May 3rd, 2015 Full Text |

SUNDAY MAY 3, 2015


SUBJECT — EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT


GOLDEN TEXT: PSALM 19 : 14


“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”



RESPONSIVE READING: Psalm 19 : 12, 13 Ephesians 4 : 22-27, 29

12.     Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.

13.     Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me.

22.     Put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

23.     And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

24.     And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

25.     Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

26.     Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

27.     Neither give place to the devil.

29.     Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.


LESSON SERMON

The Bible


1.     Philippians 1 : 27 (let) (to :)

27     …let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ.


2.     James 1 : 26

26     If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.


3.     James 3 : 2-6, 10-18

2     For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

3     Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.

4     Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.

5     Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

6     And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

10     Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

11     Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

12     Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.

13     Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

14     But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.

15     This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

16     For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

17     But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

18     And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.


4.     Matthew 15 : 1-3 (to ,), 7-20

1     Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,

2     Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.

3     But he answered and said unto them,

7     Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,

8     This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

9     But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

10     And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand:

11     Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

12     Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?

13     But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.

14     Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

15     Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable.

16     And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?

17     Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?

18     But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

19     For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

20     These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.


5.     Proverbs 23 : 7 (to :)

7     For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.


6.     I Peter 3 : 10-12 (to :), 13, 15 (sanctify), 16

10     For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:

11     Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

12     For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers:

13     And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?

15     But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

16     Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.


7.     I Peter 1 : 13-16, 22-25

13     Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

14     As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:

15     But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

16     Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

22     Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

23     Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

24     For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

25     But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.


Science and Health


1.     127 : 16-19

Christian Science reveals God, not as the author of sin, sickness, and death, but as divine Principle, Supreme Being, Mind, exempt from all evil.


2.     339 : 7 (Since)-19

Since God is All, there is no room for His unlikeness. God, Spirit, alone created all, and called it good. Therefore evil, being contrary to good, is unreal, and cannot be the product of God. A sinner can receive no encouragement from the fact that Science demonstrates the unreality of evil, for the sinner would make a reality of sin, — would make that real which is unreal, and thus heap up "wrath against the day of wrath." He is joining in a conspiracy against himself, — against his own awakening to the awful unreality by which he has been deceived. Only those, who repent of sin and forsake the unreal, can fully understand the unreality of evil.


3.     35 : 30-9

The design of Love is to reform the sinner. If the sinner's punishment here has been insufficient to reform him, the good man's heaven would be a hell to the sinner. They, who know not purity and affection by experience, can never find bliss in the blessed company of Truth and Love simply through translation into another sphere. Divine Science reveals the necessity of sufficient suffering, either before or after death, to quench the love of sin. To remit the penalty due for sin, would be for Truth to pardon error. Escape from punishment is not in accordance with God's government, since justice is the handmaid of mercy.


4.     213 : 3-5

Of a man it has been said, "As he thinketh in his heart, so is he;" hence as a man spiritually understandeth, so is he in truth.


5.     41 : 8-13

The God-inspired walk calmly on though it be with bleeding footprints, and in the hereafter they will reap what they now sow. The pampered hypocrite may have a flowery pathway here, but he cannot forever break the Golden Rule and escape the penalty due.


6.     596 : 28 (to 2nd .)

VEIL. A cover; concealment; hiding; hypocrisy.


7.     597 : 3-8 (to thought)

The Judaic religion consisted mostly of rites and ceremonies. The motives and affections of a man were of little value, if only he appeared unto men to fast. 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.


8.     167 : 32-3

Substituting good words for a good life, fair seeming for straightforward character, is a poor shift for the weak and worldly, who think the standard of Christian Science too high for them.


9.     266 : 20-27

The sinner makes his own hell by doing evil, and the saint his own heaven by doing right. The opposite persecutions of material sense, aiding evil with evil, would deceive the very elect.

Mortals must follow Jesus' sayings and his demonstrations, which dominate the flesh. Perfect and infinite Mind enthroned is heaven. The evil beliefs which originate in mortals are hell.


10.     405 : 1-32

The basic error is mortal mind. Hatred inflames the brutal propensities. The indulgence of evil motives and aims makes any man, who is above the lowest type of manhood, a hopeless sufferer.

Christian Science commands man to master the propensities, — to hold hatred in abeyance with kindness, to conquer lust with chastity, revenge with charity, and to overcome deceit with honesty. Choke these errors in their early stages, if you would not cherish an army of conspirators against health, happiness, and success. They will deliver you to the judge, the arbiter of truth against error. The judge will deliver you to justice, and the sentence of the moral law will be executed upon mortal mind and body. Both will be manacled until the last farthing is paid, — until you have balanced your account with God. "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." The good man finally can overcome his fear of sin. This is sin's necessity, — to destroy itself. Immortal man demonstrates the government of God, good, in which is no power to sin.

It were better to be exposed to every plague on earth than to endure the cumulative effects of a guilty conscience. The abiding consciousness of wrong-doing tends to destroy the ability to do right. If sin is not regretted and is not lessening, then it is hastening on to physical and moral doom. You are conquered by the moral penalties you incur and the ills they bring. The pains of sinful sense are less harmful than its pleasures. Belief in material suffering causes mortals to retreat from their error, to flee from body to Spirit, and to appeal to divine sources outside of themselves.


11.     407 : 11-16

Here Christian Science is the sovereign panacea, giving strength to the weakness of mortal mind, — strength from the immortal and omnipotent Mind, — and lifting humanity above itself into purer desires, even into spiritual power and good-will to man.


12.     406 : 19-25

Resist evil — error of every sort — and it will flee from you. Error is opposed to Life. We can, and ultimately shall, so rise as to avail ourselves in every direction of the supremacy of Truth over error, Life over death, and good over evil, and this growth will go on until we arrive at the fulness of God's idea, and no more fear that we shall be sick and die.


13.     407 : 24-28

Let the perfect model be present in your thoughts instead of its demoralized opposite. This spiritualization of thought lets in the light, and brings the divine Mind, Life not death, into your consciousness.


14.     261 : 4-7, 27-30

Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts.

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.


15.     587 : 25-27

HEAVEN. Harmony; the reign of Spirit; government by divine Principle; spirituality; bliss; the atmosphere of Soul.



Love is the liberator.