June 12, 2019

bible study imageSubject: Prophesy of Spirit

Golden text: I Corinthians 14: 29-33*

 Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said. 30 If a revelation is made to another sitting there, let the first be silent. 31 For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged, 32 and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets. 33 For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.

Numbers 12:1-8

Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married, for he had married a Cushite woman. And they said, “Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? Has he not spoken through us also?” And the Lord heard it. Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth. And suddenly the Lord said to Moses and to Aaron and Miriam, “Come out, you three, to the tent of meeting.” And the three of them came out. And the Lord came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance of the tent and called Aaron and Miriam, and they both came forward. And he said, “Hear my words: If there is a prophet among you, I the Lord make myself known to him in a vision; I speak with him in a dream. Not so with my servant Moses. He is faithful in all my house. With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles, and he beholds the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?”

21st Century Science and Health**

Prophecy is not controlled by spirits, demons, or quantum entities, but by the one Spirit. It is the prerogative of the ever-present divine Mind, and of thought in alignment with this Mind, to know the past, the present, and the future.

The arrogance of being a church official is a ruler of this world. Arrogance has nothing in Christ. Humility, honesty, and charity have divine authority. Mortals think wrongly, consequently they seem to work against themselves and others. They think sickly thoughts, and so become sick. If sin makes sinners, Truth and Love alone can unmake them.

Prophets looked for something higher than the systems of their times; hence their foresight of the new dispensation of Truth, but they lacked a systematic teaching of God in Truth’s more infinite meanings. The demonstration that overcomes sin, sickness, and death establishes the definition of omnipotence and maintains the Science of Spirit.

Numbers 12: 10-15

 When the cloud removed from over the tent, behold, Miriam was leprous, like snow. And Aaron turned toward Miriam, and behold, she was leprous. 11 And Aaron said to Moses, “Oh, my lord, do not punish us because we have done foolishly and have sinned. 12 Let her not be as one dead, whose flesh is half eaten away when he comes out of his mother’s womb.” 13 And Moses cried to the Lord, “O God, please heal her—please.” 14 But the Lord said to Moses, “If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be shamed seven days? Let her be shut outside the camp seven days, and after that she may be brought in again.” 15 So Miriam was shut outside the camp seven days, and the people did not set out on the march till Miriam was brought in again.

21st Century Science and Health

The divine method of pardon is to remove completely all that goes against Life, Truth, and Love. Divine Life replaces death, Truth removes error, and Love destroys hate. Being destroyed, sin needs no other form of pardon or forgiveness. Doesn’t God’s forgiveness, eliminating any one negative thought and action, prophesy and involve the final destruction of all negative thought and action?

Since God is All, there is no dimension for something unlike Spirit. God alone designed all and called it good.[1] Therefore evil, being contrary to good, is unreal and can’t be the product of God. A limited, contradictory mindset can receive no encouragement from the fact that Science demonstrates the unreality of limitation and sin, for the contradictor would make a reality of that which opposes Life, Truth, and Love; would make that real which is unreal, and store up “wrath and indignation.”[2] Do not join in a conspiracy against yourself. Continue to recognize the awful unreality by which the human mind is deceived. Repent, think differently, abandon the unnatural and you can fully understand the unreality of that which argues against the infinite.

Throughout all generations both before and after the Christian era, the Christ, as the divine idea—the reflection of God—has come with some degree of power and grace to all prepared to receive the Messiah, or Truth. Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and the prophets caught glorious glimpses of Christ, which baptized these insightful people in the nature or essence of Love.

We attain clearer views of Principle as we break up cliques, level monetary wealth with honesty, and let worth be judged according to wisdom. We also get better views of humanity as we remove ourselves from biased personal perceptions.

The divine Science of Scriptures can’t be totally obscured, even up against religious officials who vote to decide what should or shouldn’t be considered Holy Writ, and up against bad translations. As in the past, misinterpretations of Scripture occur today. However, the prophets healing work can’t be annulled or lost, and healing demonstrations are intact, confirming that “the stone the builders rejected has become the capstone.”[3]

Atheism, pantheism, theosophy, and agnosticism are opposed to divine Science, as they are to ordinary religion, however, a person who identifies with atheistic tendencies can still be healed by Science, because, more than in most cases, it’s the moral condition that demands the remedy of Truth, and Science is more than usually effectual in the treatment of moral weaknesses.

Nobody can affirm that God is a bodily being. The Bible represents Spirit as saying: “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”[4] Not materially, but spiritually we know God as divine Mind, as Life, Truth, and Love. We become more respectful and caring as we get to know the divine nature better and love Soul understandingly. The struggle over physicality will be replaced by a rejoicing in the affluence of our God.

The major obstacle in conveying the teachings of divine Science accurately to human thought is that English, like all other languages, is inadequate to express spiritual concepts and intents. We have to use incomplete terms and symbols when dealing with spiritual ideas. The elucidation of Mind-science resides in its spiritual sense and students need first to recognize their spiritual senses in order to grasp the meaning of divine Science. Out of this condition grew the prophecy concerning the apostles, “They will speak in new tongues.”[5]

While dwelling on a physical plane, human terms must generally be employed to speak of the things of Spirit. It takes time for human thought to adjust to the higher meaning. Thought must be educated to perceive spirituality. To a certain extent, improved thought is necessary in all learning, even in the secular field.

Luke 6:37-38

“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

21st Century Science and Health

No final judgment awaits mortals. There is no time in eternity. The judgment day of wisdom comes thought by thought, by which human beings are deprived of all erroneous thoughts. As for spiritual error, there is none.

When the last human fault is destroyed then the final bell will ring and end the battle between Truth and mortality; but “no one knows about that day or hour.”[6] Prophecy pauses at the trumpet sound. Divine Science alone can compass the heights and depths of being and reveal the infinite.

As we become better acquainted with the Science of being, we are better able to communicate with the divine Mind. Spiritual knowledge not only allows people to foresee and foretell events which concern the universal welfare, but it also inspires people divinely to reach the range of unfettered Mind, Spirit.

To understand incorporeal Mind is to perceive that Mind is infinite. Mind is not bound by physicality. Mind is not dependent on the fleshly ear and eye for sound or sight. Mind is not contingent on corporeal muscles and bones for movement. This perception of boundless Mind extends toward Mind-science and toward a perception of our true nature and existence, which does not include material personalities.

Mark 9: 38-42

 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. 40 For the one who is not against us is for us. 41 For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward. 42 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.

21st Century Science and Health

“Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt.”[7] Human belief, or knowledge gained from the physical senses, would by fair logic annihilate people along with the radioactive decaying elements of matter. The scientifically Christian explanations of the nature and origin of our being destroys all mortal sense with immortal testimony. This immortal testimony ushers in the spiritual sense of existence which can’t be obtained in any other way.

Question. Does matter accompany spirituality, and is physical sense a necessary preliminary to the understanding and expression of Spirit?

Answer. If matter, or error, is necessary to define or to reveal Truth, the answer is yes; but not otherwise.

The knowledge gained from logic rooted in the physical, leads to sin and death. When the appearance of Spirit and spirits, Truth and error, seems to intermix, the appearance rests on foundations which time is eroding. Mortal mind judges ever-changing evidence until Science wipes it out with spiritual evidence. A logic based on spirituality improves thought, takes a step out of error and encourages the next step in understanding the situation in divine Science.

*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] Gen. 1:31

[2] Rom. 2:5 (Amplified)

[3] Ps. 118:22; Matt. 21:42; Mark 12:10; Luke 20:17

[4] Ex. 33:20

[5] Mark 16:17

[6] Mark 13:32

[7] I Thess. 5:19–20

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