Wednesday Evening Readings
April 10, 2019
Readings from the Bible and Science & Health With Key to the Scriptures By Mary Baker Eddy
84:11 … the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
12 O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.
86:9 All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.
2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
1:9 … they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, …
2:5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.
23 Thou shalt walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.
24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
SCIENCE AND HEALTH
In the year 1866, I discovered the Christ Science or divine laws of Life, Truth, and Love, and named my discovery Christian Science. God had been graciously preparing me during many years for the reception of this final revelation of the absolute divine Principle of scientific mental healing.
Whence came to me this heavenly conviction, — a conviction antagonistic to the testimony of the physical senses? According to St. Paul, it was “the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of His power.”
In their spiritual significance, Science, Theology, and Medicine are means of divine thought, which include spiritual laws emanating from the invisible and infinite power and grace.
Since the author’s discovery of the might of Truth in the treatment of disease as well as of sin, her system has been fully tested and has not been found wanting; but to reach the heights of Christian Science, man must live in obedience to its divine Principle.
39:1 Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither.
2 And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
3 And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand.
4 And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him:
5 And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.
33:1 … the Lord said unto Moses, Depart, and go up hence, thou and the people which thou hast brought up out of the land of Egypt, unto the land which I sware unto Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, Unto thy seed will I give it:
12 ¶ And Moses said unto the Lord, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people:
13 Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.
14 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.
2:1 And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband’s, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.
2 And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.
5 Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this?
6 And the servant that was set over the reapers answered and said, It is the Moabitish damsel that came back with Naomi out of the country of Moab:
8 Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest thou not, my daughter? Go not to glean in another field, neither go from hence, but abide here fast by my maidens:
10 Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?
11 And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been shewed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore.
12 The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.
1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
SCIENCE AND HEALTH
SH 333:17-30 the Christ
… the Christ is without beginning of years or end of days. Throughout all generations both before and after the Christian era, the Christ, as the spiritual idea, — the reflection of God, — has come with some measure of power and grace to all prepared to receive Christ, Truth. Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and the prophets caught glorious glimpses of the Messiah, or Christ, which baptized these seers in the divine nature, the essence of Love. The divine image, idea, or Christ was, is, and ever will be inseparable from the divine Principle, God. Jesus referred to this unity of his spiritual identity thus: “Before Abraham was, I am;” “I and my Father are one;” “My Father is greater than I.”
As a drop of water is one with the ocean, a ray of light one with the sun, even so God and man, Father and son, are one in being.
SH 67:20 through
… through spiritual ascendency our Lord and Master healed the sick, raised the dead, and commanded even the winds and waves to obey him. Grace and Truth are potent beyond all other means and methods.
5:1 … being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
12:3 … I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
4:6 God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
SCIENCE AND HEALTH
What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, and good deeds. To keep the commandments of our Master and follow his example, is our proper debt to him and the only worthy evidence of our gratitude for all that he has done. Outward worship is not of itself sufficient to express loyal and heartfelt gratitude, since he has said: “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
Man-made doctrines are waning. They have not waxed strong in times of trouble. Devoid of the Christ-power, how can they illustrate the doctrines of Christ or the miracles of grace? Denial of the possibility of Christian healing robs Christianity of the very element, which gave it divine force and its astonishing and unequalled success in the first century.
Jesus sent forth seventy students at one time, but only eleven left a desirable historic record. Tradition credits him with two or three hundred other disciples who have left no name. “Many are called, but few are chosen.” They fell away from grace because they never truly understood their Master’s instruction.
2:4 … God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
6 … hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
4:7 … unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
SCIENCE AND HEALTH
SH 494:10, 15 (only)
Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need. It is not well to imagine that Jesus demonstrated the divine power to heal only for a select number or for a limited period of time, since to all mankind and in every hour, divine Love supplies all good.
The miracle of grace is no miracle to Love.
21:1 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.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
SCIENCE AND HEALTH
When mortal man blends his thoughts of existence with the spiritual and works only as God works, he will no longer grope in the dark and cling to earth because he has not tasted heaven.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present.
Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Enable us to know, — as in heaven, so on earth, — God is omnipotent, supreme.
Give us this day our daily bread;
Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;
By Alan A. Aylwin
Christian Science Sentinel
September 9, 1972
Christian Science proves that a spiritual healing is not a miraculous event but the natural outcome of developed spiritual perception. It occurs when the grace of God, divine Love, reaches the human mind through prayer, uplifting it and purging it of disease-producing fear, ignorance, or sin.
But what is grace? One dictionary defines it as “divine influence renewing the heart and restraining from sin.” It indicates that the word “grace” is related to the Latin words meaning “favor” and “beloved.” So the healing grace of God could be fairly defined as the loving favor with which the divine Mind views its creation— an attitude of which each child of God in his true being is conscious.
Like a beam of light emanating from the sun, the real man individualizes the light of Love, the grace and glory of the divine nature. He reflects, or expresses, the substance, life, and intelligence of God, and therefore is eternally inseparable from Him.
If we would understand and feel the grace of God—His love for us and all creation—it is essential that we constantly claim our unity with Him. We need to study, pray, and purify thought to the point where the divine Mind becomes a living presence, guiding, guarding, and sustaining us under all circumstances.
Sometimes a meager sense of money, home, companionship, has its base in graceless thought—a state of mind that is spiritually barren, where God, divine Love, seems far away, even nonexistent. But Christian Science shows us how to correct this poverty-producing sense of separation from good. It teaches us to enrich our thought by a conscious effort to live a life of love and gratitude. These qualities are allied with the divine grace.
Man was created to express the grace and goodness of the divine Mind, and it is only as we claim this Mind to be the “I” of our being, the Principle of our every thought and act, that we can show evidence of this relationship in grace-filled human lives.
“Grace—’the gift of God’”
By William Milford Correll
Christian Science Sentinel
May 3, 1982
Grace emanates from the divine source as naturally as light comes from the sun. Healing power comes from God. He’s the only creative power, the cause of all that’s real. When we realize there is one Mind and that Mind is the Mind of man, then we know we don’t act of ourselves—it’s the gift of God. It’s reflected power. It’s God’s grace manifested in man as God’s image and reflection. This spiritual fact doesn’t relieve anyone of responsibility; it requires us to demonstrate that man is the expression of God and that man is at one with his divine source.
In speaking of the power of Christian Science shown forth in the healing of disease as well as of sin, Mrs. Eddy says, “All this is accomplished by the grace of God,—the effect of God understood.” When Paul said, “By grace are ye saved through faith,” he certainly wasn’t referring to a blind faith. Faith rests on understanding. We have faith in the mathematical tables because we understand them, and our faith has a sure basis. And so our faith in God’s goodness and presence rests on an understanding of God and not mere belief. Healing rests on a practical understanding of God’s nature and of man’s relation to God as His expression.
Mrs. Eddy’s early experience shows that she was divinely prepared to receive the revelation of Christian Science. Through many trials and disappointments, she was persistently turned away from matter to Spirit, from the human to the divine, as the remedy for all her difficulties. This went on until every material dependency was proved futile, and there was no more hope in matter. Then the fuller light of spiritual understanding, “the grace of God,” dawned upon her thought, and the actual discovery of Christian Science took place. The practical nature of God’s grace was demonstrated in healing.
The divine beneficence is not without its demands. Even though it’s freely given like the sunshine, one must be prepared to receive, worthy to be endowed, and diligent to realize the great potential involved in this gift. It’s a costly gift in terms of sacrificing materiality. But when we are weaned away from worldly standpoints, there is pure joy in this reflection. Then we can fully appreciate the gift, see that we do nothing of ourselves, but that all good is accomplished by the reflection of divine power.