September 6th, 2015 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 6, 2015


SUBJECT — MAN


GOLDEN TEXT: MALACHI 2 : 10


“Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us?”



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RESPONSIVE READING: Psalm 112 : 1-7, 9

1.     Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.

2.     His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.

3.     Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

4.     Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

5.     A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.

6.     Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.

7.     He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.

9.     He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.


LESSON SERMON

The Bible


1.     Psalm 8 : 1, 3-6

1     O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

3     When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

4     What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

5     For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

6     Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:


2.     Isaiah 61 : 10, 11

10     I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

11     For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.


3.     Luke 4 : 1 (to 1st ,)

1     And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan,


4.     Luke 10 : 25-37

25     And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

26     He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?

27     And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

28     And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

29     But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

30     And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

31     And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

32     And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.

33     But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

34     And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

35     And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.

36     Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

37     And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.


5.     Matthew 18 : 1-6, 21, 22

1     At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

2     And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,

3     And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

4     Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

5     And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

6     But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

21     Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

22     Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.


6.     Galatians 5 : 2 (to 2nd ,)

2     Behold, I Paul say unto you,


7.     Galatians 6 : 2-5, 9, 10 (to 2nd ,)

2     Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

3     For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

4     But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

5     For every man shall bear his own burden.

9     And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

10     As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men.


8.     Acts 17 : 24 (to 2nd ,), 26 (hath made)-28 (to ;)

24     God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth,

26     …hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

27     That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

28     For in him we live, and move, and have our being;


9.     Ecclesiastes 12 : 13

13     Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.


Science and Health


1.     470 : 21-24

God is the creator of man, and, the divine Principle of man remaining perfect, the divine idea or reflection, man, remains perfect. Man is the expression of God's being.


2.     361 : 16-20


As a drop of water is one with the ocean, a ray of light one with the sun, even so God and man, Father and son, are one in being. The Scripture reads: "For in Him we live, and move, and have our being."


3.     258 : 16-18, 31-14

We know no more of man as the true divine image and likeness, than we know of God.

Through spiritual sense you can discern the heart of divinity, and thus begin to comprehend in Science the generic term man. Man is not absorbed in Deity, and man cannot lose his individuality, for he reflects eternal Life; nor is he an isolated, solitary idea, for he represents infinite Mind, the sum of all substance.

In divine Science, man is the true image of God. The divine nature was best expressed in Christ Jesus, who threw upon mortals the truer reflection of God and lifted their lives higher than their poor thought-models would allow, — thoughts which presented man as fallen, sick, sinning, and dying. The Christlike understanding of scientific being and divine healing includes a perfect Principle and idea, — perfect God and perfect man, — as the basis of thought and demonstration.


4.     265 : 10-15

This scientific sense of being, forsaking matter for Spirit, by no means suggests man's absorption into Deity and the loss of his identity, but confers upon man enlarged individuality, a wider sphere of thought and action, a more expansive love, a higher and more permanent peace.


5.     476 : 28-7

When speaking of God's children, not the children of men, Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is within you;" that is, Truth and Love reign in the real man, showing that man in God's image is unfallen and eternal. Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God's own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick. Thus Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is intact, universal, and that man is pure and holy. Man is not a material habitation for Soul; he is himself spiritual.


6.     516 : 6 (when)-15, 19-23

…when we subordinate the false testimony of the corporeal senses to the facts of Science, we shall see this true likeness and reflection everywhere.

God fashions all things, after His own likeness. Life is reflected in existence, Truth in truthfulness, God in goodness, which impart their own peace and permanence. Love, redolent with unselfishness, bathes all in beauty and light. The grass beneath our feet silently exclaims, "The meek shall inherit the earth." …Man, made in His likeness, possesses and reflects God's dominion over all the earth. Man and woman as coexistent and eternal with God forever reflect, in glorified quality, the infinite Father-Mother God.


7.     289 : 8-13

A wicked mortal is not the idea of God. He is little else than the expression of error. To suppose that sin, lust, hatred, envy, hypocrisy, revenge, have life abiding in them, is a terrible mistake.

Life and Life's idea, Truth and Truth's idea, never make men sick, sinful, or mortal.


8.     263 : 1-4, 7-14

Mortals are egotists. They believe themselves to be independent workers, personal authors, and even privileged originators of something which Deity would not or could not create.

When mortal man blends his thoughts of existence with the spiritual and works only as God works, he will no longer grope in the dark and cling to earth because he has not tasted heaven.

Carnal beliefs defraud us. They make man an involuntary hypocrite, — producing evil when he would create good, forming deformity when he would outline grace and beauty, injuring those whom he would bless.


9.     91 : 5-13

Let us rid ourselves of the belief that man is separated from God, and obey only the divine principle, Life and Love. Here is the great point of departure for all true spiritual growth.

It is difficult for the sinner to accept divine Science, because Science exposes his nothingness; but the sooner error is reduced to its native nothingness, the sooner man's great reality will appear and his genuine being will be understood.


10.     340 : 4-29

This text in the book of Ecclesiastes conveys the Christian Science thought, especially when the word duty, which is not in the original, is omitted: "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man." In other words: Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: love God and keep His commandments: for this is the whole of man in His image and likeness. Divine Love is infinite. Therefore all that really exists is in and of God, and manifests His love.

"Thou shalt have no other gods before me." (Exodus xx. 3.) The First Commandment is my favorite text. It demonstrates Christian Science. It inculcates the triunity of God, Spirit, Mind; it signifies that man shall have no other spirit or mind but God, eternal good, and that all men shall have one Mind. The divine Principle of the First Commandment bases the Science of being, by which man demonstrates health, holiness, and life eternal. One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, "Love thy neighbor as thyself;" annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, — whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.


11.     467 : 13-16

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.



Love is the liberator.