October 4th, 2015 Full Text |

SUNDAY OCTOBER 4, 2015


SUBJECT — UNREALITY


GOLDEN TEXT: Romans 13 : 1, 2, 3 Romans 6 : 16-18, 22


“Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”



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RESPONSIVE READING: Romans 13 : 1, 2, 3 Romans 6 : 16-18, 22

1.     Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God.

2.     Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God.

3.     For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power?

16.     Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey?

17.     But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

18.     Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

22.     But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.


LESSON SERMON

The Bible


1.     Psalm 18 : 1, 3

1     I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.

3     I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.


2.     Psalm 44 : 4-8 (to 1st .)

4     Thou art my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob.

5     Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.

6     For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.

7     But thou hast saved us from our enemies, and hast put them to shame that hated us.

8     In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever.


3.     Exodus 13 : 3 (to :), 17 (to 2nd ,), 18 (God)

3     And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place.

17     And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go,

18     …God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.


4.     Exodus 14 : 5, 8 (to :), 10, 13-15, 19, 20, 22, 23 (to 2nd ,), 26, 27 (to ,), 28-30 (to ;)

5     And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?

8     And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel:

10     And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD.

13     And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.

14     The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

15     And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:

19     And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:

20     And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.

22     And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.

23     And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea.

26     And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.

27     And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea,

28     And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.

29     But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.

30     Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians.


5.     I Chronicles 29 : 11 (to ;), 12 (and in thine hand is power), 13

11     Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine;

12     …and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.

13     Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.


6.     Isaiah 41 : 13

13     For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.


7.     Romans 8 : 35, 37-39

35     Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

37     Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

38     For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39     Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


8.     I Thessalonians 5 : 9, 14, 15, 23, 24

9     For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.

14     Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

15     See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

23     And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

24     Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.


Science and Health


1.     272 : 29-30

God is the divine Principle of all that represents Him and of all that really exists.


2.     339 : 7 (Since)-10

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.


3.     330 : 25 (The)-29 (to 1st ,)

The notion that both evil and good are real is a delusion of material sense, which Science annihilates. Evil is nothing, no thing, mind, nor power. As manifested by mankind it stands for a lie, nothing claiming to be something.


4.     380 : 22-1

Many years ago the author made a spiritual discovery, the scientific evidence of which has accumulated to prove that the divine Mind produces in man health, harmony, and immortality. Gradually this evidence will gather momentum and clearness, until it reaches its culmination of scientific statement and proof. Nothing is more disheartening than to believe that there is a power opposite to God, or good, and that God endows this opposing power with strength to be used against Himself, against Life, health, harmony.

Every law of matter or the body, supposed to govern man, is rendered null and void by the law of Life, God.


5.     67 : 18-29

The notion that animal natures can possibly give force to character is too absurd for consideration, when we remember that through spiritual ascendency our Lord and Master healed the sick, raised the dead, and commanded even the winds and waves to obey him. Grace and Truth are potent beyond all other means and methods.

The lack of spiritual power in the limited demonstration of popular Christianity does not put to silence the labor of centuries. Spiritual, not corporeal, consciousness is needed. Man delivered from sin, disease, and death presents the true likeness or spiritual ideal.


6.     356 : 17-23

There is neither a present nor an eternal copartnership between error and Truth, between flesh and Spirit. God is as incapable of producing sin, sickness, and death as He is of experiencing these errors. How then is it possible for Him to create man subject to this triad of errors, — man who is made in the divine likeness?


7.     357 : 25-32

If what opposes God is real, there must be two powers, and God is not supreme and infinite. Can Deity be almighty, if another mighty and self-creative cause exists and sways mankind? Has the Father "Life in Himself," as the Scriptures say, and, if so, can Life, or God, dwell in evil and create it? Can matter drive Life, Spirit, hence, and so defeat omnipotence?


8.     224 : 31-4

No power can withstand divine Love. What is this supposed power, which opposes itself to God? Whence cometh it? What is it that binds man with iron shackles to sin, sickness, and death? Whatever enslaves man is opposed to the divine government. Truth makes man free.


9.     226 : 14-13

God has built a higher platform of human rights, and He has built it on diviner claims. These claims are not made through code or creed, but in demonstration of "on earth peace, good-will toward men." Human codes, scholastic theology, material medicine and hygiene, fetter faith and spiritual understanding. Divine Science rends asunder these fetters, and man's birthright of sole allegiance to his Maker asserts itself.

I saw before me the sick, wearing out years of servitude to an unreal master in the belief that the body governed them, rather than Mind.

The lame, the deaf, the dumb, the blind, the sick, the sensual, the sinner, I wished to save from the slavery of their own beliefs and from the educational systems of the Pharaohs, who to-day, as of yore, hold the children of Israel in bondage. I saw before me the awful conflict, the Red Sea and the wilderness; but I pressed on through faith in God, trusting Truth, the strong deliverer, to guide me into the land of Christian Science, where fetters fall and the rights of man are fully known and acknowledged.

I saw that the law of mortal belief included all error, and that, even as oppressive laws are disputed and mortals are taught their right to freedom, so the claims of the enslaving senses must be denied and superseded. The law of the divine Mind must end human bondage, or mortals will continue unaware of man's inalienable rights and in subjection to hopeless slavery, because some public teachers permit an ignorance of divine power, — an ignorance that is the foundation of continued bondage and of human suffering.


10.     228 : 11-19, 25-27

The enslavement of man is not legitimate. It will cease when man enters into his heritage of freedom, his God-given dominion over the material senses. Mortals will some day assert their freedom in the name of Almighty God. Then they will control their own bodies through the understanding of divine Science. Dropping their present beliefs, they will recognize harmony as the spiritual reality and discord as the material unreality.

There is no power apart from God. Omnipotence has all-power, and to acknowledge any other power is to dishonor God.


11.     406 : 19-24 (to ,)

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.


12.     368 : 2-4

The confidence inspired by Science lies in the fact that Truth is real and error is unreal.


13.     571 : 15-18

At all times and under all circumstances, overcome evil with good. Know thyself, and God will supply the wisdom and the occasion for a victory over evil.



Love is the liberator.