WEDNESDAY EVENING READINGS
February 6, 2019
Hymns:135, 151, 154
The Bible & Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy
PROVERBS (New Living Translation)
27:19 As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person.
23:4 he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds;
17:15…I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness
1:1-3 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.
God is the infinite, and infinity never began, will never end, and includes nothing unlike God.
The universe reflects God.
Immortal and divine Mind presents the idea of God: first, in light; second, in reflection;
Light is a symbol of Mind, of Life, Truth, and Love…
1:26 (to :),27 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
The following translation is from the Icelandic: — And God said, Let us make man after our mind and our likeness; and God shaped man after His mind;
All that God imparts moves in accord with Him, reflecting goodness and power.
2:6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
In error everything comes from beneath, not from above. All is material myth, instead of the reflection of Spirit.
The conventional firm, called matter and mind, God never formed.
Mortal mind sees what it believes as certainly as it believes what it sees. It feels, hears, and sees its own thoughts. Pictures are mentally formed before the artist can convey them to canvas.
Everything in God’s universe expresses Him…He is all-inclusive, and is reflected by all that is real and eternal and by nothing else.
Man reflects infinite Truth, Life, and Love. The nature of man, thus understood, includes all that is implied by the terms “image” and “likeness” as used in Scripture.
33:11) And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend.
34:29 …when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand… that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.
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.
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
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.
34:30,31 (to:);33-34 (to ,) when Aaron and…the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid…And Moses called unto them; and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned…And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a veil on his face. But when Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he took the veil off,
Veil. A cover; concealment; hiding; hypocrisy.
Mortal mind is constantly producing on mortal body the results of false opinions; and it will continue to do so, until mortal error is deprived of its imaginary powers by Truth, which sweeps away the gossamer web of mortal illusion.
1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
The great Nazarene, as meek as he was mighty, rebuked the hypocrisy, which offered long petitions for blessings upon material methods, but cloaked the crime, latent in thought, which was ready to spring into action and crucify God’s anointed. The martyrdom of Jesus was the culminating sin of Pharisaism. It rent the veil of the temple.
17:1-2 Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart. And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
In Thy light shall we see light.
Man is not God, but like a ray of light which comes from the sun, man, the outcome of God, reflects God.
60:1-3 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee… darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
ACTS (New Living Translation)
6:8-10;12-15 Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed amazing miracles and signs among the people…None…could stand against the wisdom and the Spirit with which Stephen spoke…So they arrested Stephen and brought him before the high council…The lying witnesses said, “This man is always speaking against the holy Temple and against the law of Moses. We have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy the Temple and change the customs Moses handed down to us.” At this point everyone in the high council stared at Stephen, because his face became as bright as an angel’s…
7:54-60…and they gnashed on him with their teeth. But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, And cast him out of the city, and stoned him:
A wicked mortal is not the idea of God. He is little else than the expression of error.
The nature of Christianity is peaceful and blessed, but in order to enter into the kingdom, the anchor of hope must be cast beyond the veil of matter into the Shekinah into which Jesus has passed before us; and this advance beyond matter must come through the joys and triumphs of the righteous as well as through their sorrows and afflictions. Like our Master, we must depart from material sense into the spiritual sense of being.
Man is the idea of Spirit; he reflects the beatific presence, illuming the universe with light.
One moment of divine consciousness, or the spiritual understanding of Life and Love, is a foretaste of eternity.
5:19…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.
12:45-46…he that seeth me seeth him that sent me. I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
Man is never God, but spiritual man, made in God’s likeness, reflects God. In this scientific reflection the Ego and the Father are inseparable.
The verity that God’s image is not a creator, though he reflects the creation of Mind, God, constitutes the underlying reality of reflection.
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.
Science reveals Spirit, Soul, as not in the body, and God as not in man but as reflected by man.
The highest earthly representative of God, speaking of human ability to reflect divine power, prophetically said to his disciples, speaking not for their day only but for all time: “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also;” and “These signs shall follow them that believe.”
14:9…he that hath seen me hath seen the Father.
22:6-7,9,11(to ,) as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me. And I fell unto the ground, …And they that were with me saw indeed the light, …And when I could not see for the glory of that light,
Walking in the light, we are accustomed to the light and require it; we cannot see in darkness. But eyes accustomed to darkness are pained by the light.
Where the spirit of God is, and there is no place where God is not, evil becomes nothing, — the opposite of the something of Spirit. If there is no spiritual reflection, then there remains only the darkness of vacuity and not a trace of heavenly tints.
Christian Science explains all cause and effect as mental, not physical. It lifts the veil of mystery from Soul and body.
Everything in God’s universe expresses Him.
25:7 And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations.
3:2 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.
II CORINTHIANS (J.B. Phillips)
3:18 all of us who are Christians have no veils on our faces, but reflect like mirrors the glory of the Lord. We are transfigured by the Spirit of the Lord in ever-increasing splendour into his own image.
Soul can never reflect anything inferior to Spirit. Man is the expression of Soul. The Indians caught some glimpses of the underlying reality, when they called a certain beautiful lake “the smile of the Great Spirit.”
When spiritual being is understood in all its perfection, continuity, and might, then shall man be found in God’s image.
Having no other gods, turning to no other but the one perfect Mind to guide him, man is the likeness of God, pure and eternal, having that Mind which was also in Christ.
The Christian Science Sentinel December, 1940
The subject of reflection sometimes presents a difficulty to the …student of Christian Science in that the often-used illustration of a mirror may suggest separation between that which is reflected and the reflection. One definition, however, which Webster gives of the verb “reflect” is “to consider mentally, specifically, to attend earnestly to what passes within the mind; to attend to the facts or phenomena of consciousness.” And “reflection” is defined in part as “any state in which the mind considers its own content.”…Thus reflection is the action of Mind unfolding itself within itself. This unfoldment or revelation is spiritual creation… Man is not a mortal, separated from God, vainly trying to reflect Him. Man is reflection. He is wholly spiritual. We should awake to this great spiritual fact of being, and demonstrate the possibilities it implies…Reflection does not age, mature, or deteriorate. It never makes a mistake. It never dies. Reflection is changeless; it exists forever at the standpoint of perfection… Man in God’s likeness is whole, secure, complete, and safe. He exists in God and reflects infinity.
“Prose Works” by Mary Baker Eddy
“Stand by the limpid lake, sleeping amid willowy banks dyed with emerald. See therein the mirrored sky and the moon ablaze with her mild glory. This will stir your heart. Then, in speechless prayer, ask God to enable you to reflect God, to become His own image and likeness, even the calm, clear, radiant reflection of Christ’s glory, healing the sick, bringing the sinner to repentance, and raising the spiritually dead in trespasses and sins to life in God.” (My 150)