SOUL AND BODY

November 19, 2017

 

Golden Text

Is 60:19 the Lord

the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.

 

 

Responsive Reading

Ps 86:4,10,12; 146:1,8; 138:1 (to :), 2-5, 8 (to 2nd :)

Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

 

For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.

 

I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.

 

Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul.

 

The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down: the Lord loveth the righteous:

 

I will praise thee with my whole heart:

 

I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

 

In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.

 

All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O Lord, when they hear the words of thy mouth.

 

Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the Lord: for great is the glory of the Lord.

 

The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever:

 

 

Section I

( 1) Lev 26:1 I am, 11,12

I am the Lord your God.

 

And I will set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you. And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.

 

( 2) Ps 84:1,11

How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!

 

For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

 

( 3) I King 8:27 will (to ;)

will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee;

 

( 4) Act 17:24,25,28 (to ;)

God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

 

For in him we live, and move, and have our being;

 

 

( 1) 330:11-12

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

 

( 2) 309:24-26

The Science of being shows it to be impossible for infinite Spirit or Soul to be in a finite body or for man to have an intelligence separate from his Maker.

 

( 3) 466:21 (only)

There is no finite soul nor spirit.

 

( 4) 467:17-23

Science reveals Spirit, Soul, as not in the body, and God as not in man but as reflected by man. The greater cannot be in the lesser. The belief that the greater can be in the lesser is an error that works ill. This is a leading point in the Science of Soul, that Principle is not in its idea. Spirit, Soul, is not confined in man, and is never in matter.

 

( 5) 335:18 Nothing

Nothing but Spirit, Soul, can evolve Life, for Spirit is more than all else. Because Soul is immortal, it does not exist in mortality. Soul must be incorporeal to be Spirit, for Spirit is not finite. Only by losing the false sense of Soul can we gain the eternal unfolding of Life as immortality brought to light.

 

 

Section II

( 5) Ps 139:1,14

O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.

 

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

 

( 6) Rom 8:5 they, 9 (to 1st .)

they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

 

But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.

 

( 7) I Cor 6:19 know, 20 glorify

know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

 

glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

 

 

( 6) 595:7-9 (to ;)

TEMPLE. Body; the idea of Life, substance, and intelligence; the superstructure of Truth; the shrine of Love;

 

( 7) 477:6,19-26

Man is not a material habitation for Soul; he is himself spiritual. Soul, being Spirit, is seen in nothing imperfect nor material.

 

Question. What are body and Soul?

Answer. Identity is the reflection of Spirit, the reflection in multifarious forms of the living Principle, Love. Soul is the substance, Life, and intelligence of man, which is individualized, but not in matter. Soul can never reflect anything inferior to Spirit.

Man is the expression of Soul.

 

( 8) 280:25-30

Rightly understood, instead of possessing a sentient material form, man has a sensationless body; and God, the Soul of man and of all existence, being perpetual in His own individuality, harmony, and immortality, imparts and perpetuates these qualities in man, through Mind, not matter.

 

( 9) 416:16-20

The material body, which you call me, is mortal mind, and this mind is material in sensation, even as the body, which has originated from this material sense and been developed according to it, is material.

 

(10) 317:16-20

The individuality of man is no less tangible because it is spiritual and because his life is not at the mercy of matter. The understanding of his spiritual individuality makes man more real, more formidable in truth, and enables him to conquer sin, disease, and death.

 

(11) 516:21

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

 

 

Section III

( 8) Ps 71:16 (to :), 23

I will go in the strength of the Lord God:

 

My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.

 

( 9) Ps 90:17

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

 

(10) Is 40:28-31

Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

 

(11) Josh 14:6,7,8 I wholly, 10 and now, 11 (to :)

Then the children of Judah came unto Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite said unto him, Thou knowest the thing that the Lord said unto Moses the man of God concerning me and thee in Kadesh-barnea. Forty years old was I when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh-barnea to espy out the land; and I brought him word again as it was in mine heart.

 

I wholly followed the Lord my God.

 

and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me:

 

(12) Ps 89:15,17 (to :)

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

 

For thou art the glory of their strength:

 

 

(12) 246:11-3,20

The radiant sun of virtue and truth coexists with being. Manhood is its eternal noon, undimmed by a declining sun. As the physical and material, the transient sense of beauty fades, the radiance of Spirit should dawn upon the enraptured sense with bright and imperishable glories.

Never record ages. Chronological data are no part of the vast forever. Time-tables of birth and death are so many conspiracies against manhood and womanhood. 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.

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.

Acute and chronic beliefs reproduce their own types. The acute belief of physical life comes on at a remote period, and is not so disastrous as the chronic belief.

I have seen age regain two of the elements it had lost,

 

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.

 

(13) 248:5

Men and women of riper years and larger lessons ought to ripen into health and immortality, instead of lapsing into darkness or gloom. Immortal Mind feeds the body with supernal freshness and fairness, supplying it with beautiful images of thought and destroying the woes of sense which each day brings to a nearer tomb.

 

(14) 208:25-1 A

A material body only expresses a material and mortal mind. A mortal man possesses this body, and he makes it harmonious or discordant according to the images of thought impressed upon it. You embrace your body in your thought, and you should delineate upon it thoughts of health, not of sickness. You should banish all thoughts of disease and sin and of other beliefs included in matter.

 

(15) 247:13-15,31

Immortality, exempt from age or decay, has a glory of its own, the radiance of Soul.

 

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.

 

 

Section IV

(13) Is 42:1 (to :)

Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him:

 

(14) Matt 4:17 Jesus

Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

 

(15) Matt 6:22,23

The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

 

(16) Ps 18:28 the, 32

the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.

 

It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.

 

 

(16) 72:9-12 As

As light destroys darkness and in the place of darkness all is light, so (in absolute Science) Soul, or God, is the only truth-giver to man.

 

(17) 350:24 Divine

Divine Truth must be known by its effects on the body as well as on the mind, before the Science of being can be demonstrated. Hence its embodiment in the incarnate Jesus, that life-link forming the connection through which the real reaches the unreal, Soul rebukes sense, and Truth destroys error.

 

(18) 337:14

XXVI. Christian Science demonstrates that none but the pure in heart can see God, as the gospel teaches. In proportion to his purity is man perfect; and perfection is the order of celestial being which demonstrates Life in Christ, Life's spiritual ideal.

 

(19) 266:24-30

Mortals must follow Jesus' sayings and his demonstrations, which dominate the flesh. Perfect and infinite Mind enthroned is heaven. The evil beliefs which originate in mortals are hell. Man is the idea of Spirit; he reflects the beatific presence, illuming the universe with light. Man is deathless, spiritual. He is above sin or frailty.

 

(20) 76:22-26

The sinless joy, the perfect harmony and immortality of Life, possessing unlimited divine beauty and goodness without a single bodily pleasure or pain, constitutes the only veritable, indestructible man, whose being is spiritual.

 

 

Section V

(17) Ps 141:8 mine

mine eyes are unto thee, O God the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute.

 

(18) Ps 119:130

The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

 

(19) 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.

 

(20) Luke 18:35-43

And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging: And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him, Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.

 

 

(21) 85:2

It is the illumination of the spiritual understanding which demonstrates the capacity of Soul, not of material sense. This Soul-sense comes to the human mind when the latter yields to the divine Mind.

 

(22) 210:11-16

Knowing that Soul and its attributes were forever manifested through man, the Master healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, feet to the lame, thus bringing to light the scientific action of the divine Mind on human minds and bodies and giving a better understanding of Soul and salvation.

 

(23) 486:23-26

Sight, hearing, all the spiritual senses of man, are eternal. They cannot be lost. Their reality and immortality are in Spirit and understanding, not in matter, hence their permanence.

 

(24) 487:6

There is more Christianity in seeing and hearing spiritually than materially. There is more Science in the perpetual exercise of the Mind-faculties than in their loss. Lost they cannot be, while Mind remains. The apprehension of this gave sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf centuries ago, and it will repeat the wonder.

 

(25) 288:27-28

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

 

 

Section VI

(21) Ps 86:4,11 (to :)

Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

 

Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth:

 

(22) II Cor 3:17 where

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

 

(23) Rom 12:1,2

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

(24) Matt 15:29-31

And Jesus departed from thence, and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee; and went up into a mountain, and sat down there. And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus' feet; and he healed them: Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.

 

 

(26) 30:19

As the individual ideal of Truth, Christ Jesus came to rebuke rabbinical error and all sin, sickness, and death, to point out the way of Truth and Life. This ideal was demonstrated throughout the whole earthly career of Jesus, showing the difference between the offspring of Soul and of material sense, of Truth and of error.

 

(27) 227:14-16 (to 2nd .), 24

Discerning the rights of man, we cannot fail to foresee the doom of all oppression. Slavery is not the legitimate state of man. God made man free.

 

Citizens of the world, accept the "glorious liberty of the children of God," and be free! This is your divine right. The illusion of material sense, not divine law, has bound you, entangled your free limbs, crippled your capacities, enfeebled your body, and defaced the tablet of your being.

 

(28) 261:2,24

Look away from the body into Truth and Love, the Principle of all happiness, harmony, and immortality. Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts.

 

Breaking away from the mutations of time and sense, you will neither lose the solid objects and ends of life nor your own identity. Fixing your gaze on the realities supernal, you will rise to the spiritual consciousness of being, even as the bird which has burst from the egg and preens its wings for a skyward flight.

 

(29) 242:6

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.

 

(30) 114:23-27

Christian Science explains all cause and effect as mental, not physical. It lifts the veil of mystery from Soul and body. It shows the scientific relation of man to God, disentangles the interlaced ambiguities of being, and sets free the imprisoned thought.

 

 

Section VII

(25) Ps 108:5

Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: and thy glory above all the earth;

 

 

(31) 120:4

Soul, or Spirit, is God, unchangeable and eternal; and man coexists with and reflects Soul, God, for man is God's image.