SUBSTANCE

March 18, 2018

 

Golden Text

Job 37:14 stand

stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.

 

 

Responsive Reading

Ps 40:5; 139:14,17, 18 (to :)

Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

 

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

 

How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand:

 

Is 55:1, 2 (to 2nd ?), 8, 9

Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

 

Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not?

 

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

 

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

 

 

Section I

( 1) Prov 8:1, 7 (to ;), 20,21

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

 

For my mouth shall speak truth;

 

I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.

 

( 2) Rom 11:33,36 (to 1st .)

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

 

For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever.

 

( 3) I Cor 2:9 it, 10,12, 13 (to ;)

it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

 

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth;

 

 

( 1) 275:10-17

To grasp the reality and order of being in its Science, you must begin by reckoning God as the divine Principle of all that really is. Spirit, Life, Truth, Love, combine as one, and are the Scriptural names for God. All substance, intelligence, wisdom, being, immortality, cause, and effect belong to God. These are His attributes, the eternal manifestations of the infinite divine Principle, Love.

 

( 2) 468:17-18 Substance

Substance is that which is eternal and incapable of discord and decay.

 

( 3) 335:13

Things spiritual and eternal are substantial. Things material and temporal are insubstantial.

 

( 4) 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.

 

( 5) 278:4-5

Spirit is the only substance and consciousness recognized by divine Science.

 

 

Section II

( 4) Heb 11:1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

 

( 5) Rom 1:20,21,25 (to 1st .)

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

 

Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever.

 

( 6) II Cor 4:18 we

we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

 

 

( 6) 468:18-22

Truth, Life, and Love are substance, as the Scriptures use this word in Hebrews: "The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Spirit, the synonym of Mind, Soul, or God, is the only real substance.

 

( 7) 275:20-23

Divine metaphysics, as revealed to spiritual understanding, shows clearly that all is Mind, and that Mind is God, omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience, that is, all power, all presence, all Science.

 

( 8) 269:11-20

Metaphysics is above physics, and matter does not enter into metaphysical premises or conclusions. The categories of metaphysics rest on one basis, the divine Mind. Metaphysics resolves things into thoughts, and exchanges the objects of sense for the ideas of Soul.

These ideas are perfectly real and tangible to spiritual consciousness, and they have this advantage over the objects and thoughts of material sense, they are good and eternal.

 

( 9) 286:21-26

God's thoughts are perfect and eternal, are substance and Life. Material and temporal thoughts are human, involving error, and since God, Spirit, is the only cause, they lack a divine cause. The temporal and material are not then creations of Spirit. They are but counterfeits of the spiritual and eternal.

 

 

Section III

( 7) Heb 11:3

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

 

( 8) Gen 1:1,31 (to 1st .)

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

 

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.

 

( 9) Is 45:5,6,8,12

I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else.

 

Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the Lord have created it.

 

I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.

 

 

(10) 468:22

The spiritual universe, including individual man, is a compound idea, reflecting the divine substance of Spirit.

 

(11) 257:12-15

Mind creates His own likeness in ideas, and the substance of an idea is very far from being the supposed substance of non-intelligent matter. Hence the Father Mind is not the father of matter.

 

(12) 209:16

The compounded minerals or aggregated substances composing the earth, the relations which constituent masses hold to each other, the magnitudes, distances, and revolutions of the celestial bodies, are of no real importance, when we remember that they all must give place to the spiritual fact by the translation of man and the universe back into Spirit. In proportion as this is done, man and the universe will be found harmonious and eternal.

 

(13) 195:12

We should forsake the basis of matter for metaphysical Science and its divine Principle.

 

(14) 263:32-10

The fading forms of matter, the mortal body and material earth, are the fleeting concepts of the human mind. They have their day before the permanent facts and their perfection in Spirit appear. The crude creations of mortal thought must finally give place to the glorious forms which we sometimes behold in the camera of divine Mind, when the mental picture is spiritual and eternal. Mortals must look beyond fading, finite forms, if they would gain the true sense of things. Where shall the gaze rest but in the unsearchable realm of Mind?

 

(15) 300:28-31

The universe reflects and expresses the divine substance or Mind; therefore God is seen only in the spiritual universe and spiritual man, as the sun is seen in the ray of light which goes out from it.

 

 

Section IV

(10) Ps 8:1,4 (to 1st ?), 6

O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

 

What is man, that thou art mindful of him?

 

Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

 

(11) Is 2:22

Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?

 

(12) Job 33:4

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

 

 

(16) 68:4-6

Sometime we shall learn how Spirit, the great architect, has created men and women in Science.

 

(17) 278:1-3

Is Spirit the source or creator of matter? Science reveals nothing in Spirit out of which to create matter. Divine metaphysics explains away matter.

 

(18) 301:6-20

To himself, mortal and material man seems to be substance, but his sense of substance involves error and therefore is material, temporal.

On the other hand, the immortal, spiritual man is really substantial, and reflects the eternal substance, or Spirit, which mortals hope for. He reflects the divine, which constitutes the only real and eternal entity. This reflection seems to mortal sense transcendental, because the spiritual man's substantiality transcends mortal vision and is revealed only through divine Science.

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.

 

(19) 337:20-24

XXVII. The true idea of man, as the reflection of the invisible God, is as incomprehensible to the limited senses as is man's infinite Principle. The visible universe and material man are the poor counterfeits of the invisible universe and spiritual man.

 

 

Section V

(13) Ps 22:27

All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.

 

(14) Jer 8:22

Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?

 

(15) Jer 30:17 (to ;)

For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord;

 

(16) II King 20:1 (to ;), 2-5 (to 2nd :)

In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order;

 

Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, saying, I beseech thee, O Lord, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the Lord came to him, saying, Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee:

 

(17) Ps 9:7 the (to :), 10

the Lord shall endure for ever:

 

And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

 

(18) Ps 30:11

Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;

 

(19) Ps 80:3

Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

 

 

(20) 241:13-14, 19-21

The Bible teaches transformation of the body by the renewal of Spirit.

 

The substance of all devotion is the reflection and demonstration of divine Love, healing sickness and destroying sin.

 

(21) 369:22-5

the other to be made indestructible.

The prophylactic and therapeutic (that is, the preventive and curative) arts belong emphatically to Christian Science, as would be readily seen, if psychology, or the Science of Spirit, God, was understood. Unscientific methods are finding their dead level. Limited to matter by their own law, what have they of the advantages of Mind and immortality?

No man is physically healed in wilful error or by it, any more than he is morally saved in or by sin. It is error even to murmur or to be angry over sin. To be every whit whole, man must be better spiritually as well as physically. To be immortal, we must forsake the mortal sense of things, turn from the lie of false belief to Truth, and gather the facts of being from the divine Mind.

 

(22) 460:5

Our system of Mind-healing rests on the apprehension of the nature and essence of all being, on the divine Mind and Love's essential qualities. Its pharmacy is moral, and its medicine is intellectual and spiritual, though used for physical healing. Yet this most fundamental part of metaphysics is the one most difficult to understand and demonstrate, for to the material thought all is material, till such thought is rectified by Spirit.

 

(23) 261:2

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.

 

(24) 248:13-15, 19-32

We are all sculptors, working at various forms, moulding and chiseling thought.

 

Do you not hear from all mankind of the imperfect model? The world is holding it before your gaze continually. The result is that you are liable to follow those lower patterns, limit your life-work, and adopt into your experience the angular outline and deformity of matter models.

To remedy this, we must first turn our gaze in the right direction, and then walk that way. We must form perfect models in thought and look at them continually, or we shall never carve them out in grand and noble lives. Let unselfishness, goodness, mercy, justice, health, holiness, love the kingdom of heaven reign within us, and sin, disease, and death will diminish until they finally disappear.

 

 

Section VI

(20) Is 58:11 the

the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

 

(21) Matt 9:35

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

 

(22) Matt 10:1

And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

 

(23) Act 3:1-8

Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.

 

 

(25) 145:32-2 (to 1st .)

Our Master's first article of faith propounded to his students was healing, and he proved his faith by his works.

 

(26) 111:11-14

The Principle of divine metaphysics is God; the practice of divine metaphysics is the utilization of the power of Truth over error; its rules demonstrate its Science.

 

(27) 146:31

Divine metaphysics is now reduced to a system, to a form comprehensible by and adapted to the thought of the age in which we live. This system enables the learner to demonstrate the divine Principle, upon which Jesus' healing was based, and the sacred rules for its present application to the cure of disease.

 

(28) 162:4, 16-22

Christian Science brings to the body the sunlight of Truth, which invigorates and purifies. Christian Science acts as an alterative, neutralizing error with Truth. It changes the secretions, expels humors, dissolves tumors, relaxes rigid muscles, restores carious bones to soundness. The effect of this Science is to stir the human mind to a change of base, on which it may yield to the harmony of the divine Mind.

 

Working out the rules of Science in practice, the author has restored health in cases of both acute and chronic disease in their severest forms. Secretions have been changed, the structure has been renewed, shortened limbs have been elongated, ankylosed joints have been made supple, and carious bones have been restored to healthy conditions.

 

(29) 285:27

As mortals reach, through knowledge of Christian Science, a higher sense, they will seek to learn, not from matter, but from the divine Principle, God, how to demonstrate the Christ, Truth, as the healing and saving power.

 

(30) 418:5

Stick to the truth of being in contradistinction to the error that life, substance, or intelligence can be in matter. Plead with an honest conviction of truth and a clear perception of the unchanging, unerring, and certain effect of divine Science. Then, if your fidelity is half equal to the truth of your plea, you will heal the sick.

 

 

Section VII

(24) Prov 30:3,9

I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy.

 

Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.

 

(25) Ps 145:1,15,16

I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.

 

The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.

 

 

(31) 124:25-26 (to 1st .)

Spirit is the life, substance, and continuity of all things.

 

(32) 335:12-13

Spirit is the only substance, the invisible and indivisible infinite God.