January 4th, 2015 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

SUNDAY JANUARY 4, 2015


SUBJECT — GOD


GOLDEN TEXT: REVELATION 21: 3


“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.”



RESPONSIVE READING: Revelation 21 : 4-7

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.

5.     And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

6.     And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

7.     He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.


LESSON SERMON

The Bible


1     Psalm 26 : 1-3

1     Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide.

2     Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.

3     For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.


2     Genesis 21 : 1-3

1     And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken.

2     For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.

3     And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac.


3     Genesis 22 : 1-8, 10-12, 15-17 (to 1st ;)

1     And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

2     And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

3     And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.

4     Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.

5     And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.

6     And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.

7     And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?

8     And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

10     And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.

11     And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.

12     And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.

15     And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,

16     And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:

17     That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore.


Isaiah 55 : 8 (my thoughts)-12

8     …my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

9     For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

10     For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

11     So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

12     For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.


Proverbs 3 : 1, 5-12

1     My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:

5     Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6     In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

7     Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

8     It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

9     Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

10     So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

11     My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:

12     For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.


6     Revelation 21 : 1-3 (to 1st ,), 7, 22, 23, 25, 26

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.

2     And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

3     And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying,

7     He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

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

23     And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

25     And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.

26     And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.


Science and Health


1.     243 : 32 (God)-1 (to ,)

…God is good and the fount of all being,


2.     286 : 16-24

In the Saxon and twenty other tongues good is the term for God. The Scriptures declare all that He made to be good, like Himself, — good in Principle and in idea. Therefore the spiritual universe is good, and reflects God as He is.

God's thoughts are perfect and eternal, are substance and Life. Material and temporal thoughts are human, involving error, and since God, Spirit, is the only cause, they lack a divine cause.


3.     261 : 21-30

Detach sense from the body, or matter, which is only a form of human belief, and you may learn the meaning of God, or good, and the nature of the immutable and immortal. Breaking away from the mutations of time and sense, you will neither lose the solid objects and ends of life nor your own identity. Fixing your gaze on the realities supernal, you will rise to the spiritual consciousness of being, even as the bird which has burst from the egg and preens its wings for a skyward flight.


4.     579 : 10-13 (to ,)

ABRAHAM. Fidelity; faith in the divine Life and in the eternal Principle of being. This patriarch illustrated the purpose of Love to create trust in good.


5.     201 : 7-16

We cannot build safely on false foundations. Truth makes a new creature, in whom old things pass away and "all things are become new." Passions, selfishness, false appetites, hatred, fear, all sensuality, yield to spirituality, and the superabundance of being is on the side of God, good.

We cannot fill vessels already full. They must first be emptied. Let us disrobe error. Then, when the winds of God blow, we shall not hug our tatters close about us.


6.     182 : 5-14

The demands of God appeal to thought only; but the claims of mortality, and what are termed laws of nature, appertain to matter. Which, then, are we to accept as legitimate and capable of producing the highest human good? We cannot obey both physiology and Spirit, for one absolutely destroys the other, and one or the other must be supreme in the affections. It is impossible to work from two standpoints. If we attempt it, we shall presently "hold to the one, and despise the other."


7.     183 : 21-25, 29-32

Divine Mind rightly demands man's entire obedience, affection, and strength. No reservation is made for any lesser loyalty. Obedience to Truth gives man power and strength. Submission to error superinduces loss of power.

If Christian Science dishonors human belief, it honors spiritual understanding; and the one Mind only is entitled to honor.


8.     241 : 31-14

It is "easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle," than for sinful beliefs to enter the kingdom of heaven, eternal harmony. Through repentance, spiritual baptism, and regeneration, mortals put off their material beliefs and false individuality. It is only a question of time when "they shall all know Me [God], from the least of them unto the greatest." Denial of the claims of matter is a great step towards the joys of Spirit, towards human freedom and the final triumph over the body.

There is but one way to heaven, harmony, and Christ in divine Science shows us this way. It is to know no other reality — to have no other consciousness of life — than good, God and His reflection, and to rise superior to the so-called pain and pleasure of the senses.


9.     266 : 6-12

Would existence without personal friends be to you a blank? Then the time will come when you will be solitary, left without sympathy; but this seeming vacuum is already filled with divine Love. When this hour of development comes, even if you cling to a sense of personal joys, spiritual Love will force you to accept what best promotes your growth.


10.     574 : 27-3

The very circumstance, which your suffering sense deems wrathful and afflictive, Love can make an angel entertained unawares. Then thought gently whispers: "Come hither! Arise from your false consciousness into the true sense of Love, and behold the Lamb's wife, — Love wedded to its own spiritual idea."


11.     575 : 7-10

This sacred city, described in the Apocalypse (xxi. 16) as one that "lieth foursquare" and cometh "down from God, out of heaven," represents the light and glory of divine Science.


12.     576 : 3-25

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.

There was no temple, — that is, no material structure in which to worship God, for He must be worshipped in spirit and in love. The word temple also means body. The Revelator was familiar with Jesus' use of this word, as when Jesus spoke of his material body as the temple to be temporarily rebuilt (John ii. 21). What further indication need we of the real man's incorporeality than this, that John saw heaven and earth with "no temple [body] therein"? This kingdom of God "is within you," — is within reach of man's consciousness here, and the spiritual idea reveals it. In divine Science, man possesses this recognition of harmony consciously in proportion to his understanding of God.


13.     577 : 9-11

In this divinely united spiritual consciousness, there is no impediment to eternal bliss, — to the perfectibility of God's creation.


Love is the liberator.