MORTALS AND IMMORTALS

May 20, 2018

 

Golden Text

…the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of

God to be revealed

(New International Version)

Rom 8:19 the

the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

 

 

Responsive Reading

II Cor 4:6-8, 16 though, 17; 5:17

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

 

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

 

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

 

  … though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

 

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

 

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 

Rom 8:14-16

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

 

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

 

 

Section I

( 1)   Ps 78:1-4,12,17,40,41

Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.

 

Marvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.

 

And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness.

 

How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert! Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.

 

( 2)   Job 4:17

Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?

 

( 3)   Ps 144:3,4,9 (to :)

Lord, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him! Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.

 

I will sing a new song unto thee, O God:

 

( 4)   Col 3:10 put

put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

 

 

( 1)   256:12-16,25-30

"Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord."

    The everlasting I AM is not bounded nor compressed within the narrow limits of physical humanity, nor can He be understood aright through mortal concepts.

 

A finite and material sense of God leads to formalism and narrowness; it chills the spirit of Christianity.

    A limitless Mind cannot proceed from physical limitations. Finiteness cannot present the idea or the vastness of infinity. 

 

( 2)   255:11-14

    Mortal man has made a covenant with his eyes to belittle Deity with human conceptions. In league with material sense, mortals take limited views of all things.

 

( 3)   258:1-3

A mortal, corporeal, or finite conception of God cannot embrace the glories of limitless, incorporeal Life and Love. 

 

( 4)   260:7

    The conceptions of mortal, erring thought must give way to the ideal of all that is perfect and eternal. Through many generations human beliefs will be attaining diviner conceptions, and the immortal and perfect model of God's creation will finally be seen as the only true conception of being.

 

( 5)   428:22-23

    The great spiritual fact must be brought out that man is, not shall be, perfect and immortal.

 

 

Section II

( 5)   Job 11:7,13,15 then, 17

Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?

 

If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him;

 

then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear:

 

And thine age shall be clearer than the noonday; thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning.

 

( 6)   Josh 14:6 the, 7,9-11 (to :), 13

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.

 

And Moses sware on that day, saying, Surely the land whereon thy feet have trodden shall be thine inheritance, and thy children's for ever, because thou hast wholly followed the Lord my God. And now, behold, the Lord hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the Lord spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: 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:

 

And Joshua blessed him, and gave unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh Hebron for an inheritance.

 

( 7)   Is 40:31 they

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.

 

( 8)   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.

 

 

( 6)   598:19-24, 30

YEAR.  A solar measurement of time; mortality; space for repentance.

    "One day is with the Lord as a thousand years." (II Peter iii. 8.)

    One moment of divine consciousness, or the spiritual understanding of Life and Love, is a foretaste of eternity.

 

Time is a mortal thought, the divisor of which is the solar year. Eternity is God's measurement of Soul-filled years.

 

( 7)   595:17

TIME.  Mortal measurements; limits, in which are summed up all human acts, thoughts, beliefs, opinions, knowledge; matter; error; that which begins before, and continues after, what is termed death, until the mortal disappears and spiritual perfection appears.

 

( 8)   312:23-26

    Our theories are based on finite premises, which cannot penetrate beyond matter. A personal sense of God and of man's capabilities necessarily limits faith and hinders spiritual understanding.

 

( 9)   387:5

When we reach our limits of mental endurance, we conclude that intellectual labor has been carried sufficiently far; but when we realize that immortal Mind is ever active, and that spiritual energies can neither wear out nor can so-called material law trespass upon God-given powers and resources, we are able to rest in Truth, refreshed by the assurances of immortality, opposed to mortality.

 

(10)   487:27

The understanding that Life is God, Spirit, lengthens our days by strengthening our trust in the deathless reality of Life, its almightiness and immortality.

 

(11)   469:4-5 Life is not (to 1st .)

Life is not limited.

 

(12)   81:17-18

    Man in the likeness of God as revealed in Science cannot help being immortal.

 

 

Section III

( 9)   Mark 1:1

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;

 

(10)   Luke 7:19,21,22

And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?

 

And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.

 

(11)   John 8:31,32

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

 

 

(13)   224:28 (only)

    Truth brings the elements of liberty.

 

(14)   55:15-22

    Truth's immortal idea is sweeping down the centuries, gathering beneath its wings the sick and sinning. My weary hope tries to realize that happy day, when man shall recognize the Science of Christ and love his neighbor as himself, — when he shall realize God's omnipotence and the healing power of the divine Love in what it has done and is doing for mankind. The promises will be fulfilled.

 

(15)   131:26-4

    The mission of Jesus confirmed prophecy, and explained the so-called miracles of olden time as natural demonstrations of the divine power, demonstrations which were not understood. Jesus' works established his claim to the Messiahship. In reply to John's inquiry, "Art thou he that should come," Jesus returned an affirmative reply, recounting his works instead of referring to his doctrine, confident that this exhibition of the divine power to heal would fully answer the question.

 

(16)   183:26-29

    Truth casts out all evils and materialistic methods with the actual spiritual law, — the law which gives sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, voice to the dumb, feet to the lame.

 

(17)   466:13-14

Truth is immortal; error is mortal. Truth is limitless; error is limited.

 

(18)   337:20-22

    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. 

 

(19)   262:9

    We cannot fathom the nature and quality of God's creation by diving into the shallows of mortal belief. We must reverse our feeble flutterings — our efforts to find life and truth in matter — and rise above the testimony of the material senses, above the mortal to the immortal idea of God. These clearer, higher views inspire the God-like man to reach the absolute centre and circumference of his being.

 

 

Section IV

(12)   John 11:1,5-7,11-13 Our, 17,32-34 when, 38 It, 39 (to 1st .), 41-44

Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.

 

Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was. Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again.

 

Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.

 

Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already.

 

when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, And said, Where have ye laid him?  They said unto him, Lord, come and see.

 

It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone.

 

Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid.  And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin.  Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

 

(13)   I Cor 15:51-53, 57 thanks

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

 

thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

(20)   331:1-5

    IV.  God is divine Life, and Life is no more confined to the forms which reflect it than substance is in its shadow. If life were in mortal man or material things, it would be subject to their limitations and would end in death.

 

(21)   75:12

    Jesus said of Lazarus: "Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep." Jesus restored Lazarus by the understanding that Lazarus had never died, not by an admission that his body had died and then lived again. Had Jesus believed that Lazarus had lived or died in his body, the Master would have stood on the same plane of belief as those who buried the body, and he could not have resuscitated it.

 

(22)   493:28-2

    If Jesus awakened Lazarus from the dream, illusion, of death, this proved that the Christ could improve on a false sense. Who dares to doubt this consummate test of the power and willingness of divine Mind to hold man forever intact in his perfect state, and to govern man's entire action?

 

(23)   445:15

You render the divine law of healing obscure and void, when you weigh the human in the scale with the divine, or limit in any direction of thought the omnipresence and omnipotence of God.

 

(24)   550:7-8,12

God cannot become finite, and be limited within material bounds.

 

The true sense of being and its eternal perfection should appear now, even as it will hereafter.

 

(25)   76:6-10, 18

    When being is understood, Life will be recognized as neither material nor finite, but as infinite, — as God, universal good; and the belief that life, or mind, was ever in a finite form, or good in evil, will be destroyed.

 

    Suffering, sinning, dying beliefs are unreal. When divine Science is universally understood, they will have no power over man, for man is immortal and lives by divine authority.

 

(26)   288:27-28,31-1

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

 

    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 V

(14)   John 13:31 Jesus

Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.

 

(15)   John 8:51

Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.

 

(16)   John 17:1-3

These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

 

(17)   II Tim 1:7 God, 9,10

God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

 

Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

 

(18)   Rom 6:23 the gift

the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

 

(27)   429:31-5

    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. Jesus demonstrated this, healing the dying and raising the dead. Mortal mind must part with error, must put off itself with its deeds, and immortal manhood, the Christ ideal, will appear.

 

(28)   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.

 

(29)   517:18-19,22

God has countless ideas, and they all have one Principle and parentage.

 

Even eternity can never reveal the whole of God, since there is no limit to infinitude or to its reflections.

 

(30)   258:11-15

Man reflects infinity, and this reflection is the true idea of God.

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

 

(31)   246:5-6

The perfect and immortal are the eternal likeness of their Maker.