SOUL AND BODY

November 25, 2018

 

Golden Text

Act 17:24,25

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;

 

 

Responsive Reading

Matt 4:23 Jesus; 5:1,2; 6:24,33 (to ;); 7:24-28 whosoever

Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

 

And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

 

And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

 

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

 

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;

 

whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

 

And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

 

And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

 

And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

 

And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:

 

 

Section I

( 1) II Chron 6:14 O Lord (to ;), 18 behold (to ;)

O Lord God of Israel, there is no God like thee in the heaven, nor in the earth;

 

behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee;

 

( 2) Ps 27:4

One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.

 

( 3) Ps 35:9 my

my soul shall be joyful in the Lord: it shall rejoice in his salvation.

 

( 4) Act 17:28 (to ;)

For in him we live, and move, and have our being;

 

 

( 1) 477:19-26

Question. What are body and Soul?

Answer. Identity is the reflection of Spirit, the reflection in multifarious forms of the living Principle, Love. Soul is the substance, Life, and intelligence of man, which is individualized, but not in matter. Soul can never reflect anything inferior to Spirit.

Man is the expression of Soul.

 

( 2) 478:3

What evidence of Soul or of immortality have you within mortality? Even according to the teachings of natural science, man has never beheld Spirit or Soul leaving a body or entering it. What basis is there for the theory of indwelling spirit, except the claim of mortal belief? What would be thought of the declaration that a house was inhabited, and by a certain class of persons, when no such persons were ever seen to go into the house or to come out of it, nor were they even visible through the windows? Who can see a soul in the body?

 

( 3) 467:17-23

Science reveals Spirit, Soul, as not in the body, and God as not in man but as reflected by man. The greater cannot be in the lesser. The belief that the greater can be in the lesser is an error that works ill. This is a leading point in the Science of Soul, that Principle is not in its idea. Spirit, Soul, is not confined in man, and is never in matter.

 

( 4) 588:22

IN. A term obsolete in Science if used with reference to Spirit, or Deity.

 

( 5) 477:6-7

Man is not a material habitation for Soul; he is himself spiritual.

 

( 6) 249:31 (only)

Man is the reflection of Soul.

 

 

Section II

( 5) Is 43:15,21

I am the Lord, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.

 

This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.

 

( 6) Ps 66:8,9

O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard: Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved.

 

( 7) Ps 4:6 Lord

Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.

 

( 8) I Cor 8:6 to (to ;)

to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him;

 

( 9) John 8:1,2,51

Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.

 

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

 

(10) John 10:10 I am

I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

 

 

( 7) 331:1

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. Life is Mind, the creator reflected in His creations. If He dwelt within what He creates, God would not be reflected but absorbed, and the Science of being would be forever lost through a mortal sense, which falsely testifies to a beginning and an end.

 

( 8) 305:5

A picture in the camera or a face reflected in the mirror is not the original, though resembling it. Man, in the likeness of his Maker, reflects the central light of being, the invisible God. As there is no corporeality in the mirrored form, which is but a reflection, so man, like all things real, reflects God, his divine Principle, not in a mortal body.

 

( 9) 259:6-11

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.

 

(10) 468:9-10 There

There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter.

 

(11) 208:25-2 A

A material body only expresses a material and mortal mind. A mortal man possesses this body, and he makes it harmonious or discordant according to the images of thought impressed upon it. You embrace your body in your thought, and you should delineate upon it thoughts of health, not of sickness. You should banish all thoughts of disease and sin and of other beliefs included in matter. Man, being immortal, has a perfect indestructible life.

 

(12) 335:21

Soul must be incorporeal to be Spirit, for Spirit is not finite. Only by losing the false sense of Soul can we gain the eternal unfolding of Life as immortality brought to light.

 

 

Section III

(11) Ps 24:3-5

Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

 

(12) I Cor 3:17 the temple of God is

the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

 

(13) John 2:13-16, 18-22

And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.

 

Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body. When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.

 

(14) John 4:23 the, 24

the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

 

 

(13) 140:16-17

We worship spiritually, only as we cease to worship materially.

 

(14) 162:4-7

Christian Science brings to the body the sunlight of Truth, which invigorates and purifies. Christian Science acts as an alterative, neutralizing error with Truth.

 

(15) 142:18,31

As in Jesus' time, so to-day, tyranny and pride need to be whipped out of the temple, and humility and divine Science to be welcomed in. The strong cords of scientific demonstration, as twisted and wielded by Jesus, are still needed to purge the temples of their vain traffic in worldly worship and to make them meet dwelling-places for the Most High.

 

Truth is God's remedy for error of every kind, and Truth destroys only what is untrue. Hence the fact that, to-day, as yesterday, Christ casts out evils and heals the sick.

 

(16) 365:25-31

If hypocrisy, stolidity, inhumanity, or vice finds its way into the chambers of disease through the would-be healer, it would, if it were possible, convert into a den of thieves the temple of the Holy Ghost, the patient's spiritual power to resuscitate himself. The unchristian practitioner is not giving to mind or body the joy and strength of Truth.

 

(17) 223:3

Sooner or later we shall learn that the fetters of man's finite capacity are forged by the illusion that he lives in body instead of in Soul, in matter instead of in Spirit.

 

(18) 272:19-25

It is the spiritualization of thought and Christianization of daily life, in contrast with the results of the ghastly farce of material existence; it is chastity and purity, in contrast with the downward tendencies and earthward gravitation of sensualism and impurity, which really attest the divine origin and operation of Christian Science.

 

 

Section IV

(15) Ps 42:11

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

 

(16) Luke 4:33-36

And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice, Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not. And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out.

 

 

(19) 79:17 (only)

Jesus cast out evil spirits, or false beliefs.

 

(20) 395:6-10

Like the great Exemplar, the healer should speak to disease as one having authority over it, leaving Soul to master the false evidences of the corporeal senses and to assert its claims over mortality and disease.

 

(21) 414:7

The arguments to be used in curing insanity are the same as in other diseases: namely, the impossibility that matter, brain, can control or derange mind, can suffer or cause suffering; also the fact that truth and love will establish a healthy state, guide and govern mortal mind or the thought of the patient, and destroy all error, whether it is called dementia, hatred, or any other discord.

 

(22) 396:26

Keep distinctly in thought that man is the offspring of God, not of man; that man is spiritual, not material; that Soul is Spirit, outside of matter, never in it, never giving the body life and sensation. It breaks the dream of disease to understand that sickness is formed by the human mind, not by matter nor by the divine Mind.

 

(23) 273:18 (only)

Man is harmonious when governed by Soul.

 

 

Section V

(17) Is 2:22

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

 

(18) Lam 3:24

The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

 

(19) Ps 90:1,2,17 let (to :)

Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

 

let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us:

 

(20) Matt 15:29-31

And Jesus departed from thence, and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee; and went up into a mountain, and sat down there. 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.

 

 

(24) 45:16 (only)

Glory be to God, and peace to the struggling hearts!

 

(25) 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.

 

(26) 168:16-18, 21

sick and useless, suffers and dies, all in consonance with the laws of God, are we to believe it? Are we to believe an authority which denies God's

 

He healed sickness in defiance of what is called material law, but in accordance with God's law, the law of Mind.

 

(27) 301:5-13, 17-20

Few persons comprehend what Christian Science means by the word reflection. 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.

 

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.

 

(28) 469:2-3

What is termed matter is unknown to Spirit, which includes in itself all substance and is Life eternal.

 

(29) 262:5-16

Christian Science takes naught from the perfection of God, but it ascribes to Him the entire glory. By putting "off the old man with his deeds," mortals "put on immortality."

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.

 

(30) 393:10 Take

Take possession of your body, and govern its feeling and action. 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 VI

(21) Ps 62:1 (to :), 7 (to :)

Truly my soul waiteth upon God:

 

In God is my salvation and my glory:

 

(22) Rev 1:1

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

 

(23) Rev 21:1,2,22,27 (to :)

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

 

And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

 

And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie:

 

 

(31) 576:3-11, 14-15, 18-20, 23

This heavenly city, lighted by the Sun of Righteousness, this New Jerusalem, this infinite All, which to us seems hidden in the mist of remoteness, reached St. John's vision while yet he tabernacled with mortals.

In Revelation xxi. 22, further describing this holy city, the beloved Disciple writes:

 

And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

 

The word temple also means body.

 

What further indication need we of the real man's incorporeality than this, that John saw heaven and earth with "no temple [body] therein"?

 

In divine Science, man possesses this recognition of harmony consciously in proportion to his understanding of God.

 

(32) 428:3-6 A, 8

A demonstration of the facts of Soul in Jesus' way resolves the dark visions of material sense into harmony and immortality.

 

To divest thought of false trusts and material evidences in order that the spiritual facts of being may appear, this is the great attainment by means of which we shall sweep away the false and give place to the true. Thus we may establish in truth the temple, or body, "whose builder and maker is God."