WEDNESDAY EVENING READINGS
SEPTEMBER 9, 2015
139:7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
7:6 … thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.
7 The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:
8 But because the Lord loved you, …
9 Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;
2:10 Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us?
8:5 … though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)
6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
10:23 … Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch.
24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.
25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.
30 I and my Father are one.
14:6 … I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
10 … the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
5:19 … Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
17:11 … Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
17:22 … Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.
23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
24 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;
25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, …
27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being;
4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
20 But ye have not so learned Christ;
21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
SCIENCE & HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES
BY MARY BAKER EDDY
Jesus of Nazareth taught and demonstrated man’s oneness with the Father, and for this we owe him endless homage.
Jesus was the highest human concept of the perfect man. He was inseparable from Christ, the Messiah, — the divine idea of God outside the flesh.
Divine Truth, Life, and Love gave Jesus authority over sin, sickness, and death.
SH 333:26-30, 32
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.”
By these sayings Jesus meant, not that the human Jesus was or is eternal, but that the divine idea or Christ was and is so and therefore antedated Abraham; not that the corporeal Jesus was one with the Father, but that the spiritual idea, Christ, dwells forever in the bosom of the Father, God, from which it illumines heaven and earth; not that the Father is greater than Spirit, which is God, but greater, infinitely greater, than the fleshly Jesus, whose earthly career was brief.
That he made “himself equal with God,” was one of the Jewish accusations against him who planted Christianity on the foundation of Spirit, who taught as he was inspired by the Father and would recognize no life, intelligence, nor substance outside of God.
He knew of but one Mind and laid no claim to any other.
Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God’s own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick.
Divine metaphysics, as revealed to spiritual understanding, shows clearly that all is Mind, and that Mind is God, omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience, — that is, all power, all presence, all Science.
Infinite Mind could not possibly create a remedy outside of itself, but erring, finite, human mind has an absolute need of something beyond itself for its
redemption and healing.
Science not only reveals the origin of all disease as mental, but it also declares that all disease is cured by divine Mind. There can be no healing except by this Mind, however much we trust a drug or any other means towards which human faith or endeavor is directed. It is mortal mind, not matter, which brings to the sick whatever good they may seem to receive from materiality. But the sick are never really healed except by means of the divine power. Only the action of Truth, Life, and Love can give harmony.
SH 482:27 Christian
Christian Science is the law of Truth, which heals the sick on the basis of the one Mind or God. It can heal in no other way, since the human, mortal mind so-called is not a healer, but causes the belief in disease.
SH 302:14-18 let
… let us remember that harmonious and immortal man has existed forever, and is always beyond and above the mortal illusion of any life, substance, and intelligence as existent in matter.
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.
SH 421:15-18 (to 2nd .)
Insist vehemently on the great fact which covers the whole ground,
that God, Spirit, is all, and that there is none beside Him. There is no disease.
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. The Scripture reads: “For in Him we live, and move, and have our being.”
SH 306:18-19 man
… man cannot be separated for an instant from God, if man reflects God.
God, without the image and likeness of Himself, would be a nonentity, or Mind unexpressed. He would be without a witness or proof of His own nature.
As mortals give up the delusion that there is more than one Mind, more than one God, man in God’s likeness will appear, and this eternal man will include in that likeness no material element.
The scientific unity which exists between God and man must be wrought out in life-practice, and God’s will must be universally done.
SH 336:25-26, 30 only (from 1st God)
God, the divine Principle of man, and man in God’s likeness are inseparable, harmonious, and eternal.
… God and man coexist and are eternal.
“Oneness Gives Divine Authority”
By Betty E. Thompson
Christian Science Sentinel
May 3, 1958
“Every Christian Scientist has the sacred responsibility and privilege of demonstrating the efficacy of the healing Christ, Truth, in human experience. No activity is more joyous, more satisfying, or more rewarding than that of walking with God day by day.
Keeping in mind man’s present, spiritual nature as God’s reflection brings a realization of man’s oneness, or unity, with God, divine Life. The Scientist must maintain this sense of oneness with God if he is to speak with authority to the myriad illusions of the carnal mind termed sin, disease, and death.
Conscious of our at-one-ment with God, we never look up to but always out from the perfection of Life. From this vantage point, free from all materiality, our view of man is clear, and we see him as he is, vital, strong, well, happy, and radiant. When a Christian Scientist thus sees man, he knows that the Christ, Truth, is present, and healing is inevitable.
Because Jesus was constantly walking with God, demonstrating his oneness with the Father, he expressed divine authority, and his healings were quick and consistent. Knowing himself to be the very reflection of Almighty Life, Jesus had the courage to say to Lazarus before many witnesses (John 11:43), “Lazarus, come forth”; to the leper (Luke 5:13), “Be thou clean”; to the man with the withered hand (Luke 6:10), “Stretch forth thy hand.”
Sometimes, even though we should like to be as direct as Jesus, the fear of failure prevents us from being so bold. But if we realize what we really are, the reflection of God, infallible Principle, the representative of infinite Life, one with omniscient Mind as its idea, we too can become increasingly direct in our healing work, for we know that the truth, not error, is present.
We must vigorously deny the suggestion that we are separated from infinite Truth and can sin, that we are parted from divine Principle and can be sick, or that we are lost from eternal Life and can die. We must affirm that we are continually at one with God—Life, Truth, Principle, and Love—cling to this idea, and demonstrate it day by day.
“I and My Father are One”
By Richard J. Davis
The Christian Science Journal, August 1952
“The Master’s unequivocal declaration and demonstration of man’s inseparable relationship to God not only was misunderstood, but constantly aroused the intense opposition of false theology, as witnessed in the antagonism of the rabbis and the dogmatic resistance of the Pharisees.
“The false theology of his time resisted this teaching, and the false theology of today, conceiving of man as a material, sinning human being separated from God and needing a material system of religion to effect his salvation, therefore resists the teaching of man’s incorporeal, spiritual being, one with and inseparable from God.
“This understanding of the true relationship of God and man naturally finds expression in oneness with health, oneness with supply, oneness with security. Indeed, our oneness with God is predicated on the oneness and infinity of good.
“ … incorrect religious teaching is predicated on the separation of God and man and yet complete unity and oneness is the only way which divinity may become practical, helpful, and available to us right where we seem to be today.
“Since Jesus knew and demonstrated the truth of divine reflection, his forever unity with God, then so may you and I declare and know, “I and my Father are one; I and Mind are one; I and Spirit are one; I and Love are one.” This oneness of God and man means the oneness, or unity, of Mind and its idea. They are never separated.”