SPIRIT

February 11, 2018

 

Golden Text

I Cor14:15 I will sing

I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

 

 

Responsive Reading

John 12:44; 4:24

Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.

 

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

 

Luke 9:1,2; 10:1,2,17-21 (to :)

Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.

 

And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

 

After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.

 

Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.

 

And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.

 

And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

 

Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

 

Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

 

In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes:

 

 

Section I

( 1) Gen 1:1-4, 6-8 (to 1st .)

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

 

And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven.

 

( 2) Ps 104:24 (to :), 30 (to :)

O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all:

 

Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created:

 

( 3) Ps 47:7

For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.

 

( 4) Is 14:24

The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:

 

 

( 1) 335:7-8 (to 1st .)

XVIII. Spirit, God, has created all in and of Himself.

 

( 2) 506:10-11, 18

Through divine Science, Spirit, God, unites understanding to eternal harmony.

 

Spirit, God, gathers unformed thoughts into their proper channels, and unfolds these thoughts, even as He opens the petals of a holy purpose in order that the purpose may appear.

 

( 3) 505:7-8, 16-17

Spiritual understanding, by which human conception, material sense, is separated from Truth, is the firmament.

 

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

 

( 4) 587:25

HEAVEN. Harmony; the reign of Spirit; government by divine Principle; spirituality; bliss; the atmosphere of Soul.

 

( 5) 280:4-6

From Love and from the light and harmony which are the abode of Spirit, only reflections of good can come.

 

 

Section II

( 5) Job 33:4

The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.

 

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

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.

 

( 7) Is 42:5,8,10

Thus saith God the Lord, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:

 

I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

 

Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.

 

( 8) Matt 5:8,48

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

 

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

 

 

( 6) 475:7-13

The Scriptures inform us that man is made in the image and likeness of God. Matter is not that likeness. The likeness of Spirit cannot be so unlike Spirit. Man is spiritual and perfect; and because he is spiritual and perfect, he must be so understood in Christian Science.

 

( 7) 515:21 Man

Man is the family name for all ideas, the sons and daughters of God. All that God imparts moves in accord with Him, reflecting goodness and power.

 

( 8) 301:17-20

As God is substance and man is the divine image and likeness, man should wish for, and in reality has, only the substance of good, the substance of Spirit, not matter.

 

( 9) 302:14-18

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.

 

(10) 99:23

The calm, strong currents of true spirituality, the manifestations of which are health, purity, and self-immolation, must deepen human experience, until the beliefs of material existence are seen to be a bald imposition, and sin, disease, and death give everlasting place to the scientific demonstration of divine Spirit and to God's spiritual, perfect man.

 

(11) 264:28

When we learn the way in Christian Science and recognize man's spiritual being, we shall behold and understand God's creation, all the glories of earth and heaven and man.

 

 

Section III

( 9) Job 32:8 there

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

 

(10) Gen 39:1 (to ;), 2,3

And Joseph was brought down to Egypt;

 

And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand.

 

(11) Gen 41:1 (to :), 8 and he, 15,16,25 God, 29, 30 (to 2nd ;), 33-36, 38-41, 46-48 And Joseph went, 53, 54, 57

And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed:

 

and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men thereof: and Pharaoh told them his dream; but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh.

 

And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it. And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.

 

God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do.

 

Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt: And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt;

 

Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt. Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years. And let them gather all the food of those good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities. And that food shall be for store to the land against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine.

 

And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is? And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art: Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.

 

And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt. And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth by handfuls. And he gathered up all the food of the seven years, which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities: the food of the field, which was round about every city, laid he up in the same.

 

And the seven years of plenteousness, that was in the land of Egypt, were ended. And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said: and the dearth was in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.

 

And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that the famine was so sore in all lands.

 

 

(12) 84:7-10, 14,28-30

When sufficiently advanced in Science to be in harmony with the truth of being, men become seers and prophets involuntarily, controlled not by demons, spirits, or demigods, but by the one Spirit.

 

Acquaintance with the Science of being enables us to commune more largely with the divine Mind, to foresee and foretell events which concern the universal welfare, to be divinely inspired, yea, to reach the range of fetterless Mind.

 

All we correctly know of Spirit comes from God, divine Principle, and is learned through Christ and Christian Science.

 

(13) 505:20-21

Spiritual sense is the discernment of spiritual good.

 

(14) 250:7-11 (to 1st .)

Spirit is the Ego which never dreams, but understands all things; which never errs, and is ever conscious; which never believes, but knows; which is never born and never dies.

 

(15) 507:3-6

Spirit duly feeds and clothes every object, as it appears in the line of spiritual creation, thus tenderly expressing the fatherhood and motherhood of God.

 

(16) 96:4-7,15-18

Love will finally mark the hour of harmony, and spiritualization will follow, for Love is Spirit. Before error is wholly destroyed, there will be interruptions of the general material routine.

 

The breaking up of material beliefs may seem to be famine and pestilence, want and woe, sin, sickness, and death, which assume new phases until their nothingness appears.

 

(17) 264:13

As mortals gain more correct views of God and man, multitudinous objects of creation, which before were invisible, will become visible. 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.

 

 

Section IV

(12) Joel 2:27 (to :), 28 I will (to ;)

And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord your God, and none else:

 

I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh;

 

(13) 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.

 

(14) Matt 12:22-28

Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

 

 

(18) 334:31-2

XVII. Spirit being God, there is but one Spirit, for there can be but one infinite and therefore one God. There are neither spirits many nor gods many. There is no evil in Spirit, because God is Spirit.

 

(19) 79:17 (only), 19

Jesus cast out evil spirits, or false beliefs.

 

Jesus did his own work by the one Spirit. He said: "My Father worketh hitherto, and I work." He never described disease, so far as can be learned from the Gospels, but he healed disease.

 

(20) 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.

 

(21) 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.

 

(22) 359:11

Even though you aver that the material senses are indispensable to man's existence or entity, you must change the human concept of life, and must at length know yourself spiritually and scientifically. The evidence of the existence of Spirit, Soul, is palpable only to spiritual sense, and is not apparent to the material senses, which cognize only that which is the opposite of Spirit.

 

(23) 469:13-17 The

The exterminator of error is the great truth that God, good, is the only Mind, and that the supposititious opposite of infinite Mind called devil or evil is not Mind, is not Truth, but error, without intelligence or reality.

 

(24) 393:12

Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good. God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on man.

 

 

Section V

(15) Matt 5:3

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

(16) John 3:5 Except

Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

 

(17) Act 8:26-31, 35-40

And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.

 

Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.

 

 

(25) 547:23-25, 31-32

The Scriptures are very sacred. Our aim must be to have them understood spiritually, for only by this understanding can truth be gained.

 

It is this spiritual perception of Scripture, which lifts humanity out of disease and death and inspires faith.

 

(26) 241:13-17, 23

The Bible teaches transformation of the body by the renewal of Spirit. Take away the spiritual signification of Scripture, and that compilation can do no more for mortals than can moonbeams to melt a river of ice.

 

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. 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.

 

(27) 518:15-19

The rich in spirit help the poor in one grand brotherhood, all having the same Principle, or Father; and blessed is that man who seeth his brother's need and supplieth it, seeking his own in another's good.

 

(28) 481:7-9

Material sense never helps mortals to understand Spirit, God. Through spiritual sense only, man comprehends and loves Deity.

 

(29) 242:9-10

There is but one way to heaven, harmony, and Christ in divine Science shows us this way.

 

 

Section VI

(18) Rom 8:16

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

 

(19) Matt 3:2 the

the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

 

 

(30) 29:30-32

Man as the offspring of God, as the idea of Spirit, is the immortal evidence that Spirit is harmonious and man eternal.

 

(31) 208:20

Let us learn of the real and eternal, and prepare for the reign of Spirit, the kingdom of heaven, the reign and rule of universal harmony, which cannot be lost nor remain forever unseen.