May 29, 2019

bible study imageSubject: One Holy Spirit

Golden text: Hebrews 10: 15-16*

 And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, 16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,”

Mark 3:6, 22-30

The Pharisees went out and immediately held counsel with the Herodians against [Jesus], how to destroy him.

22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.” 23 And he called them to him and said to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26 And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end. 27 But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed he may plunder his house. 28 “Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— 30 for they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”

21st Century Science and Health**

Jesus’ holy motives and aims were blamed and condemned by the sinners of that period, as they would be today if Jesus were personally present. We approach God, Life, as our fidelity to Truth and Love expands; and in that ratio, we can know all human need and discern the thought of the sick and the sinning for the purpose of healing them. Error of any kind can’t hide from the law of God. Paul said, “The mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.”[1]

The humble Nazarene overthrew the assumption that sin, sickness, and death have power; he proved them powerless and restored dignity to experience. It should have humbled the arrogance of the priests when they saw the demonstration of spirituality excel the influence of their dead faith and ceremonies.

If Mind is not supreme over sin, sickness, and death, then those experiences are immortal, for it’s been proved that material particles/waves can’t destroy sin and disease but is their basis and support.

By universal consent, the mortal mindset has obligated human beings to sickness, sin, and destruction. This programmed mindset and the individuals who uphold it are mistaken in theory and in practice. The so-called law of human mind, conjectural and speculative, is made void by the law of spiritual Mind. Be sure to trample false law under foot.

If God causes a person to be sick, sickness must be good and therefore health must be evil, for all that He makes is good and will stand forever. Or, if violation of God’s law produces sickness, it is right to be sick; and we cannot if we would, and should not if we could, annul the decrees of wisdom. It is the transgression of a belief of human mind, not of a physical law or law of divine Mind, which causes the belief of sickness. The remedy is Truth—the truth that disease is illusion. Anything unlike God is unreal.

In seeking a cure for digestive and food related problems, don’t consult the ever-changing body. You can understand how to eat what is put in front of you, “without raising questions of conscience.”[2] We must destroy the false knowledge that power and intelligence are in human emotions. We must desire to establish ourselves in what is pure and unchanging. Paul said, “Walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God).”[3]

We should hesitate to say that Yahweh sins or suffers. If sin and suffering are realities of being, how is the reality of love and life sustained? The belief which unites opposites such as sickness and health is not far removed from infidelity. To believe the holy contacts the unholy, calling both the offspring of spirit, virtually declares God to be good in one instance and evil in another. God has not one element of self-destruction.

Whoever reaches the spiritual point of moral culture and goodness can’t harm others and must do them good. The greater or lesser ability of a Mind-reader to discern thought scientifically to heal, depends upon the reader’s genuine spirituality. It is not a matter of clairvoyance, but of honesty and openness to ever-revealing Truth.

We welcome the increase of knowledge and the end of error, because even human invention must have its day. We want that day to be prospered by divine Science and Christ-like reality. Midnight foretells the dawn. In the midst of darkness, the Magi[4] detected the solitary star leading to the Messiahship of Truth. Is it true that Christ is always reappearing? Are we believing the wise people of today when they emit the light which heralds Truth’s eternal dawn and describe its radiance?

Sooner or later we will learn that thoughts of restraints are pounded into us by the illusion that we live in body, whereas we reflect divine Soul.

Mark 12:35-37

 And as Jesus taught in the temple, he said, “How can the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? 36 David himself, in the Holy Spirit, declared,

“‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
until I put your enemies under your feet.”’

37 David himself calls him Lord. So how is he his son?” And the great throng heard him gladly.

21st Century Science and Health

Life, Truth, and Love constitute the triune Person called God—that is, the threefold divine Principle, Love. Representing a trinity in unity, we can conceptualize three in one—the same in essence though versatile in office: God the Father-Mother; Christ the spiritual idea of person; and divine Science or the Holy Spirit (Counselor).

These three express in divine Science the essential nature of the infinite. The expression also indicates the divine Principle of scientific being and the intelligent relationship between God, child, and the universe.

A correct view of Christian Science and of its application includes vastly more than can be seen at first. Many works on metaphysics do not recognize the power of Mind as the Messiah, leaving the grand point untouched. We want to carry the day against time-based enemies—even to the extinction of all belief in materialism, evil, disease, and death. Pure metaphysics insists on the fact that God is all, therefore divisible substance is nothing but an image in human mind.

Human personalities have material bodies, but God is Spirit, Love. Divine Science strongly emphasizes the thought that God is not bodily, but bodiless, yet personal.

The words person and personal need to be employed correctly when applied to God. We can refer to God as infinite Person, but our conception of divinity becomes confused and erroneous when Deity is thought to reflect human personalities. An infinite Person or Personality, in a finite personality, is impossible.

The term individuality is open to debate. An individual may be one of a series, or one of many, as an individual person or an individual car; whereas God is One—not one of a series, but one alone and without an equal.

God is Spirit; therefore, the language of Spirit must be and is spiritual. Divine Science attaches no physical characters and significance to the Supreme Being and manifestation. Only human beings attach physicality to Spirit. God’s essential language is spoken of in the last chapter of Mark’s Gospel as the new tongue, the spiritual meaning of which is attained through the “signs that accompanied it.”[5]

The pure language of Spirit “is more than eyes have seen or ears have heard.”[6]

Acts 15:1-9

But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and the elders about this question. So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the brothers.[a] When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they declared all that God had done with them. But some believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees rose up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise them and to order them to keep the law of Moses.”

The apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter. And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, and he made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith.

21st Century Science and Health

It should be thoroughly understood that all people have one Mind, one God and Parent, one Life, Truth, and Love. The fulfillment of real identities will be realized as that fact is understood.

Civil laws are created to implement fairness and equity in our rights, but more progress is needed, to say the least. Civilization and Science stand strong on the side of justice and encourage the elimination of discrimination, however, every time an effort is made to remedy unfairness, we must make sure that the effort doesn’t encourage difficulties of greater magnitude somewhere else. Higher aims and motives, as well as improved mental character, must be considered as the feasible and rational means of progress.

Spirit, God, gathers unformed thoughts into their proper channels and unfolds these thoughts, even as Love opens the petals of a holy purpose in order that the purpose may appear.

We acknowledge and respect one supreme and infinite God. We acknowledge God’s child, one ideal; we acknowledge the Holy Spirit or divine Counselor; and recognize man and woman in God’s image and likeness.

The offspring of God are in and of Spirit, divine Life, and so forever continue. God is one. The allness of Deity is God’s oneness. An individual is one and yet all people as one with God.

*Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

** Text from 21st Century Science and Health, 6th edition, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.

[1] Rom. 8:6

[2] I Cor. 10:25, 27

[3] Gal. 5:16 (Amplified)

[4] Matt. 2:1–2

[5] Mark 16:20

[6] I Cor. 2:9 (CEV)

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