truth overcomes both disease and sin reassures depressed hope.

 

(25) 251:15

We must learn how mankind govern the body, whether through faith in hygiene, in drugs, or in will-power. We should learn whether they govern the body through a belief in the necessity of sickness and death, sin and pardon, or govern it from the higher understanding that the divine Mind makes perfect, acts upon the so-called human mind through truth, leads the human mind to relinquish all error, to find the divine Mind to be the only Mind, and the healer of sin, disease, death. This process of higher spiritual understanding improves mankind until error disappears, and nothing is left which deserves to perish or to be punished.

 

(26) 67:28

Man delivered from sin, disease, and death presents the true likeness or spiritual ideal.

 

 

Section VI

(22) Ps 103:1,3,4

Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

 

Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

 

(23) Job 23:10 he

he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

 

(24) Is 51:11

Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

 

 

(27) 66:31-1

The furnace separates the gold from the dross that the precious metal may be graven with the image of God.

 

(28) 568:24-30

For victory over a single sin, we give thanks and magnify the Lord of Hosts. What shall we say of the mighty conquest over all sin? A louder song, sweeter than has ever before reached high heaven, now rises clearer and nearer to the great heart of Christ; for the accuser is not there, and Love sends forth her primal and everlasting strain.