March 4, 2020

bible study imageSubject: Alert

Golden text: Psalms 119: 148*

My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promise.

Acts 20:17-35

Now from Miletus [Paul] sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him. 18 And when they came to him, he said to them:

“You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia, 19 serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews; 20 how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house, 21 testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. 22 And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, 23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. 24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. 25 And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again. 26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all, 27 for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. 28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. 29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. 31 Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears. 32 And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. 34 You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me. 35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

21st Century Science and Health**

Good is natural and primary. It is not miraculous to itself.

The term Science, properly understood, refers only to the laws of God and to Spirit’s government of the universe and us. Business professionals, scholars, and ordinary people have found that divine Science increases their perseverance and mental powers. The knowledge of spiritual Science expands people’s perception of character, gives them alertness and the ability to be thorough and multitask usefully. The human mind, inspired with spiritual understanding, becomes more resilient and is capable of increased stamina. The human mind can escape somewhat from itself and won’t require so much sleep. Knowledge of the Science of being develops our dormant abilities and potential. Spiritual discernment opens the mind and we attain access to far-reaching and grand realms, we are elevated into our natural state of insightfulness and perspicacity.

A sweet fragrance becomes favorable only as it escapes into the surrounding atmosphere. The same is true regarding our knowledge of Truth. Spiritual understanding shared, can help waken others who are overrun with negativity. It’s similar to waking someone up from a paralyzing nightmare, and if the awakened person doesn’t argue or resist Truth, they will be helped. The substance of Truth not only banishes temporal evidence with spiritual evidence, but also removes the stench of vile traits.

Science relates to immutable Mind, not mutable matter. It rests on fixed Principle and not upon the judgment of false sensation. The logic involved in divine Science is based on the premise that Truth is ever truthful. All conclusions made in Science must compute harmonious truth. The logic of Science cannot tolerate error, disorder, or contradictions in premise or conclusion.

If you wish to discover the spiritual fact, then mentally perceive the limited situation you are in. It makes no difference whether the situation agrees or disagrees with your preconceptions.

Ephesians 4:16-20

 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

21st Century Science and Health

It is a fight with the flesh in which we must conquer sin, sickness, and decay, either here or hereafter—certainly before we can reach the realm of Spirit or life in God.

Faith is substantial and more advanced than belief. Faith is a chrysalis state of human thought in which metaphysical evidence, contradicting the testimony of physical senses, begins to appear, and Truth, the ever-present, becomes understood. Human thoughts have their degrees of comparison. Some thoughts are better than others. A belief in Truth is better than a belief in error, but no mortal belief is founded on the divine rock. Mortal testimony can be shaken. Until belief becomes faith, and faith becomes spiritual understanding, human thought has only a marginal connection to the actual or divine.

A human mindset carries out its own conditions. Sickness, sin, and loss are nebulous realities of human conclusions. Life, Truth, and Love are the realities of divine Science. Realities dawn in faith and glow full-orbed in spiritual understanding. Clouds hide the sun but they can’t extinguish the sun, so false beliefs hide harmony but can’t destroy Science armed with faith, hope, and spiritual experience.

Mark 4:24-25

 And [Jesus] said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. 25 For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

21st Century Science and Health

The “man of sorrows”[1] best understood two main points: the insubstantiality of temporal life and intelligence, and the substantial actuality of all-inclusive God, good. These points of Mind-healing, or divine Science, armed Jesus with Love. The highest earthly representative of God, speaking of the human ability to reflect divine power, prophetically said, “Anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing,”[2] and, “These signs will accompany those who believe.”[3]

Religious history repeats itself and shows that the just suffers for the unjust. Does God overlook the law of righteousness that destroys sinful thinking? No. They who sin must suffer. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—even more.”[4]

Be attentive, sober, and vigilant.

The harmony and immortality of individuals are intact. We should keep our gaze on the spiritual record and not become entranced by the fluxing, changing creation. It is best to keep turning our attention to the spiritual record of revelation, to that which should be engraved on the understanding and heart, “with the point of a diamond”[5] and the pen of an angel.

Genesis 2:21–22. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

Here error credits Mind, God, with inducing a sleep or hypnotic state in order to perform a surgical operation, thereby creating woman from man. This is the first record of hypnotism, beginning creation with darkness instead of light, materially rather than spiritually. Error, darkness, is attempting to simulate the work of Truth, mock Love, and announce what great things error has done.

Mistaking our origin and nature, we believe we are a combination of independent atoms and Spirit. This leads to believing that Spirit is broken down through matter, transported by a nerve, and exposed to removal by an operation. The intellectual, the moral, the spiritual—subject to non-intelligence!

No more like-mindedness exists between the flesh and Spirit than between Belial and Christ.[6]

All persons, regardless of gender, should be forgiving, chaste, bold, tender, and strong.

The conviction that there is no real satisfaction in thinking and acting against Life, Truth, and Love, is one of the most important points in the theology of Christian Science. Awaken the self-indulgent to this new and true view. Show the wrongdoer that destruction and negativity confers no pleasure, and this knowledge strengthens their moral courage and increases their ability to overcome evil and love goodness.

Life is, always has been, and ever will be independent of measurable energies. Life is spiritual good, not formed physically, but metaphysically.

Every little detail of all individualities reflects the one infinite individuality, God. Individual characteristics are understood in, and formed by Spirit, not by mortal genes and environments. The statements that individuals are conceived and evolved both spiritually and physically, or by both God and human beings, are contradictory. All the vanity of the ages can never make contraries true. Divine Science removes the illusion that life or mind is formed by or is in separable bodies or energies as understood today. Today’s incomplete understanding self-destructs due to its own contradictions, but the Science of Life can be understood. Whatever reflects Mind, Life, Truth, and Love is spiritually conceived and brought forth.

*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] Isa. 53:3 (NASB)

[2] John 14:12

[3] Mark 16:17

[4] Matt. 7:2; Mark 4:24; Luke 6:38

[5] Jer. 17:1, KJV

[6] II Cor. 6:15

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