God is the same yesterday, and today, and forever

The Bible & Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy

Gen. 27:1 (to 6th ,), 3 go, 4, 6 (to 4th ,), 9, 14 (to 3rd ,), 18, 19, 30, 31 (to 2nd ,), 32–35, 41, 42 (to 2nd ,), 43 obey

1   And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, …

3   … go out to the field, and take me some venison;

4   And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.

6   ¶ And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, …

9   Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth:

14  And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made savoury meat, …

18  ¶ And he came unto his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I; who art thou, my son?

19  And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy firstborn; I have done according as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me.

30  ¶ And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob was yet scarce gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.

31  And he also had made savoury meat, and brought it unto his father, …

32  And Isaac his father said unto him, Who art thou? And he said, I am thy son, thy firstborn Esau.

33  And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, Who? where is he that hath taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before thou camest, and have blessed him? yea, and he shall be blessed.

34  And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father.

35  And he said, Thy brother came with subtilty, and hath taken away thy blessing.

41  ¶ And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.

42  And these words of Esau her elder son were told to Rebekah: and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said unto him, …

43  … obey my voice; and arise, flee thou to Laban my brother to Haran;

Gen. 32:1 (to ,), 3 (to ,), 4, 6, 7 (to :), 9, 11, 13, 16 (to 1st ,), 17 saying (to 2nd ,), 18 They (to :)

1   And Jacob went on his way, …

3   And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of Seir, …

4   And he commanded them, saying, Thus shall ye speak unto my lord Esau; Thy servant Jacob saith thus, I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed there until now:

6   ¶ And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to thy brother Esau, and also he cometh to meet thee, and four hundred men with him.

7   Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed: …

9   ¶ And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the Lord which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee:

11  Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children.

13  ¶ And he lodged there that same night; and took of that which came to his hand a present for Esau his brother;

16  And he delivered them into the hand of his servants, …

17  … saying, …

18  … They be thy servant Jacob’s; it is a present sent unto my lord Esau: …

Gen. 33:1 (to 1st .), 4, 8 (to ?), 9 I, 10 (to 6th ,), 11 2nd And

1   And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men. …

4   And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.

8   And he said, What meanest thou by all this drove which I met? …

9   … I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself.

10  And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: for therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, …

11  … And he urged him, and he took it.

Ps. 121:1, 2, 7, 8

1  I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

2  My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

7  The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

8  The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

Ps. 105:6–8

6  O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen.

7  He is the Lord our God: his judgments are in all the earth.

8  He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.

Ps. 40:8, 11

8   I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

11  Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O Lord: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.

Luke 15:11 A, 12 (to 1st .), 13, 14 (to ;), 17–20, 22 the, 23, 25–32

11  … A certain man had two sons:

12  And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. …

13  And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.

14  And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; …

17  And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

18  I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,

19  And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.

20  And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

22  … the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:

23  And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:

25  Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing.

26  And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.

27  And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.

28  And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and entreated him.

29  And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:

30  But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.

31  And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.

32  It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

I Pet. 2:17 (to 2nd .)

17  Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. …

Isa. 54:10, 13

10  For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.

13  And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.

Jer. 32:36 (to 2nd ,), 37–41 4th I

36  ¶ And now therefore thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, …

37  … I will cause them to dwell safely:

38  And they shall be my people, and I will be their God:

39  And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them:

40  And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.

41  Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul.

Ps. 90:1, 4

1  Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.

4  For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

Heb. 13:8

8  Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever.

Science and Health 

SH 518:15–19

15         The rich in spirit help the poor in                Assistance in brotherhood

    one grand brotherhood, all having the same

    Principle, or Father; and blessed is that man who seeth

18  his brother’s need and supplieth it, seeking his own in

    another’s good.

SH 71:1–2 (to 1st .)

1      Nothing is real and eternal, – nothing is Spirit, – but

   God and His idea.

SH 208:20

                                              Let us learn

21  of the real and eternal, and prepare for the reign of

    Spirit, the kingdom of heaven, – the reign and rule of

    universal harmony, which cannot be lost nor remain

24  forever unseen.

SH 546:4–5

Spirit, God, never germinates, but is “the same   Mortality mythical

yesterday, and to-day, and forever.”

SH 64:30

30                         Spirit will ultimately claim its

    own, – all that really is, – and the voices of physical

    sense will be forever hushed.

SH 97:22


    requires courage to utter truth; for the higher Truth

24  lifts her voice, the louder will error scream, until its in-

    articulate sound is forever silenced in oblivion.

SH 97:5–7, 13

        In reality, the more closely error simulates truth and

6   so-called matter resembles its essence, mortal mind, the

    more impotent error becomes as a belief.


    nearer a false belief approaches truth without passing

15  the boundary where, having been destroyed by divine

    Love, it ceases to be even an illusion, the riper it becomes

    for destruction. The more material the belief, the more

18  obvious its error, until divine Spirit, supreme in its do-

    main, dominates all matter, and man is found in the like-

    ness of Spirit, his original being.

SH 70:1–7

1  Mortal existence is an enigma. Every day is a

   mystery. The testimony of the corporeal senses

3  cannot inform us what is real and what is delusive, but

   the revelations of Christian Science unlock the treasures

   of Truth. Whatever is false or sinful can                   The infinite one Spirit

6  never enter the atmosphere of Spirit. There

   is but one Spirit.

SH 283:1, 6–11 (to 1st .)

1                 As mortals begin to understand Spirit,

   they give up the belief that there is any true existence

3  apart from God.

6          Mind is the same Life, Love, and wis-              Source of all life and action

   dom “yesterday, and to-day, and forever.”

   Matter and its effects – sin, sickness, and

9  death – are states of mortal mind which act, react, and

   then come to a stop. They are not facts of Mind. They

   are not ideas, but illusions.

SH 2:18–26, 31–2; 3:7; 4:17–22

18                                                The mere

    habit of pleading with the divine Mind, as one pleads

    with a human being, perpetuates the belief in God as

21  humanly circumscribed, – an error which impedes spirit-

    ual growth.

        God is Love. Can we ask Him to be more? God is

24  intelligence. Can we inform the infinite Mind of any-

    thing He does not already comprehend?                    God’s standard

    Do we expect to change perfection?

        Asking God to be God is a vain repetition. God is

    “the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever;” and

1   He who is immutably right will do right without being

    reminded of His province.

                                   Shall we                  The spiritual mathematics

    ask the divine Principle of all goodness to do His own

9   work? His work is done, and we have only to avail

    ourselves of God’s rule in order to receive His bless-

    ing, which enables us to work out our own salvation.

        Simply asking that we may love God will never

18  make us love Him; but the longing to be better

    and holier, expressed in daily watchful-                 Watchfulness requisite

    ness and in striving to assimilate more of

21  the divine character, will mould and fashion us

    anew, until we awake in His likeness.

SH 469:30–5

30                                               With

1   one Father, even God, the whole family of man would

    be brethren; and with one Mind and that God, or good,

3   the brotherhood of man would consist of Love and Truth,

    and have unity of Principle and spiritual power which

    constitute divine Science.

SH 112:16

        From the infinite One in Christian Science comes one

    Principle and its infinite idea, and with this infinitude

18  come spiritual rules, laws, and their demon-                 Unchanging Principle

    stration, which, like the great Giver, are “the

    same yesterday, and to-day, and forever;” for thus are

21  the divine Principle of healing and the Christ-idea charac-

    terized in the epistle to the Hebrews.

SH 333:23–26

                   Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and the prophets

24  caught glorious glimpses of the Messiah, or Christ, which

    baptized these seers in the divine nature, the essence of


SH 55:16


    weary hope tries to realize that happy day, when man shall

18  recognize the Science of Christ and love his neighbor as

    himself, – when he shall realize God’s omnipotence and

    the healing power of the divine Love in what it has done

21  and is doing for mankind. The promises will be ful-

    filled. The time for the reappearing of the divine healing

    is throughout all time; and whosoever layeth his earthly

24  all on the altar of divine Science, drinketh of Christ’s

    cup now, and is endued with the spirit and power of

    Christian healing.

SH 325:10

        In Colossians (iii. 4) Paul writes: “When Christ, who

    is our life, shall appear [be manifested], then shall ye also

12  appear [be manifested] with him in glory.”                      Indestructible being

    When spiritual being is understood in all its

    perfection, continuity, and might, then shall man be found

15  in God’s image. The absolute meaning of the apostolic

    words is this: Then shall man be found, in His likeness,

    perfect as the Father, indestructible in Life, “hid with

18  Christ in God,” – with Truth in divine Love, where

    human sense hath not seen man.

SH 249:18–19

18      Life is, like Christ, “the same yesterday, and to-day,

    and forever.”