GOD THE ONLY CAUSE AND CREATOR

June 10, 2018

 

Golden Text

Is 45:18 thus

thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.

 

 

Responsive Reading

Ps 150:1,2,6 (to 1st .); 148:10,11,13; 147:1,4,5,8,9,14-16,18,20 Praise

Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.

 

Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.

 

Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord.

 

Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl:

 

Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth:

 

Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.

 

Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.

 

He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.

 

Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.

 

Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.

 

He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.

 

He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.

 

He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly.

 

He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.

 

He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow.

 

Praise ye the Lord.

 

 

Section I

( 1) Gen 1:1-5

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 called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

 

( 2) Ps 67:1

God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.

 

( 3) Ps 36:9

For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

 

 

( 1) 170:22

Spiritual causation is the one question to be considered, for more than all others spiritual causation relates to human progress. The age seems ready to approach this subject, to ponder somewhat the supremacy of Spirit, and at least to touch the hem of Truth's garment.

 

( 2) 502:18,22-3

In the following exegesis, each text is followed by its spiritual interpretation according to the teachings of Christian Science.

 

Genesis i. 1. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

 

The infinite has no beginning. This word beginning is employed to signify the only, that is, the eternal verity and unity of God and man, including the universe. The creative Principle Life, Truth, and Love is God. The universe reflects God. There is but one creator and one creation. This creation consists of the unfolding of spiritual ideas and their identities, which are embraced in the infinite Mind and forever reflected.

 

( 3) 503:6-17,24

Genesis i. 2. 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.

 

The divine Principle and idea constitute spiritual harmony, heaven and eternity. In the universe of Truth, matter is unknown. No supposition of error enters there. Divine Science, the Word of God, saith to the darkness upon the face of error, "God is All-in-all," and the light of ever-present Love illumines the universe. Hence the eternal wonder, that infinite space is peopled with God's ideas, reflecting Him in countless spiritual forms.

 

God creates neither erring thought, mortal life, mutable truth, nor variable love.

 

( 4) 504:3-15

Genesis i. 5. And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

 

All questions as to the divine creation being both spiritual and material are answered in this passage, for though solar beams are not yet included in the record of creation, still there is light. This light is not from the sun nor from volcanic flames, but it is the revelation of Truth and of spiritual ideas. This also shows that there is no place where God's light is not seen, since Truth, Life, and Love fill immensity and are ever-present. Was not this a revelation instead of a creation?

 

 

Section II

( 4) Gen 1:6-8

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. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

 

( 5) Ps 19:1

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.

 

( 6) Jer 51:15

He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding.

 

 

( 5) 505:4-12,16-17,6-28

Genesis i. 6. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

 

Spiritual understanding, by which human conception, material sense, is separated from Truth, is the firmament. The divine Mind, not matter, creates all identities, and they are forms of Mind, the ideas of Spirit apparent only as Mind, never as mindless matter nor the so-called material senses.

 

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

 

the waters.

 

Spiritual understanding, by which human conception, material sense, is separated from Truth, is the firmament. The divine Mind, not matter, creates all identities, and they are forms of Mind, the ideas of Spirit apparent only as Mind, never as mindless matter nor the so-called material senses.

 

Genesis i. 7. 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.

 

Spirit imparts the understanding which uplifts consciousness and leads into all truth. The Psalmist saith: "The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea." Spiritual sense is the discernment of spiritual good. Understanding is the line of demarcation between the real and unreal. Spiritual understanding unfolds Mind, Life, Truth, and Love, and demonstrates the divine sense, giving the spiritual proof of the universe in Christian Science.

This understanding is not intellectual, is not the result of scholarly attainments; it is the reality of all things brought to light.

 

( 6) 506:10-11

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

 

( 7) 587:25

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

 

( 8) 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

( 7) Gen 1:9-11,13

And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

 

And the evening and the morning were the third day.

 

( 8) Ps 40:5

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.

 

( 9) Is 55:8,9,12 the

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.

 

the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

 

 

( 9) 506:18

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.

 

(10) 269:14-20

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.

 

(11) 507:1-3,28-6

In metaphor, the dry land illustrates the absolute formations instituted by Mind, while water symbolizes the elements of Mind.

 

Creation is ever appearing, and must ever continue to appear from the nature of its inexhaustible source. Mortal sense inverts this appearing and calls ideas material. Thus misinterpreted, the divine idea seems to fall to the level of a human or material belief, called mortal man. But the seed is in itself, only as the divine Mind is All and reproduces all as Mind is the multiplier, and Mind's infinite idea, man and the universe, is the product. The only intelligence or substance of a thought, a seed, or a flower is God, the creator of it.

 

(12) 175:9-12

What an abuse of natural beauty to say that a rose, the smile of God, can produce suffering! The joy of its presence, its beauty and fragrance, should uplift the thought, and dissuade any sense of fear or fever.

 

(13) 516:12-16 (to 1st .)

Love, redolent with unselfishness, bathes all in beauty and light. The grass beneath our feet silently exclaims, "The meek shall inherit the earth." The modest arbutus sends her sweet breath to heaven.

 

(14) 207:20-23

There is but one primal cause. Therefore there can be no effect from any other cause, and there can be no reality in aught which does not proceed from this great and only cause.

 

 

Section IV

(10) Gen 1:14,15,18 and God, 19

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

 

and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

 

(11) Ps 121:2,6

My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

 

The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

 

(12) Ps 148:1,3

Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights.

 

Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.

 

 

(15) 509:13

Spirit creates no other than heavenly or celestial bodies, but the stellar universe is no more celestial than our earth. This text gives the idea of the rarefaction of thought as it ascends higher. God forms and peoples the universe. The light of spiritual understanding gives gleams of the infinite only, even as nebulae indicate the immensity of space.

 

(16) 240:7-11

Suns and planets teach grand lessons. The stars make night beautiful, and the leaflet turns naturally towards the light.

In the order of Science, in which the Principle is above what it reflects, all is one grand concord.

 

(17) 93:13

Good never causes evil, nor creates aught that can cause evil.

 

(18) 102:12

The planets have no more power over man than over his Maker, since God governs the universe; but man, reflecting God's power, has dominion over all the earth and its hosts.

 

(19) 510:4,9,28-1

To discern the rhythm of Spirit and to be holy, thought must be purely spiritual.

 

Truth and Love enlighten the understanding, in whose "light shall we see light;" and this illumination is reflected spiritually by all who walk in the light and turn away from a false material sense.

 

Science reveals only one Mind, and this one shining by its own light and governing the universe, including man, in perfect harmony.

 

 

Section V

(13) Gen 1:20,21,23

And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

 

And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

 

 

(20) 511:28

The fowls, which fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven, correspond to aspirations soaring beyond and above corporeality to the understanding of the incorporeal and divine Principle, Love.

 

(21) 512:8-9,21-25

Spirit is symbolized by strength, presence, and power, and also by holy thoughts, winged with Love.

 

From the infinite elements of the one Mind emanate all form, color, quality, and quantity, and these are mental, both primarily and secondarily. Their spiritual nature is discerned only through the spiritual senses.

 

(22) 261:27

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.

 

(23) 513:6-7,17

Advancing spiritual steps in the teeming universe of Mind lead on to spiritual spheres and exalted beings.

 

Spirit diversifies, classifies, and individualizes all thoughts, which are as eternal as the Mind conceiving them; but the intelligence, existence, and continuity of all individuality remain in God, who is the divinely creative Principle thereof.

 

 

Section VI

(14) Gen 1:24,25 and God saw

And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

 

and God saw that it was good.

 

(15) Is 11:6,9

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

 

They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

 

 

(24) 550:5-7

God is the Life, or intelligence, which forms and preserves the individuality and identity of animals as well as of men.

 

(25) 513:26-27

God creates all forms of reality. His thoughts are spiritual realities.

 

(26) 514:6-12,14-19,28-30

Mind, joyous in strength, dwells in the realm of Mind. Mind's infinite ideas run and disport themselves. In humility they climb the heights of holiness.

Moral courage is "the lion of the tribe of Juda," the king of the mental realm. Free and fearless it roams in the forest.

 

In the figurative transmission from the divine thought to the human, diligence, promptness, and perseverance are likened to "the cattle upon a thousand hills." They carry the baggage of stern resolve, and keep pace with highest purpose. Tenderness accompanies all the might imparted by Spirit.

 

All of God's creatures, moving in the harmony of Science, are harmless, useful, indestructible.

 

 

Section VII

(16) Gen 1:26,27,31

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 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. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

 

(17) II Cor 3:18 we

we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

(18) Luke 4:14 (to :), 15,40

And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee:

 

And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.

 

Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.

 

 

(27) 259:6

In divine Science, man is the true image of God. The divine nature was best expressed in Christ Jesus, who threw upon mortals the truer reflection of God and lifted their lives higher than their poor thought-models would allow, thoughts which presented man as fallen, sick, sinning, and dying. The Christlike understanding of scientific being and divine healing includes a perfect Principle and idea, perfect God and perfect man, as the basis of thought and demonstration.

 

(28) 515:21-8 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.

Your mirrored reflection is your own image or likeness. If you lift a weight, your reflection does this also. If you speak, the lips of this likeness move in accord with yours. Now compare man before the mirror to his divine Principle, God. Call the mirror divine Science, and call man the reflection. Then note how true, according to Christian Science, is the reflection to its original. As the reflection of yourself appears in the mirror, so you, being spiritual, are the reflection of God. The substance, Life, intelligence, Truth, and Love, which constitute Deity, are reflected by His creation; and when we subordinate the false testimony of the corporeal senses to the facts of Science, we shall see this true likeness and reflection everywhere.

 

(29) 249:5 (only)

Let the "male and female" of God's creating appear.

 

 

Section VIII

(19) Gen 2:1,3

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

 

And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

 

(20) I Chron 29:11 all

all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.

 

 

(30) 519:3,25 (only), 28-3

Deity was satisfied with His work. How could He be otherwise, since the spiritual creation was the outgrowth, the emanation, of His infinite self-containment and immortal wisdom?

 

God rests in action.

 

The highest and sweetest rest, even from a human standpoint, is in holy work.

Unfathomable Mind is expressed.

 

(31) 521:5-6

All that is made is the work of God, and all is good.