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Let God Expressed Meekly/Mightily in you sparkle brightly with insights from Cobbey Crisler
as found in The Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on

 “Adam and Fallen Man”
for May 8, 2022 

(Cobbey’s insights are shared with the blessing of Janet Crisler janetcrisler7@gmail.com)
by Warren Huff, CedarS Executive Director Emeritus, warren@cedarscamps.org


[Warren:] Already posted on YouTube at https://www.ardenwood.org/events/annualmeeting22/ is ARDEN WOOD’S 2022 ANNUAL MEETING, which announces a major, coming change in the first half of the meeting.  During the second half of it, you can hear me share, as Arden Wood’s 2022 inspirational speaker, a score of application ideas from the Bible in an interview by former CedarS camper and Director, John Mitchell. I share from my forever grateful heart how HYMN SINGING  SAVED my life and my love of “BIBLE-BASED HEALING RULES TO APPLY AND PROVE TODAY!”

During the interview, John, Arden Wood’s Executive Director, reads the classic Woodruff Smith poem, “GENESIS ONE OR GENESIS TWO?” (below).  It  relates perfectly to this week’s Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson. (The poem, and a life-saving testimony from applying it, are Downloadable as a PDF on the online version of this week’s GEMs.)


Lona lngwerson, CS, TESTIMONY OF HEALING on the “Genesis 1 or Genesis 2?” poem that follows:
[It’s also Downloadable at the upper right of the online version of CedarS Met.]
“I gave a testimony one night in our Golden, Colorado church based on the ideas from a poem I really liked, which said, “Which of these men do you think of as you, Genesis One or Genesis Two?”

A couple of weeks later a businessman, not knowing I was behind him, probably, testified that he had heard a rather banal, trite testimony a couple of weeks ago from someone who recited that line, “Which of these men do you think of as you, Genesis One or Genesis Two?” and he thought it was so trivial, so lightweight.

He went to a business meeting in Atlanta, Georgia after that and was in a hotel room in the middle of the night, sound asleep with his wife beside him, when he had a massive heart attack.

He said he wasn’t naive, he knew what was happening, and he knew he was in a life threatening situation. He was totally helpless, so helpless he could not even cry out to his wife for help, obviously could not call a practitioner, and he said for the first time in his life he felt completely helpless. He tried to repeat the Lord’s Prayer, the 23rd Psalm, the Scientific Statement of Being, but he couldn’t remember them, couldn’t put them together.

He felt totally mentally jumbled and then he recalled a very simplistic statement…”Which of these men do you think of as you, Genesis One or Genesis Two?” and he realized that it wasn’t so banal after all, that if he were a Genesis Two man he would probably not live through the night, but if he were a Genesis One man he could claim his dominion over the “things of the flesh.”

He did it. He said the pain lifted immediately and he felt whole and well. He decided the poem was OK after all.”

GENESIS 1 OR GENESIS 2?
By Woodruff Smith

Where did it begin
This idea called you?
In Genesis 1,
Or Genesis 2?
Which one of these concepts
Will prove to be true?
II you know what is what,
Do you know who is who?

In Genesis 1 in the 26th verse
There’s a man with never a taint’ of a curse.
But in Genesis 2 in verse number seven
There’s a dust man conceived…
He’ll never see heaven.
So it really comes down
To which one you will claim,
What thou see’st thou be’st…
So what is your name?

There they both stand.
Which one is you?
Is it immortal man one,
Or mortal man two?
If you’re immortal man
You know what you’re worth.
For according to law
You’ll inherit the earth.

But if you’re just a mortal
And made out of dust…
Is there anything to you
That’s worthy of trust?
No, the thing they call man
In Genesis 2
Is the dream of the dreamer.
It never was you.

So know what you are.
Take your place in the sun,
You’re the immortal man
Of Genesis 1.


EXERCISE YOUR SPIRITUAL SENSE MINDSET AS A CHILD OF GOD & FIND IT EASY & LIBERATING TO BE DIVINE!
Cobbey Crisler on Golden Text/Romans 8:16, 17 & verses around it, plus Col. 3:2-4 & Hymn 370)

 In Romans 8:16/Golden Text, Paul tells the Romans and us that “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.”

[In his comments on the following verse, Cobbey expands on this:] “Paul says in Romans 8:17 “We are joint heirs with Christ,” – inheritors of the divine being.  We are sharers, “partakers of the divine nature.”(2nd Pet. 1:4)

[W.] So, let’s be Part-takers in God’s Cast of children — typecast to be spiritual – with a natural spiritual sense mindset! 

 (Cobbey on Colossians 3:2) Have you heard the modern expression mind-set? Verse 2 is almost that literally in Greek.  “That our mind-set must be on things above.”  Can we have an inner spiritual sense entertained that provides the divine reason for our being, even when we’re living on the earth at a human level if we “set our mind on things above, not on things of the earth”?

 (Verse 3) “For ye are dead.” That’s exactly what the body is.  If we are to be absent from the body, the body itself is now dead to our thought and our thought no longer responds to it. No longer worships it.  The Greek word means to be away from something, to be separated from.  “And your life,” we haven’t lost anything then.  “Our life is,” or literally, “has been hidden with Christ in God.”
[Warren: Hymn 370 echoes this verse: “
Hid with Christ in God, O gladness: / O the meekness and the might, / When the risen Christ has lifted / All our thoughts into the light, …”
(Christian Science Hymnal, No. 370:2)

 (Cobbey again on Verse 4,) “When Christ, [who is] our life, shall appear,” what about us?  “We also will appear.”

 “We will appear with him,” How? “In glory.”  In imperishable radiance.  That’s not an abstraction.  It is supersensible, but it’s concrete being.  It’s a sharing of the glorious liberty of the children who find it natural to be divine.”
  “Glory: Divine Nature in the Bible,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


GET OUT of a MORTAL SHELL! STOP BELIEVING the FABLE & CURSE of an earthy, EGG ORIGIN!
In bite-sized pieces, victory, after victory, after victory “swallow up death in victory.” “Put on” the total wholeness of “incorruption…” and “immortality.” Abide “in heavenly love… (where) no change my heart shall fear.” (Hymn 148)

I Cor. 15:48/Responsive Reading: “As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven.” (NIV)

[Cobbey Crisler on the following bonus verses,1st Cor. 15:50, 53:]
“Another conclusion is coming through Paul’s receptivity. He presents two views, one with man within an egg origin, one out of an egg origin.  A chicken takes 10,000 pecks to get out of its shell of limitation.  Bible pioneers like Paul worked hard to get out of their limited, mortal shells and they communicated this to us. [Mary Baker Eddy says, “Mortals must emerge … They must peck open their shells with Christian Science…” (S&H 552:14)

 I Corinthians 15, verse 50 “…flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.”
One might ask “Why are we trying to drag flesh along as if it’s a party?”  [This relates to Mary Baker Eddy’s observation: “Being in sympathy with matter, the worldly man is at the beck and call of error, and will be attracted thitherward.” [S&H 21:25]
“Take up your bed and walk—Mind suddenly takes on the glow of our original, incorruptible glory.”

I Corinthians 15, verse 53 “…this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”

I Corinthians 15, Verse 54, “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
From notes in the margins of Warren’s Bible from a talk by Cobbey Crisler**


AWAKE from the ADAM DREAM to SALVATION from SIN, DISEASE & DEATH!
Cobbey Crisler on Genesis 1 (citation B2) & Genesis 2 (vit. B4)

 Can we change choices if we have made the wrong ones? Do you find the Bible filled with this choice-making? How does it open, for instance?

Genesis 1 (cit. B2) and Genesis 2 (cit. B4) are clearly a choice, aren’t they? They contradict each other. We really cannot live with both although most of us are undoubtedly trying. The necessity to make a decision, important decision, relates back to how the pioneer Christian made his decision. Whether he himself has that rock beneath him, as we said, before he made any rules.  Or whether he, too, vacillated and was dualistic, and was pulled to and fro, according to the motion of Satan in the Book of Job.

… Jesus, prior to going to Gethsemane, as you recall, sang hymns [Matthew 26:30], prayed with his disciples [Matthew 26:35, 42, 44] and for them, as well as for those who were to believe on him through the words of his disciples.

I’m not sure one could point to a more meaningful event in history than when Jesus, about to suffer the cruelty of Gethsemane and Calvary, spends his last moments praying for us whom he had never known physically, for those who believe on his disciples through their words.

… This Adam-problem is something that is not limited to the discussion in Genesis.  We find it referred to and alluded to throughout the Bible, as if it represents in symbols the human problem.  One Bible commentator in discussing the choice between the Adam-man and the Christ-man, represented by Jesus, indicates that the way these terms are used in the New Testament especially, it looks like the intent is that each one, Adam and Jesus, are representatives of an entirely different human race.  They are completely opposite.  Humanhood following Jesus is ending up at a destination completely opposed to the destination of the Adam followers.  There may be something in humanhood we have barely glimpsed, if at all.

Jesus found what humanhood could be when the Divine was behind it every step of the way.   There is nothing in Jesus’ humanhood that could stop the Divine from manifesting itself on earth as in heaven.  This may be our decision we’re talking about.

Jesus refused to allow anything to obstruct the divine will from operating on earth.  Look what he was able to do with his own humanhood as well as with the humanhood of others as a result.  He could take his fragile, one would think, human frame, anatomically speaking, through what was apparently at least the sound barrier, if not the light barrier.  In no way did his body hamper him when he walked above the water.

He therefore had dominion, obviously, over what we call a law of gravity.  Yet when he subdued gravity through this sense of dominion, gravity had no control over the dominion-man.  Notice he was not like our astronauts, weightless as the result of negating gravity.  He was still in absolute control of every aspect of his being and progressing toward his destination.  He didn’t have to do it step-by-step because we hear that when he set foot in the boat instantly, not only Jesus, but the comprehension of Jesus could embrace his disciples plus boat, and get all of them through what we feel today, technologically would require heat-resistant metal, crash helmets, oxygen masks, or whatever else in order to preserve the human frame, and to get it through such stresses and pressures and tensions.  Jesus was used to the pressure of Gethsemane, the olive press.  He did not fear what flesh could do to him, obviously…

…If our thesis as presented is accurate, that the implication of Paul’s statement [I Corinthians 15:22/Science & Health 545:31, cit. S26] “As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” presents problem and solution, or remedy, then one of the greatest research jobs awaiting all of us is to get back into that problem called Adam which we’re all wrestling with.

Just make a list of everything you detect that Adam did wrong mentally and physically.  Because, if it is true that Jesus’ mission was to remedy the Adam man and wipe that alternative off the face of man’s consciousness, then everything that Adam did wrong which was upside down Jesus is going to put right side up and prove that man is upright.  Many things may occur to you, for instance in the initial phases of such a list which we could just touch upon.  Adam’s problem occurred in what environment?  The Garden of Eden.  Where did Jesus face down and confront that Adam-problem?  The Garden of Gethsemane.  Is this a coincidence?  Is Gethsemane intended to be the remedy for the problems of Eden in our own thinking?  I love in that context to remember Isaiah’s words [Isaiah 1:29] when he says, “Ye shall be confounded for the gardens ye have chosen.”   Eden, Gethsemane.

Adam’s problem, though, is probably symbolized most graphically by what?  He had been told not to do something, what was it?  “Not to eat of that tree” [Genesis 3:3].  Instead he went and did it.  The disobedience, doing one’s own will, would have to be totally remedied right up with the same even greater peak pressure on a humanhood that had just announced to the world that the way to get out of this Adam-mess is to yield to God’s will regardless of the pressure upon you, so [it’s] doing God’s will versus doing one’s own will.

The tree of knowledge of good and evil.  You know that the New Testament refers several times to the cross as the tree, that they nailed Jesus to the tree [Acts 13:29; 1Peter 2:24].  Interesting symbolism.  The attempt to nail Jesus as if he were one more in the dying race of Adam, to be nailed to death, and that’s the termination and the end of anything that he would offer man radically as salvation.  Jesus could not be nailed on the cross any more than God’s man could be nailed on the cross, and thus his theology was exemplified.

Do you remember, – just things like this to show you how much fun this work can be as well – part of the curse on Adam [Genesis 3:17,18] was that thorns will be brought forth unto him.  Did Jesus have to face Adam’s thorns on that weekend?  “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread…dust thou [art], and unto dust shalt thou return” [Genesis 3:19].  The grave was the pressure of the dust he was to return to.  There are many others showing the complete reversal of the Adam.  It’s as if the highest sense of mind on earth, which had relinquished its right to mind except by reflection, is turning everything right side up just as we do visually.  That topic is far from being exhausted.  In fact, what can exhaust an infinite reservoir?  It’s one thing about supply in the Bible.  It’s never consumed.  Therefore, there are no consumers.

… Let’s now turn to Mark’s version of the event.  Something no other Gospel records.

Mark 14:36  “Jesus says, Abba, Father, all things [are] possible unto thee.”  He’s praying his own Lord’s Prayer, showing that this is not a prayer that he doesn’t participate in himself.  “Abba,” as some of you may know if behind every use of Jesus’ word “Father” in the gospels.  “Abba” is the Aramaic word.  No other religious thinker or writer before his time had ever used “Abba” for God.  “Abba” is a child’s word.  It is “Daddy.”  It’s one of the first two words that a Hebrew and an Arab child learns today.  “Abba, Imma [Daddy, Mama or Mommy]” [SEE “CHILDREN OF GOD” IN GOLDEN TEXT AND 10+ OTHER MENTIONS OF “CHILDREN” IN THIS WEEK’S LESSON, ESPECIALLY IN SECTIONS 4 & 6.]

When he told us we could not enter in to the kingdom of heaven without becoming as a little child, he obviously meant we cannot say the Lord’s Prayer effectively without becoming a little child.  It’s an infant’s reliance on God and Jesus goes to his Father as a little child in Gethsemane.  When we’re making our Gethsemane decisions, we had better follow the example and remember “Abba,”

Mark 14:35 “He states, the spirit truly [is] ready, but the flesh [is] weak.”

Let’s go to Luke’s version.

Luke 22:42 Luke tells us a few other things.  As a matter of fact, [this is] probably the most well known expression of the Gethsemane Decision where Jesus says, “Nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”  Remember if the opening line of the Lord’s Prayer is recalled by “Abba,” Our Father, “Abba” being the original behind it.

[Luke 11:1,2] Look at “Thy will be done” in the Lord’s Prayer.  Why is it there?  The prayer that Jesus himself gave us in response to the question, “Lord, teach us to pray.”

[Matthew 6:9]  “After this manner therefore pray ye.”  “Abba.”  Immediately be a little child and be sure you’re committed to God’s will being done.

Look at that discipline requiring human thought to conform and yield to the divine when all outlines and barriers around mentality as we have become accustomed to it fall away and we find no limitations to thought or mind at all if we are the image of the mind of God.  “Not my will be thine be done” is Jesus using his own prayer in Gethsemane.  If that Lord’s Prayer can carry one through Gethsemane, it can carry one through anything. …

Gethsemane is the press, the oil press.  Like Jesus, we must have oil within us.  The pressure is still on.  If Gethsemane is the press, can we say and be backed up by Scripture, that not my will but thine be done is the oil?  If so, that’s the Christ-oil.  The word Christ is based upon the Greek word for oil.  That’s what poured out of Jesus’ experience at Gethsemane.  What is it designed to do?  To anoint, to heal, to feed, to cleanse.  If the pressure of Gethsemane is upon us, what is oil designed to do?  Do we find in our character anything unlike that Christ-anointed example?  Is that human will that needs to be crushed out forever?

“We think we’re in an oil crisis today.  The pressure is on.  But Gethsemane’s purpose has a divine result regardless of what the world can bring to bear upon you and me, Jesus could say in part of that hymn that he sang before Gethsemane which is locatable in the later psalms, is still sung today at Passover, that he needed not to fear what man or flesh could do.  Out of that experience flowed the oil that is still blessing us, is still being utilized.  We’re not in an oil crisis today if we’re in the way with Jesus.  We maybe at a “parting of the ways,” the meaning of the word crisis.   We may be challenged regularly and often to make our right decisions, our right choice, our Gethsemane decision.

Then, the result of no longer bowing down to a human will, no longer seeing within us any domination by others through their human will, but filled with the Holy Ghost’s own message, the angel that strengthens Jesus at that moment, according to Luke.  That angel awaits to strengthen us today.

The world with its creaky joints awaits, needs, yearns, for more Christ oil to be poured from the thoughts and lives of those who have made the decision, are continuing to make the decision, and are moving from Gethsemane at the base of the Mount of Olives to the summit of the Mount of Olives where Jesus himself ascended.  We never have to budge from that mount.  It represents both cross and crown, both problem and solution.  And therefore that oil which negates the experience of the cross and delivers the crown shows us that those two symbols, as precious as they are in Scripture, are inseparable.  If the cross represents the problem, and the crown the solution, then intertwined they deliver that simple message to me, problem solved.  That is the result of the Gethsemane decision.
The Gethsemane Decision,” a talk by B. Cobbey Crisler**


PLEASE GOD WITH BY DEEP-CLEANING IN CHRIST’S WAY—FROM THE INSIDE OUT.
Try
Christ’s ultimate “DRY-cleaning” baptism method! Cobbey Crisler on Mark 1:8+, cit. B9

[Cobbey:] Mark 1:8 “I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost”… John the Baptist never healed the sick as part of his theology.  Here it’s not baptism with water that is ultimately going to count on earth, but baptism with the Holy Ghost… We find John the Baptist… removing the focus from physical cleanliness as being the means by which we would enter a heavenly state…  You know water can’t reach what’s within, what is in consciousness, what is mental and really needs cleaning…

Mark 1, verse 10… “the Spirit like a dove descends upon him” in this baptism.  It shows he is coming out of the watery baptism into the higher sense of baptism of the Spirit.  The spiritual sense of man is what emerges after the carnal sense is washed from consciousness…

Mark 1:11 The announcement comes, “Thou art my beloved son in whom I am well pleased,” shows that sonship and relationship to God is not in a fleshly context… It is a very emphatic point of our relationship to God.” [Warren: Consider the lifelong, spiritual confidence given to the dear ones in our care when we say this blessing to them each night that they are beloved children, in whom God and we are well-pleased.]

Remember the consistency of the Scripture. This is what turns us into students. The consistency of the Scripture would force us to study in depth how we please God.  Take “Here is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”  How do we please God?  Do you remember any particular Scriptural statements on that?… One of the things that Paul says about it in Romans 8:8 is, “They that are in the flesh (they that are earthly minded, who obey the lower nature) cannot please God.”
What Mark Recorded, by B. Cobbey Crisler**


WHEN SIMULTANEOUS PROBLEMS ARISE, PRIORITIZE RECEPTIVITY & HEALING OVER RANK, LIKE JESUS DID.
Cobbey Crisler on Jesus dealing with time management of 2 urgent appeals (Mark 5:21-42/cit. B13 & Luke 8:41-55)

[Cobbey on the Luke version of this healing “double-header”:] “In this case we have something that might present a problem.  Two people that need attention simultaneously.  What do you do?…  Here’s how Jesus deals with it. He is first summoned by a ruler of the synagogue with a great deal of human priority. Jairus has the rank and he asks first. He’s got a more urgent need. His daughter is on the verge of dying (Luke 8:41). But Jesus can’t even get to the location where this girl is because of the crush of people in the narrow lanes of the Palestinian villages. The Greek word for “thronged” is often used to describe how close these groups got to one another. Jesus was nearly suffocated by the crowd.

“Later the disciples rebuked Jesus, in Verse 45, for asking “Who touched me?” To them it was ridiculous.  Everybody was touching him. The Greek verb that’s used is a verb that means what happens to grain kernels between two grinding stones. They were ground really together. The people were that crowded.

“What happens? The woman does not wish to delay Jesus’ mission, but she is at the absolutely desperate end of a rope. Here we find the receptivity. Blessed are those who are in this state. Happy are those because the state of mind can be changed.

“This radical change of thought was in the presence of the Christ-correction that Jesus was exercising in the mental realm. It’s going to be sufficient and the woman feels that it will help her. She’s lost all her money on physicians. [No health insurance…] Mark even tells us that she’s worse because of that choice. [Mark 5:26]  All she does is touch the border of his garment.  The issue of blood, the continuous hemorrhaging that had occurred for twelve years had kept her out of the temple, kept her out of worship and made her as unclean as the lepers. With all sorts of legislative rules around her, she herself could not be touched because it would make the individual who did it unclean. But we find that Jesus welcomed that dear woman from the standpoint of God’s welcome, because he said, “the Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the father do.” (John 5:19).

“In Luke 8, Verse 48 he calls that lady, “Daughter.” Whose daughter? Certainly, not his.  In fact, he lifts that word “daughter” entirely out of any sense of blood relationship. That was the woman’s problem.  He lifts even her identity out of blood.

“Daughter, be of good comfort” (Verse 48).  Look at how he’s addressing the thought of that woman. Not only the precious relationship to God, but the comfort.  She hasn’t experienced that in twelve years. She’d lost all her money.  She was about to be thrown on the society.  There was nowhere to go when you were thrown on society. That may have happened to the woman who had been a sinner. Prostitution was the only open career for many women when they were simply thrown out and discarded from normal humanity. She could not get a living unless her family supported her, and there is no indication of that happening.

“Jesus refuses to allow that woman to walk away from the scene thinking that physical contact with his robe had anything to do with the healing.  He says, again, “Your faith hath made you whole.” The word “whole” and the word “heal” in Anglo-Saxon have the identical root.  It implies that disease is something less than wholeness, that it is a fragmentation of our being. Healing is the condition of being made whole.

“We understand that equation when Jesus said, “If your eye be single” Matthew 6:22), indivisible, not shared, no divisions in it and no double vision. It is single-mindedness and persistency, as we see Jesus requiring later in our book, which results in man being whole as God views him.

“The other half of the time crunch demand and Christ’s use of humor to clear out funerial thought:
When Jesus goes to the raising of Jairus’ daughter, we don’t find any reason to bemoan the delay in getting there. Even though the news comes back that the daughter has died in the meantime (Verse 49). That is the human news. Jesus goes right in and clears the environment out (Verse 51). Notice, again, this must be telling us something about what is required in order to heal.

“The thought of death is so weighted down with its inevitability and grief that Jesus has to clear it out. Notice how he does so, incisively and brilliantly. He couldn’t clear them out while they were weeping. That was acceptable at a funeral. Jesus would have occupied the villain’s role.

“So, he simply tells them something that was an absolute fact to him, “That maid, right there that you see horizontal, no movement, no breath, no pulse, no anything, that little girl, she’s really not dead. That appearance that you see there is like sleep (Verse 52). And I am going to awaken her life.” All the paid mourners who were earning their salary for conducting a funeral service, and everybody else who had witnessed the tragedy associated with this little girl passing away laughed (Verse 53).

“Can you clear laughers out of funerals? There is certainly more justification from a social standpoint than with weepers. It also showed how deeply their grief had run. Forgetting every reason why they were there, they turned to laughing him to scorn. He put them all out.

“He went to the little girl, “Maid arise” (Verse 54). “Her spirit came again, she arose straightway” (Verse 55). And that beautiful practicality of Jesus, “Give her meat,” give her something to eat (Verse 55). What else would a twelve-year-old girl want anyway? It was also an announcement that everything was quite normal.”
“Luke, the Researcher,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


 

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