SPIRIT

August 12, 2018

 

Golden Text

The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me live.

(English Standard Version)

Job 33:4

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

 

 

Responsive Reading

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;

 

Ps 139:1-3,7-11; 143:10,11 (to :)

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

 

Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

 

Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.

 

Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

 

If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

 

If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

 

Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

 

If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.

 

Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

 

Quicken me, O Lord, for thy name's sake:

 

 

Section I

( 1) Ps 104:1 O Lord, 2,24,30,31

O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:

 

O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.

 

Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth. The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever: the Lord shall rejoice in his works.

 

( 2) Jer 32:17

Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:

 

( 3) Ezek 37:1-5,10

The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest. Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:

 

So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.

 

( 4) John 6:63 (to ;)

It is the spirit that quickeneth;

 

 

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

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

 

( 2) 344:32-3

In the Bible the word Spirit is so commonly applied to Deity, that Spirit and God are often regarded as synonymous terms; and it is thus they are uniformly used and understood in Christian Science.

 

( 3) 547:28-32

Inspired thought relinquishes a material, sensual, and mortal theory of the universe, and adopts the spiritual and immortal.

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

 

( 4) 335:7-13

XVIII. Spirit, God, has created all in and of Himself. Spirit never created matter. There is nothing in Spirit out of which matter could be made, for, as the Bible declares, without the Logos, the Aeon or Word of God, "was not anything made that was made." Spirit is the only substance, the invisible and indivisible infinite God.

 

( 5) 192:9

Spirit is not separate from God. Spirit is God.

 

 

Section II

( 5) Rom 8:14-16 as

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:

 

( 6) I Cor 3:16

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

 

( 7) II Cor 5:1,5

For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

 

Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.

 

 

( 6) 63:5

In Science man is the offspring of Spirit. The beautiful, good, and pure constitute his ancestry. His origin is not, like that of mortals, in brute instinct, nor does he pass through material conditions prior to reaching intelligence. Spirit is his primitive and ultimate source of being; God is his Father, and Life is the law of his being.

 

( 7) 302:19,26-28

The Science of being reveals man as perfect, even as the Father is perfect, because the Soul, or Mind, of the spiritual man is God, the divine Principle of all being, and because this real man is governed by Soul instead of sense, by the law of Spirit, not by the so-called laws of matter.

 

Man's true consciousness is in the mental, not in any bodily or personal likeness to Spirit.

 

( 8) 264:15

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.

 

( 9) 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.

 

(10) 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.

 

 

Section III

( 8) Luke 4:14 (to :), 16-19

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

 

And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

 

( 9) John 1:15, 16,43-50

John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.

 

The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel. Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these.

 

(10) I Cor 2:9 as, 10

as 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.

 

 

(11) 330:11

I. God is infinite, the only Life, substance, Spirit, or Soul, the only intelligence of the universe, including man. Eye hath neither seen God nor His image and likeness. Neither God nor the perfect man can be discerned by the material senses. The individuality of Spirit, or the infinite, is unknown, and thus a knowledge of it is left either to human conjecture or to the revelation of divine Science.

 

(12) 129:22-24

We must look deep into realism instead of accepting only the outward sense of things.

 

(13) 94:1-3

Jesus taught but one God, one Spirit, who makes man in the image and likeness of Himself, of Spirit, not of matter.

 

(14) 510:4

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

 

(15) 21:9-12

If the disciple is advancing spiritually, he is striving to enter in. He constantly turns away from material sense, and looks towards the imperishable things of Spirit.

 

(16) 239:16

To ascertain our progress, we must learn where our affections are placed and whom we acknowledge and obey as God. If divine Love is becoming nearer, dearer, and more real to us, matter is then submitting to Spirit. The objects we pursue and the spirit we manifest reveal our standpoint, and show what we are winning.

 

 

Section IV

(11) John 3:27 A, 24-36 he (to :)

A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.

 

For John was not yet cast into prison. Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying. And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him. John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease. He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all. And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony. He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life:

 

(12) Matt 14:14

And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.

 

(13) Matt 15:30,31

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.

 

(14) Gal 6:8 he that soweth to the Spirit

he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

 

 

(17) 79:19

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.

 

(18) 316:7,20-21

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.

 

Christ presents the indestructible man, whom Spirit creates, constitutes, and governs.

 

(19) 182:32

The law of Christ, or Truth, makes all things possible to Spirit; but the so-called laws of matter would render Spirit of no avail, and demand obedience to materialistic codes, thus departing from the basis of one God, one lawmaker. To suppose that God constitutes laws of inharmony is a mistake; discords have no support from nature or divine law, however much is said to the contrary.

 

(20) 184:16-17, 27

Controlled by the divine intelligence, man is harmonious and eternal.

 

A woman, whom I cured of consumption, always breathed with great difficulty when the wind was from the east. I sat silently by her side a few moments. Her breath came gently. The inspirations were deep and natural. I then requested her to look at the weather-vane. She looked and saw that it pointed due east. The wind had not changed, but her thought of it had and so her difficulty in breathing had gone. The wind had not produced the difficulty. My metaphysical treatment changed the action of her belief on the lungs, and she never suffered again from east winds, but was restored to health.

 

(21) 416:24-27,32

The sick know nothing of the mental process by which they are depleted, and next to nothing of the metaphysical method by which they can be healed.

 

Teach them that their being is sustained by Spirit, not by matter, and that they find health, peace, and harmony in God, divine Love.

 

(22) 417:10-16

Maintain the facts of Christian Science, that Spirit is God, and therefore cannot be sick; that what is termed matter cannot be sick; that all causation is Mind, acting through spiritual law. Then hold your ground with the unshaken understanding of Truth and Love, and you will win.

 

(23) 249:6-10

Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroy. Let us rejoice that we are subject to the divine "powers that be." Such is the true Science of being.

 

 

Section V

(15) I John 1:5 God

God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

 

(16) I John 3:23,24

And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

 

(17) Phil 2:1,2

If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

 

 

(24) 572:6-8

"Love one another" (I John, iii. 23), is the most simple and profound counsel of the inspired writer.

 

(25) 276:1-9

Having one God, one Mind, unfolds the power that heals the sick, and fulfils these sayings of Scripture, "I am the Lord that healeth thee," and "I have found a ransom." When the divine precepts are understood, they unfold the foundation of fellowship, in which one mind is not at war with another, but all have one Spirit, God, one intelligent source, in accordance with the Scriptural command: "Let this Mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus."

 

(26) 96:4-5

Love will finally mark the hour of harmony, and spiritualization will follow, for Love is Spirit.

 

 

Section VI

(18) Ps 51:10 (to ;), 12

Create in me a clean heart, O God;

 

Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

 

(19) Eph 4:1,3-6

I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

 

Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

 

(20) Eph 6:10 be, 14-17

be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

 

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

 

(21) II Thess 2:13 God hath, 16,17

God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

 

Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

 

 

(27) 39:18-22

"Now," cried the apostle, "is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation," meaning, not that now men must prepare for a future-world salvation, or safety, but that now is the time in which to experience that salvation in spirit and in life.

 

(28) 241:13-14,27

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

 

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.

 

(29) 78:28

Spirit blesses man, but man cannot "tell whence it cometh." By it the sick are healed, the sorrowing are comforted, and the sinning are reformed. These are the effects of one universal God, the invisible good dwelling in eternal Science.

 

(30) 289:29 Spirit

Spirit and all things spiritual are the real and eternal.